By admin | January 18, 2009
Â By Richard Allen
Over the next few days and weeks I will be presenting a review of 2008 and a preview of 2009 for each of the drivers and teams who appear to be set for a full time run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For the most part these pieces will run in order by car number. If you should miss out on your favorite driver simply type his name into the search box at the upper right hand portion of the website.
#28- Travis Kvapil
As far as anyone knows, Travis Kvapil is still in place after the whirlwind that has swept through Yates Racing during this off season.
Since the last race of 2008 stories have circulated that Kvapilâ€™s crew chief, Todd Parrott, had been relieved of his duties. Then, it was reported that Parrott was still the pit boss for car #28.
Kvapilâ€™s teammate of last season, David Gilliland, has apparently been let go. In the mean time, Bobby Labonte and Paul Menard have been added to the Yates fold.
2008 had a few good moments for Kvapil. He won a pole in Talladega and had four Top 10 finishes. Other than that, there was little to write home about.
This team does seem to have good set ups for the restrictor plate tracks and they have Roush Fenway Racing engineering in their corner. And, the additions of Labonte and Menard have brought much needed to sponsorship dollars to the Yates organization. So, the pieces are in place.
Travis Kvapil could have some good runs this year provided the breaks go his way. This could be one of the few smaller teams to see improvement despite testing limitations. Their association with RFR could provide dividends on the track.
*Changes at Yates Racing may have reduced this team’s schedule to only 5 races.
Driver: Travis Kvapil
Owner: Yates Racing
Crew Chief: Ben Leslie
Scanner Frequencies(?): 468.5250 & 466.3750
Chances of making the Chase for the Championship: No
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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