Setzer Looks for Strong End to Successful 2001 Season
Fontana, CA - As the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season comes to a close this Saturday at the California Speedway for the running of the Auto Club 200, Dennis Setzer and the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet team are looking to score one more victory before the long cold winter sets in.
"Were hoping to make the winter break a little more enjoyable for everyone involved at Morgan/Dollar Motorsports," said Setzer. "It's a moral booster for the guys in the shop if you end the season on a high note. Our jobs do not end when the checkered flag falls in California, we will be testing, building new equipment and retooling for Speedweeks in February. It's a never ending process."
Setzer has three starts at the two-mile California superspeedway with his best appearance coming in 2000 starting in the fourth position and finishing 11th. In the '99 season finale, Setzer was a leading contender in one of the tightest point's battles in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history. He arrived in Fontana just 25-points behind leader Greg Biffle - but finished 29th, having been collected in an early accident in the fourth turn.
"I was in a position to win the championship in`99," said Setzer. "I got involved in an early accident that ended our hopes. This year I'm not fighting for the championship, but am locked in a point's battle with Terry Cook and Rick Crawford for seventh through ninth place. We really need a solid finish to end this year as best we can."
2001 has been a breakthrough year for Setzer's Oklahoma based Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team. The team welcomed not only Setzer this season, but crew chief Danny Gill and a new manufacturer in Chevrolet. Through 23 events the team has a victory (Memphis), 2 poles (Kansas and Richmond), 7 top-five and 14 top-ten finishes.
"This season was a learning year for everyone at Morgan/Dollar Motorsports," explained Setzer. "We started off slower than expected having some troubles the first four races of the year, but won only 10 events into the season. I'm very impressed with what owners David Dollar and Rob Morgan have put together and am glad to have been a part of it. With what we were able to accomplish in such a short time in 2001, I am very excited about our chances for a championship run next year."
The Auto Club 200 at the California Speedway, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2001 season finale can be seen on ESPN Saturday starting at 4:30 p.m. EST. A live radio broadcast can be heard on MRN Radio beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST.