Sheldon Kinser

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Sheldon Kinser at a sprint car race in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1986

Sheldon Kinser (December 9, 1942 – August 1, 1988), was an American race-car driver.

Kinser, a Bloomington, Indiana native, died of cancer. He was a three-time USAC Sprint Car Series Champion (1977, 1981, 1982). He also drove in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He competed during the 1975-1981 seasons, with 38 combined career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 each year except 1980, when he failed to qualify. He had 11 top-10 finishes, with a best of third at Texas World Speedway in 1979.

Sheldon was the second cousin, 1x removed of Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws sprint-car champion, and second cousin, 2x removed of Mark Kinser.


Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1975 King Offenhauser 26th 12th
1976 King Offenhauser 29th 19th
1977 King Offenhauser 12th 32nd
1978 Watson Offenhauser 12th 32nd
1979 Watson Offenhauser 10th 28th
1980 Watson Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1981 Longhorn Cosworth 23rd 6th
1982 SEA Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1983 March Chevrolet Failed to Qualify


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