Kinser Keeps Adding to Legendary Career Colorado Springs, CO - December 21, 2004 - It's hard to imagine anybody winning 19 championships in a career or surpassing 500 victories, but that's exactly what Steve Kinser accomplished in 2004. His...
Kinser Keeps Adding to Legendary Career
Colorado Springs, CO - December 21, 2004 - It's hard to imagine anybody winning 19 championships in a career or surpassing 500 victories, but that's exactly what Steve Kinser accomplished in 2004.
His devotion to the World of Outlaws Sprint Series is unparalleled, as are his results. Showing remarkable consistency in one of the most competitive seasons in the circuit's history, Kinser posted a series high 17 feature wins, 47 top-five finishes and 56 top-10 runs. By the time the season ended, he had built his career win total to an astonishing 513 A-main victories.
For his efforts, the members of American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association voted him onto the 35th Annual Auto Racing All-America Team for a record 22nd time, including 17 First Team selections. In making this year's team, he received the most votes in the Short Track Division.
"You go into the season trying to win a championship," said Kinser, 50, of Bloomington, Ind. "You try put together a race team of championship quality. We got that, and we've had it for the past three or four years. We have a lot of good guys at the shop who are doing a good job."
But to Kinser, the numbers didn't mean much in 2004. Instead, having his son, Kraig, compete on the tour and win the rookie of the year title was as meaningful as taking any checkered flag.
"My biggest highlights from 2004 were when Kraig and I ran first and second three or four times," Kinser said. "It might not mean a whole lot to anybody, but as a father it means a lot to me."
If it sounds as if he's getting soft, forget it. Kinser's fellow Outlaws racers know the No. 11 Quaker State Maxim will be aimed directly at winning a 20th championship in 2005.
"Steve beats up on everybody because he's good," Joey Saldana said. "Nobody really knows why. He's just a rare breed of person."