Kinser family stars at Putnamville NST race PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. -- The Tuesday, Sept. 26 National Sprint Tour race at Lincoln Park Speedway in will be all about the Kinsers. And it's not just because Steve Kinser is trying to track down Danny...
Kinser family stars at Putnamville NST race
PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. -- The Tuesday, Sept. 26 National Sprint Tour race at Lincoln Park Speedway in will be all about the Kinsers.
And it's not just because Steve Kinser is trying to track down Danny Lasoski for the NST points lead.
Tuesday's race at the 5/16-mile Putnamville, Indiana track is named the Bob Kinser Fall Classic. That is in honor of Steve's dad, who recorded seven track titles and 55 feature wins at the track.
The man with the great track record at Lincoln Park Speedway will return to the track to watch his son, with an unparalleled track record overall in Sprint cars, take on Lasoski, Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers and the rest of the NST drivers.
Steve's distant cousin Kelly Kinser will be among the local drivers on hand, and there's a chance Steve's son Kraig Kinser will be racing.
Before heading to Las Vegas to watch Kraig run in the Sept. 23 Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Steve said he wasn't sure if Kraig would be able to run Putnamville or not.
"He'll try to do it," Steve said. "If he runs, we'll let him run. We'll have to see if he can get out. I hope he can just come and be there with us, even if he can't race."
Bob wouldn't mind seeing his grandson race on dirt again.
"I hope he is there, but we don't know for sure," the former track champion said. "It would be great to see him there."
Even if Kraig is not able to run, Tuesday will still be a special night for the Kinser family.
"I think it's quite the honor," Bob said of the race being named after him. "I raced up there for several years, and won quite a few."
Steve appreciates the track honoring his dad.
"Dad's got a lot of stuff around here named after him," Steve said. "It goes to show you how he won a lot of races. He was one of the best race car drivers. He won a lot of races there at Putnamville. It's nice they recognized him."
While the Kinser name is synonymous with dirt track racing, Bob was the only one who spent much time at Lincoln Park Speedway.
"I've raced there more than any of the rest of them did," he said. "Steve was with the World of Outlaws, and (Steve's brother) Randy was going different places. I raced there every weekend. For four years, maybe five years in a row, I made every race there. I had perfect attendance. I raced there every night, didn't miss any. I'd run for the championship there about every year, and would usually run real good."
Bob, now 75, lists a combination of factors to explain why he had so much success at the track.
"I got to run there every week," he said. "At that time, it was a pretty nice race track, I had a nice race car, and I was in my prime."
Steve will have to have a strong finish in the season's final four races to catch Lasoski, who has a 92-point lead heading to Putnamville.
"It's going to be pretty tough to beat him," Steve said. "He's got a pretty good lead, and he's running pretty well. We'll just see what happens."
Bob is certainly looking forward to race night.
"I think people will see a good show there, and the weather is going to be nice," he said. "Everything is looking nice."
General admission tickets are $30, while reserved seats are $40. Tickets purchased by Sept. 25 include a free pit pass. On race day, pit passes costs $40. Tickets can be purchased by calling 317-831-4404.
On the evening of Sept. 25, there will be a racing-themed radio/Internet show at Kelly's Pub Too in nearby Speedway, Ind. Several NST drivers and cars are expected to be on hand.
For more information on Lincoln Park Speedway, visit www.lincolnparkspeedway.com. For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.