NORTHERN LATITUDE Tony Stewart Racing's Kraig Kinser, Bass Pro Shops Team Continue Outlaws' Gold Rush Tour in Alberta INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 25, 2009) -- With this weekend's World of Outlaws (WoO) third annual Oil City Cup comes another...
Tony Stewart Racing's Kraig Kinser, Bass Pro Shops Team Continue Outlaws' Gold Rush Tour in Alberta
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 25, 2009) -- With this weekend's World of Outlaws (WoO) third annual Oil City Cup comes another opportunity for Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Kraig Kinser. The 24-year-old Kinser is in the midst of his second season driving the TSR No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider Maxim, and both of his WoO wins in the car came 46 degrees north of the equator or higher. This weekend's stop at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, marks the northernmost stop on the WoO odyssey this season.
During the past two seasons, the Outlaws have contested four races at Castrol. Each race at the track, located 53 degrees north latitude, has provided a different winner. Kinser, who has made two starts at the 3/8-mile dirt oval, will try to become the fifth on Friday night.
Kinser will compete at the track both Friday and Saturday as the Outlaws continue their annual Gold Rush Tour. The 2004 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year kicked off the tour with a sixth-place finish last Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. He was well on his way toward another top-10 finish last Saturday night at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, N.D., before a flat tire took him out of sixth place. Kinser was looking to continue a six-race streak of top-10 finishes, but because the flat occurred after the race's midpoint, his Bass Pro Shops crew wasn't left with enough time to make the tire change.
During last year's Gold Rush Tour, Kinser and the Bass Pro Shops team began picking up steam. A victory at Gray's Harbor Raceway Park in Elma, Wash., 47 degrees north latitude, was followed by a top-five run at Silver Dollar Speedway. A runner-up finish at Clay County Fairgrounds Speedway and victory at North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minn., 46 degrees north latitude, continued his late-season surge that he hopes to repeat this year.
Kinser and the Bass Pro Shops team have completed 50 nights of racing on the Outlaws 2009 schedule. The Mooresville, N.C., resident has scored nine top-five finishes and 25 top-10s. He currently ranks ninth in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings with 6,171 points.
Friday at Castrol, the pit gates open at 2 p.m. MDT and grandstands open at 4 p.m. Saturday, the pit gates and grandstands open at 2 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. both nights. Tickets for each race can be purchased by calling Castrol Raceway at (780) 461-5801. For more information on the event, visit www.castrolraceway.com.
Race fans unable to attend this weekend's races 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.
Kraig Kinser, Driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider Maxim:
During the last seven nights on the track, you have been consistently battling inside the top-10. What is it going to take to work your way inside the top-five?
"It's just a matter of staying focused each night. Qualifying is a big key with this series and, this year, it's been more important than ever. The competition is pretty fierce and you have to find that happy medium. You want to be fast enough to be quick time, but getting on the front row for your heat is pretty important, too.
"The Bass Pro Shops team (Mike Cool, Steve Swenson and Bob Curtis) continues working hard and we keep getting faster. Look at last weekend. We were seventh (Grand Forks) and third (Mandan) in qualifying and, both times, couldn't get to second. We moved forward in the feature Friday night and were doing the same on Saturday. It's just a matter of getting into the dash and picking a number inside the top-six. I honestly think if we can start up there consistently, we'll be able to have the finishes we are all looking for."
Last year was your first trip to Castrol Raceway. What do you remember about your first Oil City Cup?
"I remember we weren't really good. Like I said earlier, qualifying is really important, and last year we timed in 15th and 17th. We were fortunate to make it into fifth in the heat race both nights. But in the feature, we couldn't go forward.
"Our goal is to change that this weekend. If we can get timed in a little better, I think we'll be fine. The track was fast and tacky one night and hard and laid rubber the next. Hopefully, they'll have it somewhere in the middle and we'll be able to put on two good nights of racing."
For complete WoO Sprint Series results from Castrol Raceway, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint. For information regarding TSR, Bass Pro Shops, J.D. Byrider, Chevy or Kinser, visit www.tonystewartracing.com, www.basspro.com, www.byrider.com, www.chevy.com or www.kraigkinser.com.