DENNIS SETZER AND NO. 46 MORGAN-DOLLAR MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET SILVERADO TEAM READIES FOR FINAL RACES OF 2005 SEASON NO SEVENTH-INNING STRETCH AS TESTING ON DECK FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER Statesville, NC -- With three weeks off between the Las ...
DENNIS SETZER AND NO. 46 MORGAN-DOLLAR MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET SILVERADO
TEAM READIES FOR FINAL RACES OF 2005 SEASON
NO SEVENTH-INNING STRETCH AS TESTING ON DECK FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER
Statesville, NC -- With three weeks off between the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race and the first race in the string of the final five of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2005 season, one might think that a team would take a seventh inning stretch to regroup, relax and then get ready for the October 22nd race at Martinsville Speedway.
But at Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado team has a no such plans. After what the team described as a disappointing 14th place finish in the Las Vegas 350 and with two more 1.5-mile track races on the schedule, the team is digging in its cleats to find the secret that will take them back to victory lane and remain on top of the NCTS point standings.
"Las Vegas was a really tough night for the whole No. 46 Silverado team," said driver Dennis Setzer. "We couldn't get any grip on the first long run of the race. That got us down a lap and we really never were able to make that up. Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and the guys made some adjustments to get us a little better but we still weren't where we needed to be. The tires we had there would really fall off bad after about forty laps. Then you just had to be smart about picking your spots.
"But this Morgan-Dollar team is more determined than ever to get our Chevrolet Silverado back in victory lane. We are testing this week at Texas Motor Speedway. We have had some pretty good runs there over the years so we know what we need to have under the truck to be fast. Then we are going to follow up with a test at Phoenix."Our next race is at Martinsville, my favorite track," Setzer continued. "We have gotten a of couple wins there and had some great finishes over the years. I know Eric and the crew will have us a good truck right out of the box so I am excited to get there and race hard."
Earlier this year, Tony Stewart described Setzer as "the greatest short-track racer in NASCAR". The validity of that statement is clear when you look at Setzer's Martinsville NCTS stats. In 11 starts, he has two wins, six top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes. He has completed 95% of the possible race laps and led 305 laps at the flat half-mile Virginia oval.
The Newton, NC native is no slouch at Texas Motor Speedway either. In 14 starts, Setzer has two victories, six top-five finishes and 11 top-10 runs to his credit. He finished third in the June 2005 race.
"Our testing at Texas will give us a good basic starting point for our Atlanta truck," Setzer explained. "The tracks are similar enough for to utilize the information we gain. We had a good fourth place run at Atlanta at the spring race so we have that information to work from as well.
"Where we stand to gain the most improvement is testing at Phoenix.JNeither there nor Homestead have been tracks where we have been stellar in the past so testing for those races is critical for us to be where we need to be, first to win the race and then to stay on top of the standings. We know this championship is ours to win and it is something that every member of this Chevrolet Silverado team is determined to accomplish. We are focusing on each race with the goal to go in and race for the win. If we do that, the points will take care of themselves."
Practice for the Kroger 200 October 22, 2005 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for two hours and fifteen minutes beginning at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, October 2. Qualifying will be held at 4:45 PM EDT and the final field of trucks impounded until the scheduled race start at 1:15 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 22, 2005. Live television coverage of the 200-lap/ 105.2-mile race will be provided by SPEED Channel with MRN and XM Satellite bringing the race live on the airwaves.