Kvapil to take over Bliss' seat in 2003

Kvapil to take over Bliss' seat in 2003

Mike Bliss, the 2002 Craftsman Truck Series champion must feel his work in that series is done. Earlier this week he announced he would be moving to the Busch Series to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in the ...

Mike Bliss, the 2002 Craftsman Truck Series champion must feel his work in that series is done. Earlier this week he announced he would be moving to the Busch Series to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in the #20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet.

Travis Kvapil.
Photo by Thomas Chemris.

With Bliss' truck, the #16 Chevy sponsored by IWX needing a driver, the team called on Travis Kvapil to fill the seat. Kvapil, who had been driving for the Addington owned #60 crew, knew midseason their sponsor CAT Rentals would not be returning.

Kvapil, the 2001 Raybestos Rookie of the Year, steps into a ride which knocked out a handful of wins compared to his one, which he scored in June at Memphis. After two full years on the circuit, he has a total of two victories, the first of which came in 2001 at Texas.

Stepping into a championship-defending team in 2003, Kvapil has a solid shot to hand the 16 group back to back titles. He has finished in the top-10 in the point standings each year he has competed in the series. During his rookie year he grabbed a fourth place finish and this past season he finished ninth.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Bliss , Travis Kvapil
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing