Statesville, N.C. (August 7, 2012)- Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 93 Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota, will put his road racing tactics to the test this Sunday in the Finger Lakes 355 at Watkins Glen International. It will be the second time this season that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes at a venue that calls for right-hand turns. In Kvapil’s previous road course outing, his opportunity for a solid finish at Sonoma was cut short when his left-front wheel locked up on Lap 1 and forced him behind the wall for repairs. He looks to show the team’s road racing potential this weekend.
Kvapil has made seven Sprint Cup Series starts on road courses. Three have resulted in a top-25. His best performance was in 2005 at Sonoma. He started 39th and finished 21st.
He’s made three starts at Watkins Glen. His best finish is 30th place, which he achieved in 2010.
Comments from BK Racing Driver Travis Kvapil heading into Watkins Glen:
“It’s a challenging place for me. I’ve only raced there three times. I have limited road course experience and very limited experience at Watkins Glen. Anytime we go road racing, I feel like it takes more laps to get used to the track for me to feel comfortable, more than having the right setup in the car. My focus will be turning laps and just getting familiar with the track. My last race there was 2010, so it’s going to be a matter of finding my braking points, shifting points and things like that. I know that the guys will give me a good-handling Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota. I have to do my part, too. It will be up to me to produce the speed.
“I’m looking forward to the race. We had a good car at Sonoma. Obviously we had some horrible luck at the beginning of the race. That put us behind and we didn’t get the result that we expected. Watkins Glen is a completely different race track than Sonoma, though. We’ll be starting over with a fresh sheet of paper there. I’m confident and optimistic that we can go there and have a good, solid finish.”