TSR, Kinser Eldora preview

Kinser and Company Roll Into Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway For World of Outlaws Sprint Series Action INDIANAPOLIS (April 8, 2008) -- Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) and driver Kraig Kinser head to familiar territory for this week's World of ...

Kinser and Company Roll Into Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway
For World of Outlaws Sprint Series Action

INDIANAPOLIS (April 8, 2008) -- Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) and driver Kraig Kinser head to familiar territory for this week's World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series racing action -- very familiar territory.

In fact, it's so familiar that some might consider it to provide a home-field advantage for the TSR teams.

Saturday and Sunday, Kinser and the rest of the WoO Sprint Series competitors will return to the high banks of Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, for a two-day show at the legendary half-mile. The weekend doubleheader will mark the WoO Sprint Series' first appearance at the facility this season and will serve as the track's opening event after rain washed out last week's planned racing action.

For Kinser, this weekend will mark the first time in two years he's turned a lap at Stewart's "Field of Dreams." In his last appearance at Eldora on April 8, 2006, Kinser posted a 17th-place finish in the A-main. His best finish to date at the track came on April 9, 2005, when he posted a solid third-place run.

Kinser has made 19 career A-main starts at Eldora Speedway, having posted two top-five finishes and five top-10s. Joey Saldana won the last WoO Sprint Series event at the track on Sept. 21, 2007.

Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/Maxim:

What does it take to be fast at Eldora Speedway?

"At Eldora, you have to have the full package to be fast. The motor has to be good, the car has to be good and the driver has to be on his game. All of the elements have to come together to make it work. Eldora is such a momentum track. You have to really concentrate on turning nice, neat laps and getting your momentum up so it can help you get around the place as quickly as possible."

Will the Chevy powerplants that Kistler Racing Engines builds for the No. 20 Tony Stewart Racing/Bass Pro Shops team be an advantage on a larger track such as Eldora Speedway?

"This weekend's races will be my first time competing at Eldora with a (Paul) Kistler (engine builder) Chevy under the hood. I have no doubt that we're going to have great engines for both nights. Chevy and Kistler do a great job of giving us the power that we need to take care of business on the track and I know that we're going to have fast cars this weekend. Hopefully, we'll be able to put Chevy and Bass Pro Shops in the winner's circle at the end of the night."

Your family has such a long history of competing in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series. Do you have a favorite memory of the track?

"I've had so many great times at Eldora, both as a competitor and as part of my dad's team growing up. I've had an opportunity to race Sammy Swindell for the lead -- that's something you don't forget. I've also been able to lead a race at Eldora and that's really cool. It's also one of the first tracks I competed on as an Outlaw, which is pretty special, too. With it not being too far from home, we usually have a lot of family that comes over for events at Eldora and it's always fun to have a lot of fan support. It's just a great race track and I'm looking forward to racing there again this weekend."

-credit: tsr

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser