Right Back At It: Kraig Kinser Returns to Action at Clay County & Deer Creek
By Kraig Kinser Racing PR
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.— Sept. 12, 2013— After a stretch of eight races in ten nights, what do Kraig Kinser and the rest of his fellow World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series competitors do for an encore? Travel over 1,800 miles from California to Iowa and get right back to racing just a few days later.
First up for Kinser in his Mesilla Valley Transportation/Casey’s General Store/King Racing Products Maxim will be a visit to Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa, on Friday, Sept. 13 for the Arnold Motor Supply Shootout. The series then makes a trek north to Minnesota on Saturday, Sept. 14 for the Asgrow/DeKalb Clash at the Creek at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley.
“It’s good to be back in the Midwest,” said Kinser. “The last few weeks have been pretty busy, and while I enjoy racing every night, it’s tough on all of the crews and they are the ones that need a few days to catch their breath, especially after the long drive to Iowa this week. We are looking forward to getting back to the shop after the weekend and getting caught back up on things next week.”
Kinser has raced six times at Clay County Fair Speedway in his career. He led 26 laps in his debut at the three-eighths-mile in 2008, finishing second in that race to five-time series champion Donny Schatz. Kinser made a pair of starts at Clay County last year, coming home ninth in June and 15th in September. The 2005 winner of the Knoxville Nationals has recorded top-10 finishes four times in his career at the track.
“We’ve always run pretty well at Spencer (Clay County Fair Speedway), and came pretty close to winning in my first race there,” he shared. “There is a lot of racing room at that track and you also carry quite a bit of speed. It’s a pretty neat atmosphere out there with the fair going on at the same time, and a lot of the people there only see us race once a year.”
Kinser finished sixth at Deer Creek Speedway last season, which marked his best-career finish at the high-banked three-eighths-mile located just outside of Rochester, Minn. The third-generation driver made his debut at the track in 2009, the same year that the World of Outlaws made their first visit to the venue. Kinser has finished among the top-10 in each of his last two visits to Deer Creek. The native of Bloomington, Ind., finished fifth earlier this season in Minnesota at I-94 Speedway, which is also a three-eighths-mile.
“Deer Creek usually has a couple of grooves and is a very racy track,” Kinser said. “We’ve run pretty well there each of the last two years and it’s a track that really suits my driving style. It’s a three-eighths (mile), but it drives more like a smaller track and you carry a lot of momentum around the top by the wall when you run up there.”
Heading into the last 10 races of the season, Kinser is 12th in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings. He has one win this season and has recorded 30 top-10 finishes, of which eight are top-five showings.
“We’re back to racing just on the weekends now as the season wins down and we want to finish the year on a strong note,” he stated. “We’ve had some stretches this year where we have been very strong and then some where we have struggled. Our goal is to find consistency as the year winds down so that we have some momentum going into the off-season as we prepare for next year.”
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: Clay County Fair Speedway & Deer Creek Speedway
0.375- Miles around both Clay County Fair Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway
2- Best finishing position at Clay County in 2008
3– Tracks in Iowa that the World of Outlaws compete at this year
4- Career starts at Deer Creek Speedway; Tracks in Minnesota the series races at in 2013
6- Best-career finishing position at Deer Creek Speedway, coming in 2012
8- Top-five finishes thus far in 2013
8.3- Average finishing position in six starts at Clay County Fair Speedway
12- Average finish in four starts at Deer Creek
26- Laps led in debut at Clay County in 2008
30- Top-10 finishes this season through Sept. 8
177- Miles from Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa, where the World of Outlaws compete on Sept. 13 to Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.
1804- Distance in miles from Antioch Speedway in California, where the World of Outlaws raced on Sept. 8 to Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa
2008- Year of first start at Clay County Fair Speedway
2009- Year of first start at Deer Creek Speedway
7879- Points earned this season through Sept. 8
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