COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, November 15, 2004 During a standing ovation, Steve Kinser, "The King of the Outlaws", accepted his 19th WoO Sprint Series Championship trophy and a check for $200,000 in Las Vegas, Nevada during the series' annual banquet ...
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, November 15, 2004 During a standing ovation, Steve Kinser, "The King of the Outlaws", accepted his 19th WoO Sprint Series Championship trophy and a check for $200,000 in Las Vegas, Nevada during the series' annual banquet celebration held at the Harley Davidson Cafe. A legend in dirt track racing, Kinser in the Steve Kinser Racing #11 Quaker State Maxim, celebrated his 500th WoO feature win at Houston Raceway Park in March and ended the year with a 246 point lead over Danny Lasoski in the Tony Stewart Motorsports #20 JD Byrider Eagle.
"It feels great to win the championship, we had a great season and everybody on the team worked hard and earned this championship," said Kinser. "DIRT MotorSports is heading in the right direction with the series. They are forward-thinking and are taking steps to help make the series bigger and better which is very promising."
Steve Kinser Racing was also recognized as the 2004 Ted Johnson Team of the Year, the first such annual award in honor of Ted Johnson, the series founder.
During the WoO Sprint Series Annual Banquet a second generation Kinser was also recognized as the 2004 WoO Sprint Series Rookie of the Year honor was awarded to 20-year-old Kraig Kinser in the Steve Kinser Racing #11K Delco-Remy Maxim. Kraig Kinser who finished the year an impressive 7th in points standings, received a check for $25,000 and the keys to a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle sponsored by Sleep Centers of America, Inc.
"The year was kind of a roller coaster ride with a lot of ups and downs. It feels good to end the year with a party like this," said Kinser at the Series' Annual Banquet. "We're looking forward to next year and I can't wait to get back out there and running with these guys again."
Finishing 13th in point standings, the "First Lady" of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, 23-year-old Erin Crocker, in the Mike Woodring #16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Maxim, was not only recognized as the first woman ever to win a WoO Sprint Series preliminary event but also received Rookie of the Year runner-up honors and two checks totaling $13,500.
<pre> The rest of the top 12 drivers finished as follows (points fund earnings do not include team owner payout):
2nd Place ($50,000) Danny Lasoski in the Tony Stewart Motorsports #20 JD Byrider Eagle 3rd Place ($35,000) Donny Schatz in the Schatz Motorsports #15 ParkerStore J&J 4th Place ($32,500) Craig Dollansky in the Karavan Motorsports #7 VMAC Maxim 5th Place ($30,000) Jason Meyers in the Elite Racing #14 Elite Landscaping Maxim 6th Place ($27,500) Joey Saldana in the Larry Woodward #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Maxim 7th Place ($25,000) Kraig Kinser in the Steve Kinser Racing #11K Delco-Remy Maxim 8th Place ($22,500) Daryn Pittman in the Donnie Woodburn #21 Sherdon Motorsports J&J 9th Place ($21,000) Tim Shaffer in the Lonny Parsons #6 Casey's General Store Maxim 10th Place ($20,000) Jason Sides in the Sides Motorsports #7s Sides Motorsports Maxim 11th Place ($12,500) Brian Paulus in the P&P Motorsports #28 Arnold Transportation Maxim 12th Place ($10,000) Paul McMahan in the David Helm #11H Selma Shell Maxim
</pre> The 2004 Crew Chief of the Year honor was awarded to Tyler Swank, crew chief of the Schatz Motorsports #15. Promoter of the Year was awarded to Brownfield Promotions and a special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Craig Cormack, VP Race Operations to Earl and Berniece Baltes. Earl and Berniece will also be the first inductees to the newly formed World of Outlaws Sprint Series Hall of Fame.
"The World of Outlaws is the greatest form of motor racing in its class. We have the best drivers, the best venues and the best purses," said Bobby Hartslief, Boundless Chief Operating Officer.
"We will continue our commitment to increase the level of awareness and market for the season. We look forward to working with everyone again in 2005."