Kinser Looking to Sparkle in Sunny California FONTANA, CA -- The San Bernardino County 200 at the California Speedway marks the second event in the 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) schedule. Kraig Kinser is no stranger to the ...
Kinser Looking to Sparkle in Sunny California
FONTANA, CA -- The San Bernardino County 200 at the California Speedway marks the second event in the 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) schedule. Kraig Kinser is no stranger to the California Speedway, but 2007 will mark the first time Kinser will see the green flag at the 2-mile, D-shaped oval, after narrowly missing the 36-truck field in 2006.
"I am getting pumped up about heading to California this week," Kinser said. The track is so fast, and last year I got some good practice time getting adjusted to the track, and finding the right line to run fast around there. Last year, we barely missed the field for the race, and that is something that I hope never happens to us again. The whole team works so hard, at the shop, and at the track, and I really think we can go to California and have a good, solid run in our Ginn Resorts Silverado.
"We won't have a teammate to work with this week, but I know the whole crew has prepared an awesome truck and we are looking to have a good run following a disappointing finish last week in Daytona."
Back in California with added seat time and laps under his belt, Kinser is pumped and poised to pilot the No. 47 Ginn Resorts Chevrolet Silverado in the 100 lap/200 mile event. Leading the Statesville, NC based Morgan-Dollar Motorsports (MDM) team is rookie crew chief Rodney McGehee, who is also looking to capitalize on a great finish following a disappointing run at the always tough Daytona International Speedway (DIS).
"Going to California this week, we are hoping to get back into the rhythm of having good finishes," McGehee said. Although this will only be the second race of the season, it is important to have some momentum in these first few. It gets the team pumped up, and gets Kraig excited. After last week in Daytona, we just have to keep our nose clean, and have good pit stops, and I think we will have something to show these guys."
MDM has an impressive seven top-10 finishes in seven entries at the California Speedway with Dennis Setzer, with their best finish of third coming in the 2003 event. Team owner David Dollar is confident his team and young driver can run up front and be in the battle for a great finish in the rough and tough NCTS.
"Kraig practiced very well in California last year, and was actually the top Chevrolet following practice," Dollar stated. Unfortunately, the way NASCAR has the qualifying procedure structured, we didn't make the race, even though we qualified 20th. The team is very excited to head to California, and I think we will have a great package for the race."