NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil charged with assault

jmarusak@charlotteobserver.comOctober 9, 2013 

NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver Travis Kvapil was arrested late Tuesday after his wife was assaulted in their Mooresville home, Mooresville police Capt. Joseph Cooke said.

Police charged Kvapil, 37, with one count each of assault on a female and false imprisonment.

Kvapil, the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck series champion, was in the Iredell County Detention Center in Statesville pending an appearance in Iredell County District Court on Wednesday.

Police responded to the couple’s home after receiving a 911 call regarding an assault, Cooke said. Police haven’t released further details of the incident.

Kvapil was born in Janesville, Wis., and drives the No. 93 Toyota for BK Racing in the Sprint Cup series. He is ranked 31st in the Sprint Cup standings and has earned about $3.2 million this year.

He was the 2001 NASCAR Truck Series rookie of the year. In 2004, he gave Toyota its first manufacturer`s NASCAR Truck Series win, at Michigan International Speedway.

Donato Bonquisto, a spokesman for Kvapil’s team, said shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday that team officials “are currently not in a position to comment or provide any details” but planned to issue a statement later.

NASCAR is aware of Kvapil’s arrest but has no comment at this time, a spokesman said.

Staff Writer Jim Utter contributed.

Marusak: 704-987-3670; Twitter: @jmarusak

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