Michigan: GM Racing preview

* Dennis Setzer is the defending winner of the Michigan International Speedway(MIS) NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series NCTS race * Chevrolet Silverado has won six of the 11 NCTS Manufacturer's Championships * Silverado drivers have won eight of the...

* Dennis Setzer is the defending winner of the Michigan International Speedway(MIS) NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series NCTS race

* Chevrolet Silverado has won six of the 11 NCTS Manufacturer's Championships

* Silverado drivers have won eight of the 11 possible Series' Driver Championships

* Silverado drivers have won more races than any other brand - 122 of 275 (1995-Present)

Brooklyn, MI - Team Chevy Silverado heads to Michigan International Speedway, the closest race track to General Motors and Chevrolet headquarters located throughout the Detroit Metroplex. The Con-Way Freight 200 is race number 10 of the 25-race 2006 NCTS schedule.

Dennis Setzer and his factory-supported Morgan-Dollar Motorsports team are the defending winners of the 100-lap/200-mile race at the 2-mile banked track located in the scenic Irish Hills of Michigan. Setzer and his fellow Team Chevy Silverado drivers are looking to backup their 2005 performance when five of the top-10 finishers were in the cockpit of a Chevy.

"Michigan is a track that requires the entire package aero, chassis, and engine," said Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado program manager. "From the aero side you need plenty of downforce while still paying attention to drag. The chassis setup is geared toward maintaining the attitude of your truck to keep from getting tight off of the long corners.

"And of course, you need lots of horsepower but fuel mileage has become very important as well. With the harder compound tires that Goodyear has been bringing this year it has really become a game of track position at many of these tracks. You have to make your pit stops and adjustments early, and be in a position to make a long final run. We have also seen the leader or lead pack of trucks check out on the field in cleaner air. You've got to stay with the lead pack to have a chance at the end."

This year Setzer will showcase his new number and colors to all the Bowtie fans at MIS. His No. 85 Silverado proudly carries the E85 FlexFuel logo as an integral component of the General Motors program to educate consumers about the fueling options they have as the owner of an ethanol capable vehicle.

DRIVER: DENNIS SETZER
TEAM: No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado - Morgan Dollar Motorsports

"I look forward to racing in Michgan every year because General Motors is not too far away, and they always bring guests to the race. It is always great to be able to meet the individuals that support our team from the Manufacturers side, and I look forward to bringing our momentum off a good run in Texas. The Michigan International Speedway is a unique track, and last year we were so fast through the corners, and getting off Turn 2 can sometimes be a little tricky, so working on the setup throughout practice is going to be critical, so we can hopefully bring our E85 FlexFuel Silverado back into Victory Lane. As the defending race winner, I am really hopeful that we will be able to get a victory for Chevrolet at their home track."

DRIVER: KRAIG KINSER
TEAM: No. 46 CENTIX Auto Finance Silverado - Morgan Dollar Motorsports

"Michigan is one of the race tracks on the schedule that I have actually raced at before. I raced in the ARCA race there last year and I am glad that I have some laps under my belt at the Speedway. Michigan is an awesome place to race, we have high speeds, and great racing, so I am sure that the race will be great. I am looking to bring some momentum from our run in Texas to Michigan and hopefully have a good run at MIS." On Father's influence on racing career:

"My Dad (Steve Kinser, winningest winged sprint car driver and 20 time WoO of Outlaw champion) definitely has played a big part in my racing career. He started my passion for racing without even knowing it, really or trying to. He let me decide what I was going to do myself. He never pushed racing but he gave me a good foot in the door. He is probably the single most important person involved in my career. I listen to everything he says and he gives me advice all the time about racing.

"When I decided I wanted to race, he gave me a car to start running in mini sprints. My career pretty much took off from there. The entire way he has been the one that has given me good equipment to run and keep going. I just have to thank him, because I wouldn't be here in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series without him.

"My Grandpa (Bob Kinser) has really enjoyed all of this. He had just quit racing about two years before I started. His retirement was probably the biggest plus to the start of my career because I actually had somebody to go with me every where. Every one else in my family was busy racing on weekends so no one really had enough time to get my career started. My Grandpa was the person that took me to the track every weekend for the first couple years of my racing and got me going.

