Steve Kinser Retires

Word out of the USA overnight is that Steve Kinser has retired.

Steve Kinser has been an icon in short-track racing for decades and has been the face of the World of Outlaws, really, since he won his first three titles starting in 1978.

Kinser won his first career WoO A-Feature at Eldora Speedway in May 1978 and, even though many things have changed since that first win, a number of constants remain. His competitive spirit has never wavered, and it’s what drives him to keep competing for victories night after night. That drive to win was one of the things that motivated another young Hoosier to follow his dream of becoming a racecar driver. WoO races at Indiana dirt tracks in the 1980s were can’t-miss attractions for a kid from Columbus, Ind., named Tony Stewart. “The King of the Outlaws” was Stewart’s idol growing up and, for the past four seasons, Kinser has competed with the WoO in a car owned by Stewart. Having Kinser drive for TSR has fulfilled a dream for the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.

In each of his 35 WoO seasons, Kinser has driven the No. 11 and represented several brands throughout his career. Last season, Bad Boy Buggies partnered with TSR and Kinser carried their colors in front of packed grandstands from coast to coast.

Kinser has made many trips to Australia and recently added New Zealand to that list.   Photo is of Kinser with great mate Pete Murphy in NZ.

Date of Birth: June 2, 1954

Hometown: Bloomington, Ind.

Residence: Bloomington, Ind.

Marital Status: Married, Dana

Children: Daughter – Stevie; Sons – Kraig and Kurt

Highlights: 20-time World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series champion … Competed in the first career WoO race on March 18, 1978 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway … Has won every major Sprint car race during his racing career … 576 career WoO Sprint Car Series A-Feature victories … 12-time Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals champion…Finished 14th in the 1997 Indianapolis 500. Qualified for the race on May 10 and later that evening won the 415th WoO feature of his career at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. … Fourteen-time National 410 Sprint Car Driver of the Year … Nineteen-time American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association All-American honoree.