Cook, Kvapil And Kimmel Headline Kentucky Speedway NCTS And ARCA RE/MAX Media Day
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) drivers Terry Cook (No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford) and Travis Kvapil (No. 60 CAT Rental Stores Chevrolet) joined current ARCA RE/MAX Series points leader Frank Kimmel (No. 46 Advance Auto Parts Ford) yesterday to give Greater Cincinnati, Lexington, Ky., and Louisville, Ky., media a preview of the upcoming NCTS "Kroger 225" and ARCA RE/MAX "Bluegrass Quality Meats 200" to be held July 13-14 at Kentucky Speedway.
Cook, currently seventh in the NCTS point standings, recently signed a six-race sponsorship contract with Power Stroke Diesel sponsorship in the first of a scheduled six races this year. He races for the second time under the sponsorship at Kentucky this weekend. He commented on the tight NCTS points race and racing conditions at Kentucky. Points leader Scott Riggs holds a 49-point advantage over Joe Ruttman in second and a 95-point advantage over Jack Sprague in third. In all, 19 of the top 20 points leaders will race in "The Kroger 225."
"It's very competitive, the points are really tight right now," Cook said. "With one bad run you can go from third to seventh in one weekend or seventh to third in one weekend. It's exciting to have it that close."
He also said he looks forward to racing on Kentucky's 1.5-mile tri-oval. "I don't think the people in this area realize how nice this 1.5-mile tri-oval track is. This is one of the nicest on the circuit. We race a 24-race schedule, coast-to-coast, from Daytona to Fontana (Calif.) and in between. This is about as nice as they come." The "Kroger 225" will mark Kvapil's second appearance at Kentucky in as many months after racing in the June 16 NASCAR Busch Series Outback Steakhouse 300. With 17 laps to go in the race, Kvapil found his car sliding on it's top down the backstretch after being involved in a multi-car incident. He enters the weekend sixth in the NCTS points race and leads Cook by 66 points.
"It's a real special race for Addington because our truck owners Mike and Larry Addington and their father Tim's company, Addington Resources, is based out of Ashland, Ky.," Kvapil said. "It's exciting for me come here in the truck for the first time and hopefully I don't end up upside down like we did in the Busch car. We came off a good ride in Kansas and hopefully we'll put together a good run together this weekend."
Kimmel, who won the ARCA RE/MAX Lexington Herald-Leader 150 in May at Kentucky, said he plans to be in position to claim a second consecutive title on the 1.5-mile tri-oval. "I certainly hope so," Kimmel responded when asked if he could win two in a row at Kentucky. "The cars are running great and we're bringing 'Mabel' back, which is the name of the Ford Taurus we got from Roush. She's won three races out of four for us and hopefully we can win a few more before the year's out. Starting right here at Kentucky would be great."
Tickets still remain for "The Kroger 225," "The Bluegrass Quality Meats 200" and all other events this year at Kentucky Speedway.