Kinser Ready to Lead Outlaws Into Williams Grove Steve Kinser was there for the first World of Outlaws race at Williams Grove Speedway in 1978, and he has been there every step of the way as the always intense rivalry between the Outlaws and the...
Kinser Ready to Lead Outlaws Into Williams Grove
Steve Kinser was there for the first World of Outlaws race at Williams Grove Speedway in 1978, and he has been there every step of the way as the always intense rivalry between the Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse has developed over the years. He has won his fair share of the battles at the track, having claimed 37 overall triumphs at the storied half-mile including preliminary feature wins.
On Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion will lead the charge into Williams Grove Speedway as the World of Outlaws make their first of three stops at the hallowed track this season. With 27 drivers following the World of Outlaws full-time in addition to the always tough contenders from the Pennsylvania Posse, the level of competition will be at an all-time high this week. Adding even more luster to the event, is the fact that the cameras from SPEED will be rolling on Saturday, to tape the event for broadcast on Sunday, June 3.
"It's always a big event when you go out there, and you have to always be prepared," said Kinser, driver of the Q Oil Maxim. "I don't know where we are at, in that, at this point of it, but we'll see what happens. It's always a fun trip, everyone is always sitting out there waiting for us. They usually have their motors fresh and are ready to run. It's never easy."
Kinser did not compete at Williams Grove Speedway last season, but he does not see that as being a problem. With all the experience he has in his illustrious career, he looks to get up to speed the first lap he turns on the track this week. In 2005 at the half-mile, he won the spring race, and has won at least one event at Williams Grove in the last four seasons he has competed at the track. He has won an event at the track in 13 different seasons dating back to 1981 when he won for the first time at Williams Grove.
"As long as your equipment is good enough you're ok," explained the native of Bloomington, Indiana. "I've made enough laps there that we should be able to get around there all right. It sort of depends on how good you are prepared when you go out there. We have been working on some things for out there, and we'll see if they pay off when we get there."
While he is entirely focused on getting to victory lane each night when he straps in the car, Kinser knows the significance of the rivalry between the Outlaws and Pennsylvania Posse that is played up off the track. Each time the series rolls into town, the battle lines are drawn, and everyone ratchets up their game. Last season, Fred Rahmer swept both of the spring races for the Pennsylvania Posse, followed by a World of Outlaws three night sweep of the Summer Nationals, capped off by a split last season in the rain shortened National Open.
"It's one of those things that has been there for years," said Kinser. "Any time the media hypes things up that adds to the event. It's always been the PA Posse versus the Outlaws, and it will never change. That's what draws the people in."
Kinser enters the pair of events this week with plenty of momentum, having won his third race of the season on May 15 at Lernerville Speedway in Western Pennsylvania. He is currently seventh in the championship standings with nine Top-Five finishes. He won his first Crane Cams Dash of the season at Lernerville and also jumped into the second spot on the lap leader board for the season. Despite all of this, he is cautious heading to Williams Grove, knowing how tough the competition always is and how a team?s luck can change in an instant.
"Williams Grove is a track of its own, that's one thing for sure," he explained. "It's a track that probably over the years, local racers have had an advantage at, more than any other local track that you go to."
After enduring some bad luck earlier in the season, Kinser and his team have been very steady over the last month, earning six Top-10 finishes in the last eight races, including two wins. With five races in a six day period this week, he is ready to take to the track and looks to add his A-Feature win total which currently stands at 536.
"This is the time of the year that we usually start shining," he said. "We got ourselves into a whole earlier this year. We didn't have a provisional at Tulare (Thunderbowl Raceway) and that hurt us a lot, and weren't running that great. We'll try to get ready for July and August and try to make some money."
While the races begin to pay more to win this time of the season, Kinser approaches each one the same way no matter how much the purse is. It is this drive to win that has become a trademark of his over his storied career.
"You want to run good all the time," said Kinser. "I don't think anybody ever goes to the race track with the intention of running bad. You have to come through the pit gate believing you have the best race team and as good of a chance as anyone to win."
With all the history that surrounds Williams Grove Speedway, Kinser cherishes each and every win he has at the track. He will look to add to this history this week, as the World of Outlaws battle the Pennsylvania Posse in the first two of seven total events this season at the track which has been in operation since 1939.
"The success we have had at Williams Grove over the years really means a lot," he said.
On Thursday, May 17 at Williams Grove Speedway pit gates will open at 4 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:15 for advanced ticket holder and 5:30 p.m. for general admission ticket holders, with time trials are set for 7:45 p.m.
On Friday, May 18 at Williams Grove Speedway pit gates will open at 4 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:15 p.m. for advanced ticket holders and 5:30 for general admission tickets holder, with time trials are set for 7:45 p.m.