The Pit Stop

July 1, 2007 12:35 AM

Travis Kvapil Pulls a Bump and Run of His Own to Win At Memphis

Three weeks ago, Travis Kvapil was bumped out of the way by Todd Bodine at Texas. Bodine went on to win the race. Tonight, Kvapil won with a bump and run of his own.

He ran down Brad Keselowski, who was filling in for the suspended Ted Musgrave, stalked him and bumped him and passed him with 8 laps to go. Kvapil proceeded to pull away on the restart to reel in his second win of the season.

"I had to go and make something happen," Kvapil said.

Jack Sprague inherited second place. The never shy Sprague commented on the wreck after the race.

"Wow, Travis took him out," Sprague said. "That's not cool."

For Keselowski, it was a promising weekend that went up in smoke. He started from the pole and led the first 20 laps of the race before being passed by Ron Hornaday on a restart. At the halfway point, Kvapil was leading by more than a second but Keselowski was able to run him down during a long green flag run and pass him for the lead. But Kvapil didn't let him get away, staying right on the 23 year old's bumper in lapped traffic. When the two leaders were in the clear, the 6 and the 9 swapped paint.

"I used up everything I had to get to Travis and pass him," Keselowski said. "If I saved my stuff, I wasn't catching him. Eventually, it got me where I had to slow the truck quite a bit, and unfortunately, that probably led to me getting run over."

Kvapil was extremely apologetic after the race.

"That's definitely not how I race," Kvapil said. "I definitely didn't intentionally spin him around. His truck was not getting into the middle of the corner very good at all. He was really slowing down, almost coming to a stop."

The win was Kvapil's second in three weeks.

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