2012 Recap: Kraig Kinser earned his second-best finish with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and was in the hunt in one of the closest championship chases through the first half of the season before placing sixth in the standings.
Kinser and his Hendrickcars.com team corralled all four of its victories in a 12-race span in June and early July, including notable wins in the Kasey Kahne Challenge event at Kokomo Speedway, The Duel in the Dakotas at River Cities Speedway, the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park and the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial at Beaver Dam Raceway.
The wins, added to his previous 10, moved Kinser into the top 20 on the all-time list and were his most in a season since a career-high seven in 2005.
Kinser also ranked in the top five in quick times, bonus points earned in qualifying, Last Chance Showdown wins and KSE Hard Charger Awards won. He was only one of seven drivers with at least 100 feature laps led.
World of Outlaws History: 2002 - 20th in championship points … 2003 - 15th in championship points … 2004 - 7th in championship points - 1 win; World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year … 2005 - 5th in points - 7 wins … 2008 - 12th in points - 2 wins … 2009 - 8th in points … 2010 - 10th in points ... 2011 - 8th in points - 1 win ... 2012 - 6th in points - 4 wins.
Previous Racing History: 2000 - Raced in a combination of winged sprint car events with the World of Outlaws, World of Outlaws Gumout Series, Interstate Racing Association (IRA) and unsanctioned events, making 22 starts … 2001 - Raced in a combination of winged sprint car events with World of Outlaws, All Star Circuit of Champions, Greats Lakes Outlaw Sprint Series (GLOSS) and unsanctioned events, made 38 total starts … 2002 - Racing in a combination of winged sprint car events with the World of Outlaws, GLOSS and the All Star Circuit of Champions, making a total of 46 starts. Had four total wins with GLOSS … 2003 - Raced in a combination of winged sprint car events with the World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions, made 61 total starts … 2004 - Made United States Automobile Club (USAC) debut and competed in the Silver Crown Car Series driving for Kasey Kahne Racing … 2005 - Won in debut with the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) at Michigan International Speedway … 2006 - Made 18 starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series … 2007 - Made 13 starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and two ARCA starts; Won the All Star Circuit of Champions Fall Classic at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana.
Interesting Facts: His father, Steve, has won 20 World of Outlaws championships … He and his father are the only father/son duo to have won the Knoxville Nationals. Kraig won it in 2005 … Made his debut in the famed Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in 2005… His brother, Kurt, wrestled for Indiana University.