Dennis Setzer Wins Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park, Gives Chevy Silverado Two Consecutive Wins Victory is Setzer's 17th NCTS Career Win, Silverado Drivers Score Three of Top-10 Finishing Positions MANSFIELD, OH - Dennis Setzer, No. 75...
Dennis Setzer Wins Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park, Gives Chevy Silverado Two Consecutive Wins
Victory is Setzer's 17th NCTS Career Win, Silverado Drivers Score Three of Top-10 Finishing Positions
MANSFIELD, OH - Dennis Setzer, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, led the fewest laps of the four drivers who lead the Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park (MMP). But, he led the right ones. Taking the point with just 12 laps remaining in the 250-lap/125-mile race, Setzer won his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race of the 2007 season, his 17th NCTS win and the second consecutive victory for Team Chevy Silverado. It is Setzer's first win with his new team and team owners Wayne and Connie Spears.
Setzer, who started in 18th position in the race that was red-flagged three times for rain and took over seven and one-half hours to run from the initial green flag to the checkered, credited the win to great pit strategy by crew chief Tom Ackerman. The Hickory, NC native never hit pit road for fuel or tires during the entire race.
"These guys really have worked hard on our Spears Silverado team, " said Setzer. "Goodyear's tire will go 250 laps so we knew it would be a fuel mileage race. I'm just so happy that the Spears, Wayne and Connie, gave me this opportunity and I could repay them with a win.
"We (crew chief Tom Ackerman) talked before the race started that we'd save fuel. Every time we restarted, I wouldn't crank the engine until the truck ahead of me was down pit road. Years ago, when I was with a different NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program, I learned how to save fuel on the cautions.
"It was a great call and this win feels really good."
Setzer has finished in the top-10 in all four NCTS races run at MMP. He moved to 11th in the NCTS standings.
Silverado driver and two-time NCTS champion, Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, made his presence known early but pitting when about half the field didn't put him deep in the field. The 30-time NCTS and most recent winner (Lowe's Motor Speedway, May 18) worked his way back to the top-10 but contact with another truck and subsequent spin sent him back deep in the field. Hornaday repeated to process working his way back to the top-10 in a charge only to have the same contact scenario play out again, sending him to the back of the pack. But the two-time champion rallied to finish sixth, his sixth top-10 in the seven races run so far this season. He now sits second in the NCTS point standings, just 121 points behind the leader.
Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 South Point Hotel Silverado, captured ninth in the finishing order after starting in 35th position. The Las Vegas native climbed to 13th in points.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Johns Manville Silverado, and his crew were on the same strategy as Setzer. Crafton led 68 laps in the race. Just prior to the third rain delay on lap 102, Crafton was hit from behind trying to avoid spinning trucks that he was trying to pass to put a lap down. He stayed out and continued to lead until the damage to his left rear fender eventually cut down a tire and he made hard contact with the wall.
The next NCTS race on the schedule is the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway on June 1, 2007.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, NO 77 SOUTH POINT HOTEL SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 35th, FINISHED 9TH:
"That was just one of those old fashioned, I have no clue how we did it days. For me to come from 35th to 9th on a short track, I mean that to me is my best Dennis Setzer impersonation. Bryan Berry and the boys didn't give up. My spotter Billy Holbrook did a phenomenal job tonight. Bryan Berry made grade decisions. We had to roll with the punches. We came in when we wanted to early on. We were looking pretty good and probably would have had a chance to win the race. We were right behind Rick Crawford who led a lot of laps, and we didn't have to stop again. But then all of a sudden we got into a wreck, and we had to do damage control. Bryan Berry put it back together. We just kept chugging away in our Chevrolet Silverado and kept getting one guy at a time until we ended up top 10. It was just a great team effort, and I'm proud of everybody involved with this South Point Chevrolet team.
"Dennis Setzer is still my hero. He took his Chevrolet, didn't stop - which is a little wrong - when you can take a set of tires, go 250 laps and not need to stop - I just can't believe that. But if there is one man in the world who can do it - and his name is Dennis Setzer and I'm proud that he is one of my Chevrolet teammates."
OTHER CHEVROLET RESULTS:
RON HORNADAY, NO. 33 CAMPING WORLD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 9th, FINISHED 6TH:
CHAD MCCUMBEE, NO. 08 GPS STORE-GARMIN SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 28th, FINISHED 14TH
CLAY ROGERS, NO. 40 CURTIS KEY PLUMBING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 15th, FINISHED 16TH
TIM SAUTER, NO. 07 LESTER BUILDINGS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 32nd, FINISHED 20TH
BILL LESTER, NO. 15 CHRISTIAN DEBT CONSOLIDATION SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 13th, FINISHED 21ST
JASON WHITE, NO. 7 HOOTER'S ENERGY DRINK SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 30th, FINISHED 26TH
WILLIE ALLEN, NO. 13 NATIONAL PORK BOARD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 20TH, FINISHED 28TH
DANIEL POPE, NO. 2 DOLLAR GENERAL/MUSIC CITY MOTORPLEX SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 34th, FINISHED 29TH
BLAKE BJORKLUND, NO. 8 MRD SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 31st, FINISHED 32ND
KRAIG KINSER, NO. 47 GINN RESORTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 26th, FINISHED 33RD
FRANK KREYER, NO 44 CULVER'S RESTAURANTS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 22nd, FINISHED 34TH
MATT CRAFTON, NO.88 MENARDS/JOHNS MANVILLE SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 10TH, FINISHED 35TH
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