FINISHING STRONG Tony Stewart Racing, Kinser Look to Build on Recent Victory in Return to New Mexico INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 7, 2008) --With only seven races remaining in the 2008 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series ...
Tony Stewart Racing, Kinser Look to Build on Recent Victory in Return to New Mexico
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 7, 2008) --With only seven races remaining in the 2008 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series season, Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Kraig Kinser wants to finish on a roll. After a solid September, the 23 year-old driver of the TSR No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/JD Byrider Maxim kept that momentum going by scoring his second victory of the season this past Friday night at North Central Speedway (NCS) in Brainerd, Minn. This weekend, the series will make its return to the southwest with a two-night program at Hollywood Hills Speedway (HHS) in San Felipe Pueblo, N.M., on Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend's two-race program will mark the Outlaws' first visit to the high-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval since September 9, 2003. Kinser made his only two appearances at the track in March of 2003. After graduating early from Bloomington (Ind.) High School South, he made his 2003 season debut at the track.
Ignition problems plagued him during the feature event and he was credited with an 18th-place finish in the opener. The following night, Kinser bounced back by qualifying second in the field of 32 cars. He charged from his sixth starting position to score a third-place finish behind his dad, Steve, who won the event, and Craig Dollansky.
On Saturday, he'll be trying to become only the second driver to win a feature event at HHS. Remarkably, Steve Kinser has won all seven WoO races at the track.
Thanks to last Friday night's victory at NCS, son Kraig has one upped his dad. Kraig Kinser became the first WoO winner at the 1/3-mile oval in central Minnesota. After winning the third heat race and finishing fourth in the dash, Kinser used a strong start in the 35-lap "A" feature to jump into third. He used patience to execute a pass of Lucas Wolfe for second place midway through the race. Then he found himself in the right place at the right time when leader Joey Saldana had mechanical problems. Kinser took advantage and led the final 16 laps to score his ninth career WoO triumph.
Kinser has entered 58 WoO races this season and currently ranks 11th in the WoO Sprint Series Championship standings. He has earned a pair of victories, eight top-five finishes and 17 top-10s.
On Friday and Saturday, the pit gates at HHS will open at 1 p.m. MDT with the grandstands opening at 2 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. For more details, contact HHS at (505) 264-2796. The official Web site of HHS is www.hollywoodhillsspeedway.com.
Race fans unable to attend this weekend's doubleheader from New Mexico 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/Maxim:
You picked up another victory last Friday night to continue a really consistent run since Sept. 1. What's been the difference?
"We really haven't done much differently, other than taking advantage of opportunities. We said all year that we had to qualify well and then race well in the heat races. We've been able to make the heat inversion regularly and race into those top two spots in the heats. Racing with these Outlaw guys is really tough, so when you get a chance to start up front, you have to make the most of it. All the Bass Pro Shop guys (Steve Sweneson, Mike Cool and Bob Curtis) have been working really hard, and getting another win last week really felt good."
You return to Hollywood Hills for the first time since 2003. A lot has happened since that weekend. What do you remember about HHS and what do you expect this time?
"I know they have a first-class facility out there, that's for sure. The other thing is that Dad (Steve Kinser) really gets around there good. Hopefully, we can be up there racing with him for the win. I remember him being pretty happy about us running third the last time we were out there. We were able to move forward and get a third-place finish and that kind of got everyone feeling good about where we were headed.
"The tough part for the track out there is keeping it from taking rubber. You've got a track that is out where it gets a lot of sun and wind, so it's awfully tough to keep any moisture in it. The same formula is going to work out there -- qualifying well, getting one of the top two spots in your heat race and pulling a good number for the dash. We've only got a handful of races remaining, and we want to do everything we can to finish strong."
For complete WoO Sprint Series results from Hollywood Hills 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.