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.”