Knoxville Nationals: Steve Kinser preview

Knoxville King: Steve Kinser, the King of the Outlaws, will compete in his 27th Knoxville Nationals this week. Kinser, a 17-time World of Outlaws Champion has won an unprecedented 12 Knoxville Nationals titles. He leads all competitors with...

Knoxville King: Steve Kinser, the King of the Outlaws, will compete in his 27th Knoxville Nationals this week. Kinser, a 17-time World of Outlaws Champion has won an unprecedented 12 Knoxville Nationals titles. He leads all competitors with feature wins, top-five (16) and top-10 finishes (20) and laps led (302).

Consecutive In Kinser's 12 Knoxville Nationals wins, he has consistently scored Victories: consecutive victories. His first string of three occurred from 1980-1983. He then won a second string of three from 1986-1988. In 1991, he won his first of five consecutive Nationals titles. Last year's victory was his first since 1995. If history repeats itself, the No. 11 Quaker State will appear in Victory Lane again this Saturday.

2002 Victory: Kinser led every lap on his way to his 12th win in 2002. The No. 11 Quaker State Maxim started in the second position, passed pole-sitter, Danny Lasoski on the first lap of the 30-lap event. One caution on lap 12 allowed Lasoski to once again try for the lead, but to no avail. Kinser held him off, along with a late-race charge by Donny Schatz, to score the win.

Race Format: With over 100 cars competing in the 2003 Knoxville Nationals, the track holds two qualifying nights for the prestigious event. The line-up for Saturday night's finale, is set by a complex points system consisting of points from qualifying, heat races and qualifying night feature events. A perfect points score adds up to 500 points, which requires earning fast time, winning the heat race and the qualifying nights feature event. He will attempt to qualify for the 43 rd annual Knoxville Nationals this Thursday, August 14th.

Series Stats: Kinser currently leads the World of Outlaws point standings by 21 points. He has 489 career World of Outlaws victories, 230 more than any other competitor in the history of the series. This season alone, he has scored 23 wins, including the prestigious King's Royal at Eldora Speedway. He has also earned 42 top-five and 51 top-10 finishes in 61 events.

TV Coverage: The 43rd Annual Knoxville Nationals will be televised live on SPEED Channel on Saturday, August 16th at 10:00pm ET. The race will be rebroadcast on Sunday, August 17th at 2:00am ET and 3:00pm ET as well as Friday, August 22nd at 4:00pm ET.

Appearances:

Quaker State® driver, Steve Kinser will appear at Pamida, just north of Knoxville Raceway on Friday, August 15th. Kinser will sign autographs at the store from 1:00pm to 3:00pm ET. Autograph cards will be available.

Quotes:

Kinser on the Knoxville Nationals: "The Knoxville Nationals is definitely still the best paying race down the line, and probably still the top race of the year to win. I enjoy racing at Knoxville and I hope to continue winning races there. If I have 12 Knoxville Nationals wins, I guess it's time for number 13."

Kinser on the 2002 Knoxville Nationals: "Winning last year was great! Especially since we had crashes in the first corner the last two years. I didn't feel good on the bottom all night; I just couldn't roll it. I thought it was Danny [Lasoski] coming by me on the last lap down on the bottom. When I saw it wasn't him, I said, "O thank you, thank you, thank you."

Kinser on his emotional 2002 Victory Lane celebration: "I debated on climbing the fence, Helio [Castroneves] style, but I didn't know if it would've held me to begin with. I did pretty well on the top wing though."

Kinser on racing: "My dad always told me not to be a glory racer and to forget about the money. That's what I try to race for--the win."

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser