LOOKING FOR BIG THINGS Tony Stewart Racing, Kinser Continue Gold Rush Tour With Stops in Montana and Edmonton INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 20, 2008) --Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) 23-year-old Sprint car racer Kraig Kinser was looking for...
LOOKING FOR BIG THINGS
Tony Stewart Racing, Kinser Continue Gold Rush Tour With Stops in Montana and Edmonton
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 20, 2008) --Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) 23-year-old Sprint car racer Kraig Kinser was looking for anything positive that could provide a little confidence during his roller-coaster season. Ironically, he found it Sunday night in Minot, N.D., the hometown of his TSR teammate Donny Schatz.
Kinser, who competes in the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series driving the TSR No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/JD Byrider Maxim, put together a solid night in Sunday's finale of the Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour, finishing a season-best third at Minot's Nodak Speedway. Now, the goal is to build on that momentum this week when the WoO series returns to a familiar stop in Montana and makes it's second-ever appearance in Edmonton.
The 2004 Kevin Gobrecht WoO Rookie of the Year Award winner was looking forward to Tuesday night's race at Billings (Mont.) Motorsports Park. Kinser has five career starts at the high-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval and each time has finished inside the top-10, including third the last time the Outlaws competed at the track in August 2005. Kinser finished 11th in Tuesday's A-main event.
Following yesterday's race, Kinser and the Bass Pro Shops team will make the 720-plus mile trek into Canada for Friday and Saturday's second annual Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton. It will be Kinser's debut at the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval, which gives him reason to be optimistic since last weekend's third-place finish at Nodak also came in a track debut.
Kinser enters this week's racing action ranked 14th in the WoO Sprint Series Championship standings. He has made 39 series starts thus far in 2008, having earned three top-five finishes and 12 top-10s.
Race fans unable to attend this week's events can catch all of the action from Billings Motorsports Park and Castrol Raceway 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.
For both Friday and Saturday's events at Castrol Raceway, pit gates will open at 2 p.m. MDT and the grandstands will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The official track Web site is www.castrolraceway.com. For ticket information, call (815) 344-2023, or visit www.slspromotions.com.
Quotes from Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Maxim:
Sunday's third-place run was a much-needed boost for the team. How do you keep that going?
"Sunday night was a great race for us. We learned quite a bit about our car. Now we just have to take the right steps to get this team rolling forward, to get me rolling forward to get confidence, so everybody rolls forward.
"It's about the basics. Qualifying good enough to start up front in the heats and then taking advantage of the situations. We have a lot of great guys here and great support from all of our sponsors backing us. It's just about building on each step. Sunday, we qualified decent, had a good heat race and dash, and then made some progress in the feature. Last night, we were able to build on that progress."
This week you return to Billings, where you've run before, and Castrol, where you've never been. How do you approach each track?
"The good thing about Billings is that we've raced there before and had some success. I raced from the last starting spot to eighth one night there after racing an ARCA car. I felt like I should have won the night (TSR teammate) Donny (Schatz) broke while he was leading, but we ended up third that night (August 20, 2005). My guys (Steve Swenson, Mike Cool and Bob Curtis) have been doing a good job, so I'm sure they'll have the Bass Pro Shops Chevy fast again this week. As far as Castrol goes, I'm pretty sure the 20 car was fast there last year, so hopefully we can continue getting better and have another good week."
For complete WoO Sprint Series results from Billings Motorsports Park and Castrol 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.