Legendary Bob Kinser Dies At Age 86

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Legendary Bob Kinser (center) and his sons Steve and Randy during the 1990s. (NSSN Archives photo)

CONCORD, N.C. — Sprint car racing legend and the patriarch of the famed Kinser family has died.

Twenty-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Steve Kinser confirmed to SPEED SPORT Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte that his dad Bob Kinser, who has struggled with health issues in recent years, passed on.

Bob Kinser was 86.

Bob Kinser was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1999 and was reported to have won 29 track and series championships and more than 400 features during racing career that spanned more than 40 years. His career began at Bloomington Speedway, racing jalopies. He eventually moved on to race modifieds, supermodifieds and sprint cars throughout the Midwest.

He won four straight South Central Indiana Racing Association sprint car titles from 1965 through 1985.

Bob Kinser – 1973 (NSSN Archives photo)

During the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, Bob Kinser competed with a wide variety of sprint car organizations, including American Speed Association, IMCA, Midwest Outlaw Super Series, All Star Circuit of Champions, California Racing Association, USAC and the World of Outlaws.

Bob Kinser’s last race was aboard Gil Sonner’s Casey’s General Stores No. 47 in the 1996 Goodyear Masters Classic at Knoxville.

In 1981, Bob Kinser was elected to the Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Hall of Fame.

Bob’s sons Steve and Randy and grandson, Kraig, all became successful sprint car drivers and Steve has joined his father in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.