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BK Racing on right track heading to second half

July 11, 2012, , NASCAR.com

Travis Kvapil heads to New Hampshire with consecutive top-20 finishes at Kentucky and Daytona. (Autostock)

Kvapil has consecutive top-20s going into Loudon; Cassill making strides

BK Racing came together quickly before the 2012 season, and after 18 of 36 races, drivers Travis Kvapil and Landon Cassill are pleased with the progress, but know they have a long way to go.

"We've come a long ways since the start of the year," Landon Cassill, driver of the No. 83 Toyota said. "We've shown that we can compete at this level. Obviously NASCAR is really tough and proven to be difficult, but we can do it. We've shown that we can perform, we just need that consistency."

"We've come a long ways since the start of the year. We've shown that we can compete at this level."

--LANDON CASSILL

In 18 starts this season, Cassill has yet to crack the top 10, has four DNFs and sits 32nd in points, but there have been some positives. He led a lap at both Darlington and Charlotte, and has five finishes inside the top 25, including 18th-place runs at Charlotte and Michigan. Cassill believes the foundation is in place, now he and the team just have to build on it.

"We've had solid pit stops and really good cars, all that it takes for good finishes -- we just need to keep repeating those elements each week," he said. "We're getting steady in achieving that and have come a long way from the start of 2012."

Kvapil sits one spot ahead of Cassill in the points standings, but would be higher if he didn't sit out the Daytona 500 for David Reutimann to take the wheel. Kvapil has shown what BK Racing is capable of with four finishes inside the top 20, including his past two starts at Kentucky and Daytona, where he finished 17th and 16th, respectively.

The consecutive top-20s show just how far BK Racing has come. Kvapil admitted at the beginning of the year, it was a miracle for the team just to get to the track; that the organization wasn't as prepared as they should have been. There were times early on, the team would return from a race, take parts from that car and put them on the next car, just so they could get to that weekend's race.

"Last week [at Daytona] showed how far we've come," Kvapil said. "It was the first time that we've had two [consecutive] top-20 finishes. It also matched our best finish of the season. It's nice to see the team's hard work paying off. We're getting more consistent and more competitive as the season progresses. We've still got a way to go, but we're definitely on the right track."

The second half of the season starts this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and both Cassill and Kvapil are excited -- not only for the Magic Mile, but for the opportunity to take what they've learned and approach their second race at a track a bit differently.

"Now that we're going to tracks for a second time, hopefully our performance will pick up," Kvapil said. "We'll have a little bit of a notebook to look back on, so it won't be such a fresh start. Everything's been brand new to us. Going back to tracks for a second time should have us running better than just starting fresh like we did in February."

"We had some success at [similar tracks] Phoenix and Richmond," Cassill said. "We finished 20th at Richmond and were running well at Phoenix, but got taken out when another car spun us into the wall. I feel like our car was really strong at both places. We've already talked about our setup for New Hampshire and it's similar to those two tracks. I think that will play into our favor this weekend."