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NASCAR Allows Kvapil To Participate In Racing Activities After Domestic Violence Arrest

Kvapil knows the arrest could impact his ability to land future rides
NASCAR is allowing driver Travis Kvapil to participate in weekend activities, including Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500, after being arrested Tuesday on "misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and false imprisonment following a domestic dispute with his wife," according to Bob Pockrass of SPORTING NEWS. NASCAR issued a statement on Thursday that said the organization "takes this matter very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation as it moves forward." BK Racing co-Owner Ron Devine in a statement said, "We feel it's important to let the system take its course." Pockrass reported Kvapil's No. 93 Toyota was going to include a "decal of a ribbon for domestic abuse awareness," but that was "not on the car Thursday prior to Cup practice." Kvapil knows the arrest "could impact his ability to land future rides." He said, "I'm sure there's certainly sponsors, the manufacturer, everybody is going to have to take a close look at this. Obviously I represent a number of supporters for BK Racing, and I'm the face of that. Certainly there could be an impact there" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 10/10). USA TODAY's Nate Ryan writes under the header, "Kvapil's Arrest Is Latest Stain On Sport's Image." He writes a "solid case could be made" that NASCAR should take disciplinary action against Kvapil. The fallout "could have a negative impact on the NASCAR brand," as Kvapil's arrest is the latest episode in a season "pockmarked by incessantly unfortunate plot twists that sometimes feel akin to death by a thousand cuts to NASCAR's reputation" (USA TODAY, 10/11).
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