Martinsville: Setzer - GM spotlight

SETZER HOPES TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS AT MARTINSVILLE Only Repeat Winner at Speedway Hopes to Score First Win of 2006 at His Favorite Track MARTINSVILLE, VA -- Ask Dennis Setzer what his favorite track is on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck...

SETZER HOPES TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS AT MARTINSVILLE

Only Repeat Winner at Speedway Hopes to Score First Win of 2006 at His Favorite Track

MARTINSVILLE, VA -- Ask Dennis Setzer what his favorite track is on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit and you'll quickly get an answer. Martinsville. Yes, Martinsville, which for many drivers is not anywhere near the top of their wish list. However, it's a true driver assessment to the only repeat winner at the .526-mile short track.

The historic Virginia race track has been a fixture on the NCTS schedule since the series' inaugural 1995 season, and NASCAR since 1949. Setzer, who will make his debut in his brand new No. E85 FlexFuel Silverado, has had the most success at the flat, paperclip-like oval than any other Craftsman Truck Series driver. Not only is Setzer the only repeat winner at the track (2002 and 2003), but he has the most top-three finishes (5), and has won the most prize money ($210,500+), in NCTS history at the track.

"It's really great to get back to some short track racing, and what better place than my favorite track -- Martinsville Speedway. We've had some good runs there and have gotten some big wins there over the past few years, but last year was really not that great. We had a couple of cut tires in the first event and a lot of things to overcome in the second race. I think our best finish was nineteenth and we had one of thirty-third... so, really an uncharacteristic year for us at Martinsville in 2005."

Setzer, who competed in the familiar No. 46 race truck over the past five years, is competing with a new look and new number in 2006. His forty-six has changed to the eighty-five to support General Motors promotion of their fleet of Ethanol-Capable vehicles. The newly numbered vehicle (formerly No. 46), featuring a brand-new paint scheme, was unveiled as part of a major GM E85 marketing and advertising campaign announced at the show. The innovative partnership is designed to promote E85 use and showcase GM's E85 FlexFuel vehicle leadership to U.S. consumers -- including millions of loyal NASCAR fans -- throughout the year.

"Martinsville is a great track for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to compete on and it's a great race for the fans to watch," Setzer also stated. The track is in really great condition with the changes that they have made there. The racing is back in the hands of the driver. It's all about horsepower, braking and set up. Aerodynamics is totally out of the formula. We are looking to score a win here in our E85 FlexFuel Silverado to get some momentum going for the remainder of the season."

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Series NASCAR Truck
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