Plymouth, Minn. (Aug. 11, 2015) – Kraig Kinser and Arctic Cat are ready for Sprint car racing’s biggest stage… the 2015 FVP Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals. Kinser, the 2005 Knoxville Nationals champion, and Arctic Cat, one of the most widely recognized and respected names in the snowmobile, ATV and Side-by-Side industry, are partnering for the second of time this season with an eye on reaching the pinnacle in short track racing.
“This is the week that everyone looks forward,” said Kinser. “To me, the Knoxville Nationals means everything. It’s the biggest race for Sprint cars and it’s just one of those races everybody wants to win. It’s what all of us in this sport thrive to get to. We’re thrilled to have another opportunity to race in it and everyone with our team is excited to be teaming up with Arctic Cat as we try to get back to victory lane.”
Kinser’s pursuit for a second Knoxville Nationals crown begins Wednesday during opening night to the 55th annual Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway. The Bloomington, Indiana native is one of more than 100 drivers looking to make Saturday’s 24-car field. To make Saturday’s A-Main field, Kinser knows it’s going to take a total effort.
“The key to having a chance is being solid every time you hit the track,” said Kinser. “Coming into the event, you’ve got to be solid and know where your program is at. It also takes having some luck on your side. You have to be able to put together a great night. Qualify well. Transfer through your heat race and run close to the front in your preliminary night feature. With as stout as the competition is, any little thing can hurt your chances.”
This year’s Nationals will be the 13th for Kinser, first competing in the event in 2001. Kinser became the second youngest driver at 21 to win the heralded race in August 2005. He and his father, Steve, are the only father-son combo to win Sprint car racing’s most coveted trophy.
The partnership with Kinser and Arctic Cat goes further than just having the special-schemed No. 11k Arctic Cat car on the track. Today, the Arctic Cat & Kraig Kinser Helmet Giveaway sweepstakes was launched and runs through the World Finals, November 8, 2015, giving fans the chance to win Kinser’s Arctic Cat designed helmet that he wore during the Kings Royal weekend and will also wear this week at Knoxville and at the season-ending World Finals in Charlotte.
“We’ve always had great success getting involved with Sprint car racing because of the passion the fans have,” said Mark Miller, Regional Sales Manager for Arctic Cat. “I know a lot of people will want that helmet. I know I do. This sweepstakes gives fans a chance to win something really unique.”
Fans can enter for their chance to win by accessing the designated website: https://arcticcat11k.squarespace.com. One grand prize winner will be selected on or about November 9, 2015. The team will notify the winner and coordinate delivery of the Kraig Kinser/Arctic Cat 2015 Knoxville Nationals Helmet.
About Arctic Cat
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “ACAT.” More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.arcticcat.com.