Dennis Setzer Captures Fourth Victory of 2005 Season, Extends Points Lead Silverado Takes Three of Top-Five Finishing Positions at IRP INDIANAPOLIS: Dennis Setzer behind the wheel of the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado captured his fourth NASCAR ...
Dennis Setzer Captures Fourth Victory of 2005 Season, Extends Points Lead
Silverado Takes Three of Top-Five Finishing Positions at IRP
INDIANAPOLIS: Dennis Setzer behind the wheel of the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado captured his fourth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race of the 2005 season and extended his points lead with a dominating performance in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Setzer now leads by 227 points over second place with 15 of the 25 NCTS races completed.
Starting from the pole as a result of cancellation of qualification due to rain, the Newton, NC native led 177 of the 200 laps to take the win by 0.418 seconds over Todd Kluever (Ford).
With a commanding lead, Eric Phillips, crew chief of the No. 46 Morgan Dollar Motorsports team, gambled and brought Setzer down pit road for fuel and four tires under caution with 29 laps to go. Setzer relinquished the lead to Jimmy Spencer (Dodge) on lap 171 but ran Spencer down recapturing the lead on lap 182 and held off a hard charging Kluever to the checkered flag. Six trucks remained on the lead lap at the finish.
Ron Hornaday brought the No. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado to the checkered flag in third, holding on to his fourth place in the series standings.
Matt Crafton finished fourth in the No. 88 Menard's Silverado, moving up two positions in the points to seventh place.
Jack Sprague finished ninth, one lap down after two pit road speeding penalties took the driver of the No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado out of contention for the win. The three-time champion is 12th in the point standings.
David Starr in the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado finished 17th, two laps down and remains 10th in the season standings with 10 races remaining.
DENNIS SETZER, NO 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO, STARTED FIRST, FINISHED FIRST:
"Our Chevrolet Silverado was really good all night but my guys helped me win this thing with some awesome pit stops. My hat is off to Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and the guys. If I was losing a little on the track, they gave it back to me on pit stops. I just had a great truck under me all night. We worked really hard tonight in that short one-hour practice we had late this afternoon. I am just so proud of this entire Team Silverado effort.
"I am kind of nervous about the championship thing right now, I am not sure what to do. We have to keep focusing on each race as they come. This team comes out to win races every week. I am so proud of them; they work so hard at the shop. David Dollar our team owner gives us everything we need. The guys all pull together that work on both this 46 team and the 47 team, Randy Goss and all his guys, it is just a total team effort by everyone associated with Morgan Dollar Motorsports.
"The No. 47 had a great run with Aric Almirola tonight, we couldn't ask for a better night as a team. I am just proud of this whole program. David (Dollar) picked up this whole team and moved it to North Carolina a little over a year ago. I am so proud of what we have done. "With about 30 laps to go, Eric said to come down pit road and we knew we might be the only one, but he is in total control of the race. He knew we had a pretty good truck. Last year Johnny Sauter and I stayed out with about 30 laps to go, we had the two best trucks, and it didn't work out for us with the tire situation so coming down pit road this year definitely paid dividends for us tonight.
"Todd Kluever had a great run tonight, he is an impressive young rookie and was coming on strong there near the end. Jimmy Spencer and I were racing pretty hard there at one time but he raced me really clean, I really like racing Jimmy, he races hard but we respected each other. Jimmy is a great veteran racer, a great guy to race. You know he is going to take every inch on the track he can but is clean.
"We got a little skatey there in the middle of the race, but I was still catching some good good trucks and putting them a lap down. Eric just kept telling me to keep my rhythm and would tell me who I was catching and what position they were in. I don't think we knew exactly how good of a truck we had but it was good. We had a lot of laps there on the tires but Eric and the guys just gave me a great piece and we got to visit victory lane one more time."