Dennis Setzer Scores Second Superspeedway Win of 2004 at Texas, Chevrolet Takes Over Manufacturer Point Lead
Ft. Worth, TEXAS June 11, 2004 -- Dennis Setzer became just the second driver to score multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Setzer, the series point leader, scored his second win of the season five years to the day of his first win at TMS.
Setzer started the race in fourth position, which tied the best start of the year for the driver of the #46 Chevrolet Silverado. He led three times for a total of 13 laps, including the last five. The winning pass came after Setzer had run Ted Musgrave down over the last 32 laps following the final pit stop.
Leader, Ted Musgrave, made his final pit stop on lap 131, just four laps before Setzer's last stop. Both stops came under the green flag. Musgrave took only right side tires while Setzer took on four. Setzer began his chase about 10 seconds behind Musgrave, but cut the lead in half in just 15 laps. Dennis took the lead for good on lap 163 of 167. It was his 12th career win in the truck series. The winning margin of 11.817 seconds is the series' widest at TMS. The previous widest was 4.669 seconds (Jack Sprague over Brendan Gaughan in 2001's spring race).
"This is great team effort for our Silverado team," said Setzer after the race. "Silverado has won more driver and manufacturer championships than anyone else in this series. With Chevrolet and Silverado on board as our sponsor and all the support we get in engineering and technology, it is definitely an honor to bring this Silverado to victory lane. Danny (Gill, crew chief) made all the right calls tonight. We have RCR motors and the whole package it paying off for our team, Chevrolet and the Silverado brand."
Jack Sprague, driver of the #16 Chevy Trucks Silverado this year, made up more ground in the race than any other driver. Sprague who started 23rd rallied for his third top-five finish of the year. "I am so proud of Dave (Fuge, team manager), Chris (Showalter, crew chief) and all the Chevy Trucks Silverado guys," said Sprague after the race. "By the end of the race, we were fast. The truck was perfect, we just didn't have the track position we needed to get closer to the front but this is a great run for us because we have struggled on the bigger tracks this year so this is definitely a step in the right direction."
Dennis Setzer's point lead was increased from 20 points to 50 over Ford driver, Carl Edwards.
The next event on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series calendar is the O'Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Practice and qualifying will begin on Friday, June 18th. The race will be run on Saturday afternoon, June 19th. The race will be televised live on SPEED at 3:00 EDT.
Track: Texas Motor Speedway, 1.5 mile quad - oval
Winner: Dennis Setzer, Chevrolet Silverado, CHEVROLET
Victory: 11.817 seconds Average Speed: 148.949 mph
Pole: Ted Musgrave/#1 MOPAR DODGE
1. Dennis Setzer/CHEVROLET, 167
2. Ted Musgrave/DODGE, 167
3. David Reutimann/TOYOTA, 167
4. Jack Sprague/CHEVROLET, 167
5. Chad Chaffin/DODGE, 167
Other Chevrolet results:
8. Matt Crafton/CHEVROLET, 167
14. Shane Sieg/CHEVROLET, 166
16. Tracy Hines/CHEVROLET, 165
18. Ken Weaver/CHEVROLET, 164
26. Shane Hmiel/CHEVROLET, 101
29. David Starr/CHEVROLET, 31
30. Kelly Sutton/CHEVROLET, 30 (Accident)
31. Johnny Chapman/CHEVROLET, 24 (Clutch)
33. Phil Bonifield/CHEVROLET, 6 (Engine)
34. Loni Richardson/CHEVROLET, 2 (Rear End)
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (Unofficial after 7 of 25 events) Driver/Make/Points (victories in parentheses)
1. Dennis Setzer/CHEVROLET, 1109 (2)
2. Carl Edwards/FORD, 1059 (1)
3. Rick Crawford/FORD, 986 (1)
4. Mike Skinner/TOYOTA, 982 (0)
5. Bobby Hamilton/DODGE, 946 (1)
Manufacturer/Points (victories in parentheses)
1. CHEVROLET, 44 (3)
2. FORD, 42 (2)
3. DODGE, 37 (2)
4. TOYOTA, 31 (0)
June 19, 2004, O'Reilly 200 -- Memphis Motorsports Park
200 Laps/150 miles
TV: SPEED Channel (live), 2:00 PM CDT