Kraig Kinser Concludes West Coast Swing this Weekend

Kraig Kinser. - Paul Arch Photo

By Kraig Kinser Racing PR

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

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — April 9, 2014— Spring-type weather has finally reached most of the country and that means it’s about time for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series to begin heading back east for races in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Before they can do that though, there is one more matter of business in California, as the “Spring Break Tour” wraps up at Kings Speedway and Perris Auto Speedway this weekend. Kraig Kinser looks to finish the early season West Coast portion of the schedule with a couple of strong finishes, and will be sporting the Bad Boys Buggies colors this weekend on his car.

Kinser will open the weekend aboard the No. 11K Bad Boy Buggies/MVT/Casey’s General Stores/Maxim on Friday, April 11, at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. He’ll conclude the weekend at Perris Auto Speedway, just outside of Los Angeles on Saturday, April 12.

“We ran the Bad Boy Buggies car a few times last year and it’s great to have them on-board again this year,” said Kinser. “Obviously this is a special year for my dad and to share the Bad Boy Buggies look for a few races is pretty neat. Hopefully we’ll both be up front and in contention both nights.”

The native of Bloomington, Ind., finished fifth last season at Kings Speedway, making a late race charge, after starting 12th. Kinser timed in 11th-fastest, which put him on the pole of a heat race. He ran third in that heat, just missing a spot in the dash by one position. Last year marked the first main event start for the third-generation driver at Kings Speedway. He raced at the track in 2011, but the A-Feature was rained out that night just as the cars pushed off.

“Hanford (Kings Speedway) is still a place I am learning,” he shared. “We had a great car later in the race last season and were able to pick up quite a few spots as the laps wound down. I qualified in the perfect spot last year, but wasn’t able to capitalize on that in the heat race to get into the dash. With the new format we’ve been running the last few weeks, timing in the right spot can really affect the rest of your night. You have to race hard every lap in the heat race and try to win it.”

Kinser has made three A-Feature starts at Perris Auto Speedway with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, finishing a career-best fourth in 2012. He finished 16th last year on a track that was challenging to pass on. He opened the night 18th in time trials and finished fifth in his heat race to earn a spot in the main event, where he lined up 18th. Kinser made his debut at Perris in 2004, finishing eighth in the main event that night.

“Perris is a fast place,” said Kinser. “We haven’t had the best of West Coast trips, so we want to try and end on a strong note. That’s a place I’ve done well at in the past and last year we were pretty good on the higher banked tracks. They are also running the (410) non-wing cars with us on Saturday night and for the fans it will be the best of both worlds and should be a great night of racing.”

Last weekend, Kinser finished 11th in the opener of the two-night event at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway and was 16th in the finale. He was fifth-fastest in time trials on the first night, which marked his sixth top-10 qualifying effort this season.

Heading into this weekend’s pair of races, Kinser is 10th in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings, with a trio of top-10 finishes.

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: Kings Speedway & Perris Auto Speedway
0.375- Miles around Kings Speedway
0.5- Distance around Perris Auto Speedway in miles
1- Career main event start at Kings Speedway
3- A-Feature starts at Perris Auto Speedway
9.3- Average finishing position in three career starts at Perris
12- Races completed by the World of Outlaws thus far in 2013
12.293- Track record at Kings Speedway
13.875- Qualifying record at Perris Auto Speedway
262- Miles from Calistoga Speedway where the World of Outlaws raced April 5-6 to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.
275- Miles from Kings Speedway where the World of Outlaws compete on April 11 to Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif.
1486- Points earned this season through April 5
2004- Year of first start at Perris Auto Speedway
2013- Year of first main event at Kings Speedway

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