DENNIS SETZER, NO 46 CHEVROLET Z71 SILVERADO MEDIA CENTER PRESS CONFERENCE: WITH YOUR RECENT WINS ON THE BIGGER TRACKS, DO YOU THINK YOU ARE MORE THAN JUST A SHORT TRACK SPECIALIST AS YOU HAVE BEEN THOUGHT OF EARLIER IN YOUR TRUCK ...
DENNIS SETZER, NO 46 CHEVROLET Z71 SILVERADO MEDIA CENTER PRESS CONFERENCE:
WITH YOUR RECENT WINS ON THE BIGGER TRACKS, DO YOU THINK YOU ARE MORE THAN JUST A SHORT TRACK SPECIALIST AS YOU HAVE BEEN THOUGHT OF EARLIER IN YOUR TRUCK CAREER: "I guess so. We have run pretty good on the big tracks. A couple years ago, all of us at Morgan Dollar Motorsports started to focus on improving our program on the big tracks and I guess we did that but now we haven't won a short track in a while. It is funny how it goes around. It is hard to say how it goes. I am pretty proud of these guys to be able to produce what I need to get me comfortable on these big tracks. It you have a good truck; it is really easy to run good at those places. We always have good Silverados. I guess the thing I was looking for was a comfort zone of some kind. We did that at Michigan, we have done it at Texas a few times. They are great places to run if you have the Right Truck there."
IT SEEMS LIKE SO THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS YOU HAVE BEEN IN POSITION TO BATTLE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THEN SOMETHING SEEMS TO HAPPEN, IS THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION GOING TO MAKE IT EVEN TOUGHER THIS YEAR? "It is always tough in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series but it is just too early in the year right now to get too hung up on the points. You get to races 20, 21, 22 or 23 and you hope you are in position to start looking at points at that time. You just have to run as hard as you can to get in that position. Fortunately for me and my Morgan Dollar Silverados, we have been very close for the last coupe of years. I am very proud of the team and what all they did in that aspect. There is a lot of quality built in our trucks, we don't have many failures. We had a tough start to our season, we crashed at Daytona, we were pretty fast there during the race but we finished 33rd because we kept having flat front tires. Then went on to Dover and I got in a little bang up again. It is unbelievable that we are leading the points at this time. "
TALK ABOUT THE COMBINATION OF DRIVERS IN THE SERIES RIGHT NOW, YOUNG AND VETERAN: "I think we have the best of both worlds in the garage right now. You have some of the veterans, little better drivers like you have here now, but the Roushes and Hendricks ser it as a great place to bring young drivers to race against all of us who have experience. It is a good deal for these young drivers to learn what it takes to work through a field of experienced drivers. "
ON FIRST PRACTICE: SETZER WAS 19TH OF 38 TRUCKS: "We have a little more work to do on our Chevrolet Silverado. We just can't get it to power off the corner as smooth as we need to for tomorrow night. It was good having a practice session closer to the actually time we will race, it gives us an idea of what the track will be under race conditions."
JACK SPRAGUE, NO 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO: SPRAGUE WAS FOURTH OF 38 TRUCKS:
"A driver always wants more but I think our Chevy Trucks Silverado is pretty good. Having this practice closer to the time of our race gave the crew an opportunity to try different things to see how our Silverado responds. I think we will be pretty good for tomorrow night's race."
DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO: STARR WAS 20TH OF 38 TRUCKS:
"We made a lot of runs on older tires and actually weren't that bad so I think our Silverado is closer than it looked on the time sheets. It was a luxury we don't always have to practice in conditions those we will have when we race at night. It gave us the opportunity to get a more accurate picture of how our truck will handle tomorrow night."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO:
"For a while there the GM Goodwrench truck was driving me, not the other way around. I am not very good in the center but we started working on it and it got better. Right now we have some work to do, but we will get it done in time to race."
BLAKE FEESE. NO. 15 ditech.com SILVERADO:
FEESE WAS 29TH OF 38 TRUCKS: COMPETING IN HIS FIRST-EVER NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES RACE: "I am really impressed with Billy Ballew's race team. I feel like we are going to get this ditech.com Silverado dialed in. A lot of what happened in practice today was just a matter of getting me dialed in. I had no idea you could run a truck as hard as you can run it and drive it as hard as you can. For a while, we were just chasing me but we have a good idea of where we want to start tomorrow and what I am looking for. Ritchie (Wauters, crew chief) and the guys and me are all on the same page now. I am looking forward to tomorrow."