Pit Strategy Leads Dennis Setzer to Top-10 Finish at Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV -- In another electrifying race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), pit strategy proved to be the name of the game for...
Pit Strategy Leads Dennis Setzer to Top-10 Finish at Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV -- In another electrifying race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), pit strategy proved to be the name of the game for Dennis Setzer and his No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado team.
It was not Setzer's first look at the newly banked and resurfaced oval just north of Las Vegas. The Newton, NC native was the only Silverado driver to participate in the Goodyear tire test held just five weeks prior to the 146-lap event Saturday night.
When Friday's open test session for all teams drivers got underway, Setzer quickly found the fast way around the 1.5-mile track.
After qualifying for the 11th starting spot in the 36-truck field, Setzer settled in to the race-pace, letting the track and the competition come to him. His Randy Goss led Morgan-Dollar Motorsports crew did their part in the pits on lap 26, busting off a pit stop that hoisted Setzer to third, behind Team Chevy Silverado teammate Mike Bliss, No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Silverado.
When the caution flag flew once again on lap 53, the Setzer brought his Silverado down pit road for four tires and fuel, and restarted the race in the twelfth position. By lap 82, Team Chevy driver Ron Hornaday, No. 33 AES HR Solutions, was fighting for the lead and Setzer was right behind him, working to keep the Bowtie brand at the front of the field.
The caution flag flew once again on lap 89, and the No. 85 crew opted to gamble with pit strategy, hoping to hit the jackpot in the city that is famous for fortunes. After taking only three seconds of fuel, Setzer was back on the track and was fighting tooth and nail for track position.
Setzer was able to claw his way back up to the eighth position, scoring his ninth top-10 finish in the grueling 25-race NCTS schedule.
"We finished eighth, unfortunately," said Setzer. That is where we had been on the sheet most of the weekend. It was a pretty good day for our FlexFuel Silverado, but we need to get better. We have to get our consistency back, and then we can start picking them off, and get a win. Just proud of my guys, they worked hard, and we were able to learn some things from the test yesterday, and had a good truck tonight."
-credit: gm racing