Saves Best For Last at Michigan International Speedway
Travis Kvapil waited until the final lap to
make his move at Michigan International Speedway and his plan
worked to perfection as he scored his sixth career victory and
first of the season. Kvapil kicked off race day by winning the
pole as well but it was Mark Martin who took him immediately
to school and swiped the lead on the first lap. Martin led 35
of the first 48 laps before he headed to the garage with engine
trouble and put Kvapil back in the control.
With Martin on the sidelines, Kvapil and Mike Skinner battled
briefly at the front before Kyle Busch made his presence known
and grabbed the spotlight and the lead on Lap 69. From there
on Busch fought a loose condition and while he chased his truck
all over the track Kvapil lurked close behind in second.
When Busch wiggled in Turn 3 that was all Kvapil needed to pass
him for the lead as the field was shown the white flag. “I
knew I had him,” said Kvapil, who climbed from sixth to
fourth in the point standings. “I knew I was a little
better but I didn’t want to get out there too soon because
the draft plays such a big role.”
Busch did all he could with what he had and hung on for second.
“I was just too loose all day,” Busch explained.
“I just never could find a place that could give me a
good run up off the corner.”
After making sure he bagged bonus points for leading at least
one lap, Skinner took a conservative approach on the final circuit
and settled for a solid fourth place finish.
“The guys there at the front had everything to gain and
nothing to lose,” Skinner noted. “I had to run a
smart race and that’s what I did.”
By focusing on the big picture, Skinner was able to stretch
is advantage to 113 points over Ron Hornaday who overcame a
one-lap deficit and rebounded to finish tenth. The Craftsman
Truck Series will continue its summer stretch with a visit to
The Milwaukee Mile next weekend for Race #11.