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Team Silverado Takes Momentum of Winning Sixth NCTS Manufacturers Title to Texas Dennis Setzer and Mike Bliss Sport Special Paint Schemes * Chevrolet Silverado clinched sixth NCTS manufacturer championship with Kyle Busch victory at Atlanta...

Team Silverado Takes Momentum of Winning Sixth NCTS Manufacturers Title to Texas

Dennis Setzer and Mike Bliss Sport Special Paint Schemes

* Chevrolet Silverado clinched sixth NCTS manufacturer championship with Kyle Busch victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado
    o The victory was the 10th of the season for Silverado

* Dennis Setzer (No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado) is only four-time NCTS winner this season - Michigan, Milwaukee, Kentucky and IRP

* Setzer sits second in the 2005 NCTS championship chase, just 51 points from the lead

* In 14 previous starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Setzer has two wins, six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes

* 2002 NCTS champion Mike Bliss makes his second appearance in the No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado
    o Has won two poles in previous NCTS events at TMS

* Ron Hornaday has one victory thus far in 2005 - Atlanta (March)
    o The two-time NCTS champion finished sixth in the Spring, 2005 TMS NCTS race

* Texas native David Starr is looking for his first hometown win in the No. 75 Spears Silverado
    o In 14 previous TMS starts, he has scored five top-five and seven top-10 finishes

* Aric Almirola will make his fourth start in the No. 47 Chevrolet Silverado as Setzer's teammate

* Kyle Busch and the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports team are looking to capture their fourth win of the season and score back-to-back victories for the second time in 2005

* Setzer will have a special paint scheme at TMS featuring the new Allison 1000 transmission with six-speed performance and Range Selection Mode

* Bliss will have a special paint scheme at TMS featuring the new 2006 Duramax 6600 Turbodiesel with class-leading torque

FT. WORTH, TX - Chevrolet Team Silverado comes to Texas Motor Speedway for the Silverado 350K riding high on momentum after clinching its sixth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) manufacturers championship when the checkered flag flew for Kyle Busch at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

As the 11th NCTS season is just three races from conclusion, Chevrolet Silverado has collected 10 victories in 22 races thus far this season on the way to capturing the manufacturers title. Five teams and drivers have contributed to the 2005 success of Silverado including: Dennis Setzer, No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado (4); Kyle Busch, No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado (3); Ron Hornaday, NO. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado (1); Bobby Labonte, No. 47 Chevrolet All Star Silverado (1) and Jack Sprague, No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado (1).

"Chevrolet is proud to be the winningest name in racing," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet General Manager. "Our continued dominating performance in NASCAR is the result of many hours of hard work and dedication from all the men and women on our Chevy race teams. A strong on-on track performance by our Silverado race teams helps to generate the same strong performance in the marketplace. We are pleased with everyone's efforts to keep the Chevy bowtie out front on and off the track."

Chevrolet Silverado has won 45.5% of the possible 264 NCTS races run since the series' inception with 110 victories to date. Chevrolet Silverado drivers have won eight of the 10 possible NCTS driver championships.

"I am very pleased that all of us involved in the Team Silverado program were able to deliver the NCTS manufacturers championship to Chevrolet," said Setzer. "There has been a great deal of work by many people to give us the advantages we have in our Silverado race trucks. I am very proud to be a part of the Silverado program."

The 2005 NCTS championship battle continues to be close with Setzer sitting just 51 points out of the lead. A trip to the Lone Star State could be just what Setzer and his Morgan Dollar Motorsports team needs. The Newton, NC native's record at TMS speaks for itself, in previous NCTS 14 starts, he has two wins, six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Another trip to victory lane would go a long way in cutting the deficit down.

While Setzer has been battling for the title, Hornaday has been quietly sneaking up and currently sits third in points, 223 off the top spot. The two-time NCTS champion and all-time series race winner is still looking for his first trip to victory lane in Texas.

Almirola will team with Setzer for the fourth time in 2005 behind the wheel of the No. 47 Chevrolet Silverado. The young driver has scored two top-10 finishes in his three previous NCTS starts but faces a fast 1.5 mile tri-oval for the first time.

Texas born Starr has yet to take a trip to victory lane in his home state. Starr has 14 previous NCTS starts at TMS and has scored five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Starr is a part-time instructor at the driving school operated by his Uncle at the track.

Busch will be looking to back up his Atlanta win with another trip to victory lane at Texas. If the youngster pulls it off, it will be the second time this season he has scored back-to-back NCTS wins, the first being Charlotte and Dover.

A special paint scheme on the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Setzer at TMS will showcase the new Allison 1000 transmission with six-speed performance and Range Selection Mode.

The Allison 1000 transmission grows from a five-speed automatic to a first-in-class six-speed automatic for the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD trucks equipped with the Duramax 6600 6.6L V-8 diesel or Vortec 8100 8.1L V-8. Also new for 2006, the Allison 1000 six-speed features a class-first tap-shift range selection function, as well as offering enhanced fuel mileage, quietness and control. The range selection function allows the driver to easily select the desired gears to match driving conditions, such as towing a trailer on a steep grade.

The No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado driven by Bliss will showcase the upcoming introduction of the new 2006 Duramax 6600 Turbodiesel with class-leading torque, also with a paint scheme especially designed for this event.

