HIGH BANKS, HIGH STAKES Tony Stewart Racing, Kinser Set to Tackle High Banks of US 36 Raceway, Knoxville Raceway INDIANAPOLIS (May 1, 2008) -- Tony Stewart Racing's Kraig Kinser and the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint ...
HIGH BANKS, HIGH STAKES
Tony Stewart Racing, Kinser Set to Tackle High Banks of US 36 Raceway, Knoxville Raceway
INDIANAPOLIS (May 1, 2008) -- Tony Stewart Racing's Kraig Kinser and the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series travel to two very different race tracks this weekend. But they all have the same goal -- taking the checkered flag in first place at both tracks. The WoO Sprint Series teams are also anxious to get back into the swing of things after nine of the first 15 scheduled events this season have been canceled or postponed due to weather.
Kinser will be making his first appearance at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., on Friday. He'll look to keep the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Maxim team at the top of the speed charts. The Bass Pro Shops team currently owns the single-lap speed record at US 36 Raceway, a lap of 9.846 seconds at 135.36 mph posted in qualifying in 2006 for the facility's inaugural WoO Sprint Series event. The 3/8-mile high-banked track is sure to provide action-packed racing for both fans and drivers alike this Friday night.
Saturday's WoO Sprint Series event at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway will kick off the annual pilgrimage to the crown jewel of winged Sprint car racing, the Knoxville Nationals. Kinser is no stranger to the legendary half-mile oval, having added his name to the history books as a Knoxville Nationals champion on Aug. 14, 2005. His victory marked the first time in event history that a father-son duo had taken their place as event champions. His father, Steve Kinser, has won the event 12 times in his career.
The No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/Maxim team has a longstanding reputation for success at Knoxville, including back-to-back Knoxville Nationals victories in 2003 and 2004. Saturday's event will serve as the track's season opener after rain forced the postponement of last weekend's WoO Sprint Series action at the track.
Kinser enters this weekend's racing action ranked 14th in the WoO Sprint Series Championship standings. He has made six series starts thus far in 2008, having earned one top-10 finish.
On Friday at US 36 Raceway, pit gates open at 2 p.m. CDT and grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Race tickets can be purchased by calling SLS Promotions (815) 344-2023, or by visiting its Web site, www.slspromotions.com. The official Web site of US 36 Raceway is www.us36raceway.com.
The grandstands for Saturday's World of Outlaws Sprint Series event at Knoxville Raceway will open at 6 p.m. CDT with hot laps scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. Knoxville Raceway is located at the Marion County Fairgrounds at the north edge of town on State Road 14. Tickets can be purchased online at www.knoxvilleraceway.com, or by calling 641-842-5431.
Race fans unable to attend this weekend's events can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Fans can listen live as Johnny Gibson, "Voice of the Outlaws," calls the action as he does at all WoO Sprint Series events on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Go to www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the site features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other race fans.
Quotes from Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Maxim:
Friday's race will be your first look at US 36 Raceway. Have you heard anything about the track from other drivers?
"I haven't heard too much from other drivers about US 36. I actually prefer to take a look at new tracks myself. That way I can make my own conclusions about what it's like and how to approach it. Jimmy (Carr, crew chief) and the TSR team continue to work on getting our cars handling well and I am looking forward to getting more time on the track this weekend. The No. 20 Bass Pro Shops team set quick time the first year the Outlaws went to US 36. They know how to be fast there and I am looking forward to getting on the track for the first time."
US 36 Raceway is a one of the bigger tracks the World of Outlaws Sprint Series competes on each year. Do you enjoy racing on larger, faster tracks?
"There isn't that much of a difference in your mindset as a driver when you're preparing to race. Whether it's a quarter-mile track or a half-mile track, you're always focused. On the bigger tracks, you really have to be smooth and keep your speed up more, especially if it's a big track that's gotten slick over the course of the night. It's always important to keep your momentum up, as well. With a bigger track and more speed, other drivers will try slide jobs, and the faster the speeds get, the harder they're going to slide you. As with any race, you have to be ready for anything."
After the weather caused the cancellation and postponement of last weekend's World of Outlaws Sprint Series racing, you returned home to North Carolina for the week. Did you do anything fun while at home?
"I got to hang out with my wife, Danielle, and my son, Kash, which was a lot of fun. I also got my motorcycle back this week and I spent some time tooling around with it. Overall, it was a pretty relaxing week. While I'm ready to get back to racing several times each week, I still enjoy spending time at home with my family."
For complete WoO Sprint Series results from US 36 Raceway and Knoxville Raceway, log on to www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint. For information regarding TSR, Bass Pro Shops, J.D. Byrider, Chevy or Kinser, log on to www.tonystewartracing.com, www.basspro.com, www.byrider.com, www.chevy.com or www.kraigkinser.com.