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All Hoosier 4-wide @ the 2002 Knoxville NationalsLAKEVILLE, IN -- When Steve Kinser won the 2002 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series title last weekend, it marked the third consecutive year that Hoosier tires were on the series champion's car. This season, Team-Hoosier compiled its most impressive record to date, a 90-6 mark in sprint racing's premier series. With the overall dominance of the Hoosier brand, it's not surprising that the top eight drivers in the final standings were members of Team-Hoosier.

The 2002 season was one of the most exciting seasons ever in the series. Steve Kinser, who gave the Hoosier brand its first-ever Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series crown in 2000, was locked in a season long battle with fellow Team-Hoosier driver Danny Lasoski until Lasoski was injured late in the year causing him to miss several races. Amazingly, the defending series champion still managed to finish the season in second place.

Craig Dollansky, the 2000 Gumout champion (on Hoosiers) finished in third--just four points out of second place. Joey Saldana, who earned the most fast-qualifier awards (21) took fourth place honors. Tim Shaffer, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz and Brad Furr finished fifth through eighth, respectively, in the standings. All eight drivers raced on Hoosier tires during the 2002 season, as did tenth place finisher Randy Hannagan.

The 2002 season was undoubtedly the best in the history of Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. The Hoosier brand compiled a phenomenal 90-6 team record and finished runner-up in the six races where victory eluded them. Not only did a Hoosier-shod car win 90 times this season, cars using Hoosier tires finished 1-2-3 a total of 71 times (in 96 races).

Hoosier Open Wheel Dirt Product Manager Neil Cowman, who has guided the overall development of Hoosier's dirt tire program, commented, "I want to congratulate Steve Kinser and his entire team on their hard earned championship. We owe a lot to the Kinser team for their decision to run Hoosiers back in 2000. Since then, our results have been nothing short of amazing." 

Cowman added, "This was a real team effort. From the engineers and compounders to the manufacturing and warehouse personnel, the entire Hoosier organization played a part in the success we enjoyed this season." Cowman continued, "We also would like to thank all the teams who ran on our product this season. Their confidence in our tires means a lot to all of us and we vow to continue our testing and development program to maintain our status as the producer of the best race tires in the world." 

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. thanks all the teams, drivers, and fans who have supported our efforts to provide the best sprint tires in the world. Hoosier tires are, and have always been, proudly "Made in the USA." 


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