Tangent #82... As good as the young drivers are, we continue to find it
intriguing that Champions, by and large, are much older than 25. Need
proof? The average age of a World of Outlaws driving champion is 32-33
years old. Since the inception of WoO, the youngest champion driver was
Steve Kinser in the inaugural 1978 season. Kinser was 23 when we
won his first crown. In 2000, "King" Steve was 45 years old
when he captured the title. This year's titlest, Danny Lasoski
was 42 when he took the champion's check.
Is it limited
to WoO? No.
Jacobs was the All-Star Champ again, at age 46. Terry McCarl,
the Knoxville track champ was 36 last season. The Golden State series
gave Brent Kaeding his 11th championship trophy at age 43. NCRA's
Gary Wright is 42 years old. SCRA's Cory Kruseman set a
record for feature wins on his way to non-wing glory at age 30. Regionally,
Floyd Alvis won the BCRA deal at age 67! Keith Kauffman
was the Port Royal 410 Sprint Champ at age 51. Roger Rager, and
Dan Boorse are still getting it done as well.
Who bucked the trend at the
National level? J.J. Yeley didn't turn 25 until late in his championship
2001 USAC sprint car season. Even younger, 23 year-old, Daryn Pittman
took the WoO Gumout Series.