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February 22, 2024

Carson Kvapil to make NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Martinsville Speedway with JR Motorsports


MOORESVILLE, N.C. — JR Motorsports today announced that two-time and defending zMAX CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car champion Carson Kvapil will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at the famed Martinsville Speedway on April 6 behind the wheel of the team’s No. 88 Chevrolet.

As a product of JRM’s vaunted Late Model organization, Kvapil becomes the fifth driver from the program to make his NXS debut for the organization, joining Richard Boswell, Josh Berry, William Byron and Sam Mayer.

“Our Late Model program at JR Motorsports has been a huge part of the success we’ve had as a company,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr. “We’re excited to be able to give Carson the opportunity to take the next step in his career.

“Helping young drivers with opportunities to climb the ladder is part of the foundation of JRM. Carson is part of a long list of drivers who deserve the chance to take that step forward in the sport.”

Carson Kvapil and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Carson Kvapil and Dale Earnhardt Jr. pictured ahead of the ninth annual IceBreaker at South Carolina’s Florence Motor Speedway on Feb. 10, 2024. (Photo: Ted Malinowski/NASCAR)

A native of Mooresville, North Carolina, Kvapil started his foray into NASCAR competition last season, making starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series, scoring a career best ARCA finish of second at Kansas Speedway.

“I’m really looking forward to making my NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Martinsville,” said Kvapil. “My dad (Travis Kvapil) made his NASCAR Cup Series debut there back in 2004, so it’s cool to make my first Xfinity start at the same track.

“I’ve run there in the Late Models for JR Motorsports and done well, and hopefully I’ll be able to use that experience to hit the ground running again with JRM in April.”

Kvapil heads into his third season with JRM’s storied Late Model program fresh off of back-to-back championships, nine wins, 27 top-five finishes and 951 laps led in his combined 34 starts in the CARS Tour. Kvapil’s two titles gave JRM their fourth and fifth championships for the Late Model team, which dates back to 2004.

He joins Berry as the only drivers to earn multiple championships for JRM across the Late Model and NXS competition.

Additional details regarding partners for Kvapil and the No. 88 team will be announced in the coming weeks.

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