Dennis Setzer, Randy Goss and No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado Team Take Aim at O'Reilly Raceway Park Indianapolis, IN - Dennis Setzer won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at O'Reilly (formerly Indianapolis) Raceway Park (ORP) ...
Dennis Setzer, Randy Goss and No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado Team Take Aim at O'Reilly Raceway Park
Indianapolis, IN - Dennis Setzer won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at O'Reilly (formerly Indianapolis) Raceway Park (ORP) in August 2005. He didn't just win the race; he completely dominated it, leading 177 of 200 laps on the way to his fourth victory of the year.
But, that was last year and this is this year. For Setzer, the season started full of promise but on-track results haven't materialized for the perennial championship contender. Despite determination, hard work and focus on the part of everyone on the team, Setzer has yet to post a top-five finish in 2006.
Knowing he has the personnel in place to win races and championships, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports team owner David Dollar decided to make some changes prior to the ORP event. He swapped crew chiefs and their respective crews on Setzer's No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado and teammate Kraig Kinser's No. 46 U.S. Army Silverado. The change put Randy Goss on top of the pit box for Setzer with Eric Phillips now leading Raybestos Rookie Kinser.
"I am just excited about going to ORP," Setzer said. "It is exciting anytime we get to head to ORP. The name change doesn't change anything about the track. It is just the same thing that we have had at Morgan-Dollar Motorsports; same trucks, same building, same people, things just got switched around a little bit."
For the unflappable Setzer, the goal and the necessary focus remain the same, run well and win races, starting this Friday night at ORP.
"We are going to go there and work on getting the best possible race truck we can during practice, where it will race really well, " continued Setzer. "Sometimes this truck is not the best truck to qualify in, but I think we can race well. If we qualify well, that will just be another bonus for us, but we need to race well. Last year there was some really long, green flag runs, and paid some dividends for us, by starting up front because there was no qualifying, but the truck was so good during the race that we were able to stay up front."
Setzer concluded by stating, "We have a good set-up, and it is a good place for me, and has always been fast for me. I don't think I have really had the numbers to show how well I have ran there, because we have ran so well there in the past. It was nice to finally be able to win one at ORP last year and we want to do it again this week."
Randy Goss is a seasoned veteran and knows you can't put the cart before the horse, so to speak, in the highly competitive NCTS.
"It is not so much about winning at first, as it is about running well every week," Goss explained. "Then the wins will come. Our goals are to try and get some of the luck turned around because Dennis has been running better than his results have shown, so we are hoping to have some of the luck turn around with the personnel changes, and also we want to run in the top-five. If we can run in the top-five then we have a chance to win. Plus, we want to run in the top-five at the mile and a half tracks also."
On Setzer's remarkable 2005 ORP performance, Goss had this to say; "I don't think that we will ever top the runs that Dennis had last year at Milwaukee and at IRP. I got to be there first-hand and watch him, and we were pitted down in the corner, and it was unbelievable. I have never seen someone lap so many people during a race, so I know that we will never top those runs that Dennis had with Eric (Phillips), but what we are trying to do is just get more consistent, run up front, and put ourselves in a position where the race can just come to us the rest of the season."
Setzer and Goss both agree that ORP is unique and challenging for crew chief, driver and team.
"It is mostly driver experience there," Goss concluded. "The track is so technical, and when you qualify and get into turn one, when the truck stops drifting you basically have to be right up against the wall, and you have to roll the center. There are no real good points to pick up and say 'this is where I have to stop, and here is where I need to brake, and here is where I need to turn the wheel'. The biggest thing is having the drivers have a lot of laps on the track."
"It is definitely one of the more interesting tracks we go to," Setzer stated. "It is a driver's track, but without the right set-up under your truck and a good crew on pit road, you aren't going to have the results you want. We had long green flag runs last year and the pit crews played a huge roll getting trucks on and off pit road. You just never know at ORP, what is going to happen, but if it can, it will."
The first practice session for the one-day Power Stroke Diesel 200 event is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, August 4th followed by the one-hour final practice at approximately 12:00 p.m. EDT. Qualifying will be held at 5:30 p.m. EDT and the trucks will be impounded until the scheduled race start at 8:45 p.m. EDT. Live television coverage of the 200-lap/137.2-mile race will be provided by SPEED Channel with MRN and XM Satellite bringing the race live on the airwaves.