Report: Despite arrest, assault charge, Kvapil to race this weekend at Charlotte (UPDATED)

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One day after NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Travis Kvapil was released on bond after being arrested Tuesday in North Carolina for assault and false imprisonment, BK Racing has confirmed that he will drive their No. 93 Toyota in this weekend’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“After discussions with NASCAR and the Kvapil family, BK Racing has elected to support Travis and his family,” BK Racing co-owner Ron Devine told FOXSports.com’s Lee Spencer.

“It’s the right thing for Travis and his family to let the system take its course. He has the ability to set aside the issues and focus, and he’s prepared to race this weekend.”

Kvapil, 37, was arrested in Mooresville, North Carolina. The town’s police department issued a statement that said officers responded to an emergency call from the Kvapil residence on Tuesday night and then arrested the driver in connection with a domestic dispute with his wife.

UPDATED, 3:15 p.m. ET: NASCAR has issued a statement on the matter. It reads as follows:

“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.”

UPDATED, 4:40 p.m. ET: And now we have a full team statement from BK Racing and team owner Ron Devine, beyond what was written above:

“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. Further comment will be available as additional information becomes available.”

BREAKING: John Force taken to hospital after Phoenix eliminations crash

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16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force has been taken to a local hospital for evaluation and examination following a wicked crash with fellow Funny Car driver Johnnie Lindberg.

The crash occurred during the quarterfinals of Sunday’s final eliminations in the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix.

Force was headed for a win when the engine on his Peak Chevrolet Camaro blew up just as it crossed the finish line, destroying the body. Lindberg, meanwhile, lost traction about one-third of the way down-track, but then got back into the gas to try and catch Force.

Force appeared to lose control of the body-less car and went across from the left lane he was in to the right-hand lane, where he hit the retaining wall in front of Lindberg.

Lindberg tried to avoid Force, but couldn’t. To make matters worse, the body on Lindberg’s car then came off and Force’s and Lindberg’s cars got tangled up in Lindberg’s parachute, sending both chassis’ into the left retaining wall.

Lindberg emerged from his Funny Car under his own power and was checked at the medical center before heading back to his pit.

Force, meanwhile, was helped out of his mangled wreck by the NHRA Safety Safari and was transported by ambulance to the hospital due to the severity of the impact.

Even though Force will be credited with the round win, he obviously will not be able to continue for the remainder of the eliminations.

To add insult to injury, NHRA officials charged Force with oiling down the racetrack, his third of the season in just the first two races. That will cost him 15 points in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series standings and a fine of $4,000.

Here are several posts from social media, including video of the incident from NHRA:

This is the second time Force has had an engine explode and the body blew off in the last two weeks. He also wrecked during the qualifying Feb. 9 for the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California. Here’s the video of that wreck:

MORE: John Force taken to hospital as a precaution after Funny Car motor explodes.

We’ll update Force’s condition when it becomes available.

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