(FEBRUARY 22, 2004) When the O'Reilly World of Outlaws stop at Perris Auto Speedway for the Snap-On Tools Shoot Out this Saturday night, there will be two Kinsers in the field. That is nothing unusual for fans attending the Outlaws yearly ...
(FEBRUARY 22, 2004) When the O'Reilly World of Outlaws stop at Perris Auto Speedway for the Snap-On Tools Shoot Out this Saturday night, there will be two Kinsers in the field. That is nothing unusual for fans attending the Outlaws yearly appearance at The PAS. Steve Kinser, the 18-time World of Outlaws Champion, and his distant cousin Mark, the 1996 and 1999 World of Outlaws Champion, have battled at the Riverside County clay oval for years. However, in 2004, the second Kinser in the field will be Steve's 19-year old son Kraig.
A third generation sprint car driver, Kraig began his racing career driving mini sprints at the age of 15. His crew chief at the time was his grandfather Bob Kinser, who was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1999. Pleased with his son's progress in mini sprints, father Steve moved Kraig up to 410 sprint cars in 2001. He has been there ever since.
Last season, while his father won his 18th World of Outlaws title, the teenager ended up 15th in World of Outlaws points with five top five finishes. He finished in the top ten 15 times and sat on the pole on four occasions.
The World of Outlaws opened their stateside (they raced in Australia in January) campaign last weekend at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona with the "Cactus Classic." Kraig took 21st in Friday's preliminary main event after a lap two tangle. Steve, who has been known for years as "The King of the Outlaws," finished second. In Saturday's finale, Kraig finished ninth while Steve led the event green to checkered for his 498th World of Outlaws A main event win.
Despite winning the astounding total of 498 World of Outlaws main events, the 48-year old Bloomington, Indiana resident has never won at Perris Auto Speedway. His best finish at The PAS was a second behind Oklahoma's Daryn Pittman two years ago.
A week before the Manzanita race, Steve Kinser placed fifth behind NASCAR Nextel Cup superstars Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson in the IROC race at Daytona. He was the highest finishing non-NASCAR driver and placed ahead of two-time Indianapolis 500 Champion Helio Castroneves, Kevin Harvick, Scott Dixon, Scott Sharp, Travis Kvapil, J.J. Yeley and Danny Lasoski. Ten years ago, Kinser won an IROC race at Talladega, Alabama.
In addition to the O'Reilly World of Outlaws, Saturday's Snap-On Tools Shoot Out will also feature the CarQuest Western Dirt Late Model Invitational featuring some of the fastest dirt late model drivers and cars on the West Coast.
Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Saturday and the first race will begin at 6:00.
Advance tickets are on sale now by calling 1-800-595-4849, (909) 940-0134 or on the Internet at www.tix.com or www.perrisautospeedway.com.
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, home of the Southern California Fair, approximately one hour east of Los Angeles. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds.