By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
BLOOMINGTON, IND. -- If your last name is Kinser and you live in Bloomington, Ind., chances are you have raced at the Bloomington Speedway.
Nestled into a hillside just a chair's throw away (by Bobby Knight's standards) from Indiana University, the 1/4-mile high-banked bullring has been in existence since 1923.
The King of the Outlaws, Steve Kinser, started his racing career at the track in 1976. It is where his father, Bob, started racing in the 1950s.
"My mom and dad went to Bloomington and took us kids to the track," B. Kinser said. "My cousin, Morris, and I got together and bought a coupe for $125. "My dad said, 'what are you going to do with that?' I told him I was going to race it. He said he had gone to his last race. Well as it turns out, he went to all of my races from Florida to Pennsylvania, anywhere we go, he went. We're a real close family."
This weekend, the World of Outlaws make their second of three trips to Central Pennsylvania for the Summer Nationals two-day show.
"I didn't run a whole lot at Williams Grove, but we always went at the end of the year when they had their big one," B. Kinser said. "Jan Opperman could go race anytime he wanted to. He was a heck of a nice feller."
B. Kinser was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1999.
S. Kinser, who has 575 WoO wins, has one win this season along with four top-fives and 18 top-10s.
"My first full season at Bloomington was 1977 and we mainly raced a non-wing sprint car," he said.
The 20-time WoO champion, who is ninth in the points, learned a lot about racing from watching his dad race.