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Brooklyn, Mich., - The Dodge Ram drivers were able to pull together and pull to the front in today's running of the Michigan 200. Rookie, Jamie McMurray started from the pole position and brought home his first top ten finish of his career with...

Brooklyn, Mich., - The Dodge Ram drivers were able to pull together and pull to the front in today's running of the Michigan 200. Rookie, Jamie McMurray started from the pole position and brought home his first top ten finish of his career with sixth. Dennis Setzer was the highest finishing Dodge with a fifth place finish to back up his win from last weekend at Nazareth Speedway. Scott Riggs posted an 11th place finish for his first race on a two-mile oval. And Donny Morelock also recorded his best finish with a 19th place finish.

Dennis Setzer, driver, #1 Mopar Dodge, finished fifth: "Not a winning day, but a good day for the Mopar Dodge. I had a good time out there in the draft and we got into some close racing there at the end with Rick Crawford. We were just both trying to get any sniff of a draft in front of us and we really weren't trying to knock each other out of the way. We both just got a little too close there down the front stretch. We finished eighth here last year so I guess we improved over that, but we learned a lot today and we'll be even better next year."

Jamie McMurray, driver, #41 TKO Motorsports Dodge, finished sixth: "This was just a perfect day for us. In the beginning of the race we really weren't that good, we fell back to fourth or fifth. The truck just got real loose on us, but Todd did a great job getting the truck tightened up each time we came in. The TKO Dodge just kept getting better as the race went on and there at the end I think we had one of the better trucks on the track. I'm just an inexperienced driver right now on the larger speedways, but I think with a little more seat time at tracks like this, I will be able to use the draft better. I was able to get a run on the guys out there, but once I got up next to them that was just all that I had. With a little more experience on these tracks, I think we could win one before too long.

About his first top-ten in his NCTS career:
That is just amazing for this to be my first time with this team in this truck. It really does a lot for my confidence level. I just can't say enough about this race team and the pit stops that they pulled off for me today. After winning ten races a year and getting to go to victory lane, it takes a lot out of a driver not to get that same chance. But with what we showed here this afternoon, I would say that a win is not that far away."

Randy Tolsma, driver, #25 Citgo Supergard Motor Oil Dodge, finished tenth:
"We just experienced an aero problem all afternoon. With this new package that NASCAR has given us, it has just taken a little while to get a balance on it. The crew did a great job on pit road and made the adjustments on the truck, but the adjustments only seemed to make a difference when I could run by myself. When I would get in a pack of traffic, I just didn't know what my truck was going to do from one corner to the next. I was just patient and we got lucky to stay on the lead lap and get another top ten for the CITGO SUPERGARD Dodge. It wasn't a pretty day, but it was a good day."

Scott Riggs, driver, #86 RC Cola Dodge, finished 11th:
"We're still learning at these race tracks with this RC Cola Dodge team. I don't think we missed anything on the set up today because we've thrown so many things at the truck since we've been here. We fought the same tight condition that we've had all weekend. I don't know why, but all day, we just couldn't get the nose of the truck to stick to the race track. When I would try to go to the inside of another truck, my truck would push all the way up to the wall and that just made it a handful to drive all day. I tried to use the other trucks to free mine up, but I was only able to do that once and it made my truck jump sidways. We're still learning and I hope that we will have a better run when we come back here."

Joe Ruttman, driver, #18 Dana Dodge, finished 14th:
"We were just never right all the time we were here. Our truck, Rudolph, just hasn't treated us well at either of the races that we have run it at so I think the crew is going to take it back to the shop and dissect it before it races again. Fred got the truck a lot closer in the race, but we just couldn't get it where we needed to be and that's a shame because I think everything else was working just fine."

Steve Grissom, driver, #43 Dodge By Petty, finished 16th:
"We were just a little loose there all day and we tried to adjust for that with each pit stop, but we just couldn't get a grip on it. We'll just head back to the shop and see what happened."

Donny Morelock, driver, #4 Dodge, finished 19th:
"Today was quite a learning experience for me especially after I got a lap down and had the chance to run with the leaders for a while. This was our best career finish and we took the checkered flag so it was a good day for us."

Carlos Contreras, driver, #12 Hot Wheels Dodge, finished 20th:
"I'm happy with the team and with the truck. I was a lot more comfortable in the truck today than I have been all weekend. We just had a mistake on pit road when I left the pit and the jack was still under the truck. So I had to come back down pit road for a stop and go penalty. Once that happened it put me back in the pack and I just wanted to hang on and finish the race."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Carlos Contreras , Rick Crawford , Jamie McMurray , Scott Riggs , Joe Ruttman , Donny Morelock , Randy Tolsma , Steve Grissom