LOOKING BACK: The Inaugural Ohio Speedweek

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LOOKING BACK: The Inaugural
Steve Kinser, seen here several years ago, was the inaugural Ohio Sprint Speedweek champion. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

ROSSBURG, Ohio – Steve Kinser won five of the six races during the inaugural Ohio Sprint Speedweek in 1983, but Bobby Davis Jr. was crowned champion on a technicality.

Kinser won five times, including the $20,000-to-win finale at Eldora Speedway, as the series was sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions. He finished second to Randy Wolfe in the only race he didn’t win at Expo Speedway.

But Davis was crowned champion because he had pre-entered for the event and Kinser, who drove Karl Kinser’s familiar No. 11 did not.

Kinser won the finale despite having to race through the B main and start 20th in the 40-lap feature, again because he had no points since he did not pre-enter for the event.

Kinser’s other four victories came at Quad City Speedway, Sharon Speedway, Mansfield Speedway and Fremont Speedway. He banked $35,500 for the week, while Wolfe picked up the victory at Expo Raceway.

Steve Kinser (11) leads Randy Wolfe at Sharon (Ohio) Speedway in 1983. (Spekis Bros. photo)

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