Mansfield: Frank Kreyer race notes

CULVER'S KREYER FINISHES 34th AFTER MOTOR FAILS ON LAP 205 OF NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES OHIO 250 MANSFIELD, OHIO, May 26, 2007 -- After charging through the field erasing a two-lap deficit, Frank Kreyer's second ...

CULVER'S KREYER FINISHES 34th AFTER MOTOR FAILS ON LAP 205 OF NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES OHIO 250

MANSFIELD, OHIO, May 26, 2007 -- After charging through the field erasing a two-lap deficit, Frank Kreyer's second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race ended on lap 205 of today's rain-delayed Ohio 250 when a seized oil pump caused the engine in his #44 Culver's Chevrolet Silverado to fail, which secured him a 34th-place finish.

The 37-year-old Poynett, Wis. native had charged into 27th place when he regained the lead lap on the 196th circumvention of the half-mile oval at Mansfield Motorsports Park, but nine laps later his engine threw a belt and his race was over.

"The truck was really racing, and the team had really reacted great, making all the adjustments I asked for," said the late-model racer who was driving in his second NASCAR event and his second pit-stop race. "I drove with everything to get back those two laps and the truck responded great."

Kreyer, driving for Culver's Restaurants in the Silverado fielded by Key Motorsports, overcame three rain delays totaling five hours, 37 seconds, 103 laps run under caution, as well as his own spin on lap 81 and a one-lap penalty when his truck fell off its jack, knocking a spare tire across the pit lane.

"I'm proud of myself, proud of Key Motorsports and can only say great things about [crew chief] Rick Marko," said Kreyer, who has driven late-model short-track stockers in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest for the past six years under the Culver's Restaurants banner. "I was really racing today.

"My confidence in my ability to race in NASCAR got a huge boost today. I am really pumped for my and Culver's next NASCAR event, my first in the Busch Series."

Kreyer's initial NASCAR competition was a complete-race 28th-place finish March 31 in the Kroger 250 Craftsman truck race at Martinsville, Va. at the wheel of the #44 Culver's Silverado. That race and today's Ohio contest were preparation for a four-race NASCAR Busch Series entry behind the wheel of the Mac Hill Motorsports #56 Culver's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS beginning June 23 home in Wisconsin for the AT&T 250 at the renowned Milwaukee Mile.

Milwaukee will be followed by the July 21 NASCAR Busch Series 250 at Gateway International Raceway (outside St. Louis), the Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park (Indianapolis) and the November 10 Arizona.Travel 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

In addition to the NASCAR program, Kreyer will continue driving the #99 Culver's Ford Fusion in the Wisconsin Challenge Series, along with selected appearances in the newly formed ASA Midwest Tour in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.

-credit: culver

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