HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 14, 2008) – Homestead-Miami Speedway was the site of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season finale. Travis Kvapil piloted the No. 09 Zaxby’s Ford F-150 for the last time in the 2008 season. After qualifying 12th and working on the handling throughout the race, he ended the race in sixth place.
When the race began the truck was very loose, but Kvapil still worked his way up to sixth by lap 20. He was able to pit for adjustments during the second caution of the night on lap 42. The Zaxby’s crew gave him four tires, fuel and a major track bar adjustment and was still able to gain two positions on pit road due to a great stop. Kvapil was fourth when the race resumed on lap 46.
Green-flag racing continued for the next 45 laps until a caution for debris came on lap 91. The truck was still too free, so this time crew chief Chad Norris elected to give Kvapil four tires, air pressure and wedge adjustments. The Zaxby’s crew had another fast stop which helped them gain three positions on pit road. Once again Kvapil restarted fourth on lap 95.
During this run the truck was now too tight. Kvapil fell back to ninth place by lap 115, and was 11th when the next caution came with eight laps to go. Most of the leaders came to pit road for one final stop and Kvapil did the same. The stop for right-side tires and a wedge adjustment sent him out in ninth place with four laps remaining.
The truck seemed to be better and Kvapil moved into seventh place after the restart, but another caution with two laps to go stopped his progress. The race had a green-white-checkered finish and Kvapil was able to gain one more spot to finish sixth. Todd Bodine won the race while Johnny Benson claimed the 2008 championship.
“It was an okay night,” Kvapil said. “I messed up in qualifying but early on we moved forward a couple of spots. It seemed like fourth to sixth was about as good as we were. The guys on pit road did a great job every week. I'm really proud of the Zaxby's guys; they knock them out. They gave me spots every pit stop. The truck was too free the first two runs and then at the end we got it too tight. We just didn't hit the balance just right. It was a lot of fun though. Chad [Norris, crew chief] and the guys gave me trucks that were top-five trucks, or capable of winning trucks the last half of the year that I drove. They did a really great job and I'm just really proud of my team."
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.