NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Travis Kvapil is “embarrassed” about his arrest earlier this week for alleged domestic violence. Despite the charges against him, Kvapil will still race the No. 83 BK Racing car at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend.
Kvapil spoke with reporters on Friday after he qualified 41st for the race, reports USA Today. The race car driver stated:
“Obviously, I’m embarrassed about the situation. I don’t like the negative effects it’s brought on. So I apologize to NASCAR, my team, supporters of my team, my fans anyone else who was impacted by what happened Tuesday night.”
Kvapil was referring to his Tuesday night arrest and subsequent charges of assault on a female and false imprisonment. USA Today obtained the driver’s arrest warrant, which showed his wife Jennifer suffered no serious injuries in the argument.
Travis Kvapil also spoke with Fox Sports after returning to work in Thursday in Charlotte. He added, “I deeply regret what has happened. However, we feel it is a family, personal matter and ask for respect and privacy as we try to work this out as a family.”
It is also a court matter, as the BK Racing driver has a court date scheduled for November 19 to deal with the charges, two days after the Cup Series’ finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
According to court records seen by a few media sites, Kvapil allegedly pulled his wife into a bedroom by her hair and struck her in the head. For the time being, he isn’t allowed to return home and can only speak with his wife by either phone or email on matters that concern the couple’s three children.
Understandably, Kvapil commented that the situation has “been tough” on his family. He added, “I definitely will learn from it. We’re taking it seriously. We’re not making light of it.” It is unclear if Travis Kvapil and his wife will reconcile or what consequences the NASCAR driver will face as a result of the domestic violence charges.
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