DENNIS SETZER SCORES THIRD CONSECUTIVE RUNNER-UP IN NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS
Homestead, FL - For the third consecutive year, Dennis Setzer and the No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado team brought home the runner-up spot in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship standings. Setzer and company rolled into Homestead-Miami Speedway 58 points behind 2005 championship winner Ted Musgrave (No. 1 Mopar Dodge). After qualifying for the 36-truck field in the 23rd position, Setzer and the team worked to get the Chevrolet Silverado toward the front of the field but were never able to get the truck to handle well on sticker tires.
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 23, FINISHED 18TH:
"We battled for the championship one more year, but unfortunately we didn't get it done. I'm just proud of this team and really appreciate the opportunity to be here."
ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED? "Absolutely. So much effort goes into a championship run like this. These guys all worked real hard. There is so much effort from all the engineers at Chevrolet behind us. But it's been a good year for Chevrolet. They won the Manufacturers' Championship and they won a lot of races. We won four races with our Silverado."
YOU HAVE TO BE PRETTY PLEASED WITH THE WAY YOUR SEASON ENDED: "Well, it has been a good season overall. I'm proud of these guys at Morgan Dollar Motorsports and thank them and Chevrolet for giving us the opportunity to be here. The consistency this team has shown over the past three years to keep bringing this thing up and fighting for a championship, I'm proud of all of them. I thank David Dollar and Rob Morgan and all the engineers at Chevrolet that provide this opportunity. They've put a lot into this effort."
COULD YOU HAVE DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY THROUGHOUT THE SEASON TO BE WHERE TED MUSGRAVE IS RIGHT NOW? "No, there is no way to look back and say, 'Coulda, shoulda, woulda'. The guys have put their hearts into it all year long. Unfortunately, we just didn't come around on these speedways during these last little runs like we needed to. We were pretty doggone good in the middle part of the season. The speedways got us in place. Then we won the short tracks and stuff there at IRP. Somehow we just lost something after that and we just couldn't get our program turned around and back in gear on these last few runs on these speedways. But I appreciate all these guys and the effort they put out. You know, we're going to be back again next year. We ain't giving up...we're going to get us one of these (championship).
MIKE BLISS, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 25TH, FINISHED 4TH:
"We just started too far back which has been our biggest downfall because we have been able to make our Chevy Trucks Silverado race better and better each week. We had a fast truck and great pit strategy. I want to thank Dave (Fuge, team owner), Chris (Showalter, Crew chief) and everyone on the No. 16 team for the chance to drive these last few races. It was great to be back in the Truck Series."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 13TH, FINISHED 9TH
DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 16TH, FINISHED 11TH
KYLE BUSCH, NO. 15 ditech.com/NATIONAL LAND LIQUIDATORS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 15TH, FINISHED 6TH
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 10TH, FINISHED 10TH