BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — October 10, 2014 — Kraig Kinser has had the great fortune to be a part of some of the biggest events in short track racing during his career with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. One of these is Super Dirt Week, which is based at the New York State Fairgrounds, but features satellite events at other local tracks throughout the week. The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series annual visit to Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, New York, serves as one such race.
The Budweiser Salute to the King Outlaw Showdown, which will honor 20-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion, Steve Kinser, is set for Saturday, October 11 at Rolling Wheels Raceway. A full night of racing beginning with hot laps and time trials will be followed by heat races, a dash, Last Chance Showdown and a 25-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Feature.
“The atmosphere at Rolling Wheels is always amazing,” said K. Kinser. “A lot of the fans come over from Syracuse and it’s great to have sprint cars be a part of Super Dirt Week. We only race in New York a couple times each year, so the fans always seem to be pretty enthusiastic to see us. A track like Rolling Wheels really shows the true speed of these cars and that’s definitely something the fans enjoy.”
The younger Kinser, who pilots the Messila Valley Transportation/Casey’s General Store/King Racing Products Maxim, made two starts at Rolling Wheels in 2013. During the Super Dirt Week event, he finished fifth. He opened the night as the fourth-fastest driver in time trials. Kinser ran third in the first heat and earned a spot in the dash by way of his time trials time. He would finish third in the dash, which put him on the inside of the second row to start the 25-lap main event. The series also visited the sprawling five-eighths-mile last year in July, and Kinser came home 20th in that event.
“Track position is always important at Rolling Wheels,” Kinser noted. “More times than not the track gets pretty slick. Starting near the front is a key and you have to get in the dash to do that. There for a while we were getting in the dash just about every night when we were out west and recently we haven’t been getting into the dash, so we need to change that to give ourselves a chance.”
Kinser has raced in 10 A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Rolling Wheels Raceway in his career, with a fourth-place finish in 2010, the best of the lot. The native of Bloomington, Indiana, made his Rolling Wheels debut in 2004, finishing 10th. He has five career top-10 finishes at the track, with three of those being top-fives.
Last weekend, Kinser competed in the National Open at the famed Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania. Following a rainout on the opening night of the originally scheduled two-night event, Kinser finished 23rd in the 40-lap A-Feature. He timed in 21st-fastest of the 55 entries, just missing the heat race inversion by a single spot. Kinser finished sixth in the first heat race, which put him in the B-main. He ran second in the “B” to earn a spot in the A-Feature.
Entering competition this weekend, Kinser is 10th in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series standings. He has one victory on the season, along with 29 top-10 finishes, of which seven are top-five performances.
Kraig Kinser Racing would like to thank Casey’s General Stores, Mesilla Valley Transportation, King Racing Products, Maxim, Aerodine Composites, Sander Engineering, Integra Shocks, All Star Performance, FK Rod Ends, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bell, KSE Racing Products, ButlerBuilt, Schoenfeld Headers, Donovan Engineering, Fel-Pro, Brodix, Wilwood, Dyer’s, Barnes Systems, Ringer Gloves, Jakes Custom Golf Carts, and Ben Cook Racing Limited for their continued support.
Kraig Kinser By the Numbers: Rolling Wheels Raceway
0.625- Miles around Rolling Wheels Raceway
1- Win this season
2- Races on five-eighths-mile tracks this season for the World of Outlaws
3- Tracks in the state of New York that the series races at this year
5- Career top-10 finishes at Rolling Wheels
9- Number of seasons competing in races at Rolling Wheels, including this year
10- Career main event starts at the five-eighths-mile
10.8- Average finish in 10 career main events starts at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park
15.592- Track record at Rolling Wheels
29- Different seasons in which the series has raced at Rolling Wheels
283- Miles from Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where the World of Outlaws raced on Oct. 4 to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, New York
1980- Year of inaugural World of Outlaws event at Rolling Wheels
2004- Year of first start at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park
9972- Points earned this season through October 4
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