Travis Kvapil piloted the No. 09 Toyota Parts and Service Tundra to a fourth-place finish Friday night in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. A concerted effort by the entire team, RAB Racing kicked off the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season on a high note by avoiding trouble and posting a top-five finish.
Formerly a single-car Nationwide Series team, RAB Racing with Brack Maggard expanded in the off-season to include a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. The No. 09 Toyota Tundra debuted Friday night with driver Travis Kvapil.
After two successful practice sessions on Thursday, Kvapil drove the No. 09 Toyota Tundra to a 19th-place starting position during the Friday afternoon qualifying session. When the green flag dropped for the start of the race, Kvapil wasted no time making his way through the field. By lap 30, the Janesville, W.I. native had navigated into the Top 10, where he remained for the majority of the night.
The scheduled 100-lap event was extended to 109 laps due to multiple late-race cautions. In the field's third attempt at a green-white-checker finish, Kvapil crossed the finish line in the fourth position. Working with crew chief Chris Rice, Kvapil managed to escape a string of multi-truck incidents that left over half the field with some form of damage by race's end.
"All the credit goes to Robby Benton and everybody at RAB Racing with Brack Maggard," said Kvapil. "Theybrought me a really solid Toyota Tundra and we were happy to have Toyota Parts and Service on the side of it. Our strategy was to keep it out of trouble, and that's what we did. We knew we had a strong truck; we just needed to make the right moves at theright time, stay out of trouble, and stay in line when we needed to stay in line. The guys on pit road did a great job. I'm just reallyproud of everybody on this team."