ROOKIE TRUCK DRIVER KRAIG KINSER TO CARRY U.S. ARMY COLORS IN ATLANTA HAMPTON, Ga. (March 15, 2006) -- The U.S. Army will be the primary sponsor on Kraig Kinser's No. 47 Silverado for Friday's John Deere 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...
ROOKIE TRUCK DRIVER KRAIG KINSER TO CARRY U.S. ARMY COLORS IN ATLANTA
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 15, 2006) -- The U.S. Army will be the primary sponsor on Kraig Kinser's No. 47 Silverado for Friday's John Deere 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
It will be the third truck event for the rookie Kinser, who starred as a sprint car racer the past two seasons in the World of Outlaw Series.
"I am very proud and excited to be driving a truck that represents our soldiers," said the 21-year-old Kinser. "I'd really like to go out there on Friday night and give the troops something to cheer about."
Kinser's No. 47 U.S. Army Silverado is a joint effort between Morgan-Dollar Motorsports and MB2 Motorsports. Kinser joined the MB2 driver development program last season. He raced twice in the ARCA Series under the MB2 banner -- finishing eighth in Michigan and winning from the pole in Talladega.
Friday's Atlanta Motor Speedway truck event will be Kinser's first encounter at the ultra-fast 1.54-mile oval.
"I haven't been to Atlanta before and honestly have never seen the track except in videos and video games," offered Kinser. "But that's going to be a common trend for me this year. There are several tracks in the truck series that I have never seen."
In his first two truck races, Kinser qualified 11th in Daytona and finished 30th after being collected in a multi-truck accident. He did not qualify in California despite posting the 20th fastest time among the 38 entrants.
Due to a shortage of 2005 owner points for the No. 47 team, Kinser needs to qualify on speed at the first five races for the six open spots. In California, six of the eight drivers who needed to qualify on speed posted quicker times than Kinser.
"I am very proud of how the crew members have kept up their spirits after the California disappointment," said Kinser. "We have all dug deeper, worked harder and pulled together stronger."
Kinser and the No. 47 U.S. Army team are looking forward to utilizing the team data that gave the Morgan-Dollar truck teams success at Atlanta in 2005. Bobby Labonte drove the No. 47 truck at both races in Atlanta last year, finishing second and fifth respectively. Kinser's Morgan-Dollar teammate, Dennis Setzer, had finishes of fourth and 13th in Atlanta last year.
"I am aware the team did very well at both races in Atlanta last year," noted Kinser. "Those results give us plenty of confidence for this weekend."