Three nights after winning a Winged Micro Sprint feature and Open Outlaw Kart feature at Millbridge Speedway, Carson Kvapil doubled down with another pair of wins at the Salisbury, North Carolina facility.
Kvapil returned to victory lane in his Factor 1 East Micro Sprint on Wednesday night, this time without the win on the final night of DIAEDGE NC Race Week. The son of former NASCAR Cup Series competitor Travis Kvapil also picked up his second win of the week in the Open Division for Outlaw Karts, sweeping the division for the week.
“Me and Nick had a pretty good race for the win. I’m happy to come out on top,” said Kvapil. ““The traffic, they didn’t want to get lapped.”
Kvapil also overcame early contact with Sam Corry while battling for position, which sent Corry tumbling in turn four to bring out the caution. Kvapil took blame for the incident after the race.
“I feel bad for getting into Corry. I thought I was clear, I definitely didn’t do that to purpose.”
Meanwhile, the Open Outlaw Kart victory was a continuation of Kvapil’s dominance in the division for Kvapil. The win gives Kvapil an 80-point advantage over younger brother Caden Kvapil in the season-long points battle, as the elder Kvapil seeks another Millbridge track championship.
He did not start the season with plans of pursuing that title, but Kvapil ended up competing full-time with the division and has made the most of the opportunity.
“We weren’t planning on running the season. I guess we were able to make them all, so why not run it and get the championship again. This is probably my last full-time year.
“The kart was really fast. The top was really hard to run tonight. If you could run it, you were fast, but if you couldn’t, you were wrecked, and I almost wrecked a couple of times.”
While winning in an Outlaw Kart is par for the course for Kvapil, racing in the Micro Sprint has been a learning process this year. Now with back-to-back wins, both with and without the wing, Kvapil is feeling more confidence in his ability behind the wheel of the 600cc machines.
“It’s nice to win two races where there’s a stacked field, wing and non-wing. It boosts my confidence, knowing I have a fast car and I can put it in victory lane.”
That confidence could not come at a better time, as competitors are looking ahead to the Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic on November 2-4. That event will culminate in a 67-lap Non-Wing Micro Sprint feature, with the winner receiving $5,000 and a seat in a KKM Midget at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in 2021.
“All of these races are practice for that race. I think every race, we’re getting a little bit better driving these things.”
Drake finished second, with John Nicholson, Jr. completing the podium. Chase Wayne and Neal Allison rounded out the top five.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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