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Kraig Kinser Rallies to Score Career Best NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Finish No. 46 Centrix Auto Finance Silverado Team 17th Place Finish at Gateway Builds Confidence and Excitement Madison, IL - Rainy days and race tracks will always get...

Kraig Kinser Rallies to Score Career Best NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Finish

No. 46 Centrix Auto Finance Silverado Team 17th Place Finish at Gateway Builds Confidence and Excitement

Madison, IL - Rainy days and race tracks will always get you down, but not Kraig Kinser. During the morning rain that forced ever-evolving schedule changes and ultimately the cancellation of qualifying at Gateway International Raceway, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) Raybestos Rookie candidate used the time wisely. He hung out in the hauler with crew chief, Randy Goss, and the crew as well as his Morgan Dollar Motorsports teammate, Dennis Setzer, to listen and learn as much as possible about the tough 1.25 mile track.

It was obviously time-well-spent for the 21-year old Indiana native. During the 80-minute practice session, the team worked on getting him comfortable in the No. 46 Centrix Auto Finance Silverado while Kinser took his first laps on the tricky track.

With the field set by 2006 NCTS owner's points and other provisions set for in the rulebook, the MB2 Motorsports development driver started the 160-lap race in 32nd. Kinser got his rhythm and began to pass trucks moving in to the top-25. His forward progress was halted briefly on lap 35 when contact from another truck forced Kinser up the track and sideswipe the outside wall but was able to continue on-track. When caution flew a few laps later, the crew went to work repairing damage to the toe-in. Two trips down pit road put Kinser down two laps.

Kinser's determination got one lap back on the track and he was awarded the Lucky Dog on the next caution putting him back on the lead lap. The former sprint car-racing star kept his cool and continued to move up in the field.

The team suffered another setback just past the halfway point of the race with a miscue during a pit stop that put them again, one lap down. But Kinser, Goss and the crew continued to push forward. Goss coached Kinser over the radio to keep his rhythm and 'keep diggin'. Kinser did exactly that, keeping him in position to get the Lucky Dog when the caution flew again.

In the closing laps of the race, Kinser moved through the field from 28th on lap 100 to his 17th place finishing position.

"We had a busy night tonight on the track and in the pits," said Kinser. "We got some body damage pretty early in the race when I had contact with another truck then the wall. But Randy (Goss) and the crew worked hard to fix the truck and get us back on the lead lap. We got down a lap and with the Lucky Dog and things started to go pretty smoothly but then we had a little more trouble on the track so had to come down to make some repairs and got another lap down. But every time the guys worked on it, we got a little better. I wish I would have figured out a few things out there a little earlier in the race and I think we could have had an even better run. My Silverado was pretty good there at the end."

The next event for Kinser and the No. 46 team will be the May 19, 2006 -- Quaker Steak and Lube 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.

-mdm-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Kraig Kinser