MB2 Motorsports development driver Kraig Kinser had an impressive stock car racing debut, finishing eighth in Friday's ARCA RE/MAX event at Michigan International Speedway.

Kinser drove the #10 U.S. Army/CENTRIX Financial/Rally's Chevrolet as part of a joint venture with MB2 Motorsports and Andy Hillenburg Racing.

The 20-year-old World of Outlaws star, who won the famed sprint car Knoxville Nationals last week in central Iowa, started the Hantz Group 200 ARCA race from the outside pole. He held his own throughout the 100 laps of regulation and in the overtime green-white-chequered restart. It was only Kinser's second career race on pavement.

"I came here to learn and not to change the world," said Kinser. "I am very happy that we got all of the laps in, I learned plenty today and had a lot of fun. I definitely have to work on a few things, my restarts, going through the gears and coming in and out of pit road. We now have 200 miles under our belt that we never had before. It was a good start and I am ready to do it again."

Doug Randolph, MB2's manager of driver development and acting crew chief for Kinser, was thrilled with the performance of the Bloomington, Indiana native.

"Kraig gave us a great effort, we see a ton of potential," said Randolph. "He stayed pretty much in the top-five all day and passed a lot of cars. To see him pass cars and mow through the field was pretty exciting for all of us. He was passing cars three wide with no fear, that's the talent we're looking for. Had we had six to eight more green flag laps at the end of regulation, we would have probably finished as high as fourth. We just ran out of laps."

Kinser, son of sprint car guru Steve Kinser, left immediately after the race on a chartered airplane to Billings, Montana to compete in Friday night's World of Outlaws main feature.



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