Kinser Battles Through First Short Track Experience MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 1, 2006) -- Nobody was fooling Kraig Kinser Saturday when he was told that Martinsville Speedway is one of the toughest tracks for a rookie. The first-year NASCAR ...
Kinser Battles Through First Short Track Experience
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 1, 2006) -- Nobody was fooling Kraig Kinser Saturday when he was told that Martinsville Speedway is one of the toughest tracks for a rookie. The first-year NASCAR Craftsman Truck driver took his learning lumps in the Kroger 250 as he finished 29th in the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Silverado.
Kinser, competing in only his third NCTS race, started 33rd in the 36-truck starting field. His initiation began on lap 75 when he spun in turn two. Before the 250-lap caution-filled race was over, the Indiana native ended up facing the wrong way two more times on the tight half-mile flat track. The yellow flew a record of 16 times for a total of 87 laps.
"There aren't too many friends out there," said the 21-year-old Kinser. "I saw a lot of bumpers, front and rear, torn off out there. So I'd say there are plenty of people leaving here today who thought they had a target on their back. Any laps are good laps at this stage and we're looking forward to a little bigger track in a few weeks at Gateway (near St. Louis). Hopefully we can go out there and get some better finishes than the one we got today."
Kinser, who races for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports as part of a development program for MB2 Motorsports, was quite succinct when asked about Martinsville Speedway. "It's a tough track," offered Kinser, who starred as a sprint car racer the past two years.
The next race for the Craftsman Truck Series is April 29 at Gateway International Raceway, just east of St. Louis, MO. Practice for the Ram Tough 200 will begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT with three sessions continuing through Noon. Qualifying is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and the 160-lap, 200-mile race will take the green flat at 7:15 p.m. SPEED Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio will provide live coverage.