Dennis Setzer Likes Chances at Milwaukee Mile Michigan Victory Sets Record as Only Driver to Win a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race in Eight Consecutive Seasons Milwaukee, WI -- Dennis Setzer has always been a big fan of the ...
Dennis Setzer Likes Chances at Milwaukee Mile
Michigan Victory Sets Record as Only Driver to Win a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race in Eight Consecutive Seasons
Milwaukee, WI -- Dennis Setzer has always been a big fan of the Milwaukee Mile. In his first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck race in 1995 at the famed Wisconsin track saw him battle with Mike Skinner, who went on to claim the inaugural NCTS championship, for the win. Although he finished second, his performance netted him the attention he needed to get his foot solidly in the door with both NCTS and NASCAR Busch Series teams.
"Milwaukee has always been a special place for me to race," Setzer said. " I was fortunate enough to be able to run there back in 1995 and had a great race with Mike Skinner which helped some people take notice of me and my career moved forward from there. I guess it kind of helped me get on the map and I was offered some rides because of that race."
In eight appearances in the NCTS at Milwaukee, Setzer has captured four top-five finishes, a tribute to his ability to maneuver the technical oval. In 2004, he was leading with just 10 laps remaining but a charging Ted Musgrave caught and passed Setzer for the lead with just three laps remaining. A caution flag on the race's final lap set up a green-white-checkered finish giving Chad Chaffin, who had fresher tires, a shot for a pass on the restart. Setzer came across the finish line in third.
"It was a good run for us last year," Setzer said. "We weren't that good at the beginning but my Silverado guys made great adjustments and we kept getting better as the race went along. We knew that Ted (Musgrave) was strong and if he could get through traffic he would be fast so we hoped there weren't any more yellows but that isn't how it played out. But we got a good solid finish in our Silverado."
Setzer heads to Milwaukee with the momentum of his Michigan win powering him and his No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado team. Setzer and company gave Silverado their first-ever NCTS win at the track that sits in the backyard of Chevrolet headquarters.
In addition to being Setzer's 13th NCTS career win, the trip to Michigan's victory lane set a NCTS record for him. He is now the only driver to have won in eight consecutive seasons. The Newton, NC native knows this type of consistency is what wins championships.
"I am very fortunate to be with a good team that is capable of doing that (winning and running consistently)", Setzer continued. "That is the key to that deal right there. There are several other guys who have competed that long in the series but haven't been able to have consistent equipment throughout their career to be able to do that.
"We also have a great sponsor in Silverado which helps get us what we need to get there. It is getting harder and harder to keep up. The level of competition has grown so much in the years I have been in it. It is going to be tougher and tougher to get top-fives and top10s on a consistent basis. Before you could be a little off and still pull a top-10 out of your hat. Where as now if you are off a tick on race day, it is hard to get that top-10, a top-15 is more likely."
Setzer now sits second in the series point standings with 10 of the 25 scheduled races completed.
"It is too early in the season to focus on points and the championship," Setzer concluded. "Winning races and being consistent is the key. The level of competition has risen so much this year and will continue to go up by all accounts. Everyone is going to have a bad race here or there but the one who is the most consistent is the one who will get paid big dividends at the end of the season."
The Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 is a one-day event for the NCTS. Practice will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2005 with the first one-hour practice session. The NCTS final practice will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Qualifying for the 36-truck starting field will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with the 200-lap, 200-mile race slated to take the green flag at 8:15 p.m. CDT Friday evening. SPEED Channel will provide live television coverage starting at 3:00 p.m. with radio coverage on MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio.