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Kraig Kinser Takes on the Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

August 2nd, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Ironman 55 is always a challenging event for drivers, with 55 laps around the lightning fast, high-banked bullring at Federated Auto Parts at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri. Throw in the traditional summer heat and humidity of the St. Louis area and every fiber of a driver, their car and team is tested. Kraig Kinser enjoys such challenges as he travels the country with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series competing 80-plus times a season.

The Monroe Shocks and Struts Prelude to the Ironman is set for Friday, August 1 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. The Federated Auto Parts & Batteries Ironman 55 Presented by Walker will
hit the track on Saturday, August 2.

“Pevely is a track that has always been a lot of fun to race at,” said Kinser, who drives the Mesilla Valley Transportation/Casey’s
General Store/King Racing Products Maxim. “It’s a tight bullring, but with the banking you also carry quite a bit of speed and momentum around there. We were pretty good there the first time this year, but it’s always a bit different going back in the heat of the summer.”

Kinser has made one start at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 this season, finishing eighth on April 26. He opened the event as the 12th-fastest driver in time trials and won the third heat race to earn a spot in the dash. A seventh-place finish in the dash put him on the inside of the fourth row for the 40-lap A-Feature.

Last season, the opening night of the Ironman 55 was rained out, thus making the event a single-night contest. Kinser finished 12th in what is the longest race of the season for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. He opened the night as the 13th-fastest driver in time trials of the 34 entries. He started on the pole of the first heat race and finished second, which put him in the dash. He lined up eighth in that six-lap contest and crossed the line seventh.

“The Ironman is a fantastic event,” Kinser said. “I like the longer races and 55 laps is a great number there. You always hope the race runs straight through without too many cautions, so you don’t have to have a stop during it. Coming off the short tracks we can up in Canada should help and we were pretty good most of the nights up there and had some good speed.”

Kinser was victorious at Pevely with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series in 2005. He has a total of nine career top-10 finishes with the series at the high-banked bullring, with five of those being top-five performances. Kinser has finished eighth or better in five of his last six starts at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

The native of Bloomington, Indiana, most recently competed in a trio of races north of the border in Canada. He finished fifth at Cornwall Motor Speedway, was 14th at Autodrome Drummond and came home 24th at Ohsweken Speedway, after getting caught up in an opening lap incident. Kinser heads to the Ironman 55 ninth in points with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.

Kraig Kinser By the Numbers: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 0.33- Miles around Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
2- Nights of racing that comprise the Ironman 55 weekend
3- Total nights of racing for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at the track in 2014
4- Consecutive top-10 finishes at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
5- Career top-five finishes at Pevely
9- Career top-10 finishes at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
10.189- Track record at I-55
12- Average finish in 19 main events starts at Pevely 19- Main event starts with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
20- Top-10 finishes this season with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series
30- Laps scheduled for the main event at Federated Auto Parts Raceway
at I-55 on Friday, August 1 55- Laps in the Ironman 55 on Saturday, August 2 740- Miles from Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, Ontario, anada, where the World of Outlaws raced on July 29 to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri
2001- Year of first start at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
2005- Year of first win at Pevely
2009- Year of the first Ironman 55
­­­­­6972- Points earned this season through July 29

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Penalties Levied from NDRL’s Inaugural ‘Let’s Get Dirty’ Weekend

April 27th, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA — Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN has been disqualified from the ‘Let’s Get Dirty 75′ at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO and will be assessed several other penalties because a tire he used during the April 13 event failed a laboratory test and does not conform with the manufacturers submitted benchmark, NDRL officials have announced. Owens will forfeit his $20,000 win and all points earned for that event.

Samples were taken from the right front, left rear and right rear tires that were mounted on Owens’ car during post-race inspection and were tested for conformance to the manufacturer’s submitted benchmark. The testing results did not meet the Hoosier UMP LM-40 tire benchmark which has forced NDRL officials to strip Owens of the huge $20,000 victory.

Penalties for the above infraction also include a fine of $1,500 along with reimbursement of lab testing costs prior to being eligible to compete in any future NDRL sanctioned events including the NDRL’s ULMS Racing Series or the NDRL’s McKean County Raceway events.

