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Amy Henderson · Thursday October 10, 2013
NASCAR issued a statement on Thursday that the sanctioning body will continue to investigate the situation surrounding Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil, who was charged on Wednesday with misdemeanor assault on a female and false imprisonment after a domestic dispute with his wife, Jennifer. Kvapil allegedly pulled Jennifer by her hair into a bedroom and then struck her in the head when she tried to get away. Kvapil was charged in Iredell County (NC) District Court, and will appear in court on November 19 to answer to those charges.
The sanctioning body released the following statement Thursday afternoon: “NASCAR does not condone the actions with which Travis Kvapil has been charged and we are disappointed to learn of this incident. We have been in close communication with the race team and are in the process of gathering as much information as possible. NASCAR takes this matter very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation as it moves forward.”
The sanctioning body did not rule out or confirm possible future suspension or other action against Kvapil.
BK Racing, for whom Kvapil drives the No. 93 Toyota, says the team will stand behind its driver at this time, choosing to let the legal system make a decision first.
“It’s the right thing for Travis and his family to let the system take its course,” said the team in an official statement. “He has the ability to set aside the issues and focus, and he’s prepared to race this weekend.”
Kvapil had been slated to carry a decal on the No. 93 supporting Domestic Violence Awareness, but that decal has been removed.
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