Travis Kvapil

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Travis Kvapil
TKvapilMar09.jpg
Kvapil in 2009
Born (1976-03-01) March 1, 1976 (age 38)
Janesville, Wisconsin, U.S.
Achievements 2003 Craftsman Truck Series Champion
Awards 2001 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
261 race(s) run over 10 year(s)
Car no., team No. 32 (Go FAS Racing)
2013 position 31st
Best champ.
finish
23rd (2008)
First race 2004 Subway 500 (Martinsville)
Last race 2014 Pure Michigan 400 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 7 1
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
5 race(s) run over 4 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
111th (2007)
First race 2001 Outback Steakhouse 300 (Kentucky)
Last race 2009 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
147 race(s) run over 12 year(s)
Truck no., team No. 50 (MAKE Motorsports)
No. 05 (Athenian Motorsports
2013 position 114th
Best champ.
finish
1st (2003)
First race 2001 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (Daytona)
Last race 2014 Careers for Veterans 200 (Michigan)
First win 2001 Silverado 350K (Texas)
Last win 2007 Smith's Las Vegas 350 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
9 85 4
Statistics current as of August 17, 2014.

Travis Wade Kvapil (/ˈkwɑːpəl/ KWAH-pəl) (born March 1, 1976 in Janesville, Wisconsin[1]) is an American stock car racing driver. He competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 32 Ford for Go FAS Racing, and in the Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 05 Toyota for Athenian Motorsports.

Early career[edit]

Kvapil grew up working on cars in his father’s garage, and racing was a natural progression for the Wisconsin native. Kvapil began racing in 1992 at the age of 16 at Rockford Speedway, competing in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. He went on to win the American Short Tracker division track championship in 1994 at Rockford.[2] In 1995, he moved up to super late models at Madison International Speedway, ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile,” and was named the track Rookie of the Year. He also became the track’s Late Model Champion a year later in 1996. This honor made Kvapil the youngest to ever capture the title at the track at the age of 20.

Kvapil moved to the ARTGO Series, a Midwest asphalt short-track motor-racing touring series. He finished in the top-10 in points from 1998-2000.

NASCAR career[edit]

2001–2004[edit]

Kvapil raced for Roush Fenway Racing in their #6 Ford truck during the 2007 Craftsman Truck Series Season. Sponsorship came from K&N Filters.

In 2001, Kvapil made his debut in the Craftsman Truck Series driving for Addington Racing in the No. 60 CAT Rental Stores Chevrolet.[3] In his twenty-first start, Kvapil won his first Truck Series race in the Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.[4] Kvapil's eighteen top-10s led him to finish fourth place in the driver standings and[5] win the Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year.[6]

In 2002, Kvapil managed to match his win total by winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park. He finished the season with 14 top-10s and finished ninth in the final driver points standings.

Funding issues at Addington caused Kvapil to switch to the No. 16 IWX MotorFreight Chevrolet for Steve Coulter's Xpress Motorsports team in 2003. He won one race during the season at Bristol Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline Maxlife. Kvapil finished the season with 22 top-10s in 25 races (88 percent).[7] Kvapil passed Brendan Gaughan and Ted Musgrave in points at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Gaughan wrecked and Musgrave was black flagged during the race, giving the green flag to Kvapil as he was crowned the 2003 Craftsman Truck Series champion.[7][8] He was recorded at 99.9 percent lap completion rate, only missing one lap throughout the 2003 season.[9]

Prior to the start of the 2004 season, Kvapil began a partnership with Alexander Meshkin to drive the No. 24 Line-X-Benders and eBay Bang! Racing Toyota. Kvapil came away with his first win of the season during the Line-X Spray-on Truck Bedliners 200 at Michigan International Speedway. The win gave Toyota their first win in the top-tiers of NASCAR. Two months later, Kvapil won at New Hampshire International Speedway. The same season, Kvapil won his first Bud Pole Award in the Craftsman Truck Series[10] at the American Racing Wheels 200 at California Speedway. He finished eight in the final driver standings of the season.

2005–present[edit]

Kvapil drove for Yates Racing in their #28 Ford for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. K&N Filters sponsored the team during the Daytona 500.
Kvapil in the #28 at Darlington in 2008

At the end of the 2004 season, Kvapil made his first NEXTEL Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway. Kvapil drove the No. 06 Mobil 1 Dodge, the fourth car on the track from Penske Racing.[11] Prior to the 2005 Sprint Cup Series, Kvapil was chosen by Penske Racing to drive the No. 77 Eastman Kodak Dodge, replacing Brendan Gaughan.[12]

Kvapil scored his first ever Nextel Cup Series top-10 at Bristol Motor Speedway when he finished seventh during the Food City 500.[13] He picked up another top-10 at Phoenix International Raceway during the Checker Auto Parts 500. The two top-10 finishes pushed Kvapil to finish 33rd in the point standings during his first season in the series. When the season ended, the Penske Racing No. 77 team disbanded when Kodak pulled out of the sponsorship deal.[14][15]

After his departure from Penske, Kvapil signed with PPI Motorsports for the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season. He drove the No. 32 Tide[16] Chevrolet for the 2006 season. He had his best finishes of the season at Kansas Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway, where he finished nineteenth in each event.[17][18][19] Kvapil finished the season 36th in points, and was forced to find a new ride for the next season as his PPI contract only lasted one year.[20] PPI eventually shut down after the 2006 due to the inability to find a sponsor to replace Tide. The team also did not have a manufacturer commitment for the 2007 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season.[21][22]

