ON THE ROAD AGAIN Tony Stewart Racing, Kinser Hit the Road For World of Outlaws Sprint Series Doubleheader INDIANAPOLIS (April 22, 2008) -- For Kraig Kinser and the rest of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series ...
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Tony Stewart Racing, Kinser Hit the Road For World of Outlaws Sprint Series Doubleheader
INDIANAPOLIS (April 22, 2008) -- For Kraig Kinser and the rest of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series competitors, this weekend's doubleheader is a welcome opportunity to again hit the open road. Holding their own as the last truly nomadic Sprint car racing series, the Outlaws will travel to Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., and the legendary Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway this weekend for their first long haul since heading out west in February.
For Kinser, Friday's event at Huset's will see him return to familiar territory. In his last appearance at the facility on June 28, 2005, Kinser scored a solid second-place finish with the WoO Sprint Series. His teammate, Donny Schatz, has also been victorious recently at the track, as he won the series' last event there on July 3, 2007.
Saturday's WoO Sprint Series event at Knoxville 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 famed 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 Tony Stewart Racing/Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/Maxim team has a long-standing reputation of success at Knoxville including back-to-back Knoxville Nationals victories in 2003 and 2004.
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.
Pit gates will be open all day Friday at Huset's Speedway. Grandstand gates will open to the public at 4 p.m. CDT, with hot laps scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tickets for Friday's race can be purchased online at the track's official Web site, www.husets-speedway.com or by calling 605-582-3526.
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:
You've not competed at Knoxville Raceway since 2006, the year after you won the Knoxville Nationals. Does time away from a facility make it difficult to regain a rhythm?
"I competed in the 2006 Knoxville Nationals but I wasn't as competitive as I had been in the past. I really wanted to go back that year just to compete in the race. Winning in 2005 was just an unreal experience. I don't know that time away from a facility makes you forget how to race the track. I think you just have to get your bearings and go from there. Even if the track's changed since the last time you've been there, it doesn't take long for everything to start coming back to you. You take a look at past notes, and the more laps you get on the track, the more things start to become familiar again. Race tracks tend to stick in your mind as a driver and you learn to adapt and change as needed in order to compete."
How hard is it to win from a deeper starting position at Knoxville Raceway?
"You can win from farther back in the field at Knoxville but you have to put yourself in a position to win in the early laps. Ideally, you want to qualify well and have a good run in the dash event to put yourself in contention at the beginning of the A-main. The track is so fast that you don't want to get behind at the start of the race. I think that our Chevy engines will definitely help us this Saturday at Knoxville. It's got wide, sweeping turns that you really have to have horsepower to drive through. It would be great to get our first win of the season for Bass Pro Shops at Knoxville this weekend."
Do you recall how you felt at the exact moment you took the checkered flag in the 2005 Knoxville Nationals?
"I really couldn't believe that I had just won the race. I don't think I felt the enormity of what had happened at all. I really still don't feel it. I don't know if it will ever sink in that I have won the Knoxville Nationals. Every time someone asks me about winning that race, it brings a smile to my face. I don't know if winning that event will ever be completely real to me. It's something I'll never forget."
For complete WoO Sprint Series results from Huset's Speedway 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.