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Travis Kvapil Biography

Birth Date: March 1
Birthplace: Janesville, WI
Resides: Mooresville, N.C.
Wife: Jennifer
Children: Kelsey, Carson and Caden

Entering the 2012 season, the NASCAR veteran is in a position to take his Sprint Cup Series effort to the next level.

A native of Wisconsin, Kvapil made a name for himself racing throughout the Midwest during his childhood. His resume around the asphalt ovals near his hometown rank him with the legends and one of the most successful short-track racers to make it onto the national scene. Starting at a nearby track, Rockford Speedway, in Rockford, Ill., Kvapil began racing seriously at the age of 16 and by 18 was a track champion and multiple-feature winner at the track.

As success breeds new opportunities, Kvapil finally got the call that every young driver covets. In 2001 Kvapil made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Addington Racing and found much success, highlighted by his first win at the Texas Motor Speedway. He earned an incredible 18 top-10 finishes and won Rookie of the Year honors.

The next three seasons Kvapil raced again for Addington Racing, Xpress Motorsports and Bang! Racing in the Camping World Truck Series. As he did in the super late model ranks, Kvapil was building his reputation as one of the most consistent frontrunners in the truck series. He earned an impressive record of 46 top-10 and 29 top-five finishes with four wins in that three-year span at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Michigan International Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The 2003 season with Xpress Motorsports was one for Kvapil to cherish. He captured a win, but also posted 22 top-10 results, enough to capture the Camping World Truck Series Championship that The Championship in 2003 and two more wins in 2004 helped propel him to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Penske Racing in 2005. Kvapil scored two top-10 finishes in his rookie season in the series, and then moved to PPI Racing the following season. Both Sprint Cup opportunities provided Kvapil with experience, but never the right combination to In 2007, Kvapil moved back to the truck series, but this time for Jack Roush and the elite Roush Racing truck operation. That season he won four more races and three poles to a finish an impressive sixth-place in the championship standings.

His talents were once again recognized by Roush, who helped him move over to the newly formed Yates Racing in the Sprint Cup Series in 2008. His most successful Sprint Cup year, Kvapil finished 23rd in points with a pole position at Talladega Super Speedway four top-10 finishes including an impressive 7th place finish in the series finale at Homestead The following season was an abbreviated one for Kvapil. He was sidelined after the first five races of the 2009 season when Yates Racing team closed the team due to lack of proper funding. He continued to race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series and was called behind the wheel for two races at the tail end of the season, driving for a young Sprint Cup team named Front Row Motorsports.

Front Row owner Bob Jenkins liked what he saw in Kvapil and pursued him in the off-season to become a full-time member of the team. The following spring, Kvapil was reunited with some old friends – Ford, Roush/Yates Racing Engines and former Yates teammate David Gilliland – when he signed on to drive the #38 Ford for Jenkins. Despite limited funding, Front Row came into the season with an aggressively expanded team, growing its stable from one full-time car to three. As a part of the “little team that could,” Kvapil qualified for 34 of 36 races, and earned one top-20 and eight top-25 finishes.

He returned to the yellow-and-blue No. 38 Ford race car in 2011, with a season’s worth of experience and familiarity with his quipment and team, ready to take full advantage of the opportunity he was presented. In 2011, Kvapil continued the upward trend for Front Row Motorsports securing a position in the Top 35 in final points on the strength of a set of late season competitive finishes culminating in a season best 16th place finish at Martinsville, VA. Once again Kvapil proved his ability join an operation with limited funding and achieve strong results.

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