FINISHING STRONG Tony Stewart Racing's Kraig Kinser Eyes Solid Finish Aboard Bass Pro Shops Sprinter in Iowa and Minnesota WoO Events INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 15, 2009) -- With less than a dozen races remaining in the 2009 World of Outlaws (WoO)...
Tony Stewart Racing's Kraig Kinser Eyes Solid Finish Aboard Bass Pro Shops Sprinter in Iowa and Minnesota WoO Events
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 15, 2009) -- With less than a dozen races remaining in the 2009 World of Outlaws (WoO) season, Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Kraig Kinser has one goal in mind. He wants to close the season with a strong finish, just as he did the 2008 WoO campaign driving TSR's No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider Maxim.
After concluding the nine-event Gold Rush Tour on Saturday night, Kinser will conclude the Outlaws Midwest portion of the 2009 schedule this week, racing on Wednesday night at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa, and on Saturday at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.
During the final 11 races of the 2008 season, Kinser scored a victory, and posted three other podium finishes. One of the podium finishes came at Clay County, where he finished second in the 30-lap main event. Kinser made his debut at the 3/8-mile dirt track last September and quickly adapted to it. He won the first heat race, the Crane Cams dash race and led the first 26 laps of the feature.
The 24-year-old is looking forward to returning to the state of Iowa, which has been good to Kinser during his career in a Sprint car. In 2005, he won the prestigious Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals. Earlier this season, he finished third in the Outlaws' June appearance at Knoxville, and he came home sixth in last month's 49th annual Knoxville Nationals.
On Saturday night, the Outlaws make their inaugural appearance at Deer Creek Speedway. The last time the series debuted at the track in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," Kinser was victorious. That event was last October at North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minn. Kinser charged from the fourth starting position and led the final 16 laps to score his ninth career WoO "A" Feature triumph.
The Bass Pro Shops team had several highlights during the Gold Rush Tour that took the Outlaw stars to Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California. On three occasions, Kinser qualified in the top-three, and he also had three finishes of sixth or better, including a fourth-place run at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash.
Kinser and the Bass Pro Shops team have competed in 54 Outlaw feature events during the 2009 season. The 2004 WoO Rookie of the Year has scored 10 top-five finishes and 28 top-10s. He currently ranks eighth in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings with 6,965 points.
For both events, Wednesday at Clay County and Saturday at Deer Creek, the pit gates open at 2 p.m. CDT and grandstands open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for the Clay County race can be purchased by calling CDR Promotions at (763) 389-9717, and more information is available at www.cdrpromotions.info. Tickets for the Deer Creek event can be purchased by calling the track at (507) 754-6107.
Race fans unable to attend this weekend's races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Fans can listen live as Johnny Gibson, "Voice of the Outlaws," calls the action as he does at all WoO Sprint Series events on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Go to www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the site features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other race fans.
Kraig Kinser, Driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider Maxim:
The annual Gold Rush Tour always has a lot to offer. What did you and the Bass Pro Shops team hope to accomplish during that run?
"We certainly wanted to win races, and even though that didn't happen, we had some success. Qualifying was something that we did well at. That means the Bass Pro Shops team (Mike Cool, Steve Swenson and Bob Curtis) put together a car that was fast right out of the trailer. We continued to race well in the heat races, and that got us decent starting spots. The feature events are where we need to become more consistent. We had one good night in Edmonton and one where we didn't get to make a lap. We had two good nights at Skagit and then had a problem early in the race at Cottage Grove.
"This circuit is really tough, and being consistent is something everyone is shooting for. Last year, we had some really good feature races to close the year. That's what we'd like to do again."
Last year, you made your first start at Clay County Fairgrounds and, after winning your heat and the dash, you finished second in the feature event. On Wednesday, will you follow a similar game plan that you did there last year?
"Hopefully, everything will go the same, except for the last five laps of the feature. We had a great racecar and I was able to get out front. Lapped traffic kind of hurt my chances of winning the race. The track was really nice, but I have to be able to run multiple grooves. I was really fast on the high line, but couldn't run as well on the bottom. Ultimately, I think that's what cost me the race.
"We've got detailed notes and, hopefully, the track conditions are similar. The thing about dirt track racing is that so many variables come into play that make it rare to have the same exact conditions. The guys have been doing a great job giving me a good car to start the night, so hopefully we'll be able to get qualified well. Like I said, the competition is tough and getting off to a good start always helps.
You won last year at North Central Speedway in Minnesota. It was the first time the Outlaws raced there and that's the scenario for this Saturday's race at Deer Creek. Do you feel like the competition is more equal with it being the first time most of the teams have been to the track?
"It does equalize it a little bit (when everyone visits a track for the first time), but these guys are the best in the country for a reason. They adapt really well and really quickly. It won't be a total advantage for anyone. If the car is rolling well, you're going to be quick.
"We got the Bass Pro Shops Chevy going well last year in Brainerd and, hopefully, we can do the same at Deer Creek. All we are asking is to have a chance late in the race."
For complete WoO Sprint Series results from the Clay County and Deer Creek events, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint. For information regarding TSR, Bass Pro Shops, J.D. Byrider, Chevy or Kinser, visit www.tonystewartracing.com, www.basspro.com, www.byrider.com, www.chevy.com or www.kraigkinser.com.