DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (STARTED 2ND, FINISHED 2nd): With his second place finish, Setzer assumed the points lead in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with three races to go in the 2004 season. ON SECOND PLACE FINISH TODAY:...
DENNIS SETZER, NO. 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO (STARTED 2ND, FINISHED 2nd):
With his second place finish, Setzer assumed the points lead in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with three races to go in the 2004 season.
ON SECOND PLACE FINISH TODAY: "Martinsville has always been good to me whether it was in a late model, a Busch car or a NASCAR Craftsman Truck and has always been a fun place to come to. Congratulations to Jamie McMurray and those guys on the No. 2 team, they had a great truck all day. My teammate Bobby Labonte ran really good today. These Silverados just keep going forward. Danny Gill (crew chief) and all the guys on the crew made some great calls in the pits for us today. They made some good adjustments on it and we were able to drive our way back to the front. There was a lot of beating and banging there behind me but we were able to stay out of it and keep our Chevrolet Silverado in one piece.
ON TEAMING WITH BOBBY LABONTE: " Bobby and I had a great time shaking down the trucks at Caraway the other day. It seems like we are both just old time type racers and seem to have a little better feel for getting through the corners here. The new surface has a little bit different feel to it and there was no real way to move up to pass someone you were really racing with but it is still Martinsville
ON RETAKING POINTS LEAD: "This is going to be tight race all the way to Homestead. We just have to focus on our program and do what we need to do."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 47 CHEVY ACXIOM CELEBRITY ALL STAR SILVERADO (STARTED 35TH, FINISHED 3rd):
ON THIRD PLACE FINISH: "We didn't get to qualify so we had to start 35th but we had a good Silverado all weekend. Randy (Goss, crew chief) made a great call to pit early and we gained track position. We weren't as fast as a few guys but we were fast enough to pass people one we were in the clear. Chevrolet put this All Star program together and asked some of us last winter if we wanted to participate. It was great fun to race this No. 47 Acxiom truck. The crew did a great job all day long. This was all Randy's call and why this was such successful effort. It was great to get a Chevrolet two and three. Wish we could have gotten by Jamie (McMurray) there at the end but he had a fast truck. I had a great time out there today."
ON TEAMING WITH DENNIS SETZER: It was fun to race with my old buddy Dennis Setzer as a teammate. We went to Caraway and tested last week and if some of the old fans from the '80s saw us climbing in and out of each others trucks, they wouldn't have believed it cause in those old days everyone thought we hated each other, we didn't but that is what the fans thought. I would jump at the chance to get back in this truck if they do the program again."
ON LEARNING ANYTHING FOR TOMORROW'S NEXTEL CUP RACE: "Our Cup cars handle a little bit differently than these trucks with the different power to weight ration because of the torque. I think for 200 laps we are going to be ok but our setup isn't going to be the same. I think it will be a different race than we have seen here in the past. I t was good for me to get to race two races back to back. I think that part will help with where we seem to be missing something on the Cup side. The track time always helps me no matter where we are. It was a little difficult to pass out there."
JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO (STARTED 10th, FINISHED 28th)
With 25 laps to go, Sprague was racing Travis Kvapil (Toyota) for the lead when the two made contact in turn one ending the day for Sprague.
"It's just Martinsville. The Chevy Trucks Silverado was good today, we were a little too tight but we had worked our way back up to second. Travis went into one and smoked his front tires and gave me a shot to get under him. I started under him and I am absolutely sure Travis didn't know I was there. We got hooked together and I tried to let up and let us both get straightened up but we couldn't get the trucks apart. Just not a good deal. Earlier in the race I got hit by the 62 (Steve Park). The lap earlier the 07 (Sean Murphy) got into the 62 when I was behind them and I think Steve thought I hit him so he was a little upset over it I guess. Just not a good day for us."
DAVID STARR, NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO (STARTED 7th, FINISHED 29TH):
ON ACCIDENT WITH MIKE SKINNER ON LAP 70: The brake pedal just went to the flour. I tried it three times and it did nothing. So I tried to turn down under Skinner and we got together. I t is so disappointing because out Spears Silverado was pretty good. We were just a little tight. We moved up to fourth. McCarty called for four tires and made a track bar adjustment to help the tight condition. We followed Dennis (Setzer) and Mike out of the pits and were working our way back up through the field. It is just part of it but we had a good truck today so I had it for my crew and for Chevrolet."
MATT CRAFTON, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO (STARTED 5th, FINISHED 6th):
"We just had an unfortunate pit stop when we missed a lung on the left front. It hurt our shot at winning this race, but my crew has picked me up and carried me here lately with great stops when we haven't been running that well so I can't really say a whole lot. I had a great truck today that was very capable of bring home the victory but we managed to overcome our bad stop and get a good sixth place finish. I am disappointed and happy at the same time."
SHANE HMIEL, NO. 15 TRIMSPA SILVERADO (STARTED 13th, FINISHED 24th):
"We must have done something when we clipped the wall during happy hour yesterday. We had some difficulties right from the start. I was really tight and the adjustments didn't seem to help. We needed to change sway bar in the front, which caused us to have to come into the garage and fix the problem. Our truck seemed to get better there at the end. We just were not as good as we left it after happy hour yesterday. It's just short track racing.
TRACY HINES, NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO (STARTED 20TH FINISHED 35TH)
"We got into the back of (David) Reutimann early on and we must have poked a hole in the radiator. The temperature went up and then it leveled off. We thought we were going to be okay, but then it gave up. The truck was pretty good. I think we had a shot at a top-10, but that's how short track racing goes. You have to stay out of trouble. We didn't do that today."
ANDY HOUSTON, NO. 13 MICROTEL SILVERADO (STARTED 30TH FINISHED 25TH)
"I feel so bad for the guys on this 13 team. They gave me a good truck, one that could have gotten a top 10. A couple of trucks got together in front of me off two. I thought the 10 was going to spin low, so I stayed in the middle and ended up running into him."
Other Silverado Finishers
Ken Schrader, No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Silverado (Started 34TH Finished 17TH)
Kelly Sutton, No. 02 Team Copaxone Silverado (Started 32nd, Finished 34th):
Charlie Bradberry, No. 78 Bradberry Racing Silverado (Started 36TH Finished 32ND)
Sean Murphy, No. 07 Albertson'S Silverado (Started 19TH Finished 22ND)
Bill Manfull, No. 08 1-800-4-A-Phone Silverado (Started 29TH Finished 36TH)