Daytona: Dennis Setzer preview

Setzer Hopes "Champ" Will Take Him to Victory Lane Friday Night at Daytona * Setzer's No. 18 Dodge Ram will sport a Journey, Dodge's newest crossover vehicle, paint scheme during the season opening event on Friday night. Check out...

Setzer Hopes "Champ" Will Take Him to Victory Lane Friday Night at Daytona

* Setzer's No. 18 Dodge Ram will sport a Journey, Dodge's newest crossover vehicle, paint scheme during the season opening event on Friday night. Check out www.dodge.com for information on the Journey. J * Setzer will pilot "Champ" this weekend at Daytona. "Champ" will be making its debut during the Chevy 250 Friday night. This particular chassis was named after Bobby Hamilton Sr. and was the last one built at BHR's Nashville, Tenn. location.

* The NCTS is the only NASCAR series to have three-wide finishes at Daytona International Speedway taking the checkered flag. It has happened three times.

* Setzer will be signing autographs at the Daytona Mall on Wednesday night at 7:00pm at the Sears store. He will also be signing autographs Friday afternoon in the Sprint Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway from 4:45pm till 5:45pm.

Finding the "Safe" Zone: "Racing at Daytona is not only physically demanding, but it is also extremely demanding mentally. Once the green flag drops I spend the first few laps feeling my truck out to see if I feel anything loose or out of place. Then I start making my move to the safe zone. Several years ago you could just drop to the back of the pack with a couple of other trucks and ride there until about 10 laps to go. In a matter of no time you could be back in the lead pack and make your move to the front just before the checkered flag. Now, it is a lot harder to do that. The competition in the NCTS is tough and gets harder every year. You just can't drop to the back of the pack and make it up, but you can find a safe zone to ride for awhile. The crazy thing about it is I cannot really pinpoint where that will be until the race starts. It has to be an area where you are comfortable with the people around you and comfortable how your truck is handling in that position. You still try to make your move with about 10-15 to go, but sometimes that is when the big one happens."

-credit: bhr

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