"It was just me, Grandpa and one other guy that helped us out. We got going pretty good and then the whole family kind of pitched in from there. My Uncle Randy quit racing and he took over from my Grandpa when it got too much for him and too big. We just slowly but surely blossomed from there."

DRIVER:  RON HORNADAY

TEAM: No. 33 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Silverado

"I am excited to go to Michigan because Chevrolet is right up the street, so it is always great to meet the guests that they bring to the race. Our Silverado team is coming off some great momentum from our big win in Mansfield a couple weeks ago, and I am looking forward to having another great run in Michigan this weekend."

On Father's influence on racing career:

"I grew up watching my Dad (Ron Hornaday, Sr., NASCAR Winston West Champion) race at Saugus Speedway against my future father-in-law. I messed my leg up really bad when I raced dirt bikes. So I had to move to cars. I only raced against my Dad for a few races, but he has supported me for my entire career."

DRIVER:  ARIC ALMIROLA

TEAM: No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado - Spears Motorsports

"I look forward to racing in Michigan this weekend because GM's headquarters is not too far from here, and MIS is a great facility. Our Spears Manufacturing Silverado team has been working so hard, and I really am hoping to give GM and the guys a great run in Michigan. We didn't have the run that we wanted in Texas, so hopefully we can work hard during practice and get a good starting position for the race on Saturday."

DRIVER:  MATT CRAFTON

TEAM: No. 88 Menards Silverado - ThorSport Racing

"I really like MIS, and have run really well at the California Speedway, which is supposed to be it's sister track, but I have never had a top-10 finish at Michigan. We are definitely looking to go there and change our luck there. We have had horrible luck here recently, we have had stuff break, we have taken ourselves out of contention to run in the top-10 or the top-5's, and we are looking to change that.

On Father's influence on racing career:

"Without my Dad, I wouldn't be where I am today, he got me racing go-carts when I was seven years old. I was racing with him, when he was racing Late Models in the NASCAR Touring Series, and whenever I wasn't racing, I was racing with him, and I was always his spotter when I was around 12 years old. It was pretty interesting, and he actually was my spotter for some of the races, and he was my spotter for a little bit in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, now he works for a different team, so that is not possible. It was fun, I went to Phoenix and raced in the Southwest Series, and he spotted for me and was my crew chief and we won the race, so that was a ton of fun."

DRIVER:  MIKE BLISS

TEAM: No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Silverado

"Michigan International Speedway is a great track, and I always enjoy racing there. I love how we are able to go wide open, and the track really reminds me of the California Speedway, with the great racing that takes place there. I also really enjoy the area that is around the track, Michigan is a great state. I am hoping to bring some of the momentum we have from Texas and bring that to Michigan."

DRIVER: KYLE KRISILOFF
TEAM: No. 15 ditech.com Silverado - Billy Ballew Motorsports

"I'm really excited to head to Michigan. I won two poles there last year in ARCA competition and ran well in both races. I just absolutely love the place. Hopefully, we'll have a good starting spot and I can be a contender for a good finish. The No. 15 sat on the pole there last year with Kyle (Busch) so the Billy Ballew Motorsports team runs as well as I do there. It's my favorite race track, so I'm looking for good things to come for the No. 15 team."

DRIVER: RYAN MOORE
TEAM: No. 40 Key Motorsports Silverado

"We learned a lot at Texas and have built up some confidence heading to Michigan. Just as I was heading into Texas, I'm looking forward to another race on a big race track. I need to continue learning more about the air and the draft, and we have to really work on our aero package to be able to get better and to contend".

"I really learned a lot in Texas about how the air plays such a big role in the truck and as to how much different it is than in the cars. You learn where you need to be to pass when the truck is tight and when it is the best to make a pass, and our goal remains the same at Michigan as it has been atevery race so far.....stay out of trouble and be there at the end".

"We're running against teams that have a whole lot more resources than we (Key Motorsports)do, but I'm confident that with Barry's (crew chief Barry Dodson) knowledge and experience and the improvements that we will be making that we can compete against these teams and be successful".

-gm racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Dennis Setzer , Steve Kinser