Kraig Kinser Comes Home Eighth on Final Night at Tulare

Kraig Kinser. - Paul Arch Photo
Kraig Kinser. - Paul Arch Photo
Kraig Kinser. – Paul Arch Photo

From Kraig Kinser Racing PR
Bloomington, IN — (March 16, 2014) — On the opening night for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway the main event ran green-to-checkers, without a single caution. That was not the case on the second night, as a pair of red flag and also two yellow flag periods slowed the action, leading to four restarts, three of which were double-file. Kraig Kinser took full advantage of these restarts, gaining positions on three of the four, en route to an eighth-place finish in the Mesilla Valley Transportation/Casey’s General Store/King Racing Products Maxim.

Kinser lined up 10th for the 35-lap A-Feature on Saturday, March 15, after earning a spot in the dash for the fourth time this year. The third-generation driver ran in that position for the first 10 laps, before moving up to ninth on a lap-11 double-file restart. He would move up another spot, two laps later, on yet another restart. A caution on lap-15 saw Kinser move into seventh on the restart and he would run in that position before Kerry Madsen slipped by. The eighth-place finish for Kinser was his third top-10 run of the young season and helped him move up a spot to ninth in the World of Outlaws STP point standings.

The native of Bloomington, Ind., opened the night as the 12th-quickest driver in time trials, which put him on the pole of the third heat. He finished second to California native Bud Kaeding in that eight-lapper to put himself in the dash. Kinser both started and finished 10th in the dash, which put him on the outside of the fifth row for the 35-lap main event.

Kinser lined up 11th in the opener at Tulare on Friday, March 14, and fell back a couple of spots at the start. He ran 13th for the first three laps, before Tim Kaeding got by him. Kinser would move back into 13th on lap-15 and would remain in that position for duration of the 35-lap A-Feature, which ran non-stop.

The weekend at Tulare opened for the winner of the 2005 Knoxville Nationals with a fifth-place effort in time trials of the 31 drivers in attendance. Kinser started third in the second heat race and finished fourth. He just missed earning a spot in the dash by one time trial position.

The “Spring Break Tour” continues for Kinser on Saturday, March 22 in the FVP Western Spring Shootout at Stockton 99 Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif. Kinser will enter that event ninth in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings.

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.

Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway Results

Date Time
Heat Finish Dash Start Dash Finish Feature Start Feature Finish Points
March 14 5th 3rd 4th N/A N/A 11th 13th 10th
March 15 12th 1st 2nd 10th 10th 10th 8th 9th

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