Chicagoland: Dennis Setzer preview

SETZER ON CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY: "Chicagoland is a really good race track. I have tested there a few times in the trucks and the track has a really nice personality about it. There are some humps and bumps in the track that are really neat and give...

SETZER ON CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY: "Chicagoland is a really good race track. I have tested there a few times in the trucks and the track has a really nice personality about it. There are some humps and bumps in the track that are really neat and give you a few things to work with. The track is old enough now that it is probably getting really seasoned in which will provide great grip for the trucks. I would think that we will go around there wide open most of the time but with the bumps it will be a handful for us drivers. It seems like there have been rumors for years about the trucks racing at Chicagoland and that day is finally here. Chicago is such a big market that it should only help the series for us to be racing there -- I look forward to a great race."

SETZER ON SERIES GOING TO NEW TRACKS THE NEXT TWO WEEKS: "I was part of the truck series when it was very young and they used the trucks to go into some new markets and tracks to see how the sport would be received. It is nice to see the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series flourishing and that is no more evident than these two new tracks we are going to back to back. I tested at Iowa also in a truck and that is a perfect track for the trucks to race on. These next two tracks are great facilities and awesome for the NCWTS to be racing at."

PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Last Wednesday under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway Dennis Setzer and his No. 8 MRD Motorsports team were bitten by the bad luck bug resulting in a 21st place finish. While racing early in the event, Dennis was caught up with a spinning truck in front of him which resulted in heavy damage to the right front fender of his No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Chevrolet.

"We just had a tough break out there tonight," said Setzer. "My crew chief Randy Dean and this entire MRD Motorsports team gave me a good truck and it's a shame that our night turned out the way it did. I saw the No. 09 get spun and I actually thought I was going to make it through but he caught me in the right front at the last second there."

SETZER AT CHICAGOLAND: Friday night will be the first visit by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the 1.5-mile oval of Chicagoland Speedway. Setzer does have one start at the track earlier this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series where he finished 30th.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series does have a history of racing in the Chicago area with the series visiting the old Chicago Motor Speedway at Sportsman's Park in Cicero. Dennis Setzer had two starts at the one-mile oval with a best finish of second in the 2001 event while leading 13 laps. The legendary Chicago track was one of only two tracks that held both auto and horse races joining Dover International Speedway with that distinction.

POINT STANDINGS: Dennis currently sits in the eighth position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. Setzer is just 16 points behind Colin Braun for the seventh position. In 15 starts so far this season, Setzer has three top-five and eight top-ten finishes to his credit.

-credit: mrdr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Colin Braun , Dennis Setzer