CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 29, 2014) – The eighth annual World of Outlaws World Finals is a must-see event for dirt fans around the globe in its own right, but this Nov. 6-8, fans have an even bigger reason to attend the three-day dirt racing extravaganza. Twenty-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser will wrap up his full-time racing career and conclude his year-long “Salute to the King” tour.
Officials at The Dirt Track at Charlotte will hold a presentation for Kinser in the souvenir midway area at the track on Friday, Nov. 7 at 2:45 p.m. to mark the last event in his final full-time season with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. The event is open to the fans and will include a special dedication by Marcus Smith, the president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“Steve Kinser helped put sprint car racing on the map and he is a major part of the reason we are even able to put on this prestigious three-day event that has become a tradition for the dirt racing world,” said Smith. “With this presentation, we hope to let him know how much he means to not only all of us here in Charlotte, but also the thousands upon thousands of fans around the world who have cheered for him during his spectacular career.”
In addition to the Friday afternoon event, that evening, the annual four-wide salute to the fans with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series on the track will be dedicated to the “King of the Outlaws.”
Kinser has had quite the career at The Dirt Track, having competed in 35 of the 36 World of Outlaws races at the lightning-fast, four-tenths-mile clay oval. His 450th career World of Outlaws A-Feature win in the fall of 2001 was his first at The Dirt Track. His second triumph at the track came during the inaugural World Finals in 2007. Kinser has earned 20 top-fives and 29 top-10s at the track.
One of the king’s biggest fans is current team owner Tony Stewart.
“I never missed an Outlaw show in the area when I was growing up,” said Stewart. “We waited for those nights like they were holidays. It was incredible watching Steve race with Sammy (Swindell) and Doug (Wolfgang). He was our guy, being from Indiana, and when he won, it gave us all something to brag about. And he won a lot. A few years ago, when we had the chance to get him to drive for TSR (Tony Stewart Racing), it was like a dream come true.
When we got him on board, my goal was for him to drive for us for the remainder of his career. He’s the best ever and I couldn’t be more proud.”
The World of Outlaws World Finals brings together the top three series in the sport, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the big-block modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series, for three nights of racing that culminate in the crowning of all three series champions.
Thursday night will include time trials for all three divisions along with heat races for the big-block modifieds. The Friday and Saturday night events will be highlighted by complete programs for both the sprint cars and late models, while the modifieds will battle in last chance and feature races.
Advance tickets and camping sales are pacing ahead of last year’s World Finals and officials expect the weekend to sell out for the sixth consecutive year, but there’s still a great opportunity for dirt racing fans to be a part of the action.
Three-day packages are available for $89 for adults and $34 for kids 13 and under. Single-day tickets are $25 for adults on Thursday and $44 for Friday and Saturday. Single-day tickets for kids 13 and under are $10 for Thursday and $15 for Friday and Saturday. Upgrade your ticket to include a pit pass for $15 per day. Adult ticket prices will increase on Monday, Nov. 3. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dirt.
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-Charlotte Motor Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: CMS Photo/Tami Pope