Dennis Setzer Captured Third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Victory of 2005 at Kentucky Speedway Extends Points Lead to 83 Sparta, KY - Dennis Setzer took the No. 46 Chevrolet Z71 Silverado to victory lane for the third time in 2005 at Kentucky...
Dennis Setzer Captured Third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Victory of
2005 at Kentucky Speedway
Extends Points Lead to 83
Sparta, KY - Dennis Setzer took the No. 46 Chevrolet Z71 Silverado to victory lane for the third time in 2005 at Kentucky Speedway. It is the 15th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win for the 45 year-old veteran from Newton, NC.
The trip to victory lane extended Setzer's lead in the NCTS point standings to 83 points over now second place Ted Musgrave (Dodge).
Setzer started the race in the 18th position, on the outside of the ninth row but had worked his way to the top-10 by lap 30 of the 150 scheduled laps of the Built Ford Tough 225. After making his move to second with 10 laps to go, Setzer set his sites on race leader Terry Cook (Ford) and was slowly closing the gap.
On lap 147, Cook blew a right front tire and made contact with the back stretch wall, damaging his truck beyond repair. Setzer was poised to take advantage of the opportunity and went on to claim the victory in a green-white-checkered finish.
Jack Sprague in the No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado looked to be the dominate truck in the early laps of the race. Starting in fourth, Sprague took the lead on lap 35 and was distancing himself from the field. On lap 65, Sprague blew his right front tire sending him hard into turn two wall and damaging his Silverado beyond repair. Sprague was scored with the 36th place finishing position and dropped to 13th in the standings.
David Starr overcame his 20th place starting position and a loose truck in the early going of the race to bring the No. 75 Spears Silverado home in 10th. Starr remains 11th in the points.
Ron Hornaday had a disappointing 14th place finishing in the No. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado. Starting from the 7th position on the grid, Hornaday and the team continued to make improvements but nothing gave the tow-time champion the tools he needed to get to the front.
The next event on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule is the O'Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park on July 23, 2005.
DENNIS SETZER, NO 46 CHEVROLET Z71 SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 18TH, FINISHED 1ST:
"This is a big team effort for us on this No. 46 Morgan Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado team. These guys have done so well for me, the pits stops were just awesome again tonight. They passed some trucks for me on pit road that there was no way I could have passed that easily on the race track. The RCR engine just came alive tonight. I am so proud of hard they have worked here and the job they have done for us with engines.
"I feel bad for Terry Cook, he had a vicious hit over there. He had the truck I wasn't going to catch there at the end. He was for sure the truck to beat out there. He had a good 10 truck lengths on me and I wasn't going to catch him but sometimes the racing Gods fall on you the right way and then sometimes they don't. We have all had it happen the same way tonight. Terry had a bad deal out there. I hope he is all right.
"It is sweet to win any NACAR Craftsman Truck Series event. I appreciate all the effort put in by all the manufacturers. If it wasn't for their sponsorship of these events and these teams, none of us would be here. Ford has done a great job winning races and championships but I know how important it is for Chevrolet to continue their ways. I am just so proud of Chevrolet for wanting to back our team, which gives us the opportunity to come and do something we love to do. Eric (Phillips, crew chief) made great calls tonight in the pits.
"We were in the right place at the right time, but we had to out-run 34 other trucks to be where we were to be in the right place and take advantage of the opportunity. We weren't given this deal by any means, we worked hard to get second place. It is very unfortunate that Terry had bad luck but we are so proud of our team for what they did to get us there.
"We really improved our setup, Eric made a lot of changes from last night's practice to today's practice and then for the race. I think we had a little more we could have gained and maybe ran a little harder with those guys up front and not had to wait for a tire to blow to win it. I am so proud of these guys. I will take one by luck; we have lost some by luck so it is ok to win one by luck.
"On that last restart, I knew Todd was there but I had passed him earlier and although he is a tough competitor, I knew after I tip-toed through one and two on the restart, I felt like I was ok. We were real strong through three and four.
"We are taking one race at a time. We just won at Kentucky Speedway, now we go on to Memphis. Winning races is what wins championships. We are focused on winning races right now. This is a sweet win for our team."
JACK SPRAGUE, NO 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 4TH, FINISHED DNF:
NOTE: Sprague was involved in a single truck incident on lap 44 when the right front tire suddenly went down sending the No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado in to the wall while leading the race.
"Man, I am a bad luck magnet, I don't know what to say. The Chevy Trucks Silverado was awesome. We were awesome when we unloaded yesterday. I wasn't pushing it at all, I was just taking my time getting to the front and then I was just crusiin' setting a good pace. I knew we had a great truck, I knew it yesterday and I knew it today. We had them covered by three tenths then the front tire went down going into turn one and took us right in the wall. It just all of a sudden went down. The guys did a great job with the truck, I felt like we had them covered tonight. Just not my year.
"There is no way we can get back in the race. It hit pretty hard, I am going to have a headache from it, just a bad deal for the guys on our team."
DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 20TH, FINISHED 10TH:
"We ended up having a pretty decent finish. We have been loose all weekend in our Spears Silverado but Dave McCarty (crew chief) and the guys just kept working and made some good changes during out pit stops. They got me some spots on pit road and then we kept moving up in the field. We had hoped to come out of here with a top-five or top-three like we did last year but, we will take this one and go on to Memphis,"
RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 7TH, FINISHED 14th:
"We just missed it tonight. I don't know what the problem was. That is the worst race I have had in a long time. I don't think that we are going to bring that truck to race again. I drove flat-footed all night and they just got around me. We struggled all weekend with the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet and I think we took a big hit in the points with the 46 winning. We can still get it going but we have a long way to go. This was a frustrating night and I hate having this next weekend off. I am ready to get back on the track and get this one behind us.