Granger, IA—Oct. 31, 2011— After ten months of racing, tens of thousands of miles traveled, all that remains for Kraig Kinser and the Casey’s General Store team on the 2011 calendar is the Fifth Annual Lowes Food World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Natures Own at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Kinser has competed in each of the first four editions of the season-ending blockbuster.
The three-day event kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 3 with. Kellogg’s Qualifying Night, with each driver taking part in a qualifying session for Friday’s race program and also time trials for the Saturday portion of the three-day event. Heat races, along with the dash and feature events will follow on both Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5, with the finale airing live on SPEED.
Kinser, made his debut at The Track at Charlotte in 2002 in a World of Outlaws event. He has picked up three Top-Five finishes in 13 career starts at the track, including a career-best runner-up performance in the finale of the 2008 World Finals. The third generation driver finished ninth in the spring race at the Charlotte in 2008 and also was ninth in the opener of the 2009 World Finals. He finished 14th earlier this season at the progressively banked four-tenths-mile.
Kinser heads to Charlotte with momentum following a third-place finish at Talladega (Ala.) Short Track on Oct. 22, in an event that saw him charge past his father Steve, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, as well as four-time series titlist Donny Schatz and also two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, en route to the podium finish aboard the Casey’s General Store Maxim.
Entering the World Finals, which also features the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, Kinser is eighth in the World of Outlaws championship standings, on the strength of 22 Top-10 finishes, with six of those being Top-Five performances, including a win at Cottage Grove Speedway during the Gold Rush Tour.
Kraig on The Dirt Track at Charlotte:
“It’s hard to believe the season is almost over. When you get going, you really don’t want to see it end. We’ve had a pretty good second half of the season, including the win at Cottage Grove. Hopefully we can build on our solid finish at Talladega and carry that into Charlotte. That event seems to get bigger every year and there will be a lot of drivers there, so qualifying will be very important. The Casey’s General Store crew has been working hard all season and hopefully we can end the year on a strong note.”
Kraig Kinser By the Numbers: The Dirt Track at Charlotte:
0.4- Miles around The Dirt Track at Charlotte
1- Career Top-Five finish at Charlotte
3– Career Top-10 finishes at the four-tenths-mile
4-Total nights of competition at The Dirt Track at Charlotte this season for the World of Outlaws
5- Races on four-tenths-mile tracks this season for the series
6- Top-Five finishes this season through Oct. 22
8- Position in the World of Outlaws championship standings
11.880- Track record at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
13– Feature starts in his career at The Dirt Track at Charlotte dating back to 2002
14- Laps led in feature events this season
15.2- Average finish in 13 starts at Charlotte
22- Top-10 finishes earned this season
63- Main events completed by the World of Outlaws through Oct. 22
2002- Year of first start at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
7560- Points earned through Oct. 22
Keep up with all the action: Follow Kraig Kinser on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kraigkinser6 and receive live updates from the track each and every race night.
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