Later this year, GM Powertrain will introduce a new 6.6L Duramax 6600 Turbodiesel V-8 (RPO LBZ) for the 2006 model year Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD with class-leading horsepower - 360 (268 kw) at 3200 rpm and class-leading torque, at 650 lb.-ft. (881 Nm) at 1600 rpm. In addition to the power increase in the Silverado and Sierra, all 2006 Duramax engines have been significantly revised to deliver lower emissions and significantly improved quietness and smoothness in every application.

The first practice for the Silverado 350K is scheduled to begin Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CST. Final practice will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Qualifying will be held at 7:00 p.m. CST on Thursday evening and the final field of trucks impounded until the scheduled race start at 8:15 p.m. CST Friday evening. Live television coverage of the 147-lap/ 220.5-mile/350K race will be provided by SPEED Channel with MRN and XM Satellite bringing the race live on the airwaves.

TEAM SILVERADO DRIVER QUOTES

DRIVER: DENNIS SETZER
TEAM: No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado

QUOTES: "Texas has been a good track for me over the years. I have two wins there and really love the track and the facility. The second Texas race is always very important to the championship because of when it is. Texas has been for a long time, one of the final races of the year. This will be an important race and could be very interesting to see how it turns out for us. Ted (Musgrave) has dominated this race several times but has never won it. We have never dominated at Texas, but I have two wins. We finished third here in the spring, but that was mostly a fuel mileage deal.

Texas Motor Speedway is a fantastic facility with great racing. I am especially excited that this will be a night race. The night races have been good to me, and we really haven't run well here in the day. We tested our Chevrolet Silverado here a few weeks ago in the sun and it was a hundred degrees and we weren't very good. So maybe a nice cool night will be better for our setup. The track surface here is peaking. The cooler temperatures will give the tires more grip and the motors more horsepower, so it's going to be a good race. You have to set your truck up to have lots of sidebite to enable the driver to keep the throttle wide open all the way around. The teams that do that will be fast."

DRIVER: MIKE BLISS
TEAM: No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Chevy Trucks Silverado

QUOTES: "I am so disappointed about how our race ended up in Atlanta. We had a good truck. So I am hoping to run more than one race of the Texas race.

"Both this Xpress Motorsports team and myself need to get a very good qualifying run and race finish under our belts. We just need some good luck to get us headed in the right direction.

"This Chevy Trucks Silverado team is capable of winning races and championships, we just need some good luck.

"Texas has really matured into a good race track. It is a fun place to race. I am looking forward to the truck race down there. I have had a couple of poles in the truck series there but haven't won there yet. But I do enjoy racing at there. But as I said before, we just really need a solid weekend for the everyone involved on the this team."

DRIVER: DAVID STARR
TEAM: No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado

QUOTES: "It's great to come home to race and Texas Motor Speedway is just an awesome place to run our Spears Chevy Silverado. I love all the tracks we go to, but Texas is home and my favorite. I have actually logged more laps on this track than any other. My Uncle Mike own Team Texas High Performance School of Driving and whenever I can, I teach at the track so I'm extremely familiar and comfortable.

"The fans are incredible at Texas and the crowd is just huge, plus this is the one event that all my friends and family come to. Pickup trucks are really popular in Texas and that is pretty evident when you look up in the stands. The Texas fans are really into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and that makes it doubly exciting.

"I view every race as a new opportunity to win and boy would I like to grab that famous cowboy hat this weekend. We've landed on the podium in the past, but first has always eluded us. Hopefully, this weekend will see our Spears Chevy Silverado in the Number one spot."

DRIVER:  RON HORNADAY

TEAM: No. 6 Kevin Harvick, Inc. GM Goodwrench Silverado

QUOTES: "When we go to Texas this weekend we will be looking to rebound from Atlanta. We struggled and we are in need of a strong run. We ran pretty good last time we were at Texas Motor Speedway and we need to repeat that performance. There are some guys hoping that they can catch us in the championship race and it is our job to make sure that it doesn't happen. Our goal is to get the GM Goodwrench Silverado back to victory lane before the season is over and Texas is a place that we feel we can accomplish that."

DRIVER: ARIC ALMIROLA
TEAM: No. 47 Morgan Dollar Motorsports Silverado

QUOTES: "I am really excited to have another opportunity to race the No. 47 Silverado for Morgan Dollar Motorsports. I am looking forward to working with Randy Goss and all of the guys again. It is pretty cool to be driving a Silverado in the Silverado sponsored race at Texas.

"We had two top-10 runs my last two races with the team so I really want to focus on bringing home a top-five from Texas. But, this is my first-ever race on a fast 1.5 mile track. The team ran really well at Atlanta so we have good notes to work from. I am excited, I am ready to get back in the truck and go racing."

DRIVER: KYLE BUSCH
TEAM: No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado

QUOTES: "Its going to be a full weekend because I am running in all three series. I ran a truck race there in 2001 and qualified third. Rick Crawford was in front of me and a couple lapped trucks slowed me up - I got pinched up off of turn four and Ricky Hendrick was behind me. He got along side of me to pass me and took all the air off of my spoiler and I ended up spinning out and wrecking. I had a great run there and I am looking forward to getting back there and running somewhat like we did at Lowe's Motor Speedway when we won in the No. 15 Silverado."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Labonte , David Starr , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ricky Hendrick , Dennis Setzer , Mike Bliss , Aric Almirola , Kyle Busch