Setzer Battles to Finish 15th in Nazareth NAZARETH, PA -Dennis Setzer driver of the ...
Setzer Battles to Finish 15th in Nazareth
NAZARETH, PA -Dennis Setzer driver of the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet has been among the most consistent drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series until Sunday, when he suffered problems at the Nazareth Speedway during the running of the Chevy Silverado 200.
After a hero like performance in 2000, winning with a broken shoulder blade, Setzer started this year's event from the seventh position, experiencing a vibration on the seventh lap of the event. Setzer radioed in to his Morgan/Dollar Motorsports crew that he had developed a serious vibration and On lap 37 crew chief Danny Gill made the call to pit under green flag conditions to evaluate the problem.
"The truck began vibrating every time I would drive into the corner," said Setzer. "By lap 33, Biffle put us down a lap and Danny made the call to pit for right side tires, we then traced the vibration to a cracked right front wheel."
The stop put Setzer three laps down to the field placing him in 22nd position. By lap 61 Setzer had made up one of his laps and had moved up four positions to 18th. On lap 116 the team again pitted under green taking 4 tires and fuel. The stop helped Setzer's handling, as he was able to race with the leaders for the last 75 laps. With only 17 laps remaining, he passed the #43 of Carlos Contreras for 15th where he would remain until the checkered flag.
"I hated to see that problem develop early on, we had an awesome truck throughout the weekend and I felt like we had a shot at a top-5," Dennis explained. "Once we got things worked out, the truck was among the fastest on the track. Things like this happen and we'll just put this race behind us and move on to Richmond."
The finish marks the lowest finishing position for the Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team since Darlington, where they recorded a 14th. Since that time Setzer has amassed a win (Memphis), a pole (Kansas), five top-5 and 9 top-10 finishes.
"Nazareth has been the first race we have struggled with mechanical problems since Darlington," Setzer said. "Danny joined the team in St. Louis and since that time we have been good everywhere we have been. The way this Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team has run is just a testament to how hard these guys are working."
The next race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is the Kroger 200 under the lights at the Richmond International Speedway Thursday night with green flag coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN.