DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., - There's little argument in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage who is the favorite to win the eighth annual Chevy Silverado HD 250 on Friday night, Feb. 16 at Daytona International Speedway. Travis Kvapil's No. 6 Roush Racing Ford was the fastest truck during every session of the three-day test at "The World Center of Racing." His top speed of 186.521 mph from the Friday afternoon was the fastest speed of the entire weekend. "It¿s been a dream come true to come here," said Kvapil, the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion. ¿A lot of times when you come to Daytona, you are kind of beating your head against the wall. You don¿t know how to get any speed. We have come here this year and both of our trucks are fast and our two teammates are fast. ¿It¿s just a credit to all the guys back in the shop that hang these bodies and build these engines and do a spectacular job of being prepared when they get here.¿ Kvapil¿s No. 6 Roush Racing team captured last year¿s Chevy Silverado HD 250 with veteran Mark Martin. For this weekend¿s test, the team brought that truck as well as a new Ford F-150 for Kvapil. The No. 6B - the new truck - is most likely the truck that Kvapil will use in the race. ¿It¿s first laps were here,¿ said Kvapil, who fast speed on Sunday was 184.778. ¿It hasn¿t been in the wind tunnel. We really didn¿t know what to expect of it. We¿re not 100 percent sure what we¿re going to do but I think the No. 6B is going to end up being our primary. It felt a little bit better to me in the pack yesterday and that¿s what matters.¿ Kvapil¿s speed has certainly got the attention of fellow Craftsman Truck Series teams. ¿The Roush guys are definitely the ones to beat right now but you¿ve got to run a whole race,¿ said Terry Cook, driver of the No. 59 H-T Motorsports Toyota. ¿You¿ve got to put two or three pit stops together. You¿ve got to have a truck that will be durable to run 100 laps. There are a lot of factors that come into it. I don¿t really get too caught up in one guy that so much faster than anybody else. I think the race will play itself out and hopefully we will be where we need to be at the end of the race.¿ Consistent Cook: Terry Cook has competed in all seven Chevy Silverado HD 250s and has posted six top-10 finishes. In addition, Cook, who captured the pole for the 2004 Chevy Silverado HD 250, has also completed the most miles of any driver in the season-opening truck race with 1,770 miles, 708 laps. Cook, who drives the No. 59 H-T Motorsports Toyota, believes he races Daytona¿s 2.5-mile tri-oval with the right mindset. ¿Daytona has been kind to me,¿ Cook said. ¿I think the biggest thing how I approach this race is to finish first, you must first finish. If you go with the mindset that it¿s a 100-lap race, it¿s 250 miles, half of the Daytona 500 and I¿ve got to be there at the end and put yourself in position with 10 to go, it can be done. You can pass a boat load of trucks in one lap here. You have to be smart and put yourself in that position in those final 10 laps to be around at the end.¿ Rain slows Sunday¿s session: Morning rain showers delayed the start of Sunday¿s testing session. Trucks were not able to hit the track until noon and the test wrapped up shortly after 5 p.m. Next up: The second wave of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams will begin at three-day test session on Monday as they prepare for the 49th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18. Among the drivers participating include three-time Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon, 2006 Daytona 500 pole winner Jeff Burton, 2006 Budweiser Shootout winner Denny Hamlin, Juan Pablo Montoya, Carl Edwards
and Kurt and Kyle Busch. NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder Fan Fest: The NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder Fan Fest for the second wave of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams will be on Tuesday. The NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder Fan Fest events start at 5 p.m. but fans will be able to enter the NEXTEL FANZONE beginning at 9 a.m. to watch all of the exciting testing action. Admissions for the NEXTEL Cup Fan Fest dates are $15 while Busch admission is $10. Fans will be able to get a sneak peek on NASCAR teams as they prepare for Speedweeks 2007 with inquisitive fan forums with many of their favorite drivers as well as enjoying all the state-of-the-art amenities in the popular NEXTEL FANZONE. Also included in NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fests will be bands, show cars, pit stop demonstrations, displays, a silent auction and passenger hot laps around the 2.5-mile tri-oval in pace cars (additional $20). All testing sessions throughout January continue to be free and open to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand through the lobby of DAYTONA USA. Car of Tomorrow: Brett Bodine, NASCAR's Director of Cost Research, will give race fans a behind the scenes look at NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow with a special Question and Answer session at DAYTONA USA - the only permanent place fans can see the vehicle - on Monday from Noon to 12:30 p.m. Bodine, who has played a huge part in the development of NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow, will educate race fans on everything from body design and features to the new rear wing on a completed version of Jeff Gordon's No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet at the Technology of Speed display inside DAYTONA USA. Speedweeks 2007 tickets available: Tickets for Speedweeks 2007 events, including the 49th annual Daytona 500, are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or by logging onto www.racetickets.com
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