'King' Receives Superman Award from Metropolis

'King' Receives Superman Award from Metropolis By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 14) - Steve Kinser has enjoyed a super sprint car racing career. "The King of the Outlaws" even drove ...

'King' Receives Superman Award from Metropolis By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 14) - Steve Kinser has enjoyed a super sprint car racing career. "The King of the Outlaws" even drove Action Performance's Superman car during the 39th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals. The Metropolis, IL, Chamber of Commerce presented Kinser with its Superman Award Saturday before the Nationals championship program. DC Comics' Superman comic strip has a special meaning for the people of Metropolis. The town has the same name as Clark Kent/ Superman's home town. The town's newspaper is called "The Metropolis Planet," much like "The Daily Planet" Kent works for in the comic strip. There is even a 15-foot-tall statue of Superman in front of Metropolis' court house. Metropolis' Chamber of Commerce gives its Superman award to a person it believes "furthers good causes, a hero you might say," Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rebecca Lambert said. Jim Childers, a sprint car racing announcer from Metropolis, presented Kinser with the Superman certificate, which was signed by the president of the Chamber of Commerce, the mayor of Metropolis and Clark Kent. DC Comics gave Metropolis permission to declare itself Superman's home town on June 9, 1972. Metropolis is the only incorporated town - one with a zip code - in the United States using the name Metropolis. The Chamber of Commerce started its Superman promotional program soon afterward. The town's Superman celebration each June attracts thousands of people from all over the country. Metropolis' Superman Museum has the largest collection of Superman memorabilia in the world. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Kinser