Kittleson Hopes To Be A Part of Milwaukee's Legendary History Wisconsin Native Says it Will Be Great To Get Out on Track For The First Time CONCORD, NC (August 24, 2004) -- Growing up, Travis Kittleson was well aware of the legendary Milwaukee...
Kittleson Hopes To Be A Part of Milwaukee's Legendary History
Wisconsin Native Says it Will Be Great To Get Out on Track For The First Time
CONCORD, NC (August 24, 2004) -- Growing up, Travis Kittleson was well aware of the legendary Milwaukee Mile and its vast and significant racing history. Even though Kittleson, who was born in Madison (WI), lived in Florida, he knew that one day he would love to have a chance to race on the same track as some of the biggest and best short track legends ever with names like Mark Martin, Dick Trickle, Bob Senneker, Rusty Wallace and others.
Kittleson will get that chance this weekend when he takes part in the American Speed Association's Lester Buildings 200 at the famed Milwaukee Mile on Sunday, August 20th. Kittleson hopes that he can add his name to the Milwaukee record books by winning the event and collecting his first-career ASA victory in the process.
"On top of the year we are having, on top of the bad luck and need to get that first win, if we could do it there of any place (on the schedule), it would be simply amazing," said the 24-year-old Kittleson. "I wouldn't even know how to explain what that would feel like. I have so much family and so many friends up there; I couldn't even really expect to imagine what it would feel like to win there. Just to win at 'the Mile,' where the history is so great, and in Wisconsin, would be a dream for me.
"Anytime you are in Wisconsin, you could be racing anywhere and it is awesome. So to win anywhere in Wisconsin would be special for me... but Milwaukee might be the kicker."
Despite his ties to Wisconsin, Kittleson has never raced at Milwaukee. In fact, he has only seen a race there once, when he was six-years-old.
"(Milwaukee) is a special place. That is where some of the best, like Dick Trickle and Rich Bickle, raced and won so many times. All of those characters have made racing in Wisconsin what it is and one of the best places to be in racing, watch racing or doing anything in racing in the country."
With that history, comes race fans. And race fans are what drive guys like Kittleson to go for the victories each and every week. And the race fans, coupled with the history and aura surrounding Milwaukee, might push him over the top at "the Mile."
"The people there are just a different breed. They are hardcore race fans. The group of fans that follow me very closely up there have a motor home that they will use to travel to races; not only to Cup races, but to races all over the place in Wisconsin.
"I met an old man one time at Madison that told me how he used to race old cars back at Milwaukee in the 30s. He would tell me how they would flip their car, have to get out, flip it back over and get it cranked and go back to racing."
So with high expectations coming from his team, his fans and even himself, the second-year ASA driver is focused on winning, but admits that the first time he sets out on the 100-year-old facility will be pretty special.
"I hope that we are bad fast when we pull out on the track for the first time," said Kittleson. "But there will be a novelty aspect to it as well. You sit there and hear about the races and see the races and realize that 'now, I'm finally getting to be on the track where all those races took place.' That is pretty cool."
Kittleson and his R/T Racing/Bob Steele Chevrolet team are planning to run the entire ASA schedule in 2004 after a ninth-place finishing position in the ASA final national standings of 2003.