Steve Kinser Plans Return To Australia
SYDNEY, Australia — Steve Kinser is no stranger to pounding the ground Down Under, but the 20-time World of Outlaws champion is on the eve of making what could be his farewell tour to Australia.
The King of the Outlaws is revered as a ‘protected species’ in Australia and his return to Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway has created enormous interest within the dirt track community.
The deal was put together by longtime Australian promoter Mike Raymond.
“We’ve been tight for 30 years and I don’t think we have had an argument in that time,” Raymond told NSSN.
The Australian deal almost went south due to Kiser’s total frustration with equipment woes, which he didn’t want to inflict on his Sydney promoter and fans.
The whole thing turned around six weeks ago and Steve has two new Maxim race cars, spare engines and Hoosier tires for himself and his Knoxville Nationals winning son, Kraig, to use at Valvoline Raceway.
There they will join with Kody Kinser, All Star champion Dale Blaney, NASCAR driver and Kings Royal victor Brad Sweet and South Dakota’s Justin Henderson for the international season that commences with the Australian sprint car Grand Prix the night after Christmas.
The former Parramatta City Raceway venue became Valvoline Raceway on the eve of the new season, following negotiations between Raymond and Valvoline Ashland executive Stuart Gagg.
Kinser, his wife Dana, son Kraig, daughter Stevie and her family jet out to Sydney a week before Christmas to what many folks will be the King’s farewell tour down under.
“We are winding the clock back because Steve has a legion of fans in Sydney who want the chance to salute him because his on track deeds here are legendary,” declared Raymond.