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Dennis Setzer Touts E85 FlexFuel Benefits On and Off the Track Smith's Las Vegas 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway LAS VEGAS, NV - Dennis Setzer has two jobs this season. The first is to drive his No. 85 Silverado to race wins in the NASCAR...

Dennis Setzer Touts E85 FlexFuel Benefits On and Off the Track Smith's Las Vegas 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS, NV - Dennis Setzer has two jobs this season. The first is to drive his No. 85 Silverado to race wins in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). The second for the perennial NCTS favorite and his factory-backed Morgan-Dollar Motorsports (MDM) team is to educate consumers about the fueling options they have as the owner of an ethanol capable vehicle.

Setzer and the entire MDM organization are an integral component of the General Motors program to increase awareness of the benefits of alternative fuel usage. The focus of the GM initiative is to decrease our dependency on petroleum at the same time decreasing vehicle emissions.

The Newton, NC native is ready to for the number one task - taking a long-awaited trip to victory lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) Saturday in the Smith's Las Vegas 350. In seven previous NCTS starts at LVMS, Setzer has scored three top-five finishes and five top-10s. He has completed ninety-nine.eight percent (99.8%) of the possible laps in NCTS competition at the 1.5-mile speedway in the desert just north of Las Vegas.

This years' event is a reset for every team and driver. The track has been completely reconfigured and the surface completely replaced. It has gone from a slightly banked track to 20 degrees of banking in the corners.

"Las Vegas is a great place, and I look forward to racing there every year," said Setzer. "This year, things will be quite different, with the track being completely torn apart. It should make the racing interesting to watch, and I am hoping that the multiple grooves will come in soon, but that may be wishful thinking. Usually when a track has been re-done, it takes some considerable time for the groove to come back in, and I think Talladega will be the same way. We participated in the tire test out there a few weeks ago, so we got a little bit of a sneak peek of the new surface, but I think that everyone will be on the same playing field.

"I know the guys are looking forward to spending some time in the city, making a mini-vacation out of the trip, so it should be a fun deal. Our Chevy Silverado has always run well at Vegas, although last year we didn't quite get the finish that we would have hoped for, this year I am hoping we can turn our luck around and bring our truck back into victory lane."

Front and center in the ever-growing GM company-wide campaign to keep consumers up-to-date on all the latest information on E85 is the "Live Green Go Yellow" program. Through the program, GM is collaborating with several partners to boost the use and awareness of ethanol-based E85 fuel in the U.S.

The bright green and yellow "Live Green Go Yellow" colors will cover Setzer's No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado this weekend at LVMS for the Smith's Las Vegas 350.

"We are proud to be a part of the GM E85 FlexFuel program," Setzer continued. " It is a compliment to the professionalism of our entire MDM organization to partner with GM and Chevrolet on this program. It is important to the future of our country and our sport.

"There was a tremendous amount for all of us to learn about alternative fuels. The opportunity to discuss the GM E85 FlexFuel initiative and learn about the vehicles and the increased production of the fuel has been beneficial to everyone on our team. We certainly look at corn in a much different light now."

GM has been producing E85 ethanol flexible fuel vehicles since 1988. Over two million flexible fuel vehicles are on the road today in all 50 states. An additional 400,000 expected to hit the road by the end of 2006. GM is increasing its E85 vehicle production by 25 percent.

The availability of E85 pumps has more that doubled in 2005, with a total of over 800 stations today. The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition forecasts there will be about 1,300 E85 ethanol pumps in the U.S. by the end of 2006 as consumer demand for the domestically-produced renewable fuel increases.

About Live Green Go Yellow

Research has shown that many owners of flex-fuel vehicles do not know that their vehicles are capable of using E85. Early in 2006, GM announced a sweeping consumer education and advertising campaign in Washington, D.C. aimed at promoting the benefits of E85 and GM's flexible-fuel vehicle leadership, and encouraging consumers to actively promote E85 in their communities. "Live Green Go Yellow" ads broke during the Super Bowl XL broadcast and will continue throughout the year with print, web, , and broadcast media components.

Some owners of GM FlexFuel vehicles will receive yellow fuel caps to remind them that their vehicles are E85-capable. Later this year, all new GM FlexFuel vehicles will be equipped with yellow fuel caps at the factory.

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