BACK ON THE ROAD Kinser, Tony Stewart Racing's Bass Pro Shops Team Resume Outlaws Schedule with a Pair of North Dakota Races INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 19, 2009) -- The hype and hysteria that is the Knoxville Nationals sometimes can be all consuming...
BACK ON THE ROAD
Kinser, Tony Stewart Racing's Bass Pro Shops Team Resume Outlaws Schedule with a Pair of North Dakota Races
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 19, 2009) -- The hype and hysteria that is the Knoxville Nationals sometimes can be all consuming for both Sprint car racers and the teams they drive for. While the Nationals are often viewed as the highlight of the season, the drivers who compete in the World of Outlaws (WoO) Series know the show will go on. This week, Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Kraig Kinser and the rest of the Outlaw competitors resume the nightly grind of competing on dirt tracks across North America with a pair of races in North Dakota.
On Friday night, Kinser will return to action behind the wheel of TSR's No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider Maxim at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. The following night, he'll make his second career appearance at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, N.D. With more than 20 nights on the track remaining, Kinser is hoping to conclude this year's Outlaw campaign in similar fashion as he did in 2008.
During the final 22 races last season, Kinser and the Bass Pro Shops team picked up a pair of wins, nine top-fives and 12 top-10s. One of those top-five runs was a third-place finish in North Dakota the weekend following the Knoxville Nationals.
The Bass Pro Shops team is coming off a solid week at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. Kinser finished second during his qualifying night and was battling inside the top-five for most of Sunday night's 40-lap "A" Main before coming home with a sixth-place finish in the 49th annual Knoxville Nationals.
Friday's race at River Cities will be the Outlaws' second appearance of the season at the high-banked 3/10-mile dirt oval. In June, Kinser qualified fourth and was running inside the top-10 when contact with the front wall flattened his right-rear tire. The 24-year-old rejoined the field and raced his way back to finish 12th in the feature. He's looking to make his seventh career start at the track and add to his four previous top-five finishes.
The 2005 Knoxville Nationals champion will complete the weekend with a Saturday-night show at Dacotah, which is located in the central region of the state. Last August, the Outlaws made their debut at the 3/8-mile track, and Kinser came home 11th in the feature race.
Kinser and the Bass Pro Shops team have completed 48 nights of racing on the Outlaws 2009 schedule. The Mooresville, N.C., resident has scored nine top-five finishes and 24 top-10s. He currently ranks ninth in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings with 5,924 points.
For both Friday at River Cities and Saturday at Dacotah, the pit gates open at 2 p.m. CDT and grandstands open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tickets for both facilities can be purchased by calling SLS Promotions at (815) 344-2023. For more information on the River Cities event, visit www.rivercities.com. For more information on the Dacotah event, visit www.dacotahspeedway.net.
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:
Coming off the Knoxville Nationals, how tough is it for you to get back into the regular WoO grind of racing at different tracks each night?
"Sometimes it depends on how you do at the Nationals. If you have a good week at Knoxville, it's pretty easy to get back to the track. We're looking forward to it. The Bass Pro Shops team (Mike Cool, Steve Swenson and Bob Curtis) did a great job last week at the Nationals. We were strong every time we hit the track. I was probably not aggressive enough late in Sunday's race while trying to get fourth. It cost me a couple spots and that's part of it, I guess. Maybe now that we're getting back into the regular schedule, I might be a little more aggressive. All in all, it's not too tough to switch back to our regular racing mode. We do it more than 30 weeks a year, so I guess we're all pretty used to it."
This weekend includes a pair of races on the short tracks. Both seem to provide a great opportunity for quality racing and a chance for cars to come up through the field. What are you expecting this weekend?
"I'm sure we're going to see everyone's best. Obviously, only one team can win the Nationals and everybody wants to win the next race. Grand Forks is a high-banked track and traffic is really a big factor there. We qualified well in June and just didn't quite get going in the heat
race or dash.
"I think we would have been fine in the feature, but I hit the wall and we ended up with a flat tire. As far as Dacotah goes, it was pretty slick last year and I wasn't able to start up front in the heat race. I guess our first goal there will be to qualify close enough to the front so that we can race our way into the dash. We have seen track position come into play a lot this year, so we definitely need to get ourselves starting toward the front in order for us to have a chance at winning."
For complete WoO Sprint Series results from the River Cities and Dacotah events, 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.