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Chevrolet Team Silverado Heads to Kansas on Winning Streak Dennis Setzer has Momentum of Two Consecutive Wins Kansas City, KS - Dennis Setzer takes the momentum of two consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victories and the series point ...

Chevrolet Team Silverado Heads to Kansas on Winning Streak
Dennis Setzer has Momentum of Two Consecutive Wins

Kansas City, KS - Dennis Setzer takes the momentum of two consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victories and the series point standings lead to Kansas Speedway for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 on July 2, 2005.

The driver of the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado gave Chevrolet its first-ever NCTS win at Michigan International Speedway on June 18, 2005 and followed up immediately with a dominating victory at The Milwaukee Mile on June 24, 2005.

In four previous starts at the 1.5-mile oval just west of Kansas City, KS, Setzer has one pole and three top-five finishes. In 2004, the Newton, NC native had an early race crash that sent him behind the wall for repairs. The Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado crew was able to make repairs and send Setzer back out to finish the race for points. He salvaged a 25th place position.

Jack Sprague, behind the wheel of the No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado, followed Setzer to the checkered flag at Milwaukee after winning his 27th career pole and his fourth at the Wisconsin track.

Sprague feels that Kansas Speedway owes him one. In 2001, the Spring Lake, MI native had a dominant truck and looked to be one his way to victory when he had an engine failure on lap 136 of the 167-lap race. Last year, Sprague had a "rocket ship" and was running near the front of the field when on-track contact damaged the aero of the No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Silverado and the handling went away. Sprague salvaged an eighth-place finish.

Sprague currently sits seventh in the NCTS point standings with 11 of 25 races run thus far in 2005.

David Starr and the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado team are also looking to improve their previous runs at Kansas Speedway. In two previous starts (2002 and 2004), Starr suffered engine failure and scored to very uncharacteristic "Did Not Finish" postings in the stats column. Starr missed the 2003 race due to injuries he received in a crash during testing earlier in the season. Starr is 10th in the NCTS standings as the series prepares for race No. 12 of the 25-race 2005 season.

Ron Hornaday will be making his first-ever NCTS start at Kansas behind the wheel of the Kevin Harvick owned No. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado. Coming off a fourth-place finish at Milwaukee, Hornaday sits fourth in the standings, 121 points behind Setzer.

In four NASCAR Busch Series starts there, Hornaday has one top-five finish - fifth in 2004.

"With 5 straight wins our Chevy teams have a lot of momentum right now," Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Silverado program manager said. "The temperatures in Kansas are expected to be near 100 degrees so the track will be hot and slippery. Mike Alex has been working hard on our shock program looking for some additional grip. Our teams will be working together throughout the weekend and hopefully we will put a Silverado in victory lane on Saturday."

Practice and qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on July 2, 2005 will be held on Friday, July 1, 2005. The 167-lap, 250-mile race scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday. Live television coverage will be provided by SPEED Channel with MRN and XM Satellite bringing the race live on the air waves.

TEAM: No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Z71 Silverado

QUOTES." "Kansas is special because I do have a pole there. I don't get many poles but I got one there a couple years ago. It is just a fun place to race, it is wide and you can race side-by-side and it is just awesome. I have had some really good runs there in the past and I am pretty confident about the Chevrolet Silverado this weekend. I know Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and the guys will give me a good truck, the key is to stay out of trouble to be there at the end.

"We had a few problems last year with and didn't finish as well as we should have but the track was pretty slick in the beginning of the race and I got a little loose and wrecked. The guys worked and got me back out so we did finish but we don't want that to happen this year. We want to qualify well and have a solid run. The heat will make the track a little slick. Hopefully we won't get the rain like we did last year and there will be more rubber down at the start of the race, which helps everyone.

"I am thinking this could be the year for us at Kansas. We have been close before. We are bringing the red No. 46 we won with at Michigan. I think it will perform very well for us. I have never driven a truck that performed that well in my career. It cornered like nothing I have ever driven before. I am excited to be able to drive it again. I sat on the pole last year because of weather but crashed out early going under Carl Edwards. We were really go there in practice but never got to show what we had. I love that track. It is a fun track. It is like Chicagoland, we don't go there yet but there is a possibility that could be added which would be good being the home of Craftsman. The two resemble each other and we tested good at Chicagoland so I think we should be good at Kansas and have fun racing there.

"I can't say enough about this Morgan-Dollar Silverado team. They have given me awesome trucks this year and the wins at Michigan and Milwaukee have really built the momentum for everyone. We just need to keep this going for our team and for Chevrolet."

TEAM: No. 16 Xpress Motorsports Chevy Trucks Silverado

QUOTES: ""I like Kansas, it is a cool place. I had a great run there in 2001 and was leading with about 40 to go and the engine let go, but my teammate, Ricky Hendrick went on to win so that was cool.

"It is a fast track but the corners fool you a little. It takes a really good handling truck as well as a good aero truck.

"We were a rocketship there last year in the early part of the race. We led and ran second for a long time but then we had contact with a couple of different trucks and the body got pretty beat up on our Chevy Trucks Silverado so we faded back a little but still salvaged a top-10 finish.

"I am looking forward to this weekend's race. We feel like we have the Right Truck for this weekend and can get a strong run."

Team: No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado

QUOTES: "Kansas is a neat race track. It reminds me of Las Vegas quite a bit. It's a fun fast exciting race track to run at. We've always run pretty well there - last year we were running third with eight or ten laps to go when we lost a fuel pump which put us with a finish of 19th. We're looking forward to going back. I like that type of race track. Hopefully my Chevrolet Silverado will be good and we can get out of there with a win or a top-5 finish for the Spears Manufacturing team. The race fans are incredible there- it's so hot in Kansas and those race fans bare the heat and come cheer us on. It's a great place to go race!"


TEAM: No. 6 Kevin Harvick, Inc. GM Goodwrench Silverado

QUOTES: ""Kansas is an unbelievable track. Despite the fact that it is only a 1.5-mile track, it's huge. The infield and garage are very spacious and fan-friendly. This will be a track where we think we'll be pretty good. As much as it looks like Chicago, it drives very different. You can't drive the corners quite as hard, so hitting your marks is crucial.

"I have been there in the Busch car but this will be my first time there in a truck. We had some good runs (three top-10 finishes in four starts) so I am excited about this weekend and our chances in the GM Goodwrench Silverado.

"We usually have to expect it to be hot there so which takes a toll on equipment as well as people, but we know it going in so I am confident Wally (Rogers, crew chief) and the crew will have everything right for us and we can have a good run on Saturday."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ricky Hendrick , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer