Female fans normally know more facts about what’s going on than men do anyway. I’d say they’re a more intelligent fan on top of that. They normally know more about what we’ve done than we know about what we’ve done. --- Tony Stewart
There are female fans who take apart engines and will take you apart if you have a problem with that; who are drawn to the danger and mystery of the sport; who watch races on TV to witness pure passion and unscripted emotion; who love the camaraderie of these family-friendly festivals; who feel the nervous anxiety of the lip-biting wives atop the pit boxes. --- Andrew Giangola “The Weekend Starts on Wednesday”
Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 93 Toyota Camry for BK Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, already has a top-tier NASCAR title to his credit. Find out in which series he won it in this week’s Fast Facts.
Travis Kvapil was born March 1, 1976 in Janesville, Wisconsin. Growing up, he worked in his father’s garage, and at age 16 began racing at Rockford Speedway in Illinois, where he won the American Short Tracker division championship in 1994. In 1995 he moved up to Super Late Models at Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin and won the track’s Rookie of the Year award. In 1996 at age 20, he became the youngest title holder in the track’s history when he won the Late Model championship.
From 1998 to 2000, Kvapil raced in the short-track ARTGO Series, finishing in the top 10 in points each season. From there, he moved up to the Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series in 2001 with Addington Racing, winning Rookie of the Year. Two seasons later in 2003 with Xpress Motorsports, Kvapil became the Truck Series champ. In 143 Truck Series races to date, Kvapil has nine wins and 85 top 10 finishes.
Late in the 2004 season, Kvapil made his Cup Series debut with Penske Racing at Martinsville Speedway. He went on to replace Brendan Gaughan as the driver of the No. 77 for Penske in 2005. Kvapil has also driven for PPI Motorsports, Yates Racing and Front Row Motorsports before joining BK Racing in 2012. He also spent time with Roush Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports in the Truck Series.
Kvapil and his wife Jennifer have three children, Kelsey, Carson and Caden. He is a fan of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.
In 2006, Kvapil appeared in one episode of the soap opera Guiding Light along with his Tide ride from PPI Motorsports.