Super Late Model racing will have a fresh face on the scene in 2019, beginning at New Smyrna Speedway’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February. Second-generation driver Carson Kvapil will be heading to Florida racing with Team M in a car prepared by Toby Nuttleman, a crew chief known for his success with Late Model star Ty Majeski.
The 15-year-old son of past NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Travis Kvapil, told Speed51.com on Wednesday that he can't wait to get to New Smyrna in February.
“It’s just awesome,” Kvapil said of his 2019 plans. “Especially with the car that I have. It’s one of the best in the whole country, really. It’s just exciting, and I have a good car that I don’t have to worry about the setups for when I get to the track. I just have to worry about the tracks that I’ve never been to and learn how to drive it and drive the car.”
Kvapil, who already has a Super Late Model win under his belt, said his goal for Speedweeks is to contend for the Super Late Model championship at New Smyrna, which was won by Stephen Nasse in 2018.
“I think I can contend with them. They’re some pretty good drivers, but I think I have the car, and I think I’ll be able to adapt to the track pretty well to get it.”
New Smyrna will not be the only time we see Carson Kvapil behind the wheel of a Super Late Model in 2019. The Outlaw Kart standout on dirt in North Carolina will also be running the entire ARCA Midwest Tour schedule, as well as a few of the special events throughout the season.
He added that his goal for the Midwest Tour season is pretty much the exact same as his goal for Speedweeks.
“I think win the Tour championship is the biggest goal. I want to win some big races, too.”
Even though Kvapil is moving into a Super Late Model, he said that he’ll still be behind the wheel of his Outlaw Kart at Millbridge Speedway (NC) as much as possible next season. However, he said that the Super Late Model is his number-one priority.
“I’m going to run as much Outlaw Kart racing as I can, but the Super obviously overrules it. I’ll run most of the season hopefully, but I think there will be a few that I won’t be able to run. I’ll be there for the big races and try to run.”
One thing that Kvapil said he is excited for is being able to lean on his father’s knowledge of Super Late Model racing and the tracks in the Midwest. The elder Kvapil grew up racing at places like Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin where he won the track championship in 1996. Madison is just one of the many places where he raced in the early parts of his career that Carson will now be racing at with the Midwest Tour.
“It’s a lot easier because he’s raced at all of these race tracks in the same kind of car. He knows the lines. He knows how to drive them. In Outlaw Karts I just had to learn for myself. He never raced dirt in his life. I had to learn from my own mistakes on how to drive it. I feel like I’m already getting up to speed now before I’m even there.”
The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway is just around the corner. Speed51.com will have coverage throughout the entirety of the nine days of action.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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