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Kraig Kinser Looking Forward to Return to Michigan International Speedway Driver of U.S Army Silverado Made First-Ever Pavement Start at MIS Brooklyn, MI (June 14, 2006) - Just knowing how to find the facility and get from the garage on to the...

Kraig Kinser Looking Forward to Return to Michigan International Speedway

Driver of U.S Army Silverado Made First-Ever Pavement Start at MIS

Brooklyn, MI (June 14, 2006) - Just knowing how to find the facility and get from the garage on to the race track will be a big change for Kraig Kinser. For the first time in his rookie season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS), the driver of the No. 46 U.S. Army Silverado will arrive for a race on a track that he has raced before.

The Bloomington, IN native ran the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) RE/MAX Series August 2005 race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Kinser qualified his MB2 Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo second and finished ninth.

After scoring his NCTS best qualifying effort, third on the starting grid, last week at Texas Motor Speedway and a solid run underway before contact ended his race early, Kinser feels he and his team have momentum on which to build for Saturday's Con-Way Freight 200.

"Michigan is one of the race tracks on the schedule that I have actually raced at before," said Kinser. "I raced in the ARCA race there last year and I am glad that I have some laps under my belt at the Speedway. Michigan is an awesome place to race, we have high speeds, and great racing, so I am sure that the race will be great. I am looking to bring some momentum from our run in Texas to Michigan and hopefully have a good run at MIS.

"My Morgan-Dollar Motorsports teammate Dennis Setzer won this race last year so I am looking forward to following him around to get our Army Silverado dialed in fairly quickly."

In his first full-time season in the (NCTS), Kinser's U.S. Army-sponsored Silverado is a joint effort between MDM and MB2 Motorsports. He joined the MB2 driver development program last season.

KRAIG KINSER QUOTES: "Michigan is one of the race tracks on the schedule that I have actually raced at before. I raced in the ARCA race there last year and I am glad that I have some laps under my belt at the Speedway. Michigan is an awesome place to race, we have high speeds, and great racing, so I am sure that the race will be great. I am looking to bring some momentum from our run in Texas to Michigan and hopefully have a good run at MIS."

On Father's influence on racing career:

"My Dad definitely has played a big part in my racing career. He started my passion for racing without even knowing it, really or trying to. He let me decide what I was going to do myself. He never pushed racing but he gave me a good foot in the door. He is probably the single most important person involved in my career. I listen to everything he says and he gives me advice all the time about racing.

"When I decided I wanted to race, he gave me a car to start running in mini sprints. My career pretty much took off from there. The entire way he has been the one that has given me good equipment to run and keep going. I just have to thank him, because I wouldn't be here in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series without him.

"My Grandpa (Bob Kinser) has really enjoyed all of this. He had just quit racing about two years before I started. His retirement was probably the biggest plus to the start of my career because I actually had somebody to go with me every where. Every one else in my family was busy racing on weekends so no one really had enough time to get my career started. My Grandpa was the person that took me to the track every weekend for the first couple years of my racing and got me going.

"It was just me, Grandpa and one other guy that helped us out. We got going pretty good and then the whole family kind of pitched in from there. My Uncle Randy quit racing and he took over from my Grandpa when it got too much for him and too big. We just slowly but surely blossomed from there."

-mdm/mb2m

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Kraig Kinser