Applications have been flying in for the first ever Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic on October 31 at North Carolina’s Millbridge Speedway. So far, 14 names have been approved and released by race officials for the winner-takes-Chili-Bowl-ride Outlaw Kart event.
The Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic is an Outlaw Kart event that will see the winner race for Midget racing’s powerhouse team, Keith Kunz Motorsports, at the 2019 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
The first driver to have his application approved was Colby Horn, a 14-year-old driver from Longview, Texas.
In the case of a potential victory by Horn or anyone else who is too young to race at the Chili Bowl, said driver would get to race a different event for Keith Kunz Motorsports in the event that they win the Giveback Classic in October. The minimum age requirement states that a driver must be 16 years old as of January 14, 2019.
The second driver to receive approval for the Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic is Sam Platt, a 16-year-old driver originally from Denver, Iowa. Platt’s family recently moved to Rock Hill, South Carolina, and now Platt frequently races at Millbridge Speedway.
Jake Park, of Red Bluff, California, was the third driver to have his application approved. Park, 28, is a regular at Red Bluff Outlaws in Red Bluff.
Millbridge Speedway regular, Alex Bodine, is the fourth driver to have his application approved for the October event. Bodine is a 17-year-old driver from Mooresville, North Carolina.
A regular at Cycleland Speedway in California, Landon Brooks, is the fifth driver to get his approval into the Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic. Brooks is a 15-year-old driver from Yuba City, California.
The sixth driver to get approval for the Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic is Kaleb Wyrick. Wyrick is a 16-year-old shoe from Sherman, Texas and is a regular at Heart of Oklahoma Speedway.
The seventh driver to receive approval is Kyle Hossfeld. Hossfeld is a 27-year-old driver at Black Canyon Speedway in Idaho. Hossfeld hails from Boise, the capital city of Idaho.
Dawson Hammes is the eighth driver to receive approval for the Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic. Hammes, like Brooks, is a regular at Cycleland Speedway. Hammes is just 14 years old.
The ninth driver to have their name added to the approved list is Kirkland Gunnells. Gunnells is a 22-year-old driver from Hanover, West Virginia. Gunnells’ home track is 304 Speedway.
Chaz “The Wildman” Woodward is the 10th driver on the approved list. Woodward is a 23-year-old driver originally from Orangevale, California who now calls Statesville, North Carolina home and races at Millbridge Speedway.
The 11th driver to have their application approved is Tyler Robbins. Robbins is a 33-year-old driver from Saint Jacob, Illinois. He is a regular at Belle Clair Speedway.
The 12th driver to get approval is Wyatt Brown. Brown is 20 years old and hails from Chico, California. He is another Cycleland Speedway regular.
Tucker Scanlon is the 13th driver to be approved so far. Scanlon is 20 years old and is a regular at the Millbridge Speedway. Scanlon calls Kannapolis, North Carolina home.
The 14thdriver to receive approval so far is Shane Marquez. Marquez is a 16-year-old driver from Bells, Texas.
All approved drivers will have their official entry blank sent to them shortly. Entry blanks and entry fees for the drivers approved so far must be received on or before August 1.
Drivers hoping to apply for approval to race in the inaugural Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic can fill out an application at MillbridgeSpeedway.com.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor - Twitter: @RobBlount