In honor of The King of the Outlaws' final event of his legendary full-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series career, officials at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday named the grandstands at The Dirt Track at Charlotte the Steve Kinser Grandstands.

"We really appreciate you and everything you've done for the sport," Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith said during the grandstand dedication. "Steve Kinser is up there with names like Richard Petty, John Force and Dale Earnhardt. We had to think of something really big to really call out how special of a guy you are to the world of motorsports and especially racing on dirt. There's no trophy big enough, so when somebody suggested we named a grandstand after him, we had to do it."

During his renowned career, which included 20 World of Outlaws championships, Kinser competed in 35 of the 36 World of Outlaws races at Charlotte's lightning-fast, four-tenths-mile clay oval. His 450th career World of Outlaws A-Feature win in the fall of 2001 was his first at The Dirt Track. His second triumph at the track came during the inaugural World Finals in 2007. Kinser has earned 20 top-fives and 29 top-10s at the track."

"That's quite an honor," Kinser said. "Stuff like that really means a lot. That's the biggest yet - the biggest name and one of the biggest grandstands that we've ever put up."

The presentation preceded Friday night's on-track action for the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals, which will be highlighted by feature races for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series.

Tickets and camping sales are pacing ahead of last year's World Finals and officials expect the weekend to sell out for the sixth consecutive year, but there's still a great opportunity for dirt racing fans to be a part of the action. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dirt.

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