Milwaukee: GM Racing preview

Silverado has Won Five of Last Seven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Races Milwaukee, WI - Dennis Setzer's victory behind the wheel of the No. 46 Chevrolet Z71 Silverado at Michigan International Speedway was the fourth consecutive win for...

Silverado has Won Five of Last Seven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Races

Milwaukee, WI - Dennis Setzer's victory behind the wheel of the No. 46 Chevrolet Z71 Silverado at Michigan International Speedway was the fourth consecutive win for Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the sixth of the 2005 season. Bowtie drivers have won five of the last seven NCTS races, have scored four poles and put Chevrolet in the lead of the NCTS manufacturer points title chase.

Equally as important is Setzer moved to second in the NCTS driver championship point standings, just five points behind defending series champion Bobby Hamilton.

"Getting the win at Michigan was awesome for everyone involved in the Silverado program," Setzer said. "This Morgan-Dollar Motorsports organization just keeps getting better and our entire Chevrolet Silverado program is really on its game.

"With the strong commitment we have from Chevrolet Silverado brand and GM Racing, it is important for us to deliver wins, the championship and the manufacturers title to them. We have momentum on our side right now and we need to continue to capitalize on it.

"We had a solid third place finish last year at Milwaukee. We want to go there this weekend and improve that by a couple of spots."

In eight previous NCTS at the Milwaukee Mile, Setzer has scored four top-five and six top-15 finishes.

"Chassis setup is key with Milwaukee's long flat corners," said Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado program manager. "This year we have put an increased effort into our chassis engineering program which is being led by Jackie Mohrfeld. We will apply what we have learned to this week's challenge and continue to gather information to help us in the future. We are on a roll of 4 consecutive wins and are expecting nothing less this week."

Jack Sprague is no stranger to success at the Milwaukee Mile. In eight previous starts, the No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado driver has scored three poles, one win, five top-five and seven top-ten finishes. In2004, Sprague had a solid top-five run going when he suffered engine failure and retired from the race on lap 100 of the 200-lap event.

David Starr has admittedly not quite adapted to the flat one-mile oval. The driver of the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado has three previous starts with one top-ten finish. In 2004, Starr was working on another solid top-ten finish when he was caught up in an accident on lap 138 and retired from the race.

With a win in both the NCTS and the NASCAR Busch Series at the Milwaukee Mile, Ron Hornaday has definitely developed a comfort level with the flat one-mile track. Hornaday has five previous NCTS starts on "The Mile" scoring one win, four top-five and five top-10 finishes. His NBS series record is equally as impressive with six starts, one win, three top-five and five top-ten finishes.

In addition to his full-time driving duties behind the wheel of the Kevin Harvick owned No. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado, Hornaday will compete in the NBS race in the No. 32 Braun Racing Monte Carlo.

Defending NBS series champion Martin Truex, Jr. will make his first-ever NCTS behind the wheel of the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado this weekend in addition to his regular NBS duties behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

The Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 is a one-day event for the NCTS. Practice will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2005 with the first one-hour practice session. The NCTS final practice will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Qualifying for the 36-truck starting field will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with the 200-lap, 200-mile race slated to take the green flag at 8:15 p.m. CDT Friday evening. SPEED Channel will provide live television coverage starting at 3:00 p.m. with radio coverage on MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

GM Racing - Chevrolet Team Silverado
Pre-Event Notes and Quotes

DRIVER: DENNIS SETZER
TEAM: No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado

ON RACING AT MILWAUKEE MILE: ""Milwaukee is a great track for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to race at. You've really got to be on the bottom in both corners to pass. This is one of those tracks where chassis set-up is really important. This year with the new gear rule, a good chassis is really going to be important. Our team has been really good here in the past and we've had some great runs at this track. "I am also excited about running under the lights at the track again. The folks up there have done an excellent job of upgrading the track and all the facilities. The lighting is especially great and provides unbelievable vision for the drivers during the race."

DRIVER: JACK SPRAGUE
TEAM: No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Chevy Trucks Silverado

ON RACING AT MILWAUKEE MILE: "I love this track, I always have. We had an awesome Chevy Trucks Silverado last year and were headed for a strong finish until the motor let go. It has been a track that suited my driving style. It is a challenging, technical track that requires you to have a good handling package under your truck. It isn't the easiest place to pass so you have to really carefully plan how you are going to get around someone and have the power under the hood to get a good run off the corner and make your pass on the straight away. Chevrolet is on a roll right now and we need to continue to do our part to keep that momentum going. I am excited to be back at Milwaukee and see if we can't get another W for our Xpress Motorsports team and Chevrolet Silverado."

DRIVER: DAVID STARR
TEAM: No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado

ON RACING AT MILWAUKEE MILE: "The Milwaukee Mile hasn't been one of our better race tracks. Not sure why we have struggled there. It is very flat, very challenging, requires good forward bite and a good handling Chevrolet Silverado. I just haven't adapted very well to this track over the years. I had a pretty serious accident in testing there and was injured enough to have to miss four races. I don't know if that is part of it or not. In 2004 I was having a decent run when I got caught up in a wreck and hit by a spinning truck. But this No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado team has the Right Silverado and we are determined to change that this time."

DRIVER:  RON HORNADAY

TEAM: No. 6 Kevin Harvick, Inc. GM Goodwrench Silverado

ON RACING AT MILWAUKEE MILE: "The famous Milwaukee Mile. What a classic track. It is a throw back to the style of tracks that popped up all over the Midwest when racing was really taking off. It's a flat one-mile oval with really long corners. You spend almost as much time in the corners as you do on the straights. The key to Milwaukee is getting the car to stick on the bottom, and then you need the patience to wait to get back on the gas until the car has rotated through the center. A lot of drivers get back in too quickly and that will make the car push, which really hurts you off the corners. They added a new grandstand to the track, so that gave it a different look. But the track never changes and we have always been good there. This is a good opportunity for out team to get back on track. We have slipped here a little recently and we need some good fortune."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , David Starr , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Martin Truex Jr.