Daytona: Kraig Kinser preview

Kinser Ready to Roar in Ginn Resorts Silverado at Daytona NCTS Sophomore Looking for Redemption in Season-Opener DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) 2007 season comes to life under the lights Friday night at the...

Kinser Ready to Roar in Ginn Resorts Silverado at Daytona NCTS Sophomore Looking for Redemption in Season-Opener

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) 2007 season comes to life under the lights Friday night at the historic high-banked Daytona International Speedway (DIS). Morgan- Dollar Motorsports (MDM) and 22 year-old Kraig Kinser are teamed up again for another year in NASCAR's most fierce and often cutthroat series.

Kinser, a Bloomington, IN native, is anxious to return to the race track after a brief hiatus in the off-season. Kinser takes to the 2.5-mile tri-oval Wednesday afternoon for the first practice for the trucks during "Speedweeks".

"I am really looking forward to getting back into the truck again, and get back to racing," said Kinser. We had a couple of really good tests this off-season in Homestead and Daytona, and I think we learned quite a bit. Having a new crew chief this year (Rodney McGehee) should be a good learning experience for both of us also, but I am not too concerned about that because we worked together last year. It will just be a bit of an adjustment learning the communication and way that he thinks.

"Daytona is such an awesome place to race, and I hope that we can have a much better showing there than what we did last year. We were involved in an accident and finished 30th, so that was disappointing. The Morgan-Dollar team always prepares great trucks for me, and I don't expect any different this year, I am ready to go."

The Statesville, NC based MDM is looking for redemption following a wreck in the 2006 season opener that relished Kinser and the team to a 30th place finish. Newly-appointed crew chief Rodney McGehee is also highly poised to have a successful run atop the pit box.

"I am both excited and nervous heading into Daytona," McGehee stated. Our goal is to finish in the top-10, which is where our Ginn Resorts Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Silverado should be finishing week-in and week-out. We have a great group of guys this year on the team, and having the experience and momentum already built with this group makes the transition for me from truck chief to crew chief that much easier. I am looking forward to a great year with Kraig and the whole team."

Practice for the Chevy Silverado HD 250 will start on Wednesday, Feb.14 at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Final practice will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. Qualifying is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, after which the trucks will be impounded by NASCAR until the start of the 100-lap/250-mile race at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.

-credit: mdm

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