Kvapil Ready For Throwback 276 Challenge at Hickory

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Ron Lemasters | 8/4/2022

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After getting rained out last week, the annual Throwback 276 will take place Friday night at Hickory. Carson Kvapil will run a scheme paying homage to his father Travis.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 4, 2022) -- The annual Throwback 276, one of the biggest draws on the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car schedule, will take place Friday night, six days after Mother Nature delayed the 138-lap event.

JR Motorsports Late Model driver Carson Kvapil is looking forward to the event, both in hopes of increasing his lead in the LMSC point standings and honoring his father, Travis, with a special throwback paint scheme on his iRacing Chevrolet Camaro.

The car carries the familiar iRacing decals, but has the No. 06 instead of his traditional 8. The elder Kvapil ran the scheme in the fall of 2004 at Martinsville Speedway in his first NASCAR Cup Series start, driving for Roger Penske.

"It's pretty awesome," Carson Kvapil said of the throwback scheme. "That was his first Cup race, a big deal for him, and it got him started in the Cup Series. It's always cool to throw back to your dad, and it's really exciting."

The younger Kvapil has been pretty exciting himself so far this year, winning two CARS Tour events (the $30,000-to-win Old North State Nationals at Caraway (N.C.) Speedway in March and at Virginia's Franklin County Speedway in May) and averaging a finish of 3.5 over eight CARS Tour starts.

That performance sees the 19-year-old driver with a solid 35-point lead in the standings.

"Obviously, we want to run really well (at Hickory)," Kvapil said. "We're into the points deal now, so hopefully we can come out of it unscathed. We want to win the race, of course, and we want to come out with a really good finish for our throwback iRacing Chevrolet. The car is really, really good and I was pretty excited to go into the race last week before it got rained out, because I thought our stuff was really good."

In qualifying last week, prior to the rain-out, Kvapil put the No. 06 Camaro on the inside of the second row in third for the start. Track position is always key on Hickory's layout, and running at the front means you can save tires, too. Kvapil will have to make his four tires last all 138 laps.

"It's all about whoever can save tires the best and have the track position at the end," he said. "That is what these races come down to, especially at Hickory."

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