Travis Kvapil’s group withdraws from competition after automobile theft

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HAMPTON, Ga. – Team Xtreme Racing on Friday was forced to repel a No. 44 Chevrolet from Sunday’s Sprint Cup competition during Atlanta Motor Speedway after a usually accessible automobile was stolen from a Drury Inn parking lot in Murrow early in a morning.

Team owners John Cohen told USA Today Sports that a group will enter a eventuality subsequent weekend during Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Cohen pronounced he didn’t have an theory on a value of a competition car. However, according to a military news performed by USA TODAY Sports, a automobile is valued during $250,000.

The usually lead, Cohen said, was a notice video display a team’s unmarked dually trailer being stolen with a automobile inside. The group hauler with collection was already during AMS.

“All we know is it was a china jeep,” Cohen said. “One man got out and they pulled off together.”​

Travis Kvapil was scheming to try to validate for Sunday’s competition in a automobile Friday afternoon during 5:45.

Kvapil pronounced he got a content this morning from a organisation member that there was “trouble with a car,” though he didn’t consider most of it since “I kind of suspicion they were messing with me.”

Only when he got voicemails from a crewman and his organisation arch an hour after did he figure it was something important.

“I suspicion maybe something happened in tech (inspection) or NASCAR was going to allocate it or something like that,” he said. “Come to find out we had large problems on a car.”

Team Xtreme competent for a Daytona 500 final week and finished 32nd with motorist Reed Sorenson. But Kvapil is in a automobile this week with Sorenson pushing for another team.

NASCAR teams tested during Atlanta on Thursday, definition all a other cars are already cumulative inside a track.

The dual Daytona cars — one that was broken in subordinate and one that ran in a Daytona 500 — are behind in a competition shop. The stolen automobile was one that was being prepared to run during Atlanta and Las Vegas, though a credentials was stalled when a group had to hasten to prepared a Daytona backup.

Team Xtreme sent a competition hauler to a lane Wednesday forward of a storm, though a automobile wasn’t ready. The group of eight-to-10 crewmen worked until midnight Tuesday and Wednesday to ready a car, afterwards until 5 p.m. Thursday. That’s since it arrived around tiny trailer on Thursday night.

“There’s a lot of income inside that small trailer right now,” Kvapil said. “For a team’s consequence and John Cohen’s sake, hopefully it can be recovered. Otherwise it would be a really, unequivocally outrageous reversal for a team.”

Morrow (Ga.) Police told USA TODAY Sports a automobile was inside an unmarked white Sunbeam trailer being hauled by a black 2004 Ford F-350 and was parked outward a Drury Inn. The group had parked a competition hauler during a lane earlier, though was bringing a automobile down separately.

Police are acid for a competition automobile and trailer.

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

“They’ll open it adult and say, ‘Oh my God, this is not what we suspicion it was. Let’s get out of here.’ And they’ll take off and leave it sitting there. We’re anticipating that will be a conditions so he can get behind to his races this weekend, since they gathering utterly a stretch to participate.”

According to a military report, notice footage prisoner partial of a theft. At 5:25 a.m., a newer indication china or grey Jeep Cherokee was celebrated pushing into a Drury Inn parking lot. It was seen returning during 5:32 a.m.; dual mins later, a trailer and a automobile inside were seen withdrawal a property.

Team Xtreme organisation arch Peter Sospenzo called military during 5:52 a.m. to news a trailer missing.

According to a military report, a backup engine also inside a trailer is valued during $100,000 and there was $17,500 value of other apparatus in a trailer.

“It would be a detriment if we couldn’t locate a vehicle,” Oglesby said.

Kvapil is wakeful of fans tweeting during him observant a blank automobile is some arrange of kismet for never being punished by NASCAR as a outcome of his domestic assault occurrence in Oct 2013.

Kurt Busch was dangling by NASCAR after a decider postulated a confining sequence opposite him final week for an purported domestic assault occurrence with his ex-girlfriend in Sep 2014.

“Obviously there’s been a lot of things function over a final few weeks and now with this, there’s a lot going on,” Kvapil said. “I conclude a fan support and we theory we rather know their questions on a other side of it as well. All we can do is only know what my conditions is and try to get on a racetrack and do a best pursuit we can.”

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