Even at just 15 years old, people already know Carson Kvapil’s name. He isn’t a household name yet, but people who pay attention to Outlaw Kart racing know exactly who Carson Kvapil is, and they know that he’s a lot more than just the son of 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Travis Kvapil.
Carson Kvapil has been the dominant force at Millbridge Speedway the last two seasons, collecting more than 20 wins and a track championship in the premier division at the Salisbury, North Carolina dirt track.
That’s why Carson Kvapil has to be considered a favorite to take the victory in the first-of-its-kind event at Millbridge Speedway on October, 31; the Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic.
The winner of the race will receive a check for $2,000 and a seat in a Keith Kunz Motorsports prepared race car at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January. If the winning driver is too young to race in the Chili Bowl – which would be the case for Kvapil as he will not turn 16 until May – the driver will get the chance to race for KKM at a different event.
Whether it’s at the Chili Bowl or somewhere else, Kvapil said that he’s so excited for the opportunity that he or one of his fellow racers will get if they win the inaugural Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic.
“It’s cool that one lucky driver, hopefully me, will get that ride,” Kvapil said on Wednesday night after he won another Open division feature at Millbridge. “You’d get so much recognition for it. All the drivers in the country want to go to that race. For someone like me to win, that would be a lot of recognition.”
Even though Kvapil may be one of the local favorites to win, he knows that winning this race will be far from easy. The paid entry list already has close to 70 names on it with numerous drivers coming from all over the country and even Canada. For many, just making it to the 50-lap feature will be an accomplishment in itself.
“There’s a lot of good karts coming and a lot of experienced drivers. I think we’ll be up there in contention. You just have to make it through the first 15 laps and you’re pretty much there. It gets easier once you survive that. It’s all about survival and a good starting position.”
Whether or not Kvapil gets the victory, the young driver said he’s extremely appreciative of Keith Kunz Motorsports and Millbridge Speedway for partnering together to give someone this type of opportunity.
“I think this is sweet. I was hoping something like this would come up for Millbridge. It’s a great opportunity for the track and I’m glad such a good team stepped up to sponsor this race for us.”
The inaugural Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic will take place on Wednesday, October 31. Fans that cannot make it to Millbridge Speedway to see the event in person can still watch all of the action live for just $24.99 with Speed51.com’s live pay-per-view broadcast. Fans can purchase their online video tickets today by clicking here.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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