Kansas: Dennis Setzer preview

Setzer Sporting Arrington Engine Colors at Kansas Speedway News and Notes: * The most recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner will make his eight Kansas Speedway start this weekend. In seven previous starts Setzer has scored one pole...

Setzer Sporting Arrington Engine Colors at Kansas Speedway

News and Notes:

* The most recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner will make his eight Kansas Speedway start this weekend. In seven previous starts Setzer has scored one pole (2001), three top fives and three top 10s.

* Setzer will pilot "Nitro" this weekend at Kansas to its first start, but it has had numerous laps at various tests and hours in the wind tunnel before heading to the track this weekend.

* Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week kicks off this week. Kansas Speedway has offered its support to the cause by offering free screenings to all fans before the running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 on Saturday. Visit www.headandneck.org for more information about Head and Neck Cancer.

* The No. 18 Dodge will be sponsored this weekend by Arrington Engines and ShopHemi.com For more information visit www.arringtonengines.com.

Setzer Says Fuel Could Be the Key in Kansas: "Kansas is another track we visit that is really at its prime right now. It has been around for several years now and the racing only gets better every time we return. I think heading to Kansas you automatically think about fuel mileage strategy. It is not really a track you think about having a ton of cautions at therefore you have to be prepared for green flag pit stops and the chance of having to save fuel. I have a lot of experience when it comes to saving fuel so I kind of hope it comes down to that on Saturday afternoon."

Never Give Up Attitude A Trait Setzer Enjoys in Team: "After winning a race like my team did in Martinsville it would be really easy for the guys to slack off at work. It is like you work all season to win a race and after you win one the pressure is off. My crew guys hit the ground running the Monday after the win. We had a Pocono test scheduled during the break so it was back to the grind for them. We had a victory lunch later that week and my crew chief (Marcus Richmond) told the guys that it took a lot long hard hours to win that race and it was going to take a lot more to win another. He couldn't have been more correct. The best part is now that everyone is involved has felt the thrill of victory they are anxious to win another one no matter what it takes."

Team owner Lori Hamilton encourages everyone to be screened during Head and Neck Cancer awareness week: "When Bobby was diagnosed he immediately became an advocate of early detection of head and neck cancer. He asked everyone around him to get tested, promoted it to anyone who would listen and became a huge believer in the screening process. It doesn't hurt, is free and the 10 minutes it takes to do it could save your life. So we are encouraging everyone to please take advantage of this free screening opportunity."

Setzer's Martinsville Flashback: "It was more than an honor to bring Bobby Hamilton Racing back to victory lane. Bobby and I battled each other in 2004 for the championship all the down to Homestead. In 25 races we never touched each other or had a scuffle off the track. I had the up most respect for him and he had the same for me. All of his guys worked so hard to get back to this point and that is what it is all about. They weren't just employees of Bobby Hamilton Racing, they were friends of Bobby Hamilton. He was a short-track racer. They were people he had raced against, wrecked against and everything else, and they loved Bobby Hamilton. I can attest to that."

-credit: bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Dennis Setzer