Before the days of iPhones and iPads and Xbox’s, it was common for kids to go outside and ride bicycles and play games in the street. It’s rare to see those sights now. When they were commonplace, mothers everywhere used to have to remind their kids to never ride a bike without shoes on. Carson Kvapil made that mistake on Wednesday night, just a few minutes before leaving home to go race an Outlaw Kart at Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Kvapil, the 14-year-old son of 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil, was riding a friend’s bicycle on the driveway of his race shop. According to Travis, they have a few plastic bike ramps that Carson, his brother Caden, and their friends like to try to jump. Carson missed the landing and dragged the top of his toes across the pavement, which ripped open the skin on all 10 toes.
Carson said he saw a lot of blood on both feet, and he also rolled one of his ankles. Even with the pain, his primary concern was being able to race.
“I was pretty nervous that I’d have to go for stitches and not be able to race,” explained the young driver. “Thankfully, we didn’t go to the hospital. Mom just bandaged me up.”
Kvapil said he was in a great deal of pain, but he wanted to race, so off they went to Millbridge to race his Outlaw Kart.
Entering Wednesday night’s racing action, Kvapil already had two Wednesday night Open Division victories to his credit this season. When he left Millbridge that night, he left with two bandaged feet, a limp and another trophy. Yes, even with his injured feet, Kvapil was able to push the pedals hard enough to out-duel Nick Hoffman, who has a handful of wins this year as well.
“My left foot stung pretty bad because it was a pretty open wound. My right one wasn’t too bad, but it was rubbing on my shoes, which was against the radiator. That’s all that really bothered me,” Kvapil told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
When a driver races through an injury and wins, the common phrase from observers is, “I bet he hardly feels it now that he’s won.” Kvapil said that phrase is definitely true.
“It felt a lot better. I didn’t feel the pain too much when I was happy because I won,” said Kvapil with a laugh.
Even though Kvapil still got the victory, he learned two valuable lessons on Wednesday night. He learned to never ride a bike without shoes on, and that your parents are always right.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Kvapil Family