NEW YORK RETURN Bass Pro Shops Racer Kraig Kinser Looks For Quick Start In World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Portion of Super Dirt Week INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 6, 2009) -- The final countdown is on for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series 2009...
NEW YORK RETURN
Bass Pro Shops Racer Kraig Kinser Looks For Quick Start In World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Portion of Super Dirt Week
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 6, 2009) -- The final countdown is on for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series 2009 season. Only four nights remain for one of the most grueling schedules in motorsports, and Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Kraig Kinser is hoping his return to the Empire State on Saturday night will result in another strong showing behind the wheel of the TSR No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider Maxim.
Saturday's WoO "New York 25" at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, N.Y., adds the famous Sprint car series to the Super Dirt Week card that includes a number of races around the Syracuse area this weekend. Saturday's race marks the 27th time in the Outlaws' 31-year history that the winged warriors will take on the sprawling 5/8-mile dirt oval. In his three previous starts at the track, Kinser has qualified inside the top-six each time, including turning the second-fastest lap in last May's event. He followed up that effort by finishing fifth in the 25-lap feature.
Previous success this season on the bigger tracks propels Kinser into Saturday's program. The 24-year-old third-generation racer kicked off the season with a fourth-place finish at Volusia Speedway Park, charged from ninth to finish fourth at Manzanita Speedway in March, raced to third-place finishes at I-96 Speedway and Knoxville Raceway in June, and finished second in his preliminary night feature at the Knoxville Nationals in August.
Kinser and the Bass Pro Shops team are coming off a pair of events in central Pennsylvania last Saturday night. The team showed great resolve after a first-lap incident in the 48th annual National Open in Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Kinser was contacted from behind by another car just after taking the green flag, which resulted in a flat left-rear tire. The crew replaced the tire and Kinser rejoined the race at the tail of field. He charged forward and finished 12th in the 40-lap race.
The 2004 WoO Rookie of the Year has competed in 59 Outlaw feature events during the 2009 season and has scored 10 top-five finishes and 28 top-10s. He currently ranks eighth in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings with 7,569 points.
For Saturday's event at Rolling Wheels, the pit gates open at 1 p.m. EDT and grandstands open at 4 p.m. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Rolling Wheels Raceway at (315) 834-6606, and more information is available at www.rollingwheelsraceway.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:
In your last visit to Rolling Wheels Raceway, you had a very consistent night. Does that give you extra motivation heading into Saturday's race?
"We are always trying to focus on the positive. Last year at Rolling Wheels, we had a fast car all night and were in the top-five every time out. The key is to come back and have that same kind of effort and maybe improve on it. We've talked all season about the importance of putting a complete night together. Timing in well and then being able to take advantage of it. The competition for wins is as fierce as ever and we've seen it firsthand that you have to be good every time you hit the dirt in order to have a chance to win.
"Rolling Wheels is a bigger track and a lot of it comes down to horsepower. Paul Kistler builds us some really strong Chevy motors and that's a big reason we've had some good results on the bigger tracks this year. The Bass Pro Shops guys (Mike Cool, Steve Swenson and Bob Curtis) have been giving me a good car and our goal for Saturday is to back up what we did last year. We've had some thirds, fourths and fifths, but we also want to have a couple of wins."
This season, your goal has been to be as consistent as possible. With only a few nights of racing remaining, does the focus change?
"No not really. We've tried to have complete nights all season and just haven't had near enough. We've had stretches where we qualified really well, sometimes almost too well. Then, we've had times when we missed it in qualifying but were able to charge from the back of the pack up to the top-12. That gets frustrating because you ask yourself, 'What if we would have been able to qualify well and start up front?' We've been able to start up there a few times, and we definitely want to try and do it over these last four nights.
"Every time I've been to Rolling Wheels, we've been fast early in the night and, last year, we had a fast car all night. If we can be in a position like that again on Saturday, I feel confident we'll be able to make the most of it and take our shot at it."
For complete WoO Sprint Series results from Rolling Wheels 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.