Kinsers 500 March To Continue In Texas

FORT WORTH, TX (October 7) – Major sports milestones draw attention from fans and media. Steve Kinser’s march to 500 career O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series victories falls into this category. Fans from around the country are keeping track of the countdown. Everyone, that is, except Steve Kinser.

The 17-time “King of the Outlaws” entered this week with 495 trips to victory lane on his resume during the 26-year history of the World of Outlaws. Kinser will be looking to add another win during the Cheaper Than Dirt Shootout at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track Friday and Saturday.

“I really haven’t been paying any attention to that,” said Kinser of the milestone. “It doesn’t really mean anything to me at all right now. I’m just trying to get out and run as good as we can night to night. If we continue to run like we have been doing, we will eventually make it.

“Right now, we are trying to win a championship and win races.”

Kinser has logged some incredible seasons enroute to the 500-win plateau, including 46 wins in 69 races in 1987 against the likes of sprint car legends Sammy Swindell and Brad Doty. Kinser’s win percentage that year was .667.

“That was an exceptional year,” recalled Kinser. “We came out with some new race cars and new engine combinations and caught everybody completely off guard. It took them a year to catch back up. We had some new (engine) cylinder heads that were just a little bit ahead of everybody else that year.”

Kinser is embroiled in a season-long battle for the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series championship with rival Danny Lasoski. The two hooked up in an epic battle for the U.S. Air Force Showdown title at the Dirt Track in March that Kinser eventually won in his #11 Quaker State Maxim.

“Danny and I had a good race at the Dirt Track,” continued the former Indiana high school state wrestling champion. “I have always enjoyed running there. It has been a good race track for me.”

Kinser will field a two-car effort for the Cheaper Than Dirt Shootout that will include his teenage son Kraig. Three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell is expected along with 2001 title winner Lasoski, Joey Saldana, Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, Jason Sides, Brian Paulus, Shane Stewart and Jason Meyers. Full O’Reilly World of Outlaws sprint car programs will be staged each evening along with a special modified stock car feature.

Tickets for the Cheaper Than Dirt Shootout are on sale daily at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations.

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