As a result of the disqualification, Muscataine, IA’s Brian Birkhofer has been declared the winner and will receive full winner’s pay and points for the Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 event. The rest of the finishing order will be moved up a position and will receive payment for difference in payout in the mail shortly.

The NDRL’s Let’s Get Dirty Tour championship point standings have also changed as Owens, who led the standings has been credited with zero points for the I-55 event. Menomonie, WI’s Jimmy Mars now leads the title chase with 390 points followed by Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR with 386 points. Newly crowned I-55 winner Brian Birkhofer (384) sits third with Paducah winner Josh Richards (374) of Shinnston, WV and Carpenterville, IL’s Dennis Erb Jr. (368) rounding out the top five.

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Jimmy Owens Gets Dirty with $20,000 Triumph at I-55 in NDRL Slugfest

April 17th, 2013

Pevely, Missouri – While his night might have not started with the best of scenarios, when the final checkered flag dropped on the finale Jimmy Owens was all smiles after claiming the $20,000 triumph with the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri.

A beautiful afternoon graced the Let’s Get Dirty 75 at the Missouri oval as fifty of the nation’s best Super Late Models rolled into Pevely, Missouri for the huge event. Friday night’s winner at Paducah International Raceway, Josh Richards, began the night by registering the Keyser Manufacturing Fast Time Award with a 13.457 second lap around the 1/3 mile oval. He would go on to win the first heat race and was joined by fellow heat winners, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jimmy Mars, Dennis Erb Jr., Jason Feger, and Billy Moyer, in the evening’s redraw for the 75 lap finale.

The redraw found Eddie Carrier Jr. receiving the pole position for the feature with Billy Moyer joining him on the front. When the green flag dropped, Moyer, who has enjoyed considerable success at the facility, jumped to the lead with Mars, Carrier Jr., and Richards in tow. Moyer paced the early laps as Mars fended advances from Richards for the second position.

The event was slowed for the first time on lap 8 when Scott Bloomquist slowed with rear end issues, and at the time of the caution the top five running order consisted of Moyer, Mars, Richards, Carrier Jr., and Feger. On the restart Moyer raced away from the pack, and three laps later Richards found his way into second. By lap 20 the field was approaching lap traffic, and Richards narrowed the gap between himself and Moyer. Three laps later the Shinnston, West Virginia piloted bolted to the lead.

With Richards out front the race endured a long, green flag run, and onlookers began to note that 23rd starting Tim Fuller found his way into the top ten by lap 24. The next several laps saw great racing throughout not only the top ten but also the field. Brian Birkhofer worked his way into the third spot by lap 32 and set his sights on Moyer and leader, Richards. Behind the front four Brandon Sheppard quickly made his presence known as he and Tim Fuller diced for position in the top five.

Another driver on the move was twelfth starting, Jimmy Owens, who overcame struggles in qualifying to race from the sixth starting spot in his heat to a second place finish. Owens found his way into the top five on lap 34 as he glued his mount to the low side of the track. Seven laps later he advanced to the third spot, and two laps later Owens passed Jimmy Mars for second. As Owens began to get faster Richards began to slow, and the Newport, Tennessee racer jumped to the lead on lap 46. Three laps later Richards slowed with a flat tire as he headed pit side for a fresh right-rear tire.

The ensuing restart saw Owens come under fire from Jimmy Mars and Brian Birkhofer, but as the race again went through another long green flag run Jimmy Owens motored away to the feature win. Brian Birkhofer secured the second position in the closing laps and was followed across the finish line by Jimmy Mars, Billy Moyer, and Brandon Sheppard.

“I really let my crew down in time trials because I didn’t do my job, but I think this win makes up for it,” Jimmy Owens said with a smile in victory lane. “This place was really racy tonight, and I caught myself racking my brain trying to decide where I needed to be. I hope the fans really enjoyed the show because it was a lot of fun.”

In the UMP Open Wheel Modified feature, former Super Late Model national standout Mark Miner, raced from his pole starting spot to claim the feature win over Jason Krohn, Matt Mevert, Kenny Rumble, and Michael Long. A talent-laden of forty-two competitors entered the program.