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Phoenix, AZ - After running among the top-3 for most of the Chevy Trucks 150 at the Phoenix International Raceway, Dennis Setzer driver of the ...

Phoenix, AZ - After running among the top-3 for most of the Chevy Trucks 150 at the Phoenix International Raceway, Dennis Setzer driver of the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, cut down a right front tire, slamming the turn one wall ending his afternoon.

Setzer started the race in the fourth position and quickly showed his strength running among the top-5. By lap 45 Setzer had moved into the third position and pitted on lap 60 for right side tires and fuel. After only 12 laps of green flag racing, crew chief Danny Gill made the decision to pit on lap 72 for left side tires, topping the truck off for the final dash to the finish.

On lap 105 while passing on the outside of the damaged truck of Ricky Hendrick, Setzer's #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet cut a right front tire breaking hard to the right, hitting the turn one wall.

"We must of run over something coming down the front stretch," said Setzer. "Going down into turn one the truck cut hard to the right and I hit the outside retaining wall pretty hard. It's a shame because the Morgan/Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet was running great, I think we had a legitimate shot at victory lane."

The 29th place finish was the team's lowest finish since the March event at Mesa Marin raceway when Setzer crashed into the turn two wall finishing 31st. Through 23 Craftsman Truck Series events Setzer sits eighth in series points with one win, two poles, 7 top-5 and 14 top-10 finishes.

"We have had a great season, considering the challenges we have had to face," Setzer explained. "This team changed manufacturers, drivers and crew chiefs in a relatively short period of time. We have proved that we are a championship caliber race team and I look forward to making a run at it in 2002."

The season finale for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is the Auto Club 200 from the California Speedway Saturday, November 3 rd. Green Flag coverage can be seen on ESPN starting 4:30 p.m. EST. A live radio broadcast can be found on MRN beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST.

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