Young Racer Looks for Opportunities to Move Up in Racing
Back in February, Travis Kittleson showed his racing prowess by winning the Florida Speedweeks Super Late Model championship at New Smyrna Speedway against a stellar field of drivers from across the country.
The Greenlight Racing #07 Truck (NASCAR Photo)
Next February, Kittleson is hoping to race in the same neighborhood, but at a different track. The young racer aspires to move up to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series or Busch Series in the near future and this week, he is taking a step towards that goal. Kittleson will test the #07 Chevrolet Silverado Craftsman Truck Series entry for Greenlight Racing at Chicagoland Speedway this week.
“We’re heading up to Chicagoland to go test a couple of Bobby Dotter’s trucks on Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Kittleson. “We’re going to play with some stuff and try to learn some things. I’ll be getting a little bit more acclimated to the speedways and with a NASCAR Craftsman Truck.”
Although Kittleson has not competed in a Truck Series event yet in his career, he has logged test laps at Martinsville, Caraway and Darlington for Chevrolet and Roush Racing. He also has some NASCAR Busch Series experience with his own family-owned team to help prepare him for this opportunity.
“I’ve been to Homestead and Nashville in a Busch car and it shouldn’t be too much different. The mile-and-a-half tracks make up a big part of the schedules in the top three NASCAR divisions, so I’m looking forward to getting more laps in at those kinds of places.”
Kittleson is hoping that the Chicagoland test goes well and opens the door for future opportunities in the Craftsman Truck Series.
“I think that my driving style fits a Truck,” said Kittleson. “They’re a lot of fun to drive and more forgiving than a Busch car. I’m glad to have this opportunity and I’m looking forward to making the most of it.”