Steve Kinser Set To Make One Final Start As A Full-Time Driver On Saturday Nightby Hunter Thomas November 8, 2014 0 comments
Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas
CONCORD. N.C. – On Saturday night during the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, 20-time World of Outlaws champion, Steve Kinser will compete in the for the final time as a full-time driver.
The end of an era is on the horizon, and fans at The Dirt Track at Charlotte will be treated to one of the most historical moments that has ever taken place in all of motorsports. In front of a sold out crowd, and for the last time as a full-time driver, Steve Kinser, “The King of the Outlaws” will climb behind the wheel of his World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car.
“This race (World Finals) just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year, so it has turned into quite an event,” Kinser said. “There are always two happy parts of the racing season, the first one when it starts and usually the last one when it ends.”
Kinser is one of the greatest drivers to not only compete within the dirt racing community but within the entire motorsports industry, as well. His 20 championships and 576 career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature victories are incomparable, and they place him alongside the world’s greats. Kinser’s first career World of Outlaws start was in 1978 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
The Dirt Track at Charlotte honored Kinser on Friday afternoon by naming the grandstands after him. Kinser has two wins, 20 top-five and 39 top-10 finishes at the track. His first victory in Charlotte was in 2001, and his second came during the inaugural World Finals in 2007.
“Steve Kinser is up there with names like Richard Petty, John Force and Dale Earnhardt,” Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith said. “We had to think of something really big to really call out how special of a guy you (Steve Kinser) are to the entire world of motorsports and especially racing on dirt. There’s no trophy big enough, so when somebody suggested we named a grandstand after him, we had to do it.”
During this weekend’s festivities at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Kinser has set his focus on earning a win, but as always, he has taken the time to sign autographs, pose for photos and occasionally chat with the nearest fan. Although the semi-retirement is a sad and confusing time, Kinser has enjoyed every minute of talking with the fans and reminiscing on the memorable moments that have highlighted his career.
“As a race driver, it’s not a fun situation knowing you’re going to be sort of in a semi-retirement and not be out there competing every night for a championship, but we’ll probably run a little bit,” Kinser said. “Just a limited schedule, and see what happens.
“I’ve got a lot of great race fans across the United States, and they have also been great all year bringing back a lot of memories.”
When asked what he was going to do with all of the free time now that he won’t be racing as much, Kinser said he hasn’t quite figured that out yet. However, you can be certain that even though he won’t be competing on a regular basis, he’ll probably be involved with a team or tuning a car somewhere. After all, racing is not just a sport but a lifestyle. It’s hard to break old habits, especially when you’ve been doing them for decades.
If you’re at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Saturday night, how about stand up and show Steve Kinser that we all appreciate everything he has done for the sport.