, Muskogee, OK


June 5, 2014

No ride, no problem: Car owners like what they see in 19-year-old’s success at Outlaw and points beyond

Kinzer Edwards doesn’t have his own car.

But get him behind a wheel of anyone else’s and he knows how to perform.

The 19-year-old South Coffeyville driver has won four wins in six starts thus far, including three consecutive early in the season, driving a car owned by his grandfather Johnny Jack in the IMCA Sport Modified division at Outlaw Motorsports Park.

“He started in karts and has driven just about everything there is,” said Edwards’ father, Bobby.

Normally, you’d expect that kind of run to have him in good standing in the points race. It does, well, sort of.

Kinzer Edwards is fifth with 227.  He and Travis Johnson have won all the features this season. Johnson is 10th, though, showing that sporadic participation as opposed to consistent participation and placing will impact you in points.

Tony Quinton leads with 273 points. Chris Spencer is second at 261 and Kayden Menasco has 247.  Edwards is fifth with 227.

But Edwards’ plate stays busy with  races at multiple tracks. He won 12 features in Factory Stock in 2012 to take the NASCAR points title at Salina a year ago. He also races at Mid-America and has in all about a half-dozen points titles. In 2012 he was second in the Outlaw Non-Wing Sprint division at the prestigious Tulsa Shootout.

“My plate has been pretty full,” he said.

His last race at Outlaw in the Sport Mods ended in a wreck with Kayden Menasco. He’s hustling to get the car back and ready to drive and hopes to be back in action this weekend before a eight-race, 10-night sojourn in the Southern Division of the United States Modified Tour Series, the last of those events bringing him back to OMS on June 29. He’s driving a car in that owned by Wade Cagle of Oologah, who owned the Late Model car he won with at Salina.

“He’s a really good driver,” Cagle said. “He adapts well to all track conditions, is always looking ahead and still has room to improve and is really good for his age.”

Clearly, Edwards has shown he’s capable of dominating when he does drive in that Sport Mod category. He’s also recently driven a Sport Mod owned by James Gillean of Muskogee.

“The key is just keeping the car underneath you and running smooth, consistent laps,” Edwards said. “It’s about keeping the car straight for momentum because these cars don’t have enough motor to get you out of a mistake you make. There’s so drivers with just as good equipment as you so you have to put up consistent laps.”

He’s fourth in Late Models, trailing points leader Garrett Murrell, while driving a car owned by Jess Watson of Muskogee. Edwards has won three heat races, finished second in one feature and third in two others. He was leading the last time out when engine trouble sidelined him.

Watson said Edwards adapts to styles and the different types of race cars well.

“With Late Models there’s a lot of aggressive drivers that don’t have the talent to back it up. He’s super aggressive and yet in complete control,” Watson said. “I’d say there’s only a couple of drivers in this area right now that’s even in his ballpark and the fact he’s still so young, he’s got a lot going for him.”

The USMTS circuit, nationally one of the top Modified competitions, is the apple in Edwards’ eye short-term.

“I’m going to keep my options open and look for the best deal I can get and let the Lord guide me through that,” Edwards said.


This week at Outlaw

Friday is the National Open Wheel 600 micro sprint series. A-Class, Restrictor and Non-Wing classes. Terry Mattox, the series promoter, has also become the track promoter for Outlaw Motorsports Park. Gates open at 5 and racing at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s featured event is the $1,000 to win Pure Stock Racing Association battle along with OMP’s regular classes. Gates open at 5, racing is at 7. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for kids 8-12.

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