Early spin slows Kvapil in season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Ford EcoBoost 400 | Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series | Race 36 of 36 | Sunday, November 17, 2013

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (November 18, 2013) – Travis Kvapil and the No. 93 Dr Pepper / Samy Toyota Camry team finished 37th at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the final race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  Competing in south Florida, Kvapil’s machine sustained damage to the rear end after two spins early in the 267-lap event.

Kvapil rolled off 33rd for the 400-mile race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  After logging 100 laps in practice, the Dr Pepper / Samy team had their car perfectly balanced for the start of the race.  Kvapil immediately began climbing the leader board when the green flag waved, to pick up five positions and move solidly inside the top 30 within the opening 10 laps.

On lap 11, while making a pass in the outside groove, Kvapil’s No. 93 Toyota Camry got loose and spun in turn one.  With damage to the rear end, Kvapil pulled down pit road for his Dr Pepper / Samy team to assess the damage and make repairs.  Just 13 laps later, the same thing occurred as the Dr Pepper / Samy machine stepped out on Kvapil while racing through turn three to once again make contact with the outside retaining wall.  With heavy damage to the rear of their racecar, Kvapil’s BK Racing crew continued to battle a loose racecar the rest of the day while they continued to log laps around the 1.5-mile speedway.  At the conclusion of 400 miles, Kvapil was credited with a 37th-place finish.

“I can’t thank my Dr Pepper / Samy team enough for sticking by me all season,” commented Kvapil.  “We didn’t get the finish we were looking for today, but I’m happy to say that we had a really strong racecar in those opening laps.  I’m proud of the effort of my guys, for never giving up this season, and for continually building competitive racecars.  I’d like to thank the owners of BK Racing and all of our partners for their effort and commitment this season–Burger King, Dr Pepper, Lipman, Toyota, Old Dominion Raceway, Samy, Sherwin-Williams, and Lincoln Welders–it’s been an honor to work with everyone this year and to represent so many great brands.  I’m looking forward to the 2014 race season.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will kick off the 2014 race season with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23, 2014.  Coverage of Speedweeks from Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway will be provided by FOX, FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio; check your local listings for details.  Fans can also visit BKRacing.com, twitter.com/bkracing8393 or facebook.com/bkracing8393 for the latest news and updates about BK Racing.

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