The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 19, 2013

Motorsports: Indiana, the Kinser state


"We had some good battles at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt (Ind.)," Randy said. "We did race some racing together, but that was right around the time the Outlaws were getting started. I tried to run some races, but I was more of a local racer."

R. Kinser noted that he ran pretty good at Williams Grove and shared the front row for the first Gumout series race with Fred Rahmer.

"I really enjoyed racing at Williams Grove with its history," he said.

"I was just out of high school and I remember watching dad race at Williams Grove in an invitation race and a young guy won that race and it was Steve Smith Sr."

He also raced at Lernerville and Selinsgrove and a lot with Steve in Australia.

"I had some good victories over there and (my cousin) Karl really knew how to make the cars go," he said.

S. Kinser was an Indiana state high school wrestling champion who lost three matches in his career and was undefeated in winning the title in his senior year.

Steve's son Kraig, 28, is 12th in Outlaw points with one win this season. He was the 2004 Rookie of the Year with the Outlaws and the 2008 winner of the Knoxville Nationals.

"I pretty much jumped into the micro sprints when I was 13," he said. "It was a lot of fun learning from my grandpa. To have someone with his experience and his character, it was special."

K. Kinser last won at Bloomington in 2002 in the former Great Lakes Outlaw Sprint Series.

"My grandpa taught me to take care of my equipment, to be smart on the track and to choose my spots. He taught me the ropes," he said.

Like his father, K. Kinser wrestled in high school. It was later in high school that he though about being a racer.

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