Atlanta: Kraig Kinser race notes

Kinser Showcases Talent in Altanta; Crash Relegates Team to 29th Place Finish Hampton, GA -- When Kraig Kinser was preparing for the American Commercial Lines 200 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), the 22-year old had three goals: acquire a ...

Kinser Showcases Talent in Altanta; Crash Relegates Team to 29th Place Finish

Hampton, GA -- When Kraig Kinser was preparing for the American Commercial Lines 200 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), the 22-year old had three goals: acquire a solid starting position in the 130-lap race, have a good run in the event, and finish the race.

The Bloomington, IN native was able to accomplish two of the three goals, in only his second start at the 1.54-mile oval, which is among the most challenging tracks that the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races on. Kinser qualified for the event in the 6th position, ensuring a great start and solid pit selection for the No. 47 Ginn Resorts Silverado team.

At the drop of the green flag, Kinser knew his team and truck would be a force to be reckoned with before the night was over. By lap 11, Kinser had rallied up to 3rd, and was quickly catching the top two trucks in the field. Kinser radioed his Rodney McGehee-led crew and told them that the truck was like a rocket ship through turns three and four, and it was clear he was the fastest truck on the track.

When the competition caution flag flew on lap 25, Kinser brought his machine down pit road for service, and was blocked in his pit box by a fellow competitor, relegating the sophomore driver to the 5th position when the field went back to green flag racing. This small set-back did not discourage the motivated young driver; it only made him want to battle his way back to the front that much more. The No. 47 Silverado once again worked its way up to the 3rd position by lap 43, and when another caution flag flew on lap 58, the Morgan-Dollar Motorsports (MDM) pit crew was up on the wall ready to show the skills they spend so much time perfecting.

After another strong pit stop, Kinser restarted the race in the 4th position, and was clearly showing the competition that he was a strong contender for the win. Then, on lap 101, Kinser dropped the left front tire below the white line, snapping the Silverado loose, and pitching the truck into the safer barrier in Turn 2. The wreck left Kinser unhurt, but MDM chassis #100 had another story to tell. MDM-100 was the first in-house complete chassis and body that the David Dollar-owned team had built from the ground-up.

"I just had a rookie mistake, there is not much else to it," Kinser said. I got the left front tire below the line and it was crazy how the truck just snapped and it was over from there. I told the guys on the radio all night that the Ginn Resorts Silverado was a rocket ship, and I was really hoping that the night would have ended a little differently than a 29th place finish. The chassis was the first one that the team had completed in-house, and I know they are disappointed about that. We are going to go back to the shop and get are looking forward to next week at Martinsville."

The next event on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is on March 31, 2007 at the Martinsville Speedway.

-credit: mdm

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Series NASCAR Truck
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