Carson Kvapil, a standout from the CARS Tour Pro Late Model Stock division, will slide behind the wheel of the No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado in next week’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This start will mark Kvapil’s NASCAR National Series debut.
Kvapil will carry HendrickCars.com as his primary sponsor for the event. The announcement was made by the team at 7:00 PM ET on Tuesday evening.
“I’m super excited for the opportunity to drive the No. 7 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Silverado at Bristol,” Kvapil said in a Spire Motorsports team release. “Bono, [Mike] Greci, and all the guys are awesome to work with and I can’t wait to work with them at the track. Fortunately, I am getting some simulator time in with Bono and Andrew [Overstreet] to get ready for the race. Huge thanks to Jeff [Dickerson], T.J. [Puchyr], Mr. Hendrick, and everyone who helped me get to this point. I’m ready to hit the track for my first start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.”
Kvapil, who runs for JR Motorsports, was the 2022 CARS Tour Late Model Stock Tour champion and is the current 2023 series point leader. Kvapil is part of the Chevrolet Driver Development program.
The 20-year-old racer has a racing pedigree, as his father Travis Kvapil was the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, and competed for years in the NASCAR Cup Series. Spire Motorsports is excited to work with the young, and talented racer.
“We’re looking forward to getting to know Carson and having him drive the HendrickCars.com Chevy Silverado at Bristol,” said “Bono” Manion, Spire Motorsports crew chief. “We’ve been having a lot of fun and a fair amount of success with our truck program this season. Winning at North Wilkesboro with Kyle Larson was definitely a highlight, but it has really been fun seeing what some of these younger guys can do. Layne Riggs and Derek Kraus did a really good job for us and we’re looking for the same type of thing out of Carson. It’s exciting to give these guys a shot in our truck.”
Kvapil has amassed nine victories in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Tour ranks over the last two seasons — four in his championship-winning campaign a season ago, and five in his title defense season, which is still underway.