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KNOXVILLE 2002: No. 12 For Steve Kinser

August 12th, 2017 at 3:35 PM
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Editor’s Note: In advance of the 2017 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway, we’re taking a look back at past runnings of the legendary event. Below is the race recap from the 2002 running of the event.

KNOXVILLE, Iowa â?? Tyler Walker performs his cartwheel-back flip-round offs and P.J. Chesson celebrates victories by turning doughnuts and climbing the fence on the front straightaway.

Steve Kinser showed more emotion than he had in his previous 463 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series victories Saturday, standing on the top wing of his No. 11 Quaker State Maxim and waving the checkered flag after winning the 42nd annual Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals.

Kinser led all 30 laps from outside the front row at Knoxville Raceway to win his 12th Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals championship â?? his first since passing 13 cars on his way to winning the title in 1995.

“I can’t climb the fence and I don’t know if it would hold me anyway,” Kinser said jokingly. I did pretty well on the wing though.”

Danny Lasoski, the polesitter and defending champion, battled Kinser heroically through the first 25 laps as the painful effects of injuries he suffered two weeks earlier lingered. “The Dude” â?? a seven-time Knoxville Raceway champion â?? finished fourth in sprint car racing’s premier event.

“This is pretty good since we’ve had crashes in the first corner the last two years,” Kinser said. “I didn’t feel good on the bottom all night; I just couldn’t roll it. I think they left the bottom down there for Danny. I thought it was him coming by me on the last lap. When I saw it wasn’…

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