Daytona: Dennis Setzer race recap

Setzer Snake-bit Again in Daytona Daytona Beach, FL - Driver, Dennis Setzer just can't catch a break when it comes to enjoying success at Daytona. Once again a mechanical fluke wiped out a potential win and good run by the veteran driver who has...

Setzer Snake-bit Again in Daytona

Daytona Beach, FL - Driver, Dennis Setzer just can't catch a break when it comes to enjoying success at Daytona. Once again a mechanical fluke wiped out a potential win and good run by the veteran driver who has had just about everything from a broken window net to a blown tire prevent him from prevailing on the largest stage a stock car professional can have. An engine failure at lap 32 of the 100-lap Daytona 250 ended a strong run for Setzer for the second straight year.

Morgan-Dollar Motorsports and the #46 ACXIOM/Computer Associates Chevrolet also suffered another Daytona disappointment as the team failed to take the checkered flag for the third straight year. In the inaugural truck race in 2000, driver/owner Rob Morgan was involved in the horrifying multi-car crash that took out 13 trucks as well as the catch fence in the tri-oval. Last season with Setzer behind the wheel, and running in fourth place, the motor seized up with just 20 laps to go.

"We had an awesome truck here today. I could go to the front of the pack any time I wanted, it just drove so well in traffic. I'm disappointed, but I'm more disappointed for the guys because they have worked so hard to get here and to run well. Everything was in place, we even had the #32 Winston Cup team pitting the truck," stated Setzer.

Morgan-Dollar Motorsports accepted the offer by the Mike Beam pit crew for driver Ricky Craven to pit for Setzer and the #46 team in the season's first race. "We have had a very busy off-season and unfortunately pit practice has not been at the top of our priority list. Because of rules changes, we were also facing four-tire stops and we wanted to give Dennis the best shot to win this thing," stated team co-owner, David Dollar. The team put together a Grand American Road Racing team in five weeks and had to not only prepare for fielding a car for the Rolex 24 At Daytona that was run two weeks ago, but had to deal with a major ice storm that knocked power out at the team's Oklahoma shop for almost three weeks.

The team would have to settle for a heartbreaking 34th-place finish and will now have almost a month to get back on the track and prove just how good they will be in 2002. The team's next race will be held on March 15th at Darlington.

-mdm-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ricky Craven , Dennis Setzer , Rob Morgan