The saying in racing often is, “Like father like son.” People will be able to say that about Travis and Carson Kvapil after this weekend. Carson, the son of 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, will be making his debut on Sunday at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway, his father’s home race track.
The soon-to-be 15-year-old Kvapil will be racing a Pro Truck owned by Kelly Bires on Saturday night in his maiden trip to his dad’s old stomping grounds.
Carson Kvapil fantasized Wednesday night at his home track of Millbridge Speedway about getting a win at his father’s home track.
“It would feel pretty good knowing that he’s won so much up there,” Carson said. “I’d like to get a win up there like he did. It would be pretty sweet to say I’ve won wherever he won when he was younger.”
The elder Kvapil won the 1996 track championship in Super Late Models at Madison. Carson said he thinks his father’s experience will be extremely beneficial.
“It’s pretty cool because he can help me all the way through,” said Carson. “I think it’ll be pretty good because it’s his home track and he knows all of the people there. I’ll have an advantage, I think, because my dad was pretty good up there.”
Carson said the reason he is racing a Pro Truck is simply because he’s never raced a Super Late Model in his life. He has done plenty of winning in Outlaw Karts throughout his career. He scored 15 wins last year and the premier division championship at Millbridge. He’s also won a handful of races in Limited Late Models on the pavement of the Southeast.
“This will be a new thing for me. It’ll be more horsepower and more fun.”
One thing that would definitely be fun would be getting that victory on Saturday at Madison. Kvapil said it would be awesome to have a victory lane photo of himself at Madison to go along with those photographs his father has.
“We’d have to hang that on the wall or something for sure.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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