Kraig Kinser to Run Full 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season MB2 Motorsports Partners with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports to Run Development Driver for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year Statesville, NC - An innovative,...
Kraig Kinser to Run Full 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Season
MB2 Motorsports Partners with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports to Run Development Driver for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
Statesville, NC - An innovative, multi-year partnership between MB2 Motorsports and Morgan-Dollar Motorsports will put Kraig Kinser behind the wheel of the No. 47 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The 21-year-old Indiana native will run for 2006 NCTS Rookie of the Year honors under the tutelage of championship-winning crew chief Randy Goss.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me," Kinser said. "Morgan-Dollar Motorsports is clearly the class of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Some great drivers have driven the No. 47 the past two seasons and have had great races and finishes. I know I will be in the best equipment out there.
"Having Dennis Setzer as a teammate and working with a crew chief like Randy Goss is the perfect situation for me as a rookie. I am looking forward to having their experience to learn from throughout the season."
Kinser, son of legendary sprint car racer Steve Kinser, has seven World of Outlaw feature wins to his credit, including the prestigious 2005 Knoxville Nationals. He made two starts for MB2 in the ARCA Re/MAX Series in 2005. In his series debut at Michigan International Speedway, the Rookie qualified second and finished an impressive eighth place. In just his second ARCA Re/MAX start at Talladega Superspeedway Kinser won from the pole in the season-ending race at Talladega.
"I want to thank everyone at MB2 Motorsports for the faith they have shown in me as a driver in putting together this program with Morgan-Dollar," Kinser added. " With the level of competition in the NCTS, I will have a chance to learn from and race against some of the most talented and experienced drivers in NASCAR."
"I am looking forward to the upcoming test at Daytona," Kinser concluded. "I am sure there will be a big difference between the ARCA car I drove at Talladega and my No. 47 Silverado. Since I have only raced two races in stock cars, I am excited about climbing in the cockpit and getting laps under my belt after such a long break. It is going to be a learning experience and I feel l am ready to take on the challenge."
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports has had a full-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series presence since 1999. With veteran driver Dennis Setzer behind the wheel, the team has finished second in the season-ending championship standings for the last three years.
In addition to Setzer's fulltime effort, Morgan-Dollar fielded the No. 47 Silverado in 2004 and 2005 under the banner of the Chevrolet Silverado All-Star team with Goss as crew chief for the special program. Many of Chevrolet's brightest NEXTEL Cup stars made guest appearances as the driver including Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte and Kevin Harvick.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for our organization," said David Dollar, team owner. "Kraig is unquestionably one of the rising young talents in NASCAR. His results in only two ARCA events clearly demonstrate he has what it takes to be successful in this business. Being an open wheel racer from the Midwest myself, I am very familiar with the successes of the Kinser family and am proud to have Kraig in my truck.
"Establishing a partnership with MB2, one of the most respected and well managed teams in the NEXTEL Cup garage, continues the philosophy that is the driving force of our team. We want to continue to be the leader for the Chevrolet Silverado brand in the NCTS and set the standard to which others aspire to achieve. Having a relationship with MB2 provides us with access to additional resources and tools necessary to continue to make our Silverados the trucks to beat in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."
MB2 Motorsports fields the full-time Chevrolet Monte Carlo rides of Joe Nemechek and Sterling Marlin in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition.
"We have been impressed with what we have seen so far from Kraig," said Jay Frye, MB2's CEO and general manager. "His performance at both Michigan and Talladega demonstrated his ability to quickly make the transition from sprint car racing to stock cars. While he knows there is a learning curve he will have to overcome, he is enthusiastic about taking on the challenge.
"Our ability to work in partnership with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports is going to be a big key to the success Kraig has in building his NASCAR career. Their organization is top-notch and they continue to demonstrate why they are the premier team in the NCTS. We are excited about this partnership and are looking forward to a great season for Kraig."
Under the direction of Dayne Pierantoni, Chevrolet Program Manager for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the Silverado racing program culminated a successful 2005 season winning the NCTS Manufacturers' Championship for the sixth time, winning the most races of any manufacturer, having five Silverado teams in the season-ending owners' point standings. Chevrolet flagship driver, Dennis Setzer (Morgan-Dollar Motorsports), finished second in the drivers' standings, just 55 points out of the top-spot for the third straight season.
"We are excited to have Kraig as a member of Team Silverado," said Pierantoni. "And specifically to have him full time in 2006, competing for the NCTS Rookie of the Year title, in a Chevrolet Silverado. Morgan-Dollar Motorsports has a strong track record of fielding competitive trucks every race for Dennis Setzer. Every race in which the No. 47 Silverado competed the past two seasons, they were a contender for the win. 2006 is looking to be another exciting and winning season for Chevrolet Silverado and we are excited to have Kraig as part of our program."
Chevrolet Team Silverado kicks off the 2006 NCTS season Friday, January 13, 2006 for three days of testing at Daytona International Speedway.