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Steve “The King” Kinser Retires

Steve “The King” Kinser, one of the most winning drivers in American ...

Steve “The King” Kinser, one of the most winning drivers in American history, has officially announced his retirement. Kinser is undeniably one of the best sprint car drivers in the history of the sport. He’s won the World of Outlaws Craftsman Spring Series 20 times and the Knoxville Nationals 12 times. The world kind of saw this coming as in 2015, he ran a limited schedule of events.

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Monday night at Lebanon Valley for the Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, he announced that the race was “likely” his last race. This is hard for many fans to hear. His career spans over 30 years with 577 World of Outlaws feature victories. He not only raced in sprint car series, but also won an International Race of  Champions in 1994 and started five times in NASCAR’s Spring Cup Series and competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 1997.

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The 62-year-old racer may be done, but he’s left a legacy in the world of motorsports that will not soon be forgotten. Dominating the competition his entire career, Steve Kinser deserves his title of “The King.” The closest person in World of Outlaw history to Kinser, Sammy Swindell, has won half the races Kinser has. His boss Tony Stewart told the press before, “As long as he wants to race, we’re going to have a car for him.”

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We hope Steve makes the most of his retirement. We fully expect to see him appear at races in the future. You can’t just walk away from a life of racing and never look back. Long live “The King.”

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