Outlaws Return to El Paso
Steve Kinser Returns to a Perfect Market
EL PASO, Tex. – April 4, 2014 –
For Steve Kinser, there would be no better way to cap off a near perfect career than winning another championship in his final full year of competition in the World of Outlaws.
For Kinser, that would provide symmetry. He won the first World of Outlaws championship in 1978; in fact, he won the first three and 17 more after that for a total of 20 championships in the series’ 36-year history. At the age of 60, he is already competing long after many drivers hung up their helmets, but the desire to win still burns bright—as does the ability. His most recent championship came in 2005.
Kinser’s accomplishments defy any attempts to exaggerate them. His 577 career victories are nearly double that of the next driver on the list. His 20 championships is more than half of those available in the history of the series and that will be true until at least 2018. He has accomplished the feat by winning on the vast majority of tracks he has challenged across the United States and internationally.
When the World of Outlaws first came to the El Paso market, they raced across the border in Mexico at Autopista Juarez in 1992 and Kinser took the checkered flag. That was one of 31 victories he scored that year en route to yet another championship. Fast forward more than two decades, and Kinser saw the checkered flag first in the inaugural race at El Paso Speedway Park in 2013. His El Paso win was one of two last year with a second coming at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb.
That makes El Paso a perfect market for Kinser and in appreciation the track plans a special presentation and a salute from the fans. If he wins again this year, he will have at least two victories for the season. He won the DIRTcar Nationals Finale at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida in the midst of February’s Speedweeks. Battling for a championship in his final season is well within the realm of possibility. As of the March 28th show at Merced Speedway, he sits sixth in the standings and the season has barely begun.
Kinser’s storied career includes races in the NASCAR series where he competed for Rookie of the Year honors in 1995 at the age of 40. Two years later, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and qualified 20th for the 1997 Indy 500 and then finished the race in 14th. He challenged the best drivers in world in the 1994 IROC (International Race of Champions) series and beat the stock car veterans on their home turf at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
Kinser has announced this will be his last full time season and that he will no longer chase the championship. With 600 victories on the horizon, however, it is likely that this will not be the last the sport sees of the King of Sprint Cars.
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INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 11, 2013) – Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series champion, announced today the upcoming 2014 WoO campaign will be his final season chasing the series championship. The Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) driver, who won the series’ first championship during the WoO inaugural season in 1978, is looking to join a long list of greats who have closed their career hoisting championship hardware. His final season with the WoO, called “Salute to the King,” kicks off in February with the DIRTcar Nationals in Florida.
Kinser, an icon in short-track racing, has dominated the WoO series during his 35 seasons of competition. The Bloomington, Ind., native has earned 576 career WoO A-Feature triumphs and has filled the record book with accomplishments that likely will not be matched. His goal for this 2014 season is to add to those records while battling for the title.
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