Steve Kinser's weekend

KINSER GOES TWO-FOR-THREE IN RACE-FILLED WEEKEND By Richard Day Steve Kinser's race-filled weekend produced a pair of victories, two cross-country plane flights and no sleep. Sandwiching a pair...

KINSER GOES TWO-FOR-THREE IN RACE-FILLED WEEKEND By Richard Day Steve Kinser's race-filled weekend produced a pair of victories, two cross-country plane flights and no sleep. Sandwiching a pair of World of Outlaws events in Texas around an International Race of Champions race in Michigan within a 30-hour period didn't leave much time for anything else. "I've had weekends like that before, but not in a long time," Kinser said from his home in Bloomington, IN, Sunday evening. "The King of the Outlaws" got off to a fast start Friday night at Battleground Speedway in Houston, setting a new one-lap record and leading all 30 laps in the "A" Feature. He was on the move again soon after the checkered flag fell. "I caught a plane at about 2:30 - 3:30 Eastern time," Kinser said. "It took us a little over four hours to make it to Michigan (for the final IROC race of the year, at Michigan International Speedway). I didn't get any sleep that night. We got there at about 7:30 (a.m.), and the race started at 1 (p.m.)." Kinser, the only sprint car racer ever invited to auto racing's version of The Masters, was only eight points out of first place in the point standings when the green flag fell in the final IROC race of the year. "We started in the back and got up toward the front," said Kinser, who started on the fifth row in the 12-car field. "I thought we were going to have a shot at it for a while. I was up to fourth place before we started fading a little bit. Right toward the end, we had a fuel problem and coasted across the finish line. "All in all, I thought we did pretty good in the IROC series. I would have liked to have run better. I hope we get invited back next year. "We ran well at Talladega - actually we ran pretty well in all four races. The test drivers Dick Trickle, Jim Sauter and Dave Marcus - really helped me out. I got some help from Al (Unser) Jr., down at Talladega, too. Today, when I looked in my rear-view mirror, there wasn't anybody behind me. There wasn't anybody to help me." Chances are, Kinser's favorable showing in IROC's 18th season will help more short-track racers receive invitations to the series. After finishing seventh in the opener at Daytona International Speedway in February and 11th at Darlington Raceway in March, "The King of the Outlaws" made IROC history by winning at Talladega Superspeedway on April 30th. He finished 10th at Michigan, and was rewarded with $40,000 for finishing sixth in the point standings. Another lengthy plane flight had Kinser back on the World of Outlaws tour at Devil's Bowl Speedway, where he passed Andy Hillenburg with three laps remaining to win the Snap-on Tools Summer Nationals. "It was close to 7:30 by the time we got back to Dallas," said Kinser, who received a rousing welcome from the capacity crowd as he walked down the turn-one bank and into the pit area. "It was nice to win the World of Outlaws features, but I would have liked to have run better in the last IROC race. "Our dirt car has been running pretty well lately. I'm looking forward to the day off I'll have before we get back at it again." Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA, was the next stop for the World of Outlaws. Kinser was considered the favorite to claim the $28,000 first prize in Silver Cup III, scheduled for Tuesday, August 2nd. WoO *eot

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Dick Trickle , Andy Hillenburg , Jim Sauter , Steve Kinser