Former trucks champ Kvapil signs on with Roush

Updated: November 15, 2006, 9:47 AM ET
Associated Press

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 series.

"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.

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