It hasn’t been unusual to see a Kvapil in victory lane during the inaugural season of the Carolina Pro Late Model Series, as Carson Kvapil won six races with the tour in 2020.
On Saturday at Florence Motor Speedway, it was younger brother Caden’s turn to get behind the wheel, and he continued Carson’s winning ways.
Caden Kvapil, 13, took the checkered flag in the 100-lap Pro Late Model portion of the South Carolina 400 Charlie Powell Memorial, winning in his first-ever start in a full-bodied car.
The young Kvapil admitted expectations were low entering the race as he celebrated the victory.
“When we planned on running this, we had no expectations of winning,” said Kvapil. “We just wanted to finish the race, and we ended up winning. It feels so good.”
After a long and hard-fought battle with Tommy Neal, Kvapil took the lead on lap 61 of the 100-lap race. After that, he held on for the win, even after a late restart for an incident involving Neal and Wiliam Cox, III.
“It was super-hard. I didn’t even know how to pass, I just started practicing yesterday. It was a good battle, and I ended up pulling it off. It was really hard, though. Those restarts were scaring me.”
Nick Loden was the beneficiary of the late-race caution between Neal and Cox, inheriting the second spot. However, that incident also hurt Loden, as he suffered front-end damage trying to avoid the accident.
Between the damage and a poor restart, Loden settled for second place.
“All those yellows played out perfectly except for the one where they wrecked in front of me,” said Loden. “I ran into them, that wasn’t ideal. That last restart, I got in the gas too quick and nailed the wall down. I just needed a little bit more, and the damage on the front wasn’t helping. I might have had a chance if I didn’t screw it up on the restart.”
Amber Lynn finished third, with Toni Breidinger and Max Gutierrez rounding out the top five.
Fans who missed Saturday’s South Carolina 400 will be able to watch Speed51.TV’s on-demand replay of the broadcast in the coming days.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo
Carolina Pro Late Model Series Results
- Caden Kvapil
- Nick Loden
- Amber Lynn
- Toni Breidinger
- Max Gutierrez
- Tony Cosentino
- Kevin Folan
- Tommy Neal
- William Cox III
- Kyle Campbell
- Tawakwah Grynewicz
- Ronny Osmer
- Garrett Smithley
- Jake Courage
- Chase Williams
- Tovia Grynewicz