By Parsons Motorsports PR
Granger, IA—Sept. 19, 2011—One of the great things about competing with the World of Outlaws is that when a driver is on a roll, they usually do not have to wait very long until the next race to keep their momentum going. For Kraig Kinser, who has finished in the Top-10 in five of the last seven races, including scoring his first win of the season at Cottage Grove Speedway on Sept. 5, he’ll have three chances this week to compete in the Casey’s General Store Maxim at three different tracks, as the stretch run of the 2011 season continues.
The week kicks off at Hartford Motor Speedway in Hartford, Mich. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, followed by the series final visit of the season to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Friday, Sept. 23, with the weekend wrapping up with the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Kinser has made a handful of starts at Hartford over the years. He first ran at the track with the now-defunct Great Lakes Outlaw Sprint Series (GLOSS) back in the early 2000’s. He led a number of laps at the sprawling half-mile in 2002 in a GLOSS event before getting into the wall. The native of Bloomington, Ind. returned the next season to Hartford and again led a number of laps en route to a runner-up finish at the track. He made his first World of Outlaws start at the half-mile in 2003, finishing ninth. He followed that up with another ninth-place effort in 2003 and was fourth in 2004 at the venue. The third generation driver has made the dash in all three of his World of Outlaws starts at Hartford.
Kinser raced with the World of Outlaws at Eldora for the first time in 2001, when he was just 16 years old. He has made a total of 32 main event starts with the series at the track, picking up seven Top-10 finishes along the way including three Top-Five performances. Kraig scored a career-best third-place finish at Eldora in 2005, the same year he won the Knoxville Nationals. He finished eighth in the first World of Outlaws event at Eldora this season and was 17th in the Knight Before the Kings Royal.
Kinser competed at Lernerville Speedway for the first time with the World of Outlaws in 2004. He has made 11 starts at the high-banked four-tenths-mile, picking up two Top-10 finishes along with way. The 2004 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award winner finished a career-best ninth in the 2008 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. He was 19th and 21st this year in the Twin 30’s during the Silver Cup.
Kinser enters the trio of races this week eighth in the World of Outlaws championship standings, with one win to go along with 20 Top-10 and four Top-Five finishes, aboard the Casey’s General Store Maxim for the Parsons Motorsports team.
Kraig on Hartford Motor Speedway:
“It’s been a number of years since I’ve been to Hartford, but I ran really well there in those GLOSS races. It’s a big half-mile and you carry a lot of speed around it. Track position is very, very important there. We’ve been pretty good on the bigger tracks here in the second half of the season and should have a pretty good set-up for over there.”
Kraig on Eldora Speedway:
“Eldora is Eldora. You have to always be on your game when you go there and have things going your way as well. I’ve had some good runs there in the past and that is certainly a track I want to win at. I’ve been going there for as long as I can remember and it’s always been a pretty special track.”
Kraig on Lernerville Speedway:
“We had a tough go at Lernerville during the Silver Cup, so we are looking to make up for that this time around. The track there is always in good shape and always has a couple of grooves and sometimes three grooves you can race on. The season is winding down and we feel like we are hitting our stride, so I can’t wait to get to the track and race three times this week.”
Kraig Kinser By the Numbers: Hartford Motor Speedway, Eldora Speedway & Lernerville Speedway:
0.4-Miles around Lernerville Speedway
0.5-Miles around Hartford Motor Speedway & Eldora Speedway
1-A-Feature win this season
2- Events in the State of Michigan this season for the World of Outlaws
3- Total feature events for the series at Lernerville this season
4- Top-Five finishes through Sept. 17; Total nights of racing at Eldora for the series in 2011
7- Total nights of racing in Ohio this season for the series; Total nights of racing in Pennsylvania this season for the series
7.3- Average finish in three World of Outlaws main event starts at Hartford
8- Position in the World of Outlaws championship standings through Sept. 17; Career Top-10 finishes with the series at Eldora
12.334- Track record at Lernerville Speedway
12.707- Track record at Eldora Speedway
13- Career feature starts with the series at Lernerville Speedway
14- Laps led in feature events this season
14.1- Average finish in 34 career feature starts with the series at Eldora Speedway
15.739-Track record at Hartford Motor Speedway
16.8- Average finish in 13 career World of Outlaws feature starts at Lernerville
20- Top-10 finishes this season
34- Career feature starts with the World of Outlaws at Eldora
228- Miles from Hartford Motor Speedway in Mich., where the World of Outlaws compete on Sept. 21 to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio
326- Miles from Eldora Speedway in Ohio where the World of Outlaws compete on Sept. 23 to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.
488- Miles from Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. where the World of Outlaws competed on Sept. 17 to Hartford Motor Speedway in Hartford, Mich.
2003- Year of first World of Outlaws start at Hartford
6560- Points earned through Sept. 17
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