Travis Kvapil was slated to drive the No. 44 Team Xtreme Racing Chevrolet in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but the car was stolen Thursday night. Fortunately, Georgia police found the vehicle Saturday morning.
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Arrest Warrant Issued for Theft of Sprint Cup Car
Monday, March 9
Dustin Long of NASCARTalk.com talked to Sgt. Larry Oglesby of the Morrow Police Department, who confirmed that an arrest warrant was issued in the case of Kvapil's stolen Sprint Cup car.
Police Locate Stolen Sprint Cup Car
Saturday, Feb. 28
Team Xtreme tweeted that Gwinnett County police located the stolen car early Saturday morning:
Lost and Found section of the road. pic.twitter.com/L3cEdi9o0R— Team XTREME Racing (@Teamxtreme44) February 28, 2015
So Happy to have "old faithful" back. Favorite race car. pic.twitter.com/ZtAdKyPSg6— Team XTREME Racing (@Teamxtreme44) February 28, 2015
Kvapil Has Sprint Cup Car Stolen
Friday, Feb. 27
According to ESPN.com's Bob Pockrass, a trailer containing the car was taken from the parking lot of a hotel in Morrow, Georgia.
Kvapil appeared on Sirius XM NASCAR radio to explain the circumstances behind what happened to his car:
With the car now missing, Team Xtreme has no choice but to withdraw from Sunday's race, per Pockrass:
Xtreme owner John Cohen says the team will have to withdraw. Does have cars that can go to Vegas. #nascar— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 27, 2015
Kvapil tweeted about the ordeal, asking for help in recovering the car:
Wow. Anyone near Atlanta find my stolen Cup car let me know! Unreal— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015
In an effort to catch the perpetrator, Kvapil tweeted photos of the trailer and the No. 44 car:
Here it is......New Jersey plates pic.twitter.com/YayDb2Ya6u— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015
The 38-year-old racing veteran also raised the notion that the thief may not even have known the car was inside the trailer:
I bet when whoever has it, opens the trailer and is going to be like 'oh snap'— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015
Kvapil regretted that they would be unable to track the stolen vehicle:
Dang.... I'm wishing we had LoJack or something on it!— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015
According to Jim Noble of SiriusXM NASCAR, hotel surveillance caught the crime on camera:
Travis Kvapil will join us on Tradin Paint 11:30aET @SiriusXMNASCAR to discuss stolen #44 car.There is hotel surveillance vid showing heist.— Jim Noble (@Noble_Jim) February 27, 2015
Smaller teams are needed in order to keep the Sprint Cup Series going strong, and there was at least an outside chance of Kvapil and Co. having a good run at a bigger track such as Atlanta.
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