Travis Kvapil news 2011-02-02

Cheesehead Kvapil Is Super Bowl Bound
Lifelong Fan Hopes to Top His Favorite Packer Moment

Statesville, N.C. (February 2, 2011) - Next week, Travis Kvapil will be pulling on his racing helmet at Daytona International Speedway, but this weekend he's headed to Texas with his cheesehead hat. The driver of the No. 34 Long John Silver's Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will attend Sunday's Super Bowl XLV in Arlington to cheer on his home-state team, the Green Bay Packers.

"I've been a Packers fan my whole life," said the Janesville, Wisc., native. "Growing up in Wisconsin, you'd go to church on Sunday morning, then go home and watch the Packers game. When I was a kid, the Packers weren't really good, but I still cheered for them every weekend and they were still my favorite team."

Kvapil's favorite memory as a Packer fan is going to Lambeau Field, Green Bay's historic football stadium, for the first time.

"It's just such a unique place," described Kvapil. "It's not like other big-city football stadiums. It's in almost a residential neighborhood, so it's not what you might expect. When I walked in, I just felt like I was part of something special.

"I thought back to Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr and guys who won the first championships back in the 60s. To think they were in that same place where I was, it was pretty cool."

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Travis Kvapil and friends at the Packers/Falcons playoff game January 15 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (From left, Scott King, Ryan Langley, Kvapil and Eric Knuuttunen)

Of course, a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, would be pretty cool, too. It would be the fourth NFL championship for Green Bay, but the first Kvapil would witness in person. And it would come with a personal invitation to his favorite Packers - linebacker Clay Matthews, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and nose tackle B.J. Raji.

"I've never met any of them. But if they win the Super Bowl, they're invited to Daytona with me."

-source: front row motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers John Long , Travis Kvapil