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NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil says his No. 44 Chevrolet has been stolen

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Driver Travis Kvapil was planning to be at NASCAR’s QuikTrip 500 this weekend in Atlanta.

Alas, Kvapil and Team Xtreme Racing will not be racing because his car was stolen:

Kvapil was already at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where qualifying for Sunday’s race is this afternoon. At last weekend’s Daytona 500, Reed Sorenson drove the No. 44 car and finished 32nd. reported that Kvapil’s car was being hauled to Atlanta when the crew stopped in Morrow, Ga.

“Sometimes what happens when thieves see trailers, they might just assume there’s something in the trailer they can go off and sell,” Morrow Police Sgt. Larry Oglesby told USA Today. “Sometimes when things like this occur, they will drop off the items in a parking lot somewhere — like a Walmart parking lot — once they realize what they have.”

So, hopefully police are scouring the local Walmarts.

USA Today reported that Team Xtreme Racing had pulled out of this weekend’s NASCAR race.

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