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Phoenix, AZ - As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series prepares to head to the Phoenix International Raceway for the Chevy Silverado 150, driver Dennis Setzer is working on turning desert successes with his former team into triumph for the ...

Phoenix, AZ - As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series prepares to head to the Phoenix International Raceway for the Chevy Silverado 150, driver Dennis Setzer is working on turning desert successes with his former team into triumph for the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet.

Setzer has paced the 1-mile oval three times in his Craftsman Truck Series career with three top-10 finishes, including one top-5 in `99 and two sixth place finishes in `98 and '00. This will be his first time on the oval with the Chevrolet team backing him up - and with a year of solid finishes behind him, he's on track to repeat history.

"I have had a decent amount of success in Phoenix," said Setzer. "The best year had to be '98 when we started 33rd and worked our way to sixth. I have always been able to get around the unique layout and I am looking forward to racing here with Danny Gill and the Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team."

In 2001, Setzer made the move to the Hennessey, Okla. based Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team, which in only its fourth season of operation has grown to be a top-contender each week.

"Owners Rob Morgan and David Dollar worked hard to build a solid foundation for this team," Setzer explained. "I was given the opportunity to drive this season and we have had a great deal of success. To see where we have come in 22 races is amazing; I honestly don't think there is a team in this garage that has come as far as Morgan/Dollar Motorsports has in 2001. These guys are dedicated to winning and bringing home a championship and I'm glad that I was given the opportunity to become a part of it."

On the other side of this potent combination is crew chief Danny Gill. Gill helped Joe Ruttman capture the pole and the victory in last year's Chevy Trucks NASCAR 150 at the Phoenix International Raceway. Ruttman's pole winning run stands as the Phoenix track qualifying record for the Craftsman Truck Series at a speed of 129.204 mph. Ruttman went on to lead 99 of the races 150 laps enroute to his first victory of the season and first ever for Bobby Hamilton Racing.

Danny has been at the heart of many firsts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for two of the series premier organizations. At Bobby Hamilton Racing he helped score the team and sponsor Dana's first ever win (Phoenix) and pole (Daytona). In May of 2001, he joined the Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team wracking up equally impressive results. Through 18 races with the team they have a win (Memphis), 2 poles (Richmond and Kansas City), 7 top-5 and 14 top-10 finishes.

"I have been very fortunate to be in situations where I have been able to help teams reach the highest level," said Gill. "Last year in Phoenix with Ruttman we were the head of the field. We broke the track record in qualifying, led the most laps and then won Bobby Hamilton's first truck race. This year I got the opportunity to be a part Morgan/Dollar Motorsports first ever victory. I've been lucky. This team has developed rapidly with Dennis Setzer and Chevrolet and I am excited about the future."

If Setzer and Gill's desert luck continues, Morgan/Dollar Motorsports could be sharing in another first this weekend, the team's second victory. Green flag coverage of the Chevy Silverado 150 at the Phoenix International Speedway Friday, October 26 can be seen on ESPN starting at 6:30 EST, with a live radio broadcast on MRN beginning at 6:00 p.m. EST.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Dennis Setzer , Joe Ruttman , Rob Morgan