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.”

Hinch boldly “goes” where many drivers have gone before

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One of the most common questions racing drivers face is “What happens if you have to use the bathroom when you’re driving?”

And the most common answer is “You just go.” While admittedly a little disgusting, it is nonetheless a problem that occasionally surfaces, and an innumerable amount of drivers have done so in their careers.

However, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe apparently had never found himself in such a predicament in his career. That is, until Sunday in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

While under the first red flag for rain, Hinchcliffe started to receive “nature’s call.” Unable to get out of the car to use a restroom – drivers had not been permitted to get out of their cars – Hinchcliffe was forced to wait and hold it.

But when the cars briefly took to the track again prior to a second red flag, it became too much to handle, and Hinch was forced to “relieve himself” while circulating under caution.

“I always maintained that I knew at some point in my career it would happen,” he quipped to NBCSN’s Kevin Lee.”

He added, “I was sitting there under that first red (flag), just begging to get three minutes. That’s all you need, (steering wheel off to wheel on). And when we got going again, my legs were shaking, I had to go so bad. I’m like ‘I can’t drive a race car like this.’ So under caution, it took me a full lap, it was one of the least comfortable experiences of my entire life, but I can officially say I’ve joined the likes of Will Power, Dario Franchitti, and other greats that have peed themselves in their suit.”

Social media reaction added to the moment’s hilarity, with SPM and teammate Robert Wickens weighing in.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal also chimed in, coming to Hinchcliffe’s defense.

Hinchcliffe, fully refreshed, will restart the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in fifth when racing resumes on Monday.

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