SIZING UP THE COMPETITION Kinser and Tony Stewart Racing's Bass Pro Shops Team Prepare for World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racing Action In Three States INDIANAPOLIS (June 10, 2008) -- The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint...
SIZING UP THE COMPETITION
Kinser and Tony Stewart Racing's Bass Pro Shops Team Prepare for World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racing Action
In Three States
INDIANAPOLIS (June 10, 2008) -- The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series will tackle three very different race tracks in three states this week as its competitors continue to gain momentum. Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Kraig Kinser will return to State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo., Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., and Eagle (Neb.) Raceway for the first time since 2005.
Kinser and the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/Maxim team roll into the half-mile dirt oval of State Fair Speedway for Wednesday's Ditzfield Transfer Summer Nationals. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Michael Ross Memorial Foundation (MRMF), which was founded in honor of Tony and Kathy Ross' son following his passing due to complications from Tay-Sachs disease. The MRMF is a non-profit charity organization supporting Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Mich. In his last appearance at State Fair Speedway, on June 22, 2005, Kinser finished eighth.
The WoO Sprint Series will then roll into Huset's Speedway on Friday for its first appearance of the year at the 3/8-mile dirt oval. The track has been kind to Kinser in the past as he grabbed a second-place finish in his last appearance at the facility on June 28, 2005.
The No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/Maxim team's last race of the week will take place at the 1/3-mile bullring that is Eagle Raceway. Kinser finished sixth in his last appearance at the track on September 17, 2005, and will look to win his first WoO Sprint Series A-main event of the season.
Kinser enters this week's racing action ranked 15th in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings. He has made 15 series starts thus far in 2008, having earned one top-five and four top-10 finishes.
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Maxim:
With three races on tap for this week, are you looking forward to competing at three tracks in three different states?
"I am looking forward to racing three times this week but we'll just take it one step at a time. Our first focus will be Sedalia, and then we'll turn our attention to Huset's and Eagle as we head to those races. We've raced at all three tracks a few times and it comes down to getting myself back up to speed at all of them. We've been decent at all of these tracks in the past and we'll do our best to continue getting better each night. We definitely want to focus on running as well as we can and putting Bass Pro Shops and Chevy up front as often as possible."
Some people may perceive you as a short-track driver. What's your take on the different-sized tracks the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Series competes on all over the country?
"When I first started racing, I had always thought I was better on the smaller tracks. When I came out and started racing with the Outlaws, it seemed like I faired better on the bigger tracks we visited. I guess it just comes down to how well your set-ups are working on any given night. The bigger tracks are more about speed and momentum. The smaller tracks are about maneuverability and traffic. The trick to doing well is to utilize the knowledge and past experience you have at a facility and adapt to the track as it is for that given night of racing."