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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2023) — Each Carson Kvapil and Dale Earnhardt Jr. placed on stirring performances within the closing huge race of the JR Motorsports Late Mannequin season on Saturday night time at Florence (S.C.) Motor Speedway, with Kvapil ending a powerful third and Earnhardt Jr. a stable eighth within the 250-lap fall traditional.

Kvapil the two-time and defending Strong Rock Carriers CARS Tour LMSC champion, began his No. 8 Bass Professional Retailers/TRACKER Boats & ATVs Chevrolet 11th within the 250-lap traditional and Earnhardt Jr. was 26th within the order in his white No. 3 Bass Professional Retailers machine.

Racing 250 laps on the abrasive observe floor is an train in saving tires, and each drivers did so up till the break. A variety of warning flags – together with one for a automobile that flipped into Flip 3 for a purple flag – slowed the operating to the purpose that NASCAR officers determined to maneuver the deliberate break at lap 125 again to lap 100 to permit groups so as to add gas and tires.

At that time, Kvapil had moved to eighth within the No. 8 and Earnhardt Jr. had climbed to 12th within the rundown. Each automobiles took tires and changes for the 150-lap run to the checkers. NASCAR officers additionally declared that if it turned a difficulty, one other red-flag stoppage could be added to make sure groups had sufficient gas for the tip.

On the restart, Kvapil moved as much as sixth and Earnhardt Jr. had cracked the highest 10, each drivers nonetheless saving for the end.

With 75 laps remaining, it was go-time, and Kvapil started to maneuver his manner towards the entrance. Working sixth at lap 167, Kvapil handed polesitter Josh Berry for fifth and took fourth place at lap 179 with a cross of Kaden Honeycutt. Earnhardt Jr. was 12th.

At lap 212, the warning waved for an incident on observe, and NASCAR officers referred to as for the gas cease promised earlier.

That arrange a 38-lap shootout to the tip.

On the restart, Kvapil selected the highest and obtained forward of chief Kade Brown. Earnhardt Jr. obtained a stable begin and moved as much as ninth.

Kvapil held the highest spot for 9 laps earlier than Brown returned the favor on one other restart, placing the second-generation driver down a spot to second. Earnhardt Jr. had risen to seventh simply in time for one more yellow.

On the ultimate restart of the night time, Kvapil took the highest lane and handed Berry once more for third, placing him behind Brown and Honeycutt. The latter, realizing Kvapil had crushed him on a earlier restart, took the highest lane and held it, stopping Kvapil from making the transfer for place.

Over the remaining distance, Kvapil battled from third and Earnhardt Jr. ran as excessive as seventh and as little as 10th earlier than making a cross for eighth simply 9 laps from the checkered.

“We obtained fortunate proper because the warning got here out,” Kvapil stated. “On the restart (the place he took the lead), I obtained the highest line rolling and had momentum. I could not run the underside on the finish, was simply too tight all day. I obtained a great begin, had extra pace. He (Brown) barely obtained by us on one of many runs and he selected the highest to dam my runs. I fell again to 3rd. We had been higher than the ten automobile (Honeycutt), however I could not make any strikes on him. Monitor is not broad sufficient. It was a great day total. I ought to have completed second and had a shot to win it, however I am proud of the consequence.”

The highest line was the important thing all night time for Kvapil and the Bass Professional Retailers/TRACKER Boats & ATVs Chevrolet. “I used to be anxious initially of the race,” he stated. “We had been struggling. Coming by means of the sphere once we obtained to 3rd or fourth, however getting these early and attending to the skin produced a great end for us.”

For Earnhardt Jr., the eighth-place end was one higher than in his first begin final 12 months, and he was proud of it for probably the most half.

“I’ve to qualify higher,” he stated. “I got here right here throughout Darlington week and certified actually good and raced OK. We knew we weren’t going to qualify nicely. I’ve to determine the best way to get a bit of extra pace out of it in qualifying so I haven’t got to work so laborious. I feel you may have dropped us wherever within the high 10 there and we might have completed there on the finish. Everybody was operating as laborious as they might there on the finish and everybody within the high 5 was fairly even. It turned out to be actually good.”

How good?

“I feel we may have run second,” he stated. “I do not know that anybody may have crushed the 23 (Brown), he was actually quick. I feel I used to be about the identical as Carson and people guys. It is laborious to cross. The highest has are available very well right here, you’ll be able to maintain folks off should you’re operating nicely. That makes it laborious to drive by means of the sphere within the final 20 laps.

“Everyone saved about the correct amount of tire. All of them took off and had been operating about the identical instances. I’ve to be taught that high a bit of bit. I am simply completely happy to be aggressive, we had nice automobiles. Each automobiles had been in Bass Professional Retailers colours and I do know Johnny (Morris) was watching. Hope he had enjoyable, and we had some good finishes.

“It is a lot enjoyable. Working 250 laps is quite a bit however I had enjoyable. Quite a lot of nice power all weekend lengthy. I am fairly completely happy. Want I may stand up there and problem for a win considered one of nowadays, however I’ve to run a couple of extra races to have the ability to do this.”

Brown led Honeycutt and Kvapil to the checkered, with Berry and defending race winner Brenden Queen the rest of the highest 5. Landon S. Huffman led the second 5 in sixth, with Jacob Heafner, Earnhardt Jr., Connor Zilisch and Carter Langley the remainder of the highest 10.

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