NST: Putnamville preview

Putnamville set to host NST race Sept. 26 PUTNAMVILLE, Indiana -- The National Sprint Tour travels to a slighter larger than usual bullring next week. The series makes a stop at the 5/16-mile Lincoln Park Speedway Tuesday, Sept. 26 in ...

Putnamville set to host NST race Sept. 26

PUTNAMVILLE, Indiana -- The National Sprint Tour travels to a slighter larger than usual bullring next week.

The series makes a stop at the 5/16-mile Lincoln Park Speedway Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Putnamville for the Bob Kinser Fall Classic.

The race is named after the father of NST star Steve Kinser. Bob Kinser won seven track titles over the years at Lincoln Park, and won more than 60 feature races there.

"We are excited to have the NST at our track," said track owner and promoter Dave Allison. "We are expecting these guys to put on a great show, one that I know our fans will enjoy. Everyone here is looking forward to the race."

Allison realizes his track has a rather unique length.

"It is unusual, yes," he said. "It's a big quarter. It runs more like a 0x00bc-mile than something bigger."

There's an added benefit to the size of the track.

"That way, we can be the world's fastest 5/16-mile track," Allison said with a laugh. "No one can be faster than us!"

With only four races left on the inaugural NST schedule, time is running out for second-place Steve 'The King' Kinser to catch Danny 'The Dude' Lasoski. Lasoski enters Putnamville 92 points ahead of the home state hero.

Those two will be battling fellow NST regulars such as Kinser's teammate Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Jason Solwold, Paul McMahan, Jason Sides, Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus, Kerry Madsen, Dean Jacobs, Chad Hillier, Travis Rilat and Jonathan Allard.

Kinser's son Kraig Kinser is also expected to be racing, along with local drivers such as yet another Kinser, Kelly.

Allison said Bob Kinser might take some ceremonial laps around the track, like he did earlier this year in the NST race not far away in Bloomington, Ind.

For Allison, naming a race after Bob Kinser was a natural.

"The Kinser family has raced here for years and years," the track owner said. "We figured since Steve's what he is and Bob has won seven titles here, it would be a good thing. Bob was all hip when we talked about it. He was excited."

General admission tickets are $30, while reserved seats are $40 each. Reserved seats are in the top three rows of the main grandstands, on the concrete pad behind the rail, and the top five rows of the backstretch bleachers. Lawn chairs are permitted on the concrete pad and in the grassy area outside of turn four, but not in the main grandstands.

Tickets purchased by Sept. 25 include a free pit pass. On race day, the pit pass 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.

-credit: nst

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Series Sprint
Drivers Steve Kinser , Brian Paulus , Dean Jacobs , Jason Meyers , Jonathan Allard , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Tim Kaeding