OOLITIC, IN (September 8) -- It's almost impossible to keep a living legend down. Karl Kinser, who missed his first Ford Dealers of Iowa Knoxville Nationals in 27 years when he was taken to Knoxville Area Community Hospital August 16th for an ...
OOLITIC, IN (September 8) -- It's almost impossible to keep a living legend down.
Karl Kinser, who missed his first Ford Dealers of Iowa Knoxville Nationals in 27 years when he was taken to Knoxville Area Community Hospital August 16th for an emergency appendectomy, is recovering at his home these days.
"I'll remember that Nationals," Kinser said with a laugh Monday. "I was there for the races and I couldn't believe I was going to get sick and not be able to go. I couldn't do much more than get out of bed for two days at the motel and finally, I had to get up and go. I missed being at the track, but was only about five blocks away."
Kinser, who has won 17 O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series car owner championships, has even been tinkering with his #5M SABKO Maxim. Karl's son, Mark, finished 16th in the Nationals championship race despite racing with a heavy heart. The two-time series champion has not raced during his father's recovery.
Mark and his wife, Cindy, drove Kinser home to Oolitic after he spent a week in the hospital. Karl still visits his local doctor for checkups as he completes his recovery.
"I'm doing good," Karl said. "I'm getting back on my feet full strength now. I'd say in another week or week and a half, I'll be back 100 percent. I can be up now for three or four hours, then I need to go rest a little bit. When I first got home, I couldn't be up 45 minutes or an hour.
"We're hoping to get arranged around here and go racing again soon. It's a good possibility the car will be at Eagle (Raceway for the One/Third-Mile Short Track Nationals September 19-20). Mark's run there enough; he can run there without me. I'm hoping to go to the Williams Grove National Open (October 3-4)."