Team Chevy Silverado * Dennis Setzer will make his 200th NCTS at Dover International Speedway (DIS) * Wayne and Connie Spears, owner of the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado driven by Raybestos Rookie Aric Almirola, will have...
Team Chevy Silverado
* Dennis Setzer will make his 200th NCTS at Dover International Speedway (DIS)
* Wayne and Connie Spears, owner of the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado driven by Raybestos Rookie Aric Almirola, will have sole position of the record for most NCTS starts by a team, 273, when the green flag flies at DIS
* Chevrolet Silverado drivers have scored two consecutive victories in 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) competition
* Two-time Series' champion Ron Hornaday won the City of Mansfield 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway increasing his all-time victory record to 28 wins
* Kyle Busch captured the Quaker Steak and Lube 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year § Busch won NCTS race at DIS in 2005 and will be back to defend his victory behind the wheel of a Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado
* Chevrolet Silverado has won six of the 11 NCTS Manufacturer's Championships
* Silverado drivers have won eight of the 11 possible Series' Driver Championships
* Silverado drivers have won more races than any other brand - 121 of 273 (1995-Present)
Dover, DE - Milestones are the theme of the weekend as Team Chevy Silverado unloads for the AAA Insurance 200 at the Dover International Speedway (DIS) in Dover, DE.
Dennis Setzer, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, will make his 200th start in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) competition. The landmark start will place Setzer in an elite group with three other drivers in the 200-plus category.
The Newton, NC native made his first appearance in the NCTS at The Milwaukee Mile in 1995 - a race he almost won with a great battle to the checkered flag. Setzer joined the Series full-time in 1998. Since that time, he has scored 16 wins in 183 consecutive starts and finished in the runner-up position a record three times in the season-ending championship standings. He is the only NCTS driver to win a race in eight consecutive seasons.
When Raybestos Rookie contender Aric Almirola takes the green flag in the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, Wayne and Connie Spears will hold the Series' record at 273 starts (275 possible) as team owners in NCTS competition.
The Spears have been responsible for launching the NASCAR careers for several of the current stars whose roots are California grounded including Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Silverado, and Kevin Harvick, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) and NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) star.
The excitement of back-to-back wins for Silverado drivers at Charlotte and Mansfield has also generated momentum for the teams. Hornaday is coming off a dominating win at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway where he led 131 of 250 laps.
Both Almirola and Hornaday will compete in the NCTS and NBS races at DIS. It will be Almirola's second start in the NBS behind the wheel of his Joe Gibbs Racing Monte Carlo SS.
Kyle Busch, No. 51 National Land Liquidations/B& G General Store/Peavey Electronics Silverado for Billy Ballew Motorsports, brought home the win at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The win was his second consecutive victory in the May NCTS event at Charlotte. Busch returns to DIS to defend his 2005 NCTS victory at the "Monster Mile". The young driver will have a busy weekend competing in all-three NASCAR events, all behind the wheel of a Chevrolet.
"We are looking forward to another trip to Dover, " said Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado program manager. "I know that Ron Hornaday would like to go back-to-back following last weeks win in Mansfield. He was very good last year in Dover. I expect he will be strong again. Kyle Busch will be trying to repeat his repeat of year over year wins. After back-to-back wins in Charlotte I have no doubt he and Ritchie Wauters are capable of another win in Dover as well. Our entire camp has really been picking up the pace. I am sure it will be another very competitive race. As we have seen all year there are no longer any easy days in the Craftsman truck series."
The 200-lap/200-mile AAA Insurance 200 on Friday will be race number eight of the 25-race 2006 NCTS schedule.
Practice will begin on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. EDT with final practice scheduled to conclude at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Qualifying will be held Friday morning at 10:15 a.m. EDT after which the 36-truck starting field will be impounded until the 4:45 p.m. EDT scheduled race start time.
MRN and XM Satellite Radio will bring live broadcast coverage to fans. SPEED TV coverage will be tape-delayed with a scheduled broadcast time of 8:00 p.m. EDT Friday night.
Team Chevy Silverado
DRIVER: DENNIS SETZER
TEAM: No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado - Morgan Dollar Motorsports
"I've been fortunate in my career to reach many different milestones. We've been able to win a lot of races over the years, and be competitive. That is what is important to me, just to be competitive at this level of racing. I've been lucky to be involved with some very good teams and although, I don't see myself making 200 more starts, I still love this series and plan on racing for a few more years to come.
