Roush Racing has named former NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil as driver of its No.
6 Ford F-150 truck next season.
Kvapil will replace Mark Martin, who is leaving the Roush team
next season. Martin, a Nextel Cup star driving part-time in the
truck this season, won five times in 13 starts.
"We are pleased beyond measure that we were able to get a
driver the caliber of Travis Kvapil," said team owner Jack Roush.
"At only 30 years old, with a truck championship and two years of
Nextel Cup experience under his belt, Travis brings great long- and
short-term potential to and for Roush Racing."
Besides winning the truck title in 2003, Kvapil also was rookie
of the year in 2001. He compiled five wins, 40 top-five finishes
and 64 top-10 finishes in his four full seasons in the truck
"It's a great opportunity to join an organization that
constantly demonstrates its ability to compete successfully in all
areas of competition," said Kvapil, who has run 30 of 35 Cup races
this season with Cal Wells' PPI Motorsports and is 36th in the
points. "I'm looking forward to re-establishing a record of
excellent competitive results in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
and hope that I can continue competing successfully for a long time
with Roush Racing."
The No. 6 truck has no sponsor yet, but Roush Racing president
Geoff Smith said that should change quickly now that Kvapil has
been named to drive the truck.
"Our sponsor prospects have been waiting for us to settle on
the driver and, now that Travis is on board, we expect to close on
a sponsorship shortly," Smith said.