Caden Kvapil made Millbridge Speedway history earlier this year, becoming the first driver to win a feature in each of Millbridge’s four Outlaw Kart divisions in track history. Next, the 12-year-old hopes to add to that resume with a win in the QRC Speed51 Open presented by HMS Motorsport.
After starting out in Beginner Box Stocks in 2015, Kvapil won features in that division as well as the Box Stock and Intermediate classes over the past four years. On April 24, Kvapil completed the full set with a win the Millbridge’s premier class, the Open Division.
“I know a lot of people that have raced here since the track first opened,” Kvapil told Speed51 about the accomplishment. “I’ve just started in 2015, and it feels good to be able to get all four division wins in four years when some people have been racing here for seven years.”
Now, Kvapil prepares for the biggest race each year at Millbridge, the QRC Speed51 Open. The event draws more than 40 racers each year, including some of the biggest names in racing, but Kvapil has plenty of confidence he can compete for the win, just like he did last fall in the Keith Kunz Giveback Classic where he finished second.
“I feel like we’re going to have a lot of speed and we’re going to be able to make the A-Main for the Speed51 Open,” said Kvapil. “I hope we get a good finish.”
Kvapil, the younger brother of Kulwicki Driver Development Program finalist Carson Kvapil and son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitor Travis Kvapil, carries a proud racing tradition. However, he has done well at an early age to carve out his own path.
“It feels good, going down the generations from my grandpa and my dad, to now my brother and me,” said the younger Kvapil. “It feels good to keep it in the family.”
The Speed51 Open begins on Tuesday, May 21 with qualifying and a $1,000-to-win feature for the Open division. Kvapil hopes a strong qualifying effort on Tuesday will put himself in the best possible position to contend for the $5,151 grand prize in Wednesday’s 51-lap main event.
“I hope we get a good qualifying and put ourselves in a good spot for the heat race to finish first or second in the heat so we can go straight to the A-Main,” said Kvapil. “From there, just avoid all the wrecks and get it to the front.”
The QRC Speed51 Open takes place at Millbridge Speedway on May 21-22. Race fans unable to make it to Salisbury, North Carolina to watch the event in person can still catch all of the action in one of Outlaw Kart racing’s biggest races via Speed51’s pay-per-view broadcast of the race. Click here to order your video ticket now.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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