Handling Problems Hamper Setzer at Texas Ft. Worth, TX - Coming into the Silverado 350K, Dennis Setzer and his ...
Handling Problems Hamper Setzer at Texas
Ft. Worth, TX - Coming into the Silverado 350K, Dennis Setzer and his #46 Chevrolet Silverado teammates had visions of a repeating their win at the 1.5-mile superspeedway in June. However, Dennis fought an ill-handling truck for most of the 146-lap event, and would come home in eighth position.
Setzer, who also qualified eighth and finished eighth in this event last year, was hoping to slice into Bobby Hamilton's championship point lead with another strong run. The team was excited about their chances given that they had won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 in the spring Texas Motor Speedway.
At the drop of the green flag, Setzer's #46 Silverado fell from eighth to thirteenth. He radioed to crew chief Danny Gill that he was very loose getting into the corners and was having aerodynamic issues around other trucks.
On the first pit stop, the team made a very aggressive adjustment to the truck by moving the rear end housing one-half inch. The team had to make quick work of the change under caution in order to not fall a lap down. Also part of Setzer's handling problems was the fact that the right front tire had a belt separation and was close to coming completely apart. Setzer would restart at the rear of the field after the caution ended.
Dennis was able to make his way up through the field and a great pit stop and adjustment by the team at lap 100, put him up to 12th place. Dennis was able to move into the top-ten on the next few laps. However, a vicious crash behind him would bring out the red flag. On the restart that ensued thirty minutes later, Dennis received damage to his left front fender while racing for a position with another truck. The damage caused the truck to become very tight in the corners.
"We were a little off in our set up at the beginning of the race," said Setzer. "The team made some gains on it, but when we got the damage there with about forty to go, I just couldn't do anything with anyone in the corners. Its disappointing to come here and run like this. We were good enough to win here in the spring, but today we just couldn't get this Chevrolet Silverado dialed in the way we needed to."
The #46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports team lost a little more ground to Bobby Hamilton in today's race. Setzer now resides 79 points out of the overall lead. There is good news on the horizon for the Silverado team. The next race on the schedule is Martinsville Speedway, a place that Setzer has dominated over the last few years. Setzer has two wins in the last four races at the speedway and four top-three finishes altogether including a second-place finish in April of this year. The race will be held on Saturday, October 23rd at 1:00 pm EDT and will be shown live on the SPEED Channel and can be heard on MRN starting at 12:30 pm EDT.