The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series makes its first East Coast Swing of the 2014 season, running five times in seven nights, including three nights on the home turf of the Pennsylvania Posse.
Race No. 1 is Wednesday night, May 14th at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA, home of the Gettysburg Clash. The series heads to Mechanicsburg, PA, home of historic Williams Grove Speedway, on Friday and Saturday, May 16th and 17th, racing for the Morgan Cup on Saturday night. The Outlaws head north into New York State for Race No. 4 at Orange County Fair Speedway on Sunday, May 18th before ending the swing at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey on Tuesday, May 20th.
Kraig Kinser, son of Outlaw legend Steve Kinser, has had little luck at Lincoln Speedway – last season, he failed to qualify for the race there. “We haven’t had the best of luck at Lincoln the last two years,” said Kinser. “That’s a unique track for that area, in that it’s more of the size of places we typically run in the Midwest. We’ve kind of learned what doesn’t work there, so we’ll do the opposite of some of the things we’ve tried in the past and see if we can gain a little there.”
Kinser has fared better at Williams Grove, with 30 main event starts at the track since 2003; he has a career-best finish of fourth in 2012. “Williams Grove (Speedway) is always tough,” said Kinser. “You have to have everything just right when you go in there. There will be a lot of cars and qualifying in that right spot will be pretty important. With just the heat race winners making the dash and along with quickest few from time trials, that definitely puts a premium on those couple laps at the beginning of the night.”
Kinser won last season’s event at Orange County, his fourth trip to the track, and finished 10th at New Egypt his first time out. “Track position is the name of the game at a place like Orange County (Fair Speedway),” said Kinser. “We were fortunate enough to start on the front row last year and take the lead at the start and never looked back. You have to always be careful with your tires at Orange County, because of how abrasive the surface gets. It’s a challenging place for sure.”
“We were decent at New Egypt (Speedway) last year and that gives us a good baseline for this year,” he continued. “We ran just about the whole show in the daylight there, which is a bit different than we are used to. That’s another good sized track where you really can see the speed of these cars.”
Kinser currently sits ninth in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings, with eight top 10 finishes.
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