Martinsville: Kraig Kinser race notes

Engine Failure Spoils Kinser's Run at Martinsville Martinsville, VA -- Kraig Kinser and his Morgan-Dollar Motorsports (MDM) team were looking forward to taking their No. 47 Ginn Resorts Silverado to Martinsville for the fourth event on the...

Engine Failure Spoils Kinser's Run at Martinsville

Martinsville, VA -- Kraig Kinser and his Morgan-Dollar Motorsports (MDM) team were looking forward to taking their No. 47 Ginn Resorts Silverado to Martinsville for the fourth event on the 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) schedule.

After qualifying an impressive 7th, Kinser was forced to start in the rear of the 36-truck field due to a flat-spotted left front tire that occurred in qualifying. Kinser and his crew were confident that through patience and the right adjustments they could work their way through the field and make their way to the front.

When the caution flag flew on lap75, Kinser brought his Silverado down pit road for service, and the crew adjusted the track bar to help the handling of chassis No. 32. Following the pit stop, Kinser restarted the race in the ninth position.

On lap 91, Kinser radioed back to his Rodney McGehee-led crew and reported that something was amiss under the hood, and it was possibly a cylinder. Then, to add insult to injury, Kinser was tapped in the left rear quarter panel by fellow Bowtie-brand driver Matt Crafton and was turned down into Crafton, resulting in front fender repairs for Kinser.

Finally, on lap 200, while running down on power and one lap down to the field, Kinser reported the motor had seized power and the team was relegated to a disappointing 30th place finish.

"I hate it for all the guys that work so hard on the truck," Kinser said. "We unfortunately had to start in the rear because of the flat-spotted tire, and we were doing pretty well. Then, we got turned by Crafton, had to pit because of the messed up fender, and rode around the first truck one lap down. On lap 200, the motor let go and it was the end of the day for us. I am just looking forward to Kansas, and taking the VFW paint scheme there again this year, it should be another place where we can get a good run."

The next event on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is on April 28, 2007 at the Kansas Speedway. The first practice is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. CDT on Friday, April 27th followed by the one-hour final practice at approximately 2:30 p.m. CDT. Qualifying will be held at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, April 28th and the trucks will be impounded until the scheduled race start on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. CDT.

-credit: mdm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Kraig Kinser