Indy IRP: Dennis Setzer race notes

Dennis Setzer Powers E85 FlexFuel Silverado to Strong Second Place Finish at O'Reilly Raceway Park Clermont, IN - In what was a crowd-pleasing, heart-pumping race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at O'Reilly Raceway Park, Dennis ...

Dennis Setzer Powers E85 FlexFuel Silverado to Strong Second Place Finish at O'Reilly Raceway Park

Clermont, IN - In what was a crowd-pleasing, heart-pumping race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at O'Reilly Raceway Park, Dennis Setzer provided his fair share of excitement to the door handle - to - door handle action.

As the defending winner of the annual NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, Setzer and newly appointed Morgan-Dollar Motorsports crew chief Randy Goss had high hopes for the outcome. While the Newton, NC native fell a mere 0.7-second short of defending his title at the short-track on the West side of metropolitan Indianapolis, the team's performance on pit road and Setzer's on-track skill gave the new duo something to build on for the remainder of the season.

Starting from seventh spot on the grid, Setzer immediately started his charge for the front in his No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado. The veteran driver showed he was a contender, never running out of the top-five the entire 200-lap race.

As the laps began to wind down, the competition heated up. Setzer, Team Chevy Silverado teammates Mike Bliss and Ron Hornaday and eventual race winner Rick Crawford began to separate themselves as the five best trucks on the track.

On lap 168 Bliss held the point but as the four thundered across the start-finish line in to turn one, Setzer, Hornaday and Crawford all saw an opening to go for the lead. The group of wily veteran drivers stayed three-wide through turns one and two before sorting themselves out on the backstretch nose to tailgate.

The battle raged through two more caution periods with Setzer in second as close to Crawford's tailgate as he could get. When the race's final caution flew on lap 194, Setzer was ready to take one more shot for the win. By this point in the race, David Starr had joined the fray making it a five-truck battle for the win.

The green flag flew on lap 197 and Setzer was poised and ready to pounce. With the crowd on their feet, all five truck drivers dove in to turn one looking for one spot on the race track - the lead. As they did 30 laps earlier, the seasoned veterans raced hard, but kept their equipment under them and all came out of turn two with fenders in tact. Setzer dropped his bright yellow E85 FlexFuel Silverado in behind Crawford but came up just short in being able to make the pass to bring home second place honors; his first top-three finish of the season.

"We had a good truck," said Setzer. "We just couldn't get by the 14 (Rick Crawford, race winner) He had a really good truck and I can't say exactly where he had an advantage on us because made some runs at him in different spots on the track, but it seemed like he would pull away and then I would reel him in. I just couldn't figure out where he was beating me, he just eased away from me.

"I am proud of this bunch, our whole Morgan-Dollar Motorsports group, these guys do a great job week in and week out. It is a whole team effort on this program, with Eric Phillips and Randy Goss and the whole program put this together, so I am proud of the whole bunch. This is a long deserved top-five finish for this team, we appreciate the support of Chevrolet and E85 and everything that Silverado has put behind us."

-credit: mdm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Dennis Setzer , Rick Crawford , Mike Bliss