Kvapil Back in Victory LaneShare
Travis Kvapil waited as Kyle Busch wiggled. When Busch jiggled one too many times Kvapil jumped with the white flag, signifying one lap remaining, about to fly. Busch had the lead going into Turn Three. Kvapil seized it coming out of Turn Four. The chase was over. The race was won, Kvapil's patience enduring for his second victory at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Michigan 200. "I didn't want to go too soon," said Kvapil, who won at MIS in 2004. "I knew I was a little better then Kyle but I just didn't want to get out there too soon. The track plays such a big role I had to pick the right time to get around Kyle, but I was also trying to hold off the 77 (Brendan Gaughan), the 9 (Ted Musgrave), the 5 (Mike Skinner) and all those guys behind me. I was just trying to keep the heat on him and force him to make a mistake. When he slipped I had to go." Kvapil, driving the K&N Engineering Ford for Roush racing, finished 0.292 seconds ahead of Busch with Gaughan third, Skinner fourth and Ted Musgrave fifth in a very competitive race that saw all of the leaders using all of the multiple racing grooves that Michigan has to offer. "All the race car drivers like to come to a place like Michigan," Kvapil said. "I saw Skinner on the bottom, my car liked the bottom or the middle, and I found that way up on top in turns one and two my car was good and in the middle in three and four it was also good for me. You had to search around and find that right groove in the race track. It was incredible." Busch had a loose race car all day but drove it hard enough to lead the most laps (38) in the 100-lap, 200-mile race, including 30 straight before giving the lead up to Kvapil. "I just couldn't get the rear of the truck under me," Busch explained. “It was real sideways off the corners and I could never get the throttle down and exit the corner. I was all over the place, middle, bottom, top. I just couldn't find any place that would give me a good run off the corner. “Travis got me there at the end. We made some significant changes to the car and it would help us for the first five or 10 laps and then we would just start getting real, real loose where those guys could run with us. They made their trucks a little bit better. Travis got me there at the end. I started getting a little higher and higher because my truck was tightening up and when you give someone on the inside of you a little bit more room he can control his truck better. “Mark (Martin) was the class of the field today, obviously. He was gone. No one was going to touch that thing.” Martin, who led four times for a total of 35 laps, was leading when his car’s engine expired on lap 48. “This Wood Brothers JTG Ford team really deserved to win,” a disappointed Martin stated. “I just can’t seem to close the deal for them. Our engine was fixing to go all to pieces. We brought it in, but this F-150 was dialed in today. Gosh that was fun. I really hate it for these guys. They deserve a trophy and I just can’t get them one.” That’s not the case in regard to Jack Roush. He has now won a total of 15 races at MIS including nine NASCAR NEXTEL Cup triumphs and three victories each in the Busch and Craftsman Truck Series.
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