The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series kicks off the 2014 season on Friday, February 14th at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida, but second-generation driver Kraig Kinser has been racing through the off-season, picking up eight top 10 finishes, including two wins, in eight races in Australia. He’ll also be invading the UNOH All Star Circuit races at Volusia on Wednesday and Thursday, February 12th and 13th.
“It’s always good to get a new season underway,” said Kinser. “I was honestly ready to get the season going when I got back from Australia. It was great to get some seat time down there and to pick up a couple wins and run near the front just about every night down there. That certainly boosts the confidence heading into the season and we feel like we like made some good gains in the off-season at the shop.”
Last year, Kinser left Volusia fourth in WoO points, picking up third-place, ninth-place and 11th-place finishes in the series’ three races at the track. He has 10 top 10 finishes at Volusia in WoO competition, and also has a 2005 win with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions at the track.
“I’ve always run pretty well at Volusia,” said Kinser. “It’s a unique track for sure, with the complexion of the surface, having a sandy base to it. It takes a lot of horsepower and the way the air is down there, you usually are putting out plenty of power. Last year we qualified well each night and that will definitely be a key again this year, with how the Outlaws format is. It will be good to have a couple of nights to try some things in the All Stars races.”
Kinser opens the 2014 season with 15 career World of Outlaws wins, 12 of which came in the No. 11K. 2014 marks the final time that Kinser’s father and team owner, Steve, the 20-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion, competes for a series title.
“We have quite the schedule this year,” said Kinser. “This is very reminiscent of the first couple of years I was on the road when there were 90-plus races a year. We have a good mix of tracks that we traditionally visit and a couple new ones as well this year, which is always fun. Starting the year off on the right foot at Volusia is always the goal, and to carry some momentum west for all the races out there. The off-season went by pretty quick and we are certainly ready to get back racing.”
Keep up with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at www.woosprint.com.
Quotes and information provided by Kraig Kinser Racing PR.
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