Kraig Kinser Does Nashville/Knoxville Double Schedule Set to Contest CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Defend Title in World's Biggest Sprint Car Race NASHVILLE, TN AND KNOXVILLE, IA (August 9, 2006) -...
Kraig Kinser Does Nashville/Knoxville Double
Schedule Set to Contest CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Defend Title in World's Biggest Sprint Car Race
NASHVILLE, TN AND KNOXVILLE, IA (August 9, 2006) - Kraig Kinser has a busy schedule on tap for this weekend. The Raybestos Rookie contender will drive the No. 46 CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) event at Nashville Superspeedway (NNS) and defend his title in the prestigious Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway (KR).
Kinser's excellent adventure actually began following the NCTS race last Friday at O'Reilly Raceway Park, Indianapolis, where he scored his career-best NCTS finish, 13th after starting 28th in the field. Kinser traveled back to his hometown of Bloomington, IN to assist the crew of Steve Kinser Racing (SKR) in the final preparations of the three teams heading to the "Nationals". Kinser will be piloting the No. 11KK around the fast one-half mile dirt track.
The 21-year old then traveled to Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL for an all day NCTS test on Tuesday. Following the completion of testing his CENTRIX Silverado, Kinser jumped on the SKR private aircraft for the trip to Knoxville, IA to prepare for the start of activities surrounding the biggest race of the year for winged sprint cars on dirt.
Kinser will participate in the Thursday night qualifying events at KR to secure a position in Saturday night's 30-lap A Main that pays $140,000 to the winner. KR has hosted the annual event for 45 years.
After catching some much needed sleep, Kinser will fly on the SKR plane to an airfield near NSS to land prior to the NCTS rookie meeting and then participate in the three practice sessions scheduled for Friday afternoon.
When debriefing with crew chief Eric Phillips is completed, he will then make the trip via air back to KR to participate in Friday night's program. The important event on the schedule is the Scramble. Points are awarded by finishing positions to the top qualifiers from the previous two nights and the lineup is set for the A Main by points.
An identical trip back to NNS will happen Saturday morning to ensure Kinser arrives prior to NCTS qualifying scheduled for noon. The Toyota Tundra 200 is set to start at 4:15 p.m. CDT, after which Kinser will make the flight back to Knoxville to participate in the final night events at KR.
It is approximately 660 miles between NNS and KR, which had Kinser traveling 2,640-plus miles between race tracks plus miles of practice, qualifying and racing at both tracks.
"I just want to thank everyone for their support of this effort," said Kinser. "Eric and the guys at Morgan-Dollar Motorsports (MDM) as well as Jay Frye and the MB2 Motorsports group have all given their blessing and best wishes in both races. Everyone at SKR has been terrific in understanding I need to focus on my CENTRIX Silverado effort. They know I will do all I can to win another Knoxville Nationals for our team.
"After the great run we had in our Silverado at ORP, I am really looking forward to getting to Nashville. I am also excited to get back in a sprint car for SKR. It has been awhile. I just want to do the best I can for everyone who is supporting me in this effort."
In his first full-time season of pavement racing, Kinser's CENTRIX Auto Finance sponsored Silverado is a joint effort between MDM and MB2 Motorsports. Kinser joined the MB2 driver development program last season.
The first practice for the NCTS Toyota Tundra 200 is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. CDT on Friday, August 11th followed by the one-hour final practice at approximately 4:15 p.m. CDT. Qualifying will be held 12:00 noon CDT on Saturday, August 12th and the trucks will be impounded until the scheduled race start at 4:15 p.m. CDT. Live television coverage of the 150-lap/200-mile race will be provided by SPEED Channel with MRN and XM Satellite bringing the race live on the airwaves.