Carson Kvapil, son of 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Travis, will drive JR Motorsports’ No. 8 Late Model in 2022 on a full-time basis, taking over for Josh Berry as he moves to the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The 21-year-old driver competed in three events for the team in 2021, finishing fourth, third and second in those races.
In 2021, Kvapil campaigned his family-owned Super Late Model in the CARS Racing Tour, winning the season finale at South Boston Speedway to top year-long point leader Matt Craig by a single marker in the final standings. Kvapil had to have a perfect weekend, and he did: earning the pole, leading the most laps and securing the bonuses for most poles and victories to pull off the come-from-behind triumph.
The young driver’s career began in 2013 in the U.S. Legend Car Bandolero division, the traditional starting point for drivers who want to climb the ladder of NASCAR racing. In 2016, Kvapil moved up to the U.S. Legend Cars for a single season before moving to dirt-track racing in Outlaw Karts at nearby Millbridge Speedway, where he won several championships in the open-wheel classes.
Soon after, Kvapil spent a couple of seasons in Limited Late Model competition in North Carolina before starting Super Late Models for his family-owned team there and in Wisconsin. He competed in the rugged weekly series of the upper Midwest while in Wisconsin, where his father first started his career, including the annual Fox River Racing Club’s Red, White and Blue Series, where he won the Red race. He also showed well in the annual Slinger Nationals, the marquee race event at the legendary short track.
Moving back to the Carolinas, Kvapil focused on the Super Late Model ranks which led him to the CARS Tour title in 2021.
The young driver counts his father Travis as the person who has influenced his career the most, adding the volunteer crewmen from his early racing efforts and his crew chief with JR Motorsports, Bryan Shaffer to that list.
Kvapil graduated from Mooresville High School in 2021 and is set to run the full CARS Racing Tour Late Model Stock Car Series for JR Motorsports in 2022. Additionally, the second-generation star will compete in several of the big extra-distance races for the team, just as Berry has done for several seasons.