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Kraig Kinser and No. 46 CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado Team Head to Gateway International Raceway NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Raybestos Rookie Candidate Ready to Get Back in Action Madison, IL - Kraig Kinser is ready to climb back in the ...

Kraig Kinser and No. 46 CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado Team Head to Gateway International Raceway

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Raybestos Rookie Candidate Ready to Get Back in Action

Madison, IL - Kraig Kinser is ready to climb back in the cockpit of his No. 46 CENTRIX Auto Finance Silverado at Gateway International Raceway. Coming from the sprint car racing world, the 21-year old Bloomington, IN native is used to racing sometimes two or three nights a week. Having a three-week break between NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events is just one of the adjustments Kinser is making in his transition from the world of night races on dirt tracks to the environment of a major NASCAR touring series.

"Like most of the rookies, I have never seen Gateway International Raceway," said Kinser. "I know where it is because I have raced my sprint car at the dirt tracks in the area, Granite City and Peavley. It is part of being a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie; every race has challenges of not only the level of competition in the series and learning the track, but also, simple things like how to find the track, how to get from the garage to pit road and things like that.

"Just looking a diagram of the configuration and listening to everyone talk about the track, I know this track is going to be pretty interesting for us this weekend."

The former sprint car-racing star is four races in to his inaugural season behind the wheel of the Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Silverado. 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.

"I have really been picking Dennis' (Setzer, Morgan Dollar Motorsports teammate) brain about the track," concluded Kinser. "He has had some great finishes there so he obviously has the place figured out. Randy (Goss, crew chief) won a race and two poles there with Greg Biffle so he knows what it takes in the setup to get around there.

I am looking forward to getting to the race track and back in the truck and see what we can learn."

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.

"Getting the truck "happy" at both ends is the key to going around Gateway," said Goss. "The track is completely different at each end therefore handling is critical for every driver. Just as it is every race, track position is the key.

"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 any laps on a track even close Gateway in a truck so we have work as a team to get the most we can and keep building his confidence.0x2879

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Kraig Kinser