Steve Kinser from Bloomington, Indiana is a professional sprint car racer. His family is also involved in racing, as his cousin Mark Kinser, is one of his competitors on the World of Outlaws circuit, and his son Kraig Kinser is a member of MB2 Motorsports' driver development program. Steve is the son of Bob Kinser. Kinser was a high school wrestler. He finished second in state as a Junior, and won state as a senior.
He became a World of Outlaws driver in 1978. In 1987 he won 46 features, including 12 in a row, and 24 of the last 26 events. He is widely considered the best World of Outlaws driver ever, winning 20 championships in the World of Outlaws series.
Steve also finished 14th in the 1997 Indianapolis 500. He has been a perennial competitor in IROC winning a race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1994. He also finished a career best 6th in IROC points in 1994.
He began the 1995 season as a full-time NASCAR Winston Cup driver for Kenny Bernstein, but he was released after only five starts after a best finish of 27th and average finish of 35th.
Kinser left the World of Outlaws in 2006 to compete with the new National Sprint Tour series.