Millington, TN (Sports Network) - Travis Kvapil beat and bumped his
competition into submission and captured Saturday night's O'Reilly 200
Craftsman Truck Series race. The No.6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford driver crossed
the finish line well ahead of Jack Sprague.
The victory was Kvapil's second of the season and seventh of his truck career.
Brad Keselowski, driving the suspended Ted Musgrave's Toyota, led the field to
the green flag for 200 laps of racing. Despite having veterans Ron Hornaday
Jr. and Mike Skinner right behind him, the first-time pole winner maintained
his lead through the first caution flag on lap seven.
However, on the restart Hornaday Jr. got into the back of Keselowski, he
fishtailed, and by the time he gathered himself he was relegated to third
The three leaders settled into line as the field passed the 50-lap mark. Erik
Darnell, who started seventh, was moving up and threatening to join the lead
group. He was fourth and just one and-a-half seconds behind Keselowski.
Then on lap 61 Hornaday Jr. slid high and Skinner slipped underneath him for
the lead. The No.33 just couldn't keep his truck at the bottom and Keselowski
also slid by him for second place.
Another caution flag and Skinner beat Hornaday Jr. back onto the track. With a
veteran at the controls, Hornaday Jr. couldn't get the big restart and he was
relegated to second place. But he refused to stay there, beating on Skinner's
rear bumper until he got loose and sliding underneath him for the lead.
Skinner was unhappy with the move and retaliated by popping Hornaday Jr.'s
rear bumper a couple of times. While playing games with Hornaday Jr., Skinner
ended up losing his second-place spot to Kvapil.
As the field hit the 93-lap mark, Hornaday Jr. again started to get loose, go
high on the track and it opened up an opportunity for Kvapil. He didn't
hesitate and the No.6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford grabbed the lead. Kvapil didn't
stop there, building his lead to 1.846 seconds at the mid-point of the 200-lap
Ken Butler III brought out the third caution flag of the evening and it sent
everyone scurrying down pit lane for a final stop of the night. Kvapil's pit
crew did its job and got him out first. Skinner's pit crew also did a good job
and he beat Hornaday Jr. out for second place.
The top-five all got single file and tried to pull away from the pack. Then
Keselowski pulled out of line and made a move around Skinner for second place.
Keselowski could stay with Kvapil and the two built almost a three-second lead
Skinner continued to drop as Hornaday Jr. slid under him for third place, but
they were both in need of a caution flag to get back up with the two leaders.
As they worked their way through lapped traffic on lap 151, Keselowski found a
hole and shot through it for the lead. Within five laps the lead was more than
More lapped traffic and this time Kvapil took advantage to close in on
Keselowski. Kvapil got side-by-side on two occasions, but each time Keselowski
fought him off. With 25 laps to go they held more than four seconds on the
field, it looked to be a two-truck race.
Kvapil started to get frustrated and put the "chrome horn" to Keselowski. He
tried high, he tried low, but he couldn't find a way around the No.9 Toyota.
Ten laps to go and Kvapil was still in Keselowski's shadow.
On the next lap, Kvapil sent Keselowski spinning. He didn't hit anything, but
it brought out the caution flag and when he restarted Keselowski was in 14th
place. The caution set up a shootout to the checkered flag between Kvapil,
Hornaday Jr., Jack Sprague and Skinner.
On the restart Kvapil got a great start while Hornaday Jr had his hands full
with Sprague. It allowed Kvapil to get a huge lead and he cruised to the
checkered flag unchallenged.
The next race is set for Saturday, July 14th at the Kentucky Speedway.