Setzer Darlington pre-race report

"Darlington is a tough track to adjust to for a driver if you have never been here before," Setzer said. "It's real tricky because at most tracks the bottom groove is the fastest way around, but at Darlington you want to be right up against the...

"Darlington is a tough track to adjust to for a driver if you have never been here before," Setzer said. "It's real tricky because at most tracks the bottom groove is the fastest way around, but at Darlington you want to be right up against the wall to be fast. It will be very intimidating for some of the guys that have never raced here before."

Setzer has experience in NASCAR's top levels at Darlington. He has one Winston Cup Series start and has seven Busch starts with one-top-ten to his credit coming in the Busch Grand National Series.

"I think that experience is going to really help setting up the truck. We don't have nearly as much experience to draw from as say Musgrave or Hamilton, but I know a thing or two about getting around here," he stated. "You have to respect this place, it's not a track where you go out and race the trucks around you, you have to concentrate more on racing the track, because those walls come in a hurry and you have to be careful or you'll end up in one of them."

The team had it's best finish of the 2001 season last weekend at the Gateway International Raceway and is riding a ninth place result to Darlington. Backed by new crew chief Danny Gill the team is hoping to back that run up with a top-five finish or better.

Setzer Hopes for Darlington

"We're learning how to work with each other, the guys in the shop are really ready to learn and that is key in getting this thing in the right direction," said Gill. "We had only worked together for a week, and to go to Gateway and get a top-ten was very impressive. I think with Dennis's knowledge at Darlington we can better on our ninth place result."

In the trucks first visit to Darlington in November for testing, Setzer announced his move to the Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team. He proved the move was well warranted, as he was the second fastest truck in the test session, with only Winston Cup Veteran Bobby Hamilton being faster.

"We were fast in testing here, the truck we have this weekend is the same truck as the test and the first Chevrolet that Morgan/Dollar Motorsports has ever built. That was also the first time I ever drove for the team. To be that fast right out of the box was impressive, I know we will have something for these guys here at Darlington."

With Setzer's experience and the addition of new crew chief Danny Gill look for the Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team to be among the front-runners at the Darlington Raceway.

The #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet will take the green flag for the Darlington 200 at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, May 12th with live television coverage on ESPN and a live radio broadcast on MRN affiliates.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton