Chevrolet Team Silverado To Tackle Dover 'Monster Mile' Tony Stewart to Pilot No. 47 Chevrolet Morgan Dollar Motorsports Silverado DOVER, DE -- Chevrolet Team Silverado drivers are set to tackle Dover's "Monster Mile" in MBNA RacePoints 200....
Chevrolet Team Silverado To Tackle Dover 'Monster Mile'
Tony Stewart to Pilot No. 47 Chevrolet Morgan Dollar Motorsports Silverado
DOVER, DE -- Chevrolet Team Silverado drivers are set to tackle Dover's "Monster Mile" in MBNA RacePoints 200. The June 3rd event is the eighth of the 25-race 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
Dennis Setzer, Jack Sprague, Ron Hornaday and David Starr will be joined by 2002 NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart for the Dover weekend. Stewart will drive the No. 47 Morgan Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado for the second time in 2005.
Stewart has unfinished business after a crowd-pleasing run at Charlotte from his back-of-the-field starting position to the top-10 ended with mechanical problems on lap 65 of the scheduled 134-lap race. The Indiana native was forced to start from the back after an engine change negated his 19th place qualifying effort. The mechanical issue surfaced during practice and qualifying and despite the best efforts of the Randy Goss led team, they resurfaced during the race sidelining Stewart.
"We had a problem yesterday with a surge and missed most of the second practice chasing the problem", Stewart said after the race. "Randy Goss (crew chief) and all the guys on the No. 47 team worked so hard, I wish you could have seen how hard they worked on this truck. They changed every single fuel line; all the electrical and finally the motor but it came back on the third lap of the race tonight and just kept getting worse.
"I love running this truck series. I got a couple wins with Andy Petree at Richmond and had a good run last fall with this team and finished third. This is a great series to race, you really get to race I look forward to coming back and racing for these guys again."
Dennis Setzer is coming off his seventh place finish at Charlotte and currently sits fifth in the 2005 NCTS championship point battle. In 2004, Setzer and his No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado finished a disappointing 18th at Dover after running in the top-10 all day. A rear tire problem during a pit stop put the 2004 NCTS championship runner-up back in the field and ill-timed caution periods ended his chances to make it back to the front of the field.
Jack Sprague and the No. 16 Chevy Trucks team head to Dover after a disappointing finish at Charlotte. The three-time NCTS champion was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and sustained damage in an accident that put him behind the wall for 25 laps. Sprague finished ninth at the Monster Mile in 2004. He currently sits 10th in the NCTS point standings.
Ron Hornaday will make his first run on the famed Delaware one-mile track in the No. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado this weekend but the two-time NCTS champion is no stranger to the place. In nine NASCAR Busch Series starts, Hornaday has four top-10 finishes. He rides sixth in the 2005 NCTS point standings, just 158 points behind the leader.
David Starr brings the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado to Dover hoping to improve his eighth-place 2004 Dover finish. The Texas native ran in the top-10 all day with a very strong truck but a green-flag stop followed by a yellow flag sent him deep in the field and he had to battle his way back toward the front. Starr is coming off a 19th place finish at Charlotte and rides 12th in the standings.
Practice for the MBNA RacePoints 200 will begin on Thursday June 2, 2005 with one session from 11:30 a.m. -- 12:40 p.m. and the final session set for 1:00 p.m. -- 1:45 p.m. Qualifying is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. Trucks impounded after qualifying. The race will take the green flag at 4:45 p.m EDT on Friday, June 3. The 200lap/200-mile race will have live flag-to-flag television coverage provided by SPEED. The race can also be heard on MRN Radio as well as XM Satellite Radio.