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Travis Kvapil Has Sprint Cup Car Stolen from Hotel Parking Lot

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

@Teamxtreme44/Twitter

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 toย 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.ย 


Police Locate Stolen Sprint Cup Car

Saturday, Feb. 28

Team Xtreme tweeted that Gwinnett County police located the stolen car early Saturday morning:

NY Racing Team @Nyracingteam

Lost and Found section of the road. http://t.co/L3cEdi9o0R

NY Racing Team @Nyracingteam

Official Teamxtreme44 @TravisKvapil @NASCAR car found by @Gwinnettcounty police officers Tonelli, Wolfson Digby๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ http://t.co/SkUkHyCxft

NY Racing Team @Nyracingteam

So Happy to have "old faithful" back. Favorite race car. http://t.co/ZtAdKyPSg6


Kvapil Has Sprint Cup Car Stolen

Friday, Feb. 27ย 

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 onย 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:

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Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass

Xtreme owner John Cohen says the team will have to withdraw. Does have cars that can go to Vegas. #nascar

Kvapil tweeted about the ordeal, asking for help in recovering the car:

Travis Kvapil @TravisKvapil

Wow. Anyone near Atlanta find my stolen Cup car let me know! Unreal

In an effort to catch the perpetrator, Kvapil tweeted photos of the trailer and the No. 44 car:

Travis Kvapil @TravisKvapil

Here it is......New Jersey plates http://t.co/YayDb2Ya6u

Travis Kvapil @TravisKvapil

With this inside! @Teamxtreme44 http://t.co/H5p1Boc9Cm

The 38-year-old racing veteran also raised the notion that the thief may not even have known the car was inside the trailer:

Travis Kvapil @TravisKvapil

I bet when whoever has it, opens the trailer and is going to be like 'oh snap'

Kvapil regretted that they would be unable to track the stolen vehicle:

Travis Kvapil @TravisKvapil

Dang.... I'm wishing we had LoJack or something on it!

According to Jim Noble of SiriusXM NASCAR, hotel surveillance caught the crime on camera:

Jim Noble @Noble_Jim

Travis Kvapil will join us on Tradin Paint 11:30aET @SiriusXMNASCAR to discuss stolen #44 car.There is hotel surveillance vid showing heist.

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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