In 2007, Jack Roush, owner of Roush Racing, offered Kvapil a seat in the No. 6 Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Kvapil replaced Mark Martin in the truck, who moved to Ginn Racing, and David Ragan, who was promoted to replace Martin in the No. 6 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.[23][24][25] Jack Roush, excited about signing with Kvapil, said, “We are pleased beyond measure that we were able to get a driver the caliber of Travis Kvapil. At only 30 years old with a Truck championship and two years of Sprint Cup experience under his belt, Travis brings great long and short term potential to and for Roush Racing.” He finished the season with four wins, three poles, eight top-5s and 12 top-10s. He finished the season sixth in the driver point standings. He returned to Roush Fenway Racing as a part-time driver in 2008 when Joey Clanton was released from the No. 09 Ford.[26][27]

Roush recognized Kvapil’s talents, and helped him move over to the newly formed Yates Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008.[28] Doug Yates took control of the company from his father Robert, and had a solid goal for the 2008 season. “By the 2008 Daytona 500, Yates Racing wants to be in an elevated position where we are competing successfully against any race team in the sport.” Kvapil drove the No. 28 Ford Fusion after the No. 88 was given to Hendrick Motorsports to be used for their new driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr..[29] Prior to the start of the season, Kvapil and teammate David Gilliland did not have full-time sponsorship on their Yates Racing Fords.[30] K&N Filters sponsored Kvapil’s team for the Daytona 500.[31] Two weeks later, Kvapil scored an eighth place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the UAW-Dodge 400.[32] The finish at LVMS, which was in an unsponsored car, gave Kvapil his third top-10 of his career. After the race, Zaxby's announced sponsorship for the No. 28 team for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.[33] He finished 29th in the race at AMS. With a one-race sponsorship deal with Northern Tool and Equipment, Kvapil finished in the sixth position at the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.[34][35] The finish gave him his career-best finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kvapil picked up another top-10 finish at Darlington Raceway at the Dodge Challenger 500.[36] Despite the lack of sponsorship for the year, Kvapil collected four top-10 finishes, one pole and finished 23rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings.[37]

In 2009, Kvapil returned to the No. 28, but the team was forced to close after six races due to lack of funding. Kvapil qualified in place of Bob Jenkins and part-time off-road-racer Robby Gordon.

Kvapil returned to the seat of a full-time Sprint Cup ride, driving the No. 34, 37, 38 Long John Silver's Ford for Front Row Motorsports. Kvapil returned to FRM, but signed up to compete for the Camping World Truck Series championship with Randy Moss Motorsports in their #5 Toyota. However, after 10 races Kvapil was released in favor of defending Truck champion Todd Bodine, whose Germain Racing team partnered with RMM to continue running Bodine for 2011. Kvapil stuck with FRM in the Cup Series, driving their #38 for most races until J.J. Yeley swapped rides with Kvapil, with the latter driving FRM's start and park #55.

Leaving FRM after the end of the 2011 season, Kvapil was signed by BK Racing to compete in the Sprint Cup Series for 2012. Kvapil drives the No. 93 Toyota starting with the second race of the year at Phoenix International Raceway with Todd Anderson serving as his crew chief;[38] At Darlington, where David Reutimann drove the No. 93, Kvapil drove the No. 73 for BK Racing, though he drove the No. 93 for the remainder of the season. [39] He also drove for RAB Racing in the season-opening Camping World Truck Series event, replacing the suspended John Wes Townley.[40] Kvapil ended the 2012 season in 27th in the Sprint Cup Series, his second best finish in the points since his debut.

However, in 2013, both Kvapil and BK Racing struggled. Kvapil dropped to 31st in points, recording five top-20 finishes, but 9 DNFs, including five blown engines. The team released Kvapil shortly before the start of the 2014 season;[41] during Speedweeks Kvapil announced he had signed to drive in the Sprint Cup Series on a limited basis for Go FAS Racing,[42] as well as in the Camping World Truck Series for MAKE Motorsports.[43] On August 12, it was announced that Kvapil would replace Townley in the No. 05 Athenian Motorsports Toyota for the Truck race at Michigan.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Kvapil is currently married to his wife Jennifer,[45] and has three children: Kelsey, Carson and Caden. The Kvapils reside in Mooresville, North Carolina.[46]

Kvapil competed against fellow Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth at Madison International Speedway. Kvapil, like Kenseth, is an avid Green Bay Packers fan. During the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup season, Kvapil and his No. 32 Tide from PPI Motorsports appeared on an episode of Guiding Light.[47]

Legal issues[edit]

On October 8, 2013, Kvapil was arrested by the Mooresville, North Carolina police department following a domestic dispute. Kvapil was charged with assault on a female and false imprisonment, and was released on $1,000 bail.[48] Kvapil was allowed to race in that weekend's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[49] On January 30, 2014, it was announced that Kvapil had accepted a plea deal in the case, pleading guilty in exchange for having the case dismissed following two years' probation, community service, and attending an anger management class.[50]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Bliss
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Bobby Hamilton
Achievements
Preceded by
Kurt Busch
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2001
Succeeded by
Brendan Gaughan