Setzer 'Dodged' consistency demons By Brett Borden SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 9, 1999) Dennis Setzer worst finish in the 1999 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season came in the opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, when he finished 34th. His second ...
Setzer 'Dodged' consistency demons By Brett Borden
SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 9, 1999) Dennis Setzer worst finish in the 1999 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season came in the opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, when he finished 34th. His second worst came in the season finale at California Speedway, where he placed 29th. In between, he was perhaps the best driver on the circuit.
Setzer finished 108 points off the pace set by points champion Jack Sprague. He matched Sprague with three victories and 19 top-10s, but only 11 of those top-10s were top-5s, compared to 16 for Sprague. Setzer was able to stay with Sprague in the points by showing unmatched consistency.
"1999 was a great season for myself, for K Automotive and for Dodge," Setzer said. "We were able to contend for the championship at the final race of the season and we ran consistent enough throughout the season to come from last in the points after the first race to third at the end.
"I think that says a lot about this race team. The guys have worked hard all year and it shows. There was not one mechanical failure on the Mopar Dodge in 1999."
Setzer will be one of the favorites to win the championship in the NASCAR 2000 season. And that is quite an achievement for a driver who in 1998 was known more or less as a substitute driver in NASCAR's top divisions. Setzer says that the work Dodge's teams put in last offseason came to fruition throughout the campaign.
"Dodge also worked hard in 1999 to make sure that they had trucks that were in contention week after week," said the driver of the No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge. "And the statistics from this season prove that it worked. I had three wins this season and Jimmy (Hensley) had one. That is twice as many for Dodge from past seasons. And we had several trucks starting and finishing in the top-10 each week."
More often than not, one of those Dodges had Setzer behind the wheel. But he wasn't behind too many other things. Setzer could be the '1' to watch next season.