Last lap melee leaves Setzer 13th. Indianapolis, IN - Driver, Dennis Setzer and the ...
Last lap melee leaves Setzer 13th.
Indianapolis, IN - Driver, Dennis Setzer and the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates crew fought all night and had their sights set on a top-five finish during the Powerstroke 200 until they were caught up in a multi-truck crash on the last lap. As the crash came out in between turns one and two on the white flag lap, Setzer was hit by numerous trucks in the accident before he righted the #46 Silverado and completed the lap to come home with a disappointing 13th-place finish.
"We probably didn't have the best truck here tonight, but we had gotten ourselves back into contention and had a decent finish in sight. I think if we had made it through the crash at the end, we would have been no worse than sixth, but the track was completely blocked and we got turned around. I got the truck straightened up, but another truck spun down in front of us and by the time I got going again, we had lost a lot of positions," stated Setzer after the race.
The Acxiom/Computer Associates team had trouble finding the right setup in the limited time that they had on Friday. The truck was tight and hard to turn through the corners. Their practice struggle turned into a 17th-place qualifying effort, but they had overcome bad starts before to win and finish second. During the race, the adjustments the team had made seemed to work as Setzer was once again able to drive to the front. "The crew made three great stops for tires, fuel and adjustments. I believe we gained positions in every stop. Normally you don't stop here at Indianapolis Raceway Park but twice since it's a 200-lap race, but we had to keep dialing the truck in. Its unfortunate because we should have come out of here with a top-five, but now we have had two bad races in a row," stated crew chief, Danny Gill.
The team will now regroup and change their focus from a short track to their speedway program for the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. The 13th place finish was not all bad in that the team retains their 8th-place positioning in the overall standings, and is still only 108 points out of the overall lead.