Kvapil On The Move
March 3, 2008 | 11:20 P.M. EST
Kvapil, who has competed in the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup races without sponsorship, hopes his eighth-place finish in Vegas is a sign of good things to come, including securing sponsorship of his Yates Racing Ford.
The finish was Kvapil's first top 10 of the season, and first since 2005 when he drove for Penske Racing. He powered the No. 28 Ford in the last 10 percent (27 laps) of the race from 14th to eighth after posting an overall average running position of 22.1 in the 267-mile event.
"We were able to drive up through the pack and get back on the lead lap with the lucky dog and just tried to stay clean and work our way up through there all day," Kvapil said. "We just tried to stay solid and be smart."
More importantly, the Vegas performance boosted Kvapil nine positions in the standings to 27th as the cutoff for the top 35 approaches in a couple of weeks.
"That top 35, I don't feel like we're gonna have any trouble from a performance standpoint of staying there," Kvapil said. "We just need to be solid these first handful of races and get a good solid foundation for these points and then go race for wins."
Kvapil's teammate David Gilliland currently sits 21st in the points after posting an average finish of 22.7 in the first three races. As it stands now, Gilliland will find himself in Kvapil's position after Martinsville, as his seven-race deal with FreeCreditReport.com will come to an end.
Hopefully, two cars solidly in the top 35 this season will land sponsorship for Yates Racing.