Homestead: GM teams race quotes

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 23rd, FINISHED 10TH AND 2ND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS): ON TODAY'S RACE: "We just were so loose at the start. We made a lot of adjustments on our Chevrolet Silverado and we were getting...

DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 23rd, FINISHED 10TH AND 2ND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS):

ON TODAY'S RACE: "We just were so loose at the start. We made a lot of adjustments on our Chevrolet Silverado and we were getting better there with the gains we made but we still had some more we needed to gain to be where we needed to be. This Silverado team has been great all season, we will just come back and get them next year.

ON EARLY PIT STOP: "We were just so loose that we really had a lot to gain if we could come in and make some adjustments that would tighten the chassis up. When we came in the second time, we were still a little loose and the third time we really made some headway. These guys on this team worked their tails off all week and worked hard to day. They never give up on this team and they will always have that attitude.

ON TODAY'S RACE STRATEGY: "We pretty much took a go for broke strategy today because we knew it was really the only shot we had. We weren't very good this weekend in practice and qualifying so we took a shot at it with a setup we knew would either make us really good or 0x2866 It turned out not to be the best setup. We knew that unless Bobby (Hamilton) had some kind of trouble early in the race, we probably weren't going to beat him for the championship. He was just racing to save his stuff back there, he wasn't really that bad. He ran a very smart race today, he has a great team and I want to congratulate him on his championship.

"But Morgan Dollar has a great team and it isn't a fluke that we are here second in the points for the second straight year. We will just go head to head with them again next year. We intend to be stronger and better and better next year and be a real contender up front from Daytona on.

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 2ND, FINISHED 5TH AND 5TH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

"We were really strong at the beginning but then we got real, real loose in the middle of the race. I was on the radio yelling to tighten me up. On the first stop we took fuel only and as the tires wore off, we just got more and more loose. I was just hanging on for dear life because we ran 80 some laps on that one set of tires and I had no tires left. My left front was down to cords. They were just telling me to pit the next time by under green for tires when the yellow came out right, as I was on the front straight so we got lucky there. We just didn't have the track position we needed at the end. The No. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado started coming to me there at the end but track position was everything and we were too far back to do anything with the leaders."

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 4TH, FINISHED 7TH AND 7TH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

"Our Chevy Trucks Silverado started out too loose at the start then it got so tight that I couldn't turn it at all. We lost a lot of track position on our first stop because of the adjustments the guys made to try and loose me up. They had a great stop but we changed so many things, it was just a lot to do in one pit stop. We got better but still a little tight so they made one more big change the next stop and then of course we went back to being a little loose. We weren't terribly loose but enough that when someone got up behind me and took the air off; it was a handful to hang on to. My guys really worked hard today to help us rally back to get a top-ten finish and move up one position in the points. We have some strong momentum heading into next year and that is what is going to get us in the points hunt early and keep us there all year."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 47 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 5TH, FINISHED 29TH):

"We had an excellent truck. This No. 47 Chevrolet Silverado was just almost perfect. We were just cruising along there until we spun there on lap 65 or what ever it was. The No. 15 truck got up to the outside of us and took all the air off the spoiler. But, they didn't throw a caution which we sure could have used so we lost a couple of laps coming down pit road to change tires and check over the truck. We were moving forward and with the way the cautions were falling, we may have been able to get back on the lead lap but then we blew a motor and that was the end of our day. I just want to thank Randy Goss and the great guys on the No. 47 crew as well as everyone at Morgan Dollar for the chance to drive the truck again. I had a blast out there."

DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 17TH, FINISHED 3RD AND 6TH IN THE FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

YOU FINISHED THIRD TODAY, TAKE US THROUGH THE RACE: "When they dropped the green flag today, I was racing backwards fast. As the race pressed on my Chevrolet Silverado got looser and looser. Dave McCarty and the crew did a great job of making the right adjustments and the crew did an awesome job picking me up spots on pit road. We raced really hard there in the end just to get to third and by that time, I didn't have anything left to chase down the one and two."

WAS DARKNESS A PROBLEM OUT THERE TODAY: "The darkness really wasn't a problem, but the sun was awful. It was so bad on some of the restarts that I had to suck up right behind Ted Musgrave who was in front of me just to block the sun so I wouldn't run in to him."

HOW DID THE TRACK COMPARE TO LAST YEAR: "This is a totally different track than it was last year. We came down here for a Chevrolet test and when we showed up, you could see that the track was not dark like last year, it was much lighter. Once we tested you could really tell that the track had lost a lot of grip from last year. "

YOU FINISHED SIXTH IN POINTS, WAS THIS A GOOD YEAR FOR YOU GUYS: "I love the Craftsman Truck Series. Its such a great place to race and I feel very fortunate to be here. I have a solid ride with a solid team and my owner Wayne Spears has been very good to me. This is all you can wish for as a driver. To be in a competitive ride on the national stage.

SHANE HMIEL, NO. 15 TRIMSPA SILVERADO (QUALIFIED 10th, FINISH 27TH):

"I've had rotten luck with tires these last few weeks. I don't know what happened out there. Our truck was so fast. When we were leading I knew that I needed tires and Kasey was quicker than I was at that point so I let him by. We waited for our (pit) window to come in and get four fresh tires but got ourselves caught a lap down when the caution waved right after the stop. We knew we were fast enough to get back up there once we got the luck dog on the next caution. But I guess the pit official didn't know that the pits were open and I went to come in and it just all got confusing out there. All I know is I was able to make my lap up and then unfortunately we cut a tire and that was the end of our day.

"I just want to thank Billy Ballew and the whole Billy Ballew Motorsports operation for the opportunity they gave me this year. I've grown a lot since the beginning of the season as a driver and a person. I've made a lot of good friends in the series and I'll never forget having my first win in a major NASCAR Series race in a truck in Las Vegas. I'm glad I won it in my good friend Billy's truck. I like the Craftsman Truck Series and I would love to come back and race again."

Other Chevrolet Silverado Finishers:

Tracy Hines, No. 88 Menards/Langers Silverado - Qualified 18th, Finished 13TH

Andy Houston, No.20 Auto-Air Colors Silverado - Qualified 19TH, Finished 18TH

Ken Schrader, No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Silverado - Qualified 21ST, Finished 33RD (Accident)

Tim Schendel, No. 43 Texpar Energy/Matthews Silverado - Qualified 22ND, Finished 32ND (Accident)

Ragan Smith, No. 06 Mrd Motorsports Silverado - Qualified 25TH, Finished 9TH

Kelly Sutton, No. 02 Team Copaxone Silverado (Qualified 29th, Finished 34TH (Accident)

Sean Murphy, No. 08 PSC4ALL.Com Silverado - Qualified 34TH Finished 30TH (Engine)

Jason Small, No. 13 Microtel Inns And Suites Silverado - Qualified 36th Finished 31ST (Engine)

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