Charlotte: Kraig Kinser preview

A More Comfortable Kraig Kinser Looking for Solid Run at Lowe's Motor Speedway Driver of the No. 46 CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado Set to Race Under the Lights CONCORD, NC (May, 16, 2006) - Kraig Kinser is developing a much higher comfort...

A More Comfortable Kraig Kinser Looking for Solid Run at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Driver of the No. 46 CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado Set to Race Under the Lights

CONCORD, NC (May, 16, 2006) - Kraig Kinser is developing a much higher comfort level behind the wheel of his No. 46 CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado.

In his first full-time season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS), Kinser's Silverado is a joint effort between Morgan-Dollar Motorsports and MB2 Motorsports. The Bloomington, IN native joined the MB2 driver development program last season.

Coming off his career-best NCTS finish at St. Louis, the 21-year old former dirt sprint car ace has logged laps testing for Friday night's Quaker Steak and Lube 200 under the lights at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS).

"I am feeling pretty good going into Charlotte," said Kinser. "We have had the opportunity to get in a few great tests since the St. Louis race and I am feeling more and more confident every time I get into the truck. Randy (Goss, crew chief) was happy with our test at Chicagoland. We are looking for a good finish at Charlotte because a lot of the guys who work all day, everyday at the shop will be there. There is always an added excitement and pressure when we're so close to home. I love night racing, it is what I am used to and I know the Charlotte race is always an exciting one for the fans."

Kinser may actually have an advantage at LMS as will many of the other Raybestos Rookie of the Year contenders. With no laps in his Silverado on the previous track surface, Kinser won't have to make the adjustments to the newly paved track and corresponding tire being furnished by Goodyear. He won't have to "unlearn" the "old" LMS unlike many of the Series' veterans.

"This will be a new track for virtually every driver in our series," noted Kinser. "At the shop there has been a tremendous amount of discussion about the new surface and the tire. I do have the ability to go in to our open test on Thursday without knowing what it was like to drive a truck around there before the new pavement was laid down. Having a clean slate can help us to get the truck to where it should be for this race."

An open practice for NCTS competitors will be held Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Practice for the Quaker Steak and Lube will begin Friday at 9:15 a.m. with a rookie-only session schedules for 10:20 a.m. and then final practice at 10:50 a.m. Qualifying will begin at 4:15 p.m. after which all trucks qualified for the race will be impounded until the 8:45 p.m. start time.

SPEED TV, MRN Radio and XM Satellite radio will bring the live action to fans across the country.

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