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Kvapil Update, Earnhardt Milestones And A Popular Driver Contest

BY DAVE GRAYSON
Here’s an update regarding NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil and his October 8th arrest for an act of domestic violence at his home. Law enforcement officials from Iredell County-North Carolina have alleged that Kvapil’s wife sustained minor injuries during the incident. Their investigation has also determined that Kvapil was not under the influence of alcohol at the time and no weapons were used during the incident. Kvapil has been officially charged with misdemeanor assault on a female and his next court appearance has been scheduled for November 19th.

Thursday morning the driver’s race team, BK Racing, issued the following statement:

“BK Racing understands the severity of the situation and we don’t condone the actions that Travis has been accused of,” commented Ron Devine, co-owner of BK Racing. “We feel it’s important to let the system take its course. For that reason, we have elected to support Travis and his family and keep Travis in the car for this weekend’s race, (at the Charlotte Motor Speedway). Further comment will be available as additional information becomes available.”

Also Thursday morning NASCAR officials issued the following statement:

“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.”

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Only 33 drivers have started 500 races in their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series careers, but this Saturday in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to add his name to that elite list.
Fourteen years ago in May 1999, the Kannapolis, NC native made his series debut at his home track. The then-24-year-old driver started eighth in the No. 8 Chevrolet owned by his father, seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt – who, it so happens, also made his series debut at the 1.5-mile track. The younger Earnhardt finished the 1999 Coca-Cola 600 16th, three laps off the lead lap. Earnhardt also scored his first career pole at CMS, in 2000.

Now, with 499 races in the books, he’s compiled 19 wins, 111 top fives, 199 top 10s and 13 poles. If Earnhardt, who celebrated his 39th birthday on Thurs., Oct. 10, wins this weekend, he would become the third driver to win in their 500th start (Richard Petty in 1970; Matt Kenseth three weeks ago at New Hampshire).

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There’s one guarantee in this year’s voting for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver Awards: Fans will crown a new winner.With Danica Patrick, last year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series winner, moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nelson Piquet Jr., last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner, racing in the Nationwide Series, this year’s vote – like the eventual winner’s driving style – is wide open. 

For the sixth consecutive year, fans can vote online for the Most Popular Driver Award in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Twitter hashtags: #NNSMPD, #NCWTSMPD).

Each series has a dedicated site on NASCAR.com for voting.

Voting is open and runs through Friday, Nov. 15 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Saturday, Nov. 16 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, prior to the respective season finale races at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend.

To be eligible to receive votes, drivers must have selected either the NASCAR Nationwide Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to receive 2013 championship driver points. Additionally, drivers must have attempted at least half of each series’ races this season.

The winners will be announced at the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards. The combined post-season gala will once again take place in South Florida at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Monday, Nov. 18.

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