Martinsville: Kraig Kinser preview

Kraig Kinser Ready for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Short Track Debut Ginn Clubs and Resorts Silverado Driver Knows Kroger 250 at Martinsville Part of Rookie Year Learning Curve Martinsville, VA - As a contender for the Rookie of the...

Kraig Kinser Ready for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Short Track Debut

Ginn Clubs and Resorts Silverado Driver Knows Kroger 250 at Martinsville Part of Rookie Year Learning Curve

Martinsville, VA - As a contender for the Rookie of the Year title in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Kraig Kinser knows each event brings new challenges to meet and conquer. This weekend, the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway will introduce the 21-year old Indiana native to NCTS short track racing.

The former sprint car-racing star is three races in to his inaugural season behind the wheel of the Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Silverado. He will carry the Ginn Clubs and Resorts sponsorship at Martinsville. Kinser's Silverado is a joint effort between Morgan-Dollar Motorsports and MB2 Motorsports. Kinser joined the MB2 driver development program last season. In 2005 he raced twice in the ARCA Series under the MB2 banner -- finishing eighth in Michigan and winning from the pole in Talladega.

"We have been working hard getting me and our Silverado ready for Martinsville," said Kinser. "We ran as many laps as we could at Caraway Speedway to get ready for this week's race. Randy (Goss, crew chief) and the guys kept working with me to run smooth, consistent laps and the truck to get more comfortable.

"My teammate, Dennis Setzer, is without a doubt the best short-track driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I have spent as much time talking with him and watching him make laps at Caraway to learn from him. His record at Martinsville is very impressive and he has been great in sharing information and advice to help me get up to speed.

Kinser has a decided advantage over the competition with Goss at the helm of the team. In his 15-plus NASCAR career, he has been the crew chief for 20 NCTS victories plus a championship. He also has the distinction of being one of the few race-winning crew chiefs in NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series as well as a NBS championship.

"Track position is the key at Martinsville," said Goss. "Pit road is narrow and the pits are tight so pit stall choice is critical which puts additional importance on how well you qualify for the race. Getting laps back at Martinsville is tough. If there is a long green flag run and you get a lap down because you didn't qualify as well as you need to or you have a bad pit stop, you have to really battle to be the first truck one lap down to get the free pass when the caution does fly. We just have to maximize every opportunity we have with good strategy.

"Our team's mind set is to take what we have, not make any mistakes, help Kraig learn and get laps. This is a tough race for a seasoned veteran. Kraig doesn't have bumping and grinding experience in a truck so we have work as a team to get the most we can and keep building his confidence."

"This is the first short track race for us in our Silverado and I know it is going to be quite an experience," Kinser concluded. "My goals for our team is to get the best starting position we can, run every lap of the race and learn how you get around Martinsville in a truck. I am looking forward to the race and learning all I can."

Practice for the Kroger 250 will begin on Friday, March 31 at 1:45 p.m. with final practice set for approximately 5:00 p.m. the same afternoon. Qualifying will begin at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 to set the 36-truck field. Trucks will be impounded until the race, which is set to take the green flag at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Live television coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. on SPEED Channel with both MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio bringing flag-to-flag coverage over the air waves.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Kraig Kinser