Kansas: Travis Kittleson preview

Travis Kittleson to Pilot No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Silverado at Kansas Speedway Bob Steele Chevrolet on Board as Primary Sponsor KANSAS CITY, KS -- The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the Kansas Speedway will mark the fourth start in the ...

Travis Kittleson to Pilot No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Silverado at Kansas Speedway

Bob Steele Chevrolet on Board as Primary Sponsor

KANSAS CITY, KS -- The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the Kansas Speedway will mark the fourth start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) for Travis Kittleson. Kittleson will be behind the wheel of the No. 46 Bob Steele Chevrolet Silverado at the 1.5-mile tri-oval speedway.

Kittleson's entry at the Kansas Speedway will mark his first appearance in the NCTS since Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September 2006. The 27-year old Cross Plains, WI native is enthusiastic when speaking about getting on the track for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports (MDM), and hopes to stand-out in the first stand-alone event of the 25-race NCTS schedule.

"I haven't actually raced since November, but I am going to concentrate on getting my discipline back, and really just on the little stuff like fan switches," Kittleson stated. "I am really going to focus on my consistency in hitting my marks, and am going to have to learn in a hurry since practice time is of the essence. I know the guys on the team are going to come with their best game and I am going to do the same."

Kittleson already has an agenda for making the best use if his practice time, which includes a 30-minute rookie practice that he will be taking advantage of.

"I am going to hit the track with getting myself acclimated to the truck, the track, and will be concentrating on getting solid laps under my belt," Kittleson said. "I hope I will be lucky and will be able to get around a seasoned veteran and will be able to follow and learn from them. I am also definitely going to work with Kraig (Kinser) and bounce things off of him. Although his time in the Truck Series has been over a year, we are close in age, and can understand each other's lingo, and I really look to share ideas and discuss our trucks with him."

Kittleson will also have the added bonus of working with teammate Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 47 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Silverado. Calling the shots on top of the pit box is Eric Phillips, seasoned MDM crew chief. Phillips has seven wins in the NCTS, and finished second in season-ending point standings with Dennis Setzer in 2004 and 2005.

"Having Travis in our second truck this weekend in Kansas is something our team is excited about," Phillips said. "He is a young, enthusiastic driver, and we are taking chassis No. 044, which is the truck that won Texas last year with Clint Bowyer, and also ran at Homestead with Joe Nemechek and finished 6th. This is one of the best trucks in our stable and we look for great results with Travis."

MDM team owner David Dollar is also looking forward to Kittleson piloting the No. 46 truck. Dollar has two poles (2001, 2004) and three top-5's in the six events that have been held just outside downtown Kansas City.

"Kansas has been a great track for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports as a whole," Dollar stated. "The guys at the shop have been working hard preparing the trucks, and I am anxious to see how Travis runs in a truck that has performed so well for the team. It should also be beneficial for us to have two trucks at the track where the guys can share information and work together as one team, just with two trucks."

Kittleson seems to also be pinching himself at the opportunity to drive for the team that has been a two-time runner up to the NCTS title.

"I cannot tell you how exciting it is to be getting this opportunity with Morgan-Dollar," Kittleson said. When you look at the record books, wins, and consistency, Morgan-Dollar has been one of the premier teams in the Truck Series. They have been Chevrolet's best team over time, and to be able to drive for them is a chance in a lifetime. Getting to work with Eric Phillips is also something I look forward to. He has been with the team for quite a while, and his notebook has endless notes, setups, and he definitely knows the equipment. It is so great to work with someone who has been established with the team, and has countless races under his belt with the team, so the possibilities should be endless. I am also glad to get Bob Steele Chevrolet back on the hood and get a good run for everyone there."

-credit: mdm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Clint Bowyer , Travis Kittleson