Kraig Kinser Finishes Ninth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Career-First Top-10 in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Competition for Raybestos Rookie Driver
Las Vegas (NV) September 23, 2006 - Kraig Kinser was one happy driver after the Smith's Las Vegas 350. He brought the No. 46 Ginn Clubs and Resorts Silverado to the finish in ninth place to notch his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) career-best finish.
The Bloomington, IN native felt like he was on equal ground as the NCTS headed for Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). An optional test was held Friday afternoon and evening to give teams and drivers an opportunity to work with the newly configured track.
Kinser, in his first season of NASCAR competition, started in the 14th spot for the 146-lap race. It was the first race held on the revamped track that included a complete resurfacing and banking additions to the corners and straight aways.
Kinser, like all of his fellow NCTS competitors, quickly settled in to a single-truck line following the start to get a feel for track conditions in competition. By the halfway point in the race, the race pace picked up dramatically as the track began to take rubber. The action became fast and furious with two and three-wide racing in the closing laps of the race.
Good pit strategy called by crew chief Eric Phillips, coupled with great pit stops by his Morgan-Dollar Motorsports crew and excellent fuel mileage from the Richard Childress Racing prepared engine gave Kinser exactly what he needed at the end of the race - a fast truck and good track position.
"I had the track position," said Kinser. But it was just really tough to get around someone, and we had a good truck. We got a little tight in the end, but we were able to get the track position in the end. I was just real tight in traffic, and once they would get out in front of me a little bit, I could get some clean air and take off again. Just a really good run for our team, the guys have worked so hard, and I just really appreciate all of their hard work."
In his first full-time season of pavement racing, Kinser's Ginn Clubs and Resorts sponsored Silverado is a joint effort between MDM and MB2 Motorsports. Kinser joined the MB2 driver development program last season.
The next event on Kinser's schedule is the ARCA RE/MAX Food World 250 on October 6, 2006 at Talladega Superspeedway. Kinser will pilot an MB2 Monte Carlo SS to defend his 2005 event pole and victory.