The Frontstretch: A Salute To A King by Mike Neff -- Monday January 27, 2014

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A Salute To A King

Mike Neff · Monday January 27, 2014

 

In a bit of a departure from normal NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway protocol, there was a STP World of Outlaw driver in attendance at the Stewart Haas Racing availability. It wasn’t just any driver but 20-time series champion Steve Kinser. The 2014 season will be Kinser’s final tour with the traveling circus that is the World of Outlaws. After 36 seasons in the WoO Kinser’s hanging up the helmet and walking away from the sport.

Kinser won the very first title in series history in 1978 and then went on to notch 19 more over the next 27 years, culminating in his 20th title in 2005. His career to this point includes 576 A-feature wins in WoO Sprint Car competition. Kinser has also competed in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. He made a foray into the Winston Cup series in 1995 that ended seven races into the season. There were a myriad of mitigating factors that prevented his success in fendered cars.

Kinser is looking forward to his “farewell” tour so that he can say goodbye to all of the great race tracks that he has visited over his career. He’s hoping that he won’t be saying goodbye to the people who work at them or the fans. He doesn’t know what he’s going to do in the future but he said that “unless I’m working in racing I doubt I’ll be at the track.” He went on to add, “I just don’t think I will be able to sit there and watch other people race.” He’s very appreciative of the World of Outlaws putting Bloomington Speedway on the schedule for his final trip through the WoO schedule and he hopes to put on a better show than he has the last few visits.

Richard Petty is the King of NASCAR, Richie Evans is the King of Modifieds and Steve Kinser is the King of Outlaw Sprint Cars. When the WoO tour comes near your town this year, take the opportunity to see a living legend one more time. When he rolls off of the dirt surface at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in November after the World Finals, you won’t see him behind the wheel again. The sport is better because Kinser was in it and will be missing a little bit when he is gone.

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