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Kraig Kinser Set to Take on Challenging California Speedway Fontana, Ca - Kraig Kinser knows that his rookie season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series behind the wheel of the No. 47 Centrix Auto Finance Silverado is a 25-race march to gain ...

Kraig Kinser Set to Take on Challenging California Speedway

Fontana, Ca - Kraig Kinser knows that his rookie season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series behind the wheel of the No. 47 Centrix Auto Finance Silverado is a 25-race march to gain confidence and experience.

With the challenge of California Speedway next on the 21 year-old drivers schedule, Kinser knows he will, again, rely on the experience of Randy Goss, his crew chief, and the crew to navigate the fast, slightly banked two-mile oval in Fontana California.

Goss, who has 20 wins and a championship as a crew chief in the NCTS, is excited with Kinser's progress to date and his potential.

"Kraig has shown us a lot so far," said Goss. "He is eager to learn, listens and has delivered every time he has gotten in the truck. Although our Daytona finish wasn't what we wanted, he did everything right until he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is exciting for our team to have a driver with his talent, determination and enthusiasm."

But Kinser has another ace up his sleeve, his Morgan-Dollar Motorsports teammate Dennis Setzer. Setzer, who has 16 NCTS career wins and has finished top-five in points four of his eight full-time seasons, has taken the young Indiana open wheel star under his wing.

"I think Kraig is a great driver and has a tremendous future,' said Setzer. "He listens and is like a sponge, he just soaks up everything he sees and hears. Having a teammate is a boost to the entire Morgan-Dollar Silverado program. I am looking forward to watching him progress throughout the season."

Opening practice for the Racetickets.com 200 will mark Kinser's first laps on a paved race track in California. As a full-time competitor in winged sprint cars, Kinser had tremendous success on a number of dirt tracks in the Golden State.

"I am looking forward to racing at California Speedway," Kinser said. "It will be another learning experience for me, I have never been to the track but my teammate, Dennis Setzer, has given me as much information as he can on the track and how to drive it.

"With the experience of Randy Goss (crew chief) and the entire No. 47 crew, I know I am going to have great equipment. We had a good run going in Daytona before we had trouble so I am confident about how well our Silverado will perform this weekend."

"The more seat time I have as a rookie, the better," Kinser concluded. "It is good we are now into the swing of the season. I really am excited about this opportunity with Morgan Dollar Motorsports. It is a great organization with great people.

"Our goal for California is the same as Daytona -- qualify the No. 47 CENTRIX Silverado for the race and then run a smooth consistent race running in the top-10 and get a good finish."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Kraig Kinser