Janesville native, NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil arrested in North Carolina

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Nico Savidge
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MOORESVILLE, N.C.—A NASCAR driver with roots in Janesville was arrested Tuesday night in North Carolina on domestic violence charges, according to police.

Prosecutors have charged Travis W. Kvapil, 37, with assault of a female and false imprisonment for an incident at his home in Mooresville, N.C.

Kvapil grew up in Janesville and graduated from Milton High School in 1994.

Police went to Kvapil's home at 6:51 p.m. Tuesday after a 911 call about a dispute between Kvapil and his wife, according to a news release.

Mooresville police Capt. Joseph Cook said the charge of false imprisonment refers to “restraining someone against their will” but otherwise declined to say what happened in the incident.

Kvapil is now free on bond after a court hearing Wednesday morning, Cook said.

He is next due in court Nov. 19, according to the Iredell County District Attorney's Office.

Cook did not know off the top of his head if police have been called to Kvapil's residence before or if authorities have had any contact with him in the past.

Kvapil raced at Rockford Speedway and Madison International Speedway in the 1990s before moving to NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series, where he won rookie of the year honors in 2001 and the outright title in 2003.

Kvapil moved to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the sport's highest level, in 2004 and now drives for BK Racing.

The team posted a photo on its Twitter account Wednesday afternoon showing a sticker on Kvapil's car promoting Domestic Violence Awareness Month, according to Charlotte, N.C., television station WBTV. The tweet was later deleted.

A BK Racing representative told another Charlotte station, WCNC, that the team had no comment on Kvapil's arrest.

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