SALISBURY, N.C. – Carson Kvapil kept his run of success during Charlotte Speedweeks going strong by topping Monday night’s open practice session for the sixth-annual QRC Speed51 Open presented by HMS Motorsport.
Kvapil, the driver of the No. 35 CorvetteParts.net/SKE Chassis entry, turned a fast lap of 9.8665 seconds (60.812 mph) around the one-sixth mile dirt oval, leading a list of 24 drivers who took time during the three-hour period.
The teenager and oldest son of 2003 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil is looking to become the sixth different driver in as many years to win the Speed51 Open.
“The scary part is, I think we can be even better,” said Carson Kvapil. “We were OK, I felt like, but I didn’t think we were as good as we could have been … definitely not quite where I wanted to be. She was pretty happy around the top, though. This is a brand-new car, and we’re working on getting it right.”
After sending his son home prior to the clock expiring, since it was a school night, Travis Kvapil smiled as he began loading his oldest son’s kart back into the trailer and noted he was content with where they ended the night.
“I would say that’s the best we’ve been here, honestly,” noted Travis Kvapil. “Our last run, he ran flats every lap and then a 9.90 on the last lap. It was turning times so effortlessly, and that’s always what you want as a parent and a crew chief. We’re in a good spot; we just have to carry that through the week.”
Recent Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race winner Kyle Larson was second-quick on the night in a brand new Factory QRC-backed No. 1k machine.
Larson led the first hour of practice before being topped by Carson Kvapil, and when he went back out for another go, lowered his best time to a 9.8995-second (60.609 mph) clip.
“We’re better than we’ve started off here, for sure; we’re just not quite where Kvapil is,” noted Larson. “He was staying so consistent and we were falling off over the course of a run, so that’s something we’ll have to work on for tomorrow and Wednesday. It’s a good place to start, though.”
A trio of California drivers – Chase Majdic, Colby Copeland and Jesse Colwell – completed the top five.
Larson was the only past winner of the event to practice on Monday night. Joey Robinson ran the most laps of any of the two-dozen drivers in attendance, with 85 laps around the one-sixth mile dirt oval.
Tuesday night’s Cookout Night program at Millbridge features Open division qualifying for Wednesday’s 51-lap, $5,151-to-win Speed51 Open main event, as well as a separate $1,000-to-win feature.
Beginner Box Stocks and Box Stocks will also run full programs on Tuesday night as well.
Practice results for the sixth-annual QRC Speed51 Open presented by HMS Motorsport:
- #35 – Carson Kvapil, 9.867 seconds
- #1k – Kyle Larson, 9.899 seconds
- #42x – Chase Majdic, 9.938 seconds
- #1m – Colby Copeland, 10.072 seconds
- #86j – Jesse Colwell, 10.210 seconds
- #23x – Demo Mittry, 10.234 seconds
- #1b – Chase Johnson, 10.263 seconds
- #83 – Jett Hays, 10.280 seconds
- #19m – Ethan Mitchell, 10.310 seconds
- #09 – Tyler Letarte, 10.320 seconds
- #84 – Dillon Latour, 10.341 seconds
- #33 – Joey Robinson, 10.355 seconds
- #11x – Brent Crews, 10.364 seconds
- #57 – Maria Cofer, 10.395 seconds
- #812 – Gray Leadbetter, 10.434 seconds
- #01 – Carson Sousa, 10.452 seconds
- #22c – Carly Holmes, 10.464 seconds
- #54 – Lucas Sipka, 10.477 seconds
- #52y – Dominic Gorden, 10.594 seconds
- #77h – Jerrod Huisenga, 10.630 seconds
- #02 – Branson Dils, 10.715 seconds
- #2a – Renee Angel, 10.767 seconds
- #21 – Kyle Beattie, 10.934 seconds
- #55s – Scott Hall, 10.956 seconds
-Millbridge Speedway Press Release
-Photo credit: Jacob Seelman