Known as one of the greatest race car drivers in history, this truly accomplished champion took everyone by surprise when he casually announced his retirement when the announcer was introducing him at a recent race.
According to National Speed Sport News, Steve Kinser made headlines when he snuck in his retirement announcement on Monday night (August 22nd) at the Lebanon Valley track.
A 20-time champion of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and a 12-time Knoxville Nationals winner, Kinser has been behind the wheel during a seemingly endless number of races that also include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races throughout the late 90s.
For more than 30 years, Kinser has been a professional race car driver and ventured into other motorsports, but during Monday’s celebration of his last race at Lebanon Valley, the longtime racing champ did something quite unexpected.
While fans were prepared to see him make his final laps at the local track, they were shocked when he interrupted announcer John Stanley during an introduction and told everyone there that his appearance at Lebanon Valley would not only be his last race at that tract…but the last race of his career!
At the end of the evening’s race, Kinser took 6th place in what is likely his very last race.
Watch the video below of a crash Kinser and Tony Stewart had back in 2o13 on the Sprint Car track!