"Staying here in the Truck Series wasn't the plan at all. I had run several Craftsman Truck races over the years and really liked it, but I was mainly competing in Busch and running a few Cup races. Then I got an opportunity to drive the No 1 Mopar Dodge with K Automotive in 1998 and we got that win and put the deal together to run the whole season the next two years. But I never came to the Truck Series with the thought that I would race this many years, be involved with so many great teams, or have this much success.
"When I first came to the series, I was really attracted to it because it was a short to intermediate track series. But now I think you'd have to say other than a few short tracks we still go to, that this is now a mostly intermediate to superspeedway series much like the Busch and Cup Series are. I think that says a lot for how much the series has grown and the attention we are now receiving. I can't say that I have been real excited about trading short tracks for big tracks, being a short track guy, but I still really enjoy competing here.
"The series really gets a lot of attention right now from all the various manufacturers. You'd have to say that we get a lot more manufacturer support than the Busch Series does. It's nice to have that support for all the teams because it brings the entire series up a notch or two."
DRIVER: KRAIG KINSER
TEAM: No. 46 ARMY Silverado - Morgan Dollar Motorsports
"I am looking forward to the race on Friday. Going to all of these places that I have never raced on before is really cool. Racing on a concrete surface with the high banking will be awesome, and I grew up racing on short tracks, so I am optimistic about the race this weekend. I am not really worried about the banking, to tell you the truth. I have driven at enough race tracks in the sprint car to be used to the banking at these tracks. It will take some time to get used to the track during practice, but I am just looking forward to racing at Dover.
"Randy (Goss, crew chief) has a lot of experience racing at Dover in all three NASCAR series. He understands the concrete surface and what kind of a setup we need to get maximum tire wear. It gives me confidence knowing that I am really the only one on our Army team who is a rookie on the track."
DRIVER: RON HORNADAY
TEAM: No. 33 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Silverado
"Our whole KHI team really needed the win at Mansfield. It was just the boost we needed to get our momentum going to keep moving to the top-10 in points and winning more races.
"No track ever owes a driver anything, but last year at Dover, we had an awesome truck and were looking good to get a win then we had a lugnut issue and ended up finishing fourth. We are all focused on having the same strong run we did in 2005 but with a trip to victory lane.
"I am looking forward to running in both the Busch and Truck race at Dover. It is a fun, but challenging race track. We are just excited to keep our rhythm going in our Silverado."
DRIVER: ARIC ALMIROLA
TEAM: No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado - Spears Motorsports
"Dover looks like a really cool race track. I have never been there but I am looking forward to getting on the track. I think running the Busch race will help me with my Spears Silverado and vice versa. The key for me as a rookie is to get as many laps as possible but with the testing rules, it is hard to do. So running both series at one track definitely will help me with the valuable track time.
"I am honored to be able to make the record-setting start for Wayne and Connie Spears. They have given me a tremendous opportunity to drive the Spears Manufacturing Silverado. They certainly deserve all the recognition for their dedication to the NCTS and the boost they have given to the careers of many drivers."
DRIVER: MATT CRAFTON
TEAM: No. 88 Menards Silverado - ThorSport Racing
"Last year was the first decent run we had at Dover. We got a good top-10 finish. I am looking forward to getting back to Dover. It is a tough race track. I have not had much luck there, but I excited to get back to there with our Menards Silverado.
"We have had some great trucks this year and some good finishes. We know we are a winning team. Every weekend we head to the track with that approach. Dover will be no different for us."
DRIVER: MIKE BLISS
TEAM: No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Silverado
"I have only raced once in a Truck at Dover but we had a good run. I had a couple decent runs in the Busch series. We just want to get our Silverado up front and stay there. Dave (Fuge, team owner and crew chief) and the team have brought some great trucks every race so far this season. We just need our luck to turn around. Competition is so tight in the NCTS, you have to be right on and have good racing luck."
DRIVER: KYLE BUSCH
TEAM: No. 51 National Land Liquidations/ B& G General Store/Peavey Electronics Silverado - Billy Ballew Motorsports
"I'm looking forward to racing a Silverado for Billy Ballew Motorsports again this weekend in Dover. Last year it helped me tremendously to run the truck race. We got our truck hooked up on the bottom of the racetrack and I translated all the information I learned in the truck race to the Busch and Cup cars. No doubt it's a tough race but that's what the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is all about."
DRIVER: RYAN MOORE
TEAM: No. 40 Key Motorsports Silverado
"I love racing at Dover, and I expect our fortunes to turn around this coming weekend. Barry (crew chief Dodson) and the crew knew going into the Mansfield race that there were some unknowns about our race truck there. They worked almost every kink out, though, and the truck actually raced good, but when the engine started shutting off driving through the corners halfway through the race, it pretty much ended our chances at a good finish. I don't expect the same thing to happen at Dover."