Steve Kinser Kicking Off 2015 at Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown

Inside Line Promotions – SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 2, 2014) – “The King” is making a special appearance at Cocopah Speedway this January, which will mark his first time racing at the 3/8-mile track in almost 24 years.

Steve Kinser, the winningest driver in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series history, is slated to compete for Tony Stewart Racing throughout the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown – Jan. 2-3, Jan. 6 and Jan. 9-10.

“You’re always looking for a place to run in the offseason,” he said. “It’s a great deal. It’s nice to have a winter series.”

Kinser, a 20-time World of Outlaws champion who has earned more than 575 feature victories with the series, is fresh off his final season racing full time with the World of Outlaws. He was victorious at the track during the season opener in 1991, which is the lone World of Outlaws event at Cocopah Speedway (then known as Yuma Speedway).

Approximately 50 drivers from racing associations across the country have committed to racing in the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown, which pays $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start during the four weekend races – Jan. 2-3 and Jan. 9-10 – with the midweek race on Jan. 6 providing $5,000 to the winner.

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Dates: Jan. 2-3, 6, 9-10, 2015

Track: Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.

Prize: $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start each night (Jan. 2-3, 9-10); $5,000-to-win (Jan. 6); approximately $250,000 total prize money

Type: 410ci sprint cars


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SPEED SPORT Productions will be broadcasting live Pay-Per-View video of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown for $27.95 per night or a special all-access pass of $99.95 for all five nights (good only through Dec. 15). Visit http://www.SPEEDSPORT.TV/live for more information. The event will also be taped for a pair of one-hour delayed television broadcasts via MAVTV.






The inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will showcase the top sprint car drivers in the world in sunny Southwest Arizona during the first two weekends of January in 2015. The four weekend races pay $12,000 to the winner and at least $1,000 to every driver who advances to the main event with the midweek show paying $5,000 to win.


A $10,000 points fund will be split among the top-five finishers. The champion will receive a $4,000 bonus with drivers finishing second through fifth each offered $1,500. A driver will earn points throughout heat races, qualifying races and main events during the five events. A competitor must attempt to race in all five Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown races to be eligible for the points fund.


Cocopah Speedway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile dirt track located in Somerton, Ariz. It has a concrete wall perimeter, television-quality lighting and the pits are located outside turns three and four. There is also dry camping free of charge on the property. For more information, visit


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