Travis Kvapil is known as one of the nicest guys in the NASCAR garage. Kvapil, the 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, was arrested on Tuesday evening according to several media outlets.
Kvapil allegedly had an altercation with his wife, Jennifer Kvapil, after being involved in a domestic dispute. The Kvapil’s have three children but there is no word if they were involved in this strange ordeal. He was charged with false imprisonment and assaulting a female, being taken to the Iredell County Jail after a call to 911 was made.
Anyone who has spoken to Kvapil before (including myself) knows that he’s an outstanding individual. One cannot believe that such a shy, quiet guy would assault his wife, especially with children in the household. Considering he’s a quiet guy, something must have truly gone awry that he “assaulted” his wife. Now is not the time to speculate if he actually hit her, or verbally abused her. However, it’s safe to say that no matter what he did, it’s inexcusable.
Certainly, Kvapil isn’t a superstar. Yet, the driver of the No. 93 BK Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series must have forgotten that he has responsibilities as a racecar driver. His team is owned by the sponsors. Basically, they’ll be even more upset with his actions, as he was their choice to drive the car and represent them.
Kvapil, 37, has been racing in NASCAR competition since 2001. He’s driven for top teams including Penske Racing, Yates Racing and Roush Racing. He’s also been an integral part of building up start-up organizations such as RAB Racing, Front Row Motorsports and more recently BK Racing. Kvapil also won Toyota’s first race in NASCAR back in 2004 in the Truck Series.
He was released from the jail at 9:50 a.m. However, the team has not announced if Kvapil will still be racing this weekend at Charlotte. Clearly they don’t want their primary driver to miss a race until they know the full story. However, in a scenario such as this, discipline is a must.
If the team were to replace Kvapil this weekend, it would like be a Toyota driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Though it isn’t a top ride, guys like Elliott Sadler, Parker Kligerman, Ryan Blaney, Sam Hornish Jr. or Regan Smith may get a call by Thursday morning to see if they can fill in considering practice and qualifying is Thursday, not like the usual Friday NASCAR has
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