Travis Kvapil Withdraws From Atlanta Sprint Cup Race After Car Is Stolen


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Team XTREME Racing withdrew their entry on Friday for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Travis Kvapil was going to pilot #44 Phoenix Warehouse Chevy, but the car was stolen Friday morning from the parking lot of the team’s hotel in Morrow, Georgia.

The team’s transport hauler, which would normally house the car, was parked in the infield of AMS. According to Kvapil, the car wasn’t in the hauler because the team spent extra time working on it in the shop back in North Carolina. They brought the car down separately in an unmarked enclosed trailer being pulled by a black Ford pickup truck, both of which were stolen.

Police told USA Today Sports that it’s likely the thieves didn’t know what they were taking:

“Sometimes what happens when thieves see trailers, they might just assume there’s something in the trailer they can go off and sell,” Morrow Police Sgt. Larry Oglesby told USA TODAY Sports. “Sometimes when things like this occur, they will drop off the items in a parking lot somewhere — like a Walmart parking lot — once they realize what they have.

“They’ll open it up and say, ‘Oh my God, this is not what we thought it was. Let’s get out of here.’ And they’ll take off and leave it sitting there. We’re hoping that will be the situation so he can get back to his races this weekend, because they drove quite a distance to participate.”

Team XTREME Racing is an underfunded team with limited resources and couldn’t get a backup ready in time for qualifying Friday evening. They scrambled last week to put together a backup car for Reed Sorenson to race in the Daytona 500 after he crashed during qualifying. He finished 32nd.

Team owner John Cohen told USA Today Sports that they would be ready to race next week in Las Vegas.