Martinsville: Dennis Setzer preview

The short track king will make his 21st NASCAR start this weekend at Martinsville. In 16 previous NCTS starts Setzer has scored two wins, six top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes. In one Nationwide Series start he has one top-10 finish. He...

The short track king will make his 21st NASCAR start this weekend at Martinsville. In 16 previous NCTS starts Setzer has scored two wins, six top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes. In one Nationwide Series start he has one top-10 finish. He also has one Sprint Cup Series start to his credit at Martinsville.

Setzer will pilot "Duster" this weekend at Martinsville. The North Carolina native tested "Duster" at the short track earlier this month. After earning his way inside the top 10 the team elected to bring this particular chassis back for this weekend's race.

Two of Setzer's 17 wins in the NCTS came at Martinsville. After starting in the 33rd position Setzer pulled off an amazing victory in 2002 and followed that up with another victory in 2003.

Bobby Hamilton Racing has two poles at the 0.526 mile oval. One win came in 2005 with Bobby Hamilton Sr. and another in 2006 with Bobby Hamilton Jr.

Three Races Down and Top 10 in Points: "Anytime you can come out oft he third race of the season and still be in the top 10 in points is a good thing. It is a great way to start the season. So many times you hope for a good start to the season and bad luck comes your way and ends that. I am excited about being eighth in points, but I am more excited about making the drive to get inside the top five over the coming weeks. I know the average person cannot see how much our team as grown since Daytona, but we have come a long way in a short time. The guys have put in a lot of long hours to make our trucks run more competitively and I think that is just beginning to show. Our team is only going to get better as the races go on. Thanks to Dodge we are spending a substantial amount of time in the wind tunnel and at the eight post shaker rig. The Martinsville test went really well, but we still spent time in the tunnel and at the eight post after the test to make ourselves better. On top of that we tested at the Motor Mile to get some more track time before this weekend. If we can stay out of trouble at Martinsville I think we will be on our way to a solid spot in the top 10 in points."

Can Martinsville be Mastered: "No matter how hard you try you will never be able to master Martinsville Speedway. This Track changes way too much to master it. It used to be a bumpy track several years ago and was really rough to race on. Then they ground the bottom groove which I think was one of the best things they ever decided to do with the track. It helped smooth out the surface and made for great racing. Now the track has been reconfigured again. It has the most grip ever. But just as soon as you think you have this place figured out, something else changes."

Setzer's Off-Weekend Hideaway: "Most of the time on an off weekend I spend time with my son and I usually let him pick what we do. Sometimes we tinker on his late model or we play basketball. However, I really love to go fishing on my off weekends when time allows. I take my pontoon boat to the lake in the eastern part of North Carolina. It is a very deserted area. I mean you can go 20 miles on this lake before you see any form of civilization. I take several friends with me and we just fish for hours. It is the one place I can get away from everything and just have a relaxing time. In this sport I think it is good to get away and be in a different environment. That is one reason why I love truck racing because the schedule gives us a chance to do that."

-credit: bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Dennis Setzer