Why Travis Kvapil May Be Done with Yates Racing

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IMarch 14, 2009

Next week, after the conclusion of the Food City 500 at Bristol, Travis Kvapil may not be racing for quite a while.

Kvapil and his No. 28 Yates team have struggled to find sponsorship for the entire 2009 season but were able to put together sponsors for the first five races.

The hope was that Kvapil would be able to run well enough to get into the top 35 in points and gain attention for future sponsors.

Neither of those things happened.

He finished 42nd in the Daytona 500, 18th at California and then failed to qualify for Las Vegas. He blew an engine last weekend at Atlanta and finished 42nd.

Currently he sits 39th in owners points, 72 points behind the 35th place driver Mark Martin.

The team has already been informed that they will not be running the following two events that take place after Bristol—Martinsville and Texas. They were also told that if they don't get a full-time sponsor they won't be racing the rest of the year.

Kvapil had finished 23rd in points last season, but after Bobby Labonte joined the team in the No. 96 Ask.com Ford and Paul Menard brought over his sponsor from Dale Earnhardt Inc., Kvapil was left with no sponsor and no points.

Yates racing had done points swapping during the offseason.

Yates co-owner Max Jones says, “Right now it’s still five [races]. We’re still talking to people. Hopefully it can be more, but we don’t have any firm commitments for more than five right now.”

Kvapil joined the team in 2008 after leaving the Camping World Truck Series for Roush Racing were he won four races in 2007 and finished sixth in points.

Source: Jayski.com