Martinsville II: Dennis Setzer preview

Dennis Setzer Fast Facts: * Dennis Setzer has four top-three finishes including two wins at Martinsville Speedway in the last four races here. His wins came in April of 2002 and April of 2003. Setzer was third here in October of 2003...

Dennis Setzer Fast Facts:

* Dennis Setzer has four top-three finishes including two wins at Martinsville Speedway in the last four races here. His wins came in April of 2002 and April of 2003. Setzer was third here in October of 2003 and second in April of this year.

* Bobby Labonte will drive the No. 47 Chevrolet Silverado for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports as a teammate to Dennis Setzer. Labonte and Setzer competed against each other several times in late-models at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. Labonte won the track championship in 1987, while Setzer won three consecutive championship from 1988-90

* Setzer will easily admit that Martinsville is his favorite track on the NCTS circuit.

* Dennis Setzer scored a career-best final point finish with 2nd in the 2003 NCTS point standings. He is also currently 2nd.

* In addition to his 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts, Dennis Setzer has 7 Winston Cup and 102 Busch Grand National starts in his career including 2 Busch Series victories (South Boston 1994, Hickory 1994)

Dennis Setzer NCTS Records

* Dennis Setzer set a NASCAR record with the win at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 21st of 2004. He is the only driver with at least one win in 7 straight seasons in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series - dating to 1998.

* Setzer broke the single season streak of top-10 finishes in 2003 by finishing 20-straight races inside the top-10.

* Dennis Setzer won the 2002 race at Martinsville by starting in 33rd position. It is the farthest any competitor has ever started a NASCAR Truck Series race to go on and win.

Dennis Setzer on Martinsville Speedway: "Martinsville is a very special place for me. This is by far my favorite track on the circuit. I have been racing here for a long time and have had some success in almost every thing that I have driven here. The track takes a lot out of the equation and when you boil it down, a lot of what makes you fast here is in the driver's hands. You have to have a good motor and gear selection, but the driver's ability to finesse in the corners will make or break you. This track is a lot like the tracks that I began my racing career at. Tracks such as Hickory and Caraway were great proving grounds for a facility such as Martinsville."

Dennis Setzer on Teaming Up with Bobby Labonte: "Bobby and I had some great rivalries in the late 80s and early 90s at tracks just like Martinsville. It's going to be great to compete with him again and even better that he is going to be my teammate this time. We actually are going to test together at Caraway, the site of our early battles. I got to test the #47 truck for him at Caraway a few weeks ago, but on Tuesday we are taking both the #46 and #47 Silverado's there together to get ready. I am sure working together we can make both of our trucks better."

Dennis Setzer on his finish at Texas Motor Speedway (10/16):

""We had some handling issues early in the race with our Chevrolet Silverado but I believe Danny (Gill, crew chief) and the guys had our truck back on track after the adjustments on the first two pit stops. Unfortunately, we got together with another truck there in the last 40 laps. The nose on the left side was knocked in so bad that it made the truck incredibly tight in the final laps. We got an eighth-place finish but it wasn't a great day for us overall."

The Truck- "Pip"

"Pip" debuted at Michigan and looked to be headed to a 3rd place finish before finishing 10th. Pip ran again at Nashville qualifying 4th and finishing 19th. Pip just scored his first top-ten finish last weekend in Vegas and sat on the outside front row for the team's best earned qualifying effort of the season.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Dennis Setzer