TSR's Kraig Kinser Minnesota preview

SHORT TRACK SUCCESS Tony Stewart Racing, Kinser Return to Minnesota Fishing for a Pair of $10,000 Paydays INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 30, 2008) --Every night offers something different for Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Kraig Kinser as he races his way ...

Tony Stewart Racing, Kinser Return to Minnesota Fishing for a Pair of $10,000 Paydays

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 30, 2008) --Every night offers something different for Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Kraig Kinser as he races his way across the country and then back again on dirt tracks both big and small. This week, the 23 year-old Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series racer will return to action in Minnesota driving the TSR No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/JD Byrider Maxim on Friday evening at North Central Speedway (NCS) in Brainerd, Minn., and the following night at Princeton (Minn.) Speedway.

After a weekend of rain in Pennsylvania, Kinser's first goal is to see good weather and the opportunity to hit the track on consecutive nights. Prior to last weekend's rainout of the two-night Morgan Hughes National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Kinser had scored four top-five finishes in his last eight starts. During the final nine races of 2008, he is hoping to maintain that form.

On Friday night, he'll join the rest of the WoO stars, including his TSR teammate Donny Schatz, at NCS as they christen the 3/8-mile dirt oval. Kinser has been strong recently on 3/8-mile ovals, picking up a victory at Gray's Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., on Sept. 1, and a runner-up finish at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa, on Sept. 10.

The Bloomington, Ind., native is looking forward to Saturday night's return to Princeton's quarter-mile dirt oval. His only previous appearance at the track came in May 2004, when he picked up a pair of top-five finishes. In his debut at the track, he finished fourth, and the following night, he drove into the lead on lap eight and led 29 of the 40 laps before finishing third.

With 56 races in the books for the 2008 WoO season, Kinser remains 12th in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings. He has earned one victory, seven top-five finishes and 16 top-10s.

Race fans unable to attend this weekend's action in Minnesota 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.

On Friday, the pit gates at NCS will open at 4 p.m. EDT with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For more details, contact NCS at (218) 828-1545. The official Web site of NCS is www.racencs.net.

For Saturday's event, the pit gates at Princeton Speedway will open at 2 p.m. CDT with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For more information, contact CDR Promotions at (763) 389-3135 or visit the official Web site of Princeton Speedway at www.princetonspeedway.com.

Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Maxim:

Rain was a big part of the season early in the year and, lately, you've had to deal with it again. How does that affect you?

"You can't control the weather and sitting around waiting things out is never fun. Last weekend was tough because Williams Grove has so much tradition and is such a fun place to race. We'll just hope the weather problems are behind us and we can get all of the races in from here on out."

This week, you get to race on a couple more short tracks. You've had some success this year on the smaller tracks and also had a couple of good runs at Princeton back in 2004. Does that help you heading to Minnesota this weekend?

"It definitely does. I started racing back home around Indiana on smaller tracks and always seem to enjoy going to places like that. We've been doing better, lately, on the smaller tracks, so hopefully we can pick up where we left off at Spencer (Iowa) and be in the hunt both nights this weekend.

"I've got good memories and bad memories from Princeton. We finished fourth the first night and got locked into Saturday night's feature. The second night, I had a really good car and took the lead from (Craig) Dollansky. Unfortunately, there was a late caution and we got together and I ended up finishing third. I know the TSR guys will give me a good car and hopefully we can get the Bass Pro Shops Chevy car two spots better this time."

For complete WoO Sprint Series results from North Central Speedway and Princeton Speedway, 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.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Donny Schatz , Kraig Kinser
Teams Williams