Travis Kvapil and Team Xtreme’s hopes at racing in Sunday’s Fold for Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway were crushed when their No. 44 Chevrolet SS stock car was stolen along with the team’s trailer from the parking lot of the Drury Inn in Morrow, Georgia last week.
Luckily, Kvapil and his team’s weekend still ended on a high note. They thought they’d never see the $250,000 stock car again, but at 3 a.m., they received a phone call from police informing them their car had been found dumped in a field on a rural road just outside of Atlanta. The thieves drove away with the team’s Ford truck and trailer at 5:34 a.m, leading Kvapil to believe the thieves didn’t know quite what they were stealing.
“I’m sure they had no idea what they were getting into, and if they looked at Twitter or watched their local news or anything like that, they probably understand the magnitude of this race car,” Kvapil told NBC.
The trailer itself, which also contained a $100,000 racing engine and about $17,500 in other parts, has yet to be recovered, but the team is remaining optimistic that it too will be found. In the end, Kvapil and the team are just happy their fastest and most consistent car has been found, as “you can’t buy that back or (the) time put into it.”
So Happy to have “old faithful” back. Favorite race car. pic.twitter.com/ZtAdKyPSg6
— Team XTREME Racing (@Teamxtreme44) February 28, 2015