They say that in order to win the lottery you just need “a dollar and a dream.” Well, Kyle Tellstrom has a plane ticket and a dream. His plane ticket has Charlotte, North Carolina as his destination and his dream is to win the inaugural Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic at Millbridge Speedway on October 31 and secure a seat in the 2019 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
“When I saw this pop up I said, ‘You know what? I’m buying a plane ticket.’ So I bought a plane ticket with the idea of going to hang out regardless, and then my dad and I were kind of able to plan and with the help of some people we decided to take the kart out and have some fun,” Tellstrom explained.
Tellstrom said this event has piqued his interest ever since it was announced earlier this year. The winner of the 50-lap feature will receive a $2,000 check, but there’s a bigger prize on the line as well. That prize is one of the most coveted seats in all of racing: a seat for the 2019 Chili Bowl with Keith Kunz Motorsports, the winner of the last four Chili Bowls.
“It’s cool that Keith, Toyota and all of them want to put on the event and give us a shot to run the Chili Bowl. If I could go run the Chili Bowl I think I could do alright. It would be a cool experience if we can get it done.”
The California native is a multi-surface veteran, even at just 23 years old. Tellstrom grew up racing Outlaw Karts on dirt, then transitioned to pavement where he’s scored four career Lucas Oil Modified Series victories.
However, Tellstrom has never been to the challenging 1/6-mile oval that is Millbridge Speedway, let alone raced there, but he’s seen plenty of races from there to try to prepare for next week’s KKM Giveback Classic.
“I watched the Speed51 Opens,” he said. “Every time Speed51 does a live stream I’ll turn it on and watch it. I’ll definitely be watching the live stream tonight so I have an idea of what the track is going to do for next week.”
Tellstrom takes his racing seriously, as any racer does, but he said he has an “interesting” perspective on this particular trip.
“Any time I get in the race car I go there to win, but for me, at the end of the day I’m going out there to have some fun.”
That said, Tellstrom also knows how big of a chance this race is for every driver entered.
“I’ve stayed up so many nights thinking of the Hail Mary long shot chances that it would take. For me being an underfunded guy, I don’t have enough money to just go and rent rides all the time and put myself in the limelight. This is the stuff you dream of. This could be the shot. This could be it.”
The Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic will take place on Wednesday, October 31. Speed51.com will offer a live pay-per-view television style broadcast for all fans that cannot make it to Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, North Carolina. Fans can purchase their online video ticket here.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo credit: Speed51.com