THE AIR UP THERE Kinser and Tony Stewart Racing's Bass Pro Shops Team Prepare for World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racing Action In North Dakota, Wisconsin INDIANAPOLIS (June 25, 2008) -- The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint ...
THE AIR UP THERE
Kinser and Tony Stewart Racing's Bass Pro Shops Team Prepare for World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racing Action In North Dakota, Wisconsin
INDIANAPOLIS (June 25, 2008) -- The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series will head toward the border this week as the series tackles its first northern tour of the year. Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Kraig Kinser will return to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, N.D., and Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., for a three-day marathon.
Kinser and the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/Maxim team roll into the 3/10-mile dirt oval of River Cities Speedway on Friday for the opening round of the 2008 Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour. The 2004 WoO Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has earned four top-five finishes in four career starts at the track. In his last appearance at River Cities on Aug. 15, 2002, Kinser finished third.
The second leg of the Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour takes the WoO Sprint Series to Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday. The four-race tour, which encompasses four North Dakota tracks, will wrap up in August. The spacious half-mile Red River Valley Speedway facility is a fan favorite. Kinser's last appearance at the track on Aug. 16, 2005, saw him finish 16th.
Kinser and company finish the week at Cedar Lake Speedway on Sunday. The No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/Maxim team will have some added incentive to find victory lane at the 3/8-mile facility, as it won the WoO Sprint Series' last race there on July 1, 2007. Sunday's race will mark Kinser's first appearance at Cedar Lake since July 4, 2005, when he finished 15th.
Kinser enters this week's racing action ranked 13th in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings. He has made 21 series starts thus far in 2008, having earned two top-fives and five top-10 finishes.
Friday night at River Cities Speedway, pit gates will open at 2 p.m. CDT and the grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are tentatively scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The pit gates will open at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday at Red River Valley Speedway with grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For Sunday's program at Cedar Lake, pit gates will open at 2 p.m. CDT and the grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Two-day tickets for the Duel in the Dakotas at River Cities Speedway and Red River Valley Speedway can be purchased by calling (815) 344-2023, or by visiting the track's Web site, www.slspromotions.com. Tickets for Sunday's event at Cedar Lake Speedway can be purchased by calling (866) 425-7386 or visiting the track's Web site, www.cedarlakespeedway.com. The official Web sites of River Cities Speedway and Red River Valley Speedway are www.rivercitiesspeedway.com and www.redrivervalleyfair.com.
Race fans can also listen to all the action this weekend on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Visit www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other fans listening to the action.
Quotes from Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Maxim:
Having been on the road for much of the past month and racing more each week, do you feel like you're getting back into the rhythm of competing with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Series?
"We're definitely getting our rhythm back. Having more time on the road and getting to race several times each week has helped us to begin to gel as a team. Our number one focus right now is to get consistency with our qualifying each night. You have to qualify well in order to get good position for the heat races. If you can come out of the top-two in your heat and have a good qualifying run to help put you in the dash, you're able to start closer to the front for the A-main. It's all about consistency and position. We've been working hard toward putting the Bass Pro Shops car in the dash events as often as possible. I think things are coming together and I'm looking forward to getting back to racing this weekend."
The No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/Maxim team will visit three very different race tracks this weekend. Are you looking forward to competing at any one track more so than the others?
"We're going to take each track one at a time. You can't get ahead of yourself. You have to focus on where you are on a particular night. Again, we're going to work to qualify well and put ourselves in a position to start as close to the front of the field as possible.
"With that being said, I have to admit that I am looking forward to racing at River Cities Speedway again this week. I raced there four times when we were racing with the former Gumout series. I was able to finish in the top-five all four races, and any time you head to a track that you've had success on, it's a confidence booster. I think we'll have a great shot at getting our first win of the season for Bass Pro Shops and Chevy at River Cities on Friday night."
For complete WoO Sprint Series results from this week's action, log on to www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint. For information regarding TSR, Bass Pro Shops, J.D. Byrider, Chevy or Kinser, log on to www.tonystewartracing.com, www.basspro.com, www.byrider.com, www.chevy.com or www.kraigkinser.com.