Steve Kinser Takes Aim At His 21st World of Outlaws Championship Concord, NC -- Nov. 17, 2006 -- There is little debate Steve Kinser is the greatest sprint car driver in history. In 2007, Kinser will be aiming to add to his legendary career...
Steve Kinser Takes Aim At His 21st World of Outlaws Championship
Concord, NC -- Nov. 17, 2006 -- There is little debate Steve Kinser is the greatest sprint car driver in history. In 2007, Kinser will be aiming to add to his legendary career as he returns to the World of Outlaws and competes for his 21st championship.
One of the original World of Outlaws competitors in 1978, Kinser has earned a series record 533 victories in a racing career that has spanned four decades with the Outlaws. In 2005, he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
But Kinser isn't resting on his laurels. Instead, 2007 will be a bit of a rebirth for him. Not only is he returning to World of Outlaws competition, he also has renewed a deal with long-time partner Quaker State, through its Q brand, to power his Steve Kinser Racing No. 11 Maxim. In addition, his Steve Kinser Racing No. 11k Maxim also will be chasing the World of Outlaws championship.
"I've had a good partnership with Quaker State since I started my own race team in 1995," said Kinser, of Bloomington, Ind. "I hope to continue with them the rest of my racing career and maybe with Steve Kinser Racing after that."
Ultimately, Kinser's return to the World of Outlaws brings him back to the series he helped to build and where he experienced his most memorable moments, many of which he shared with series founder Ted Johnson, who passed away in October.
"Ted and I talked quite a bit," Kinser said. "We talked probably every day, especially since the Knoxville Nationals. Ted's wishes were to get back together with the World of Outlaws, something he founded and something that, to be honest with you, I was a big part of all my racing career. Me and Rick Ferkel and a lot of guys the first few years spent a lot time at television stations and radio stations trying to build this thing and get it off the ground. I had a good relationship with Ted over the years. We had a working partnership. Over 28 years, Ted and I had a lot of great times together and he was a great friend of mine."
"We welcome Steve and his return to the World of Outlaws," said DIRT MotorSports President and CEO Tom Deery. "Not only is he a proven champion, he's also concerned about what's best for the future of sprint car racing. We're excited for our fans that he once again is part of the Greatest Show on Dirt."
Kinser's return to the World of Outlaws also has him eager to put his focus back on his two-car team.
"It's been a hard situation for me to race with all the confusion that's been going on the last year," he said. "I just want to get back and relax and worry about my race team more than anything, worry about making my racecars fast and be in the right frame of mind when I hit the racetrack. It's no fun for me going to the races when I'm worried about scheduling and trying to run a race organization. I will definitely look at the racing part of it a lot different from the way I did before because I've been on all ends of it -- not that I haven't been on those sides before, but not to the extent I was last year. Now I'll just have to worry about my two race teams."
There is little doubt that Steve Kinser Racing's return to the World of Outlaws will add to the highly competitive series.
"It's not going to be easy because there's a lot of good race teams out there now with a lot of good drivers," Kinser said. "It'll be tougher than it's ever been."
With two national touring series in 2006, several young teams jumped at the opportunity to race with the World of Outlaws, giving them experience that will no doubt raise the level of competition next year. All of the teams that competed full-time with the series last season already have signed on to compete in 2007.
"That was probably the only good part about having two national organizations," Kinser said. "It did give a few teams a chance to get out there and get a taste of what was going on out on the road and see what it was like. It can get pretty tough. There are a lot of good race teams on both sides of it and when you put it all back together, it strengthens them. I can remember back when they first started running the Gumout Series. They took some of those drivers and they started winning races. When they came back to the World of Outlaws, they came back with confidence. That means a lot for race teams, when they build that confidence. Sometimes it's pretty hard to get them beat back down."
Given the unparalleled competitiveness in the World of Outlaws, Kinser certainly will have his work cut out for him and looks forward to the challenge.