By Bob Baker
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 16, 2014) – The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville is pleased to announce that this year’s featured attraction will be the “Salute to Champion Steve Kinser” special exhibition. The display, consisting of at least six cars that the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee drove during his illustrious career, will be in the non-profit museum from June 13 through November 1. It follows similar exhibitions honoring Tony Stewart (2011), Jeff Gordon (2012) and Mario Andretti (2013).
According to museum curator Thomas J. Schmeh, “I have to thank Steve and Dana Kinser, and Misha Geisert of Tony Stewart Racing, for their unbridled enthusiasm in helping us plan for this unique display of vehicles and memorabilia. I also give my sincere appreciation to the current owners of the Steve Kinser-driven race cars that we will have on display: the Robert Karnell family; Alan Kreitzer and Lynn Paxton of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR); Chuck Merrill of Maxim Chassis; Dana Kinser and Tony Stewart. Words cannot truly express my sincere gratitude to all of these generous people.”
The “Salute to Champion Steve Kinser” special exhibition will coincide with the King’s final full season on the World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series in 2014. In fact, it will debut on the weekend of the WoO Mediacom Shootout on June 14 at the legendary half-mile Knoxville Raceway, at which the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum is located.
Said museum executive director Bob Baker today, “This display, featuring the race cars and a lot of other Steve Kinser-related art and artifacts, will only be able to be seen together at one place this year and that is here at the ‘Sprint Car Capital of the World.’ This will be a must-see attraction for the legion of fans of the 20-time World of Outlaws champion and 12-time Knoxville Nationals winner.”
Those seeking additional information can visit the museum’s web site at www.sprintcarhof.com.