Martinsville: Frank Kreyer race notes

KREYER AND CULVER'S RACING ACHIEVE NASCAR GOAL QUALIFY, RACE AND FINISH KROGER 250 MARTINSVILLE, Va., MARCH 31, 2007 -- Frank Kreyer drove the ...

KREYER AND CULVER'S RACING ACHIEVE NASCAR GOAL QUALIFY, RACE AND FINISH KROGER 250

MARTINSVILLE, Va., MARCH 31, 2007 -- Frank Kreyer drove the #44 Culver's Racing Chevrolet Silverado here today with three major goals: qualify, race competently and finish the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) at the Martinsville Speedway and he achieved all of them in his and Culver's first attempt at a NASCAR event.

"We did what we had to do," said the 36-year-old veteran of the Wisconsin short-track wars. "My goals were to go into this event to learn, gain experience and help move myself and Culver's ahead in this sport.

"This is the coolest thing I have ever done."

Kreyer finished 28th and was still running as he completed lap 246 at the race's conclusion.

Racing, let alone finishing, was not a foregone conclusion as he had to qualify a vastly different truck than the one in which had practiced yesterday due to an engine failure early in the Friday's session.

"It all came together," he said after qualifying 27th this morning in a Silverado with a different motor and radically altered suspension settings. "And I know I was getting more comfortable as the race went on; hey, I only had 25 laps (of practice) before the green flag."

He turned in his fastest times in his final five laps, including a 20.6-second circumnavigation of the half-mile paper-clip-shaped oval on lap 245.

NASCAR-style competitive experience came quick as Kreyer had to overcome his spin on lap seven in turn four -- which brought out the first of the race's 15 yellow caution flags -- and another, after being bumped by Brendan Gaughn going into turn one on lap 40, and fading brakes which plagued the car throughout. He also had to drive around five other crashes.

Today's race was the first of five NASCAR events Kreyer will enter under the Culver's Racing banner. Next up is the NCTS Ohio 250 May 26 in Mansfield where he will again drive the #44 Culver's Chevrolet Silverado fielded by Key Motorsports of Mooresville, N.C.

-credit: cr

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