Fresh off the heels of three consecutive top-10 finishes in the Upper Midwest, Kraig Kinser begins the busiest month of the year for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series with momentum. The third-generation takes to the track three times this week, which open the 15-race month for the best sprint car drivers in the world.
The holiday week trio of races opens for Kinser aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation/Casey’s General Store/King Racing Products Maxim on Wednesday, July 2 at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota. He then heads to Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas, for the Boothill Showdown Presented by Roto-Mix on Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5.
Last weekend, Kinser finished ninth at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. He followed that up with a seventh-place showing at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin, and wrapped up that set of races with a ninth-place effort at Cedar Lake Speedway, also in Wisconsin.
“We had three solid races last weekend,” said Kinser. “We’ve been getting closer and this is a good time of the year to hit your stride with all of the races coming up, especially at tracks we’ve traditionally done well at. We are excited to get back to the track and pick up where we left off at Cedar Lake (Speedway) on Sunday.”
Kinser charged from the 14th starting spot to finish sixth last season at Huset’s Speedway. In his career at the high-banked three-eighths-mile, the native of Bloomington, Indiana, has five top-10 finishes, including four straight. Kinser recorded the best finish of his career at Huset’s in 2005, coming home second. He made his debut at the track in 2003.
“Huset’s (Speedway) is a place we’ve always done pretty well at,” he shared. “The high-banking allows you to keep your momentum up around there. You can work the bottom as well. We’ve been close there a couple of times and have a good string of showings the last few years.”
At Dodge City Raceway Park, in 2013 Kinser was third in the opener and seventh in the finale at the three-eighths-mile. The 2005 winner of the Knoxville Nationals was victorious at the track in 2012, claiming the second feature of the two-night event. In that race, he started on the pole and led all 30 laps to pick up the victory over his father Steve. Kinser has made 15 starts in his career at the banked oval, earning nine top-10 finishes along the way.
“I don’t know exactly what it is about Dodge City (Raceway Park), but we always seem to be up front there,” said Kinser. “Winning there in the past definitely helps, as it boosts our confidence every time we roll in there. If we can get ourselves in the dash and start in the first four rows each night, we should have a shot at it.”
Kinser is ninth in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings entering this week’s three races. He has 15 top-10 finishes on the season, with two of those being 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: Huset’s Speedway & Dodge City Raceway Park
0.375- Miles around both Huset’s Speedway and Dodge City Raceway Park
1- Night of racing in the state of South Dakota this season for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series
3- Nights of racing this season for the series in Kansas
5- Top-10 finishes in his career with the World of Outlaws at Huset’s
9- Top-10 finishes at Dodge City Raceway Park; Career main event starts at Huset’s Speedway; Current position in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series standings
9.7- Average finishing position at Dodge City Raceway Park in 15 career starts
10.2- Average finish with the World of Outlaws at Huset’s in nine career starts
10.317- Track record at Huset’s Speedway
12.377- Track record at Dodge City Raceway Park
15- Career main event starts at Dodge City Raceway Park; Top-10 finishes earned this season
30- Laps led in 2012 en route to winning at Dodge City
298- Miles from Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin, where the World of Outlaws raced on June 29 to Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota
593- Miles from Huset’s Speedway in South Dakota, where the World of Outlaws compete on July 2 to Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas
2003- Year of first World of Outlaws start at Huset’s Speedway
2004- Year of first start at Dodge City Raceway Park
5237- Points earned this season through June 29
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– Kraig Kinser Press Release. Photo Credit: Mark Miefert