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Dennis Setzer Extends Points Lead at New Hampshire No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado Driver Finishes Second With an exciting second place finish, Dennis Setzer, driver of the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado, extended his lead in the NASCAR Craftsman ...

Dennis Setzer Extends Points Lead at New Hampshire
No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado Driver Finishes Second

With an exciting second place finish, Dennis Setzer, driver of the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado, extended his lead in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to 59 points over Ted Musgrave at New Hampshire International Speedway. Musgrave, who finished third in the Sylvania 200 presented by Lowe's, Setzer and race winner Rick Crawford waged a crowd thrilling battle for the last 50 laps of the 200-lap race on the 1.058 mile oval.

Ron Hornaday maintained his third place position in points with a fifth place finish in the NO. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado, 203 points behind Setzer with six races remaining in the 2005 season.

DENNIS SETZER, NO 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 6TH, FINISHED 2ND:

"Great race for our Chevrolet Silverado today. Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and the guys worked on it all day. We were pretty good to start with and kept getting better as the race went on. We finished really good. We were as good as Rick (Crawford, race winner) and Ted (Musgrave, finished third). We had to free these trucks up so much, we were just a little loose getting in but we could drive out of it. Chevrolet gives us a good piece to work with all the time. It is just fun to race like that."

TALK ABOUT THE GREAT, CLOSE BATTLES WITH TED AND RICK: "That was awesome, we have all raced each other for years and we raced each other clean. That was really fun, you can race those guys all day long. It was fun for all of us. David Dollar (team owner) gives us everything we need to take this Silverado to the front. We were really good. But the three of us were about evenly matched, it was just who got a little position on each other. If we got where we took a little air off each other, we would get a little loose.

"After that last restart and Rick got out in front of us a little bit, I thought I saw him grinning back at us in the mirror.

HAS THERE BEEN A MORE COMPETITIVE RACE IN THE NCTS THIS SEASON: "This series has been that competitive this year but to be that tight and race that competitive for so many laps was just a cool deal. It was fun. It is a little more fun when you get to stop out there on the front straight as the winner, but we will take this finish."

TALK ABOUT HOW YOUR TEAM NEEDED TO HAVE THIS STRONG RUN AFTER THE TOUGH LUCK YOU HAVE HAD THE LAST COUPLE RACES: "Points wise it helped us just a little with Ted, we gained 10 points on him but for the morale of the team, it is awesome. We have had tire problems the last couple of races. This is what we needed to keep everyone up and focused on the next race."

IS THIS TEAM BACK ON TRACK? "We were never off track, we just had a couple little flaws there the last couple of races but we were never off track. I am so proud of this team, it feels good for all of us to get such a good finish to head to Las Vegas."

WHEN YOU GET TO 15 TO GO LIKE YOU DID OUT THERE, RACING HARD, AT WHAT POINT DOES THINKING ABOUT THE POINT STANDINGS COME INTO PLAY? "I don't know. Did you see anything happening among the three of us out there to make you think we were thinking about points? We just respect each other, we do race each other as clean as we can. So I don't think it has happened yet. Ted and I both know we have to race hard and stay ahead of some cats out there like Mike Skinner and Hornaday (Ron). They are lurking back there just waiting for us to mess up a little bit. Hornaday in his Silverado has been coming toward the front for a while now, chasing this deal down and he is in a pretty good position so we need to watch who is in front of us an behind us.

"It works good for our four factory Silverados to work together."

MATT CRAFTON, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 1ST, FINISHED 35TH:
NOTE: After winning his first career NCTS pole, Crafton ran in the top-10 until lap 128 when he was the victim of a multi-truck accident in turn two.

"It's a shame. The Menards Chevrolet was really good today. We got a little behind on that last pit stop when we made a few adjustments, but the truck was fast and we were making up ground. I think we would have had at least a top 10. I just wish some guys would use their heads a little more on the track."

DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 9TH, FINISHED 13TH:

"We struggled with our Chevrolet Silverado today. The truck just wasn't that good today - we fought it all day long. It was a hard fought battle. Dave McCarty my crew chief and the rest of the Spears Manufacturing Silverado team worked hard trying to get it better. We worked at it and worked at it to get it better but that's all we had. It got pretty rough out there at the end and luckily we got what. We didn't have that good of a truck today but we'll be back in Las Vegas in our Silverado and go for the win."

RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 17TH, FINISHED 5TH:

"What a race. There was good racing all afternoon. I hate it for Skinner. Racing against him reminds me of the old days. He got into me a little and I really hope that is not what messed up his truck. My crew gave me awesome stops today and Wally (Rogers, crew chief) had the truck set-up great. We can get some momentum from this and take it into Las Vegas. I think had we done a slightly different pit strategy we may have had the truck that could win. Otherwise the GM Goodwrench truck was right on today."

ARIC ALMIROLA, NO. 47 FEDEX KINKO'S CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 15TH, FINISHED 8TH:

"That was a lot of fun out there today. This eighth place I owe all to Randy Goss (crew chief) and the guys on the team, they worked their butts off. We didn't get to come and test here so we were behind the eight ball from the get-go. It took me a while to get the track figured out. This being only our third truck race, this is pretty cool to come to a place I have never seen before and bring home such a good finish.

"Goss really outsmarted those guys. We came in and took tires, then took tires again so all needed to get a splash of gas so that is why we are here; I owe it all to Randy and the team.

"As the race, I got more and more comfortable with the track and I was hustling this Silverado harder and harder. We were pretty good there at the end. Randy made some good calls in the pits all day and we kept getting better and the track came to me. This is an awesome finish to give to FedEx Kinko's and I really appreciate their support and everyone at Morgan-Dollar and Joe Gibbs Racing."

KYLE BUSCH, NO. 15 ditech.com SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 16TH, FINISHED 7TH:

"We struggled with our Chevrolet Silverado today. The truck just wasn't that good today - we fought it all day long. It was a hard fought battle. Dave McCarty my crew chief and the rest of the Spears Manufacturing Silverado team worked hard trying to get it better. We worked at it and worked at it to get it better but that's all we had. It got pretty rough out there at the end and luckily we got what. We didn't have that good of a truck today but we'll be back in Las Vegas in our Silverado and go for the win."

JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 31ST, FINISHED 15TH:

"We just struggled being too tight from the drop of the green. Chris (Showalter, crew chief) and the guys kept making changes throughout the race but we just couldn't get it where we needed to be to move forward. There at the end, I was running 11TH and got tapped from behind coming through three and four to the checkered so we lost some of the ground we gained. Just seems like the kind of year we are having."

-gm racing-

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