Words and Images – Paul Griffin
Kinser has been an inspiration to spectators world-wide with his uncanny ability to control a Sprintcar and win races since the seventies. He commenced with the World of Outlaws way back in 1978. One of his best seasons was nine years later in 1987 where he won 46 features, including 12 in a row, and 24 of the last 26 events.
Kinser has won the Knoxville Nationals a record 12 times, the Gold Cup Race of Champions 12 times, and the Kings Royal seven times. He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (Knoxville) in 2005 and has been described as the best sprint racer ever by journalists and even his arch racing enemies.
Steve will head to Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway in a couple of weeks where he will compete in the Boxing night $10K-to-win Valvoline Australian Grand Prix. Joining him will be son Kraig and fellow American’s Dale Blaney and Justin Henderson. The Kinsers will race in the East up to and including the Scott Darley (double night) Challenge on 17 and 18th Jan 2014.
While Steve has announced that next season will be his last full time season competing in WoO, that does at least leave the door open for him to compete in the odd non-WoO events in 2015, or even the odd cameo appearance – here at Torque Tube we strongly believe Steve will not just hang up the helmet and stop racing period ! – he’s still too good for that and besides, you simply won’t be able to keep a man like that away from the wheel.