A trailer with the NASCAR Sprint Cup car Travis Kvapil was to drive this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway was stolen overnight, Team Xtreme owner John Cohen confirmed.
Cohen said the team does not have another car and will withdraw from this weekend’s event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Cohen said the team will be at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next weekend.
The black Ford pickup, white trailer (both with New Jersey license plates) and the No. 44 car were taken early Friday morning from outside the team’s hotel in Morrow, Ga. A silver or gray Jeep Cherokee was spotted leaving the hotel at the time of the theft, according to a team statement issued Friday afternoon.
“That was a thief that stole that,’’ Cohen told NACAR Talk.
Cohen said that the team sent its hauler to the track early this week without the No. 44 car because of the bad weather forecasted. The team continued to work on the car in its shop before transporting it Thursday.
Team Xtreme did not participate in Thursday’s test session at Atlanta.
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After running full-time last season for Tommy Baldwin Racing, Sprint Cup veteran Reed Sorenson has picked up a program for this year’s Daytona 500 with Team Xtreme Racing (formerly Xxxtreme Motorsport).
Sorenson and his No. 44 Chevrolet will have primary sponsorship from Golden Corral and Peter Sospenzo as crew chief for the Great American Race.
“The 44 team has been hard at work over the offseason,” Xtreme owner John Cohen said in a statement. “We have made some big steps to further our efforts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and it all begins at Daytona.
“Hiring Reed Sorenson to drive for us at the 500 was the right move for our team. He excels at restrictor plate racing and we are excited to get to Daytona.”
Sorenson has made 11 career Cup starts at Daytona with a best finish of fifth in the 2008 Daytona 500 for Chip Ganassi Racing. He also finished ninth in the 2009 ‘500’ for Richard Petty Motorsports and eighth in the 2010 running for now-defunct Team Red Bull.
In last year’s 500 with TBR, Sorenson finished 16th. That was his second-best finish in 2014 behind a 14th-place showing in the fall at NASCAR’s other restrictor-plate facility, Talladega Superspeedway.
“The Daytona 500 is always an exciting time of year, I am really looking forward to racing with Team Xtreme for the biggest race of the year,” said Sorenson in the same release. “We’ve got a great looking Golden Corral Chevrolet and I want to see us feed some kids on Monday with the ‘Top 10 Kids Eat Free’ promotion.”
Cohen’s Team Xtreme made eight starts in 2014, six with J.J. Yeley and two with Timmy Hill.