Milwaukee, WI -- On the night of his 150th start, and at the location of his first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Dennis Setzer came close to claiming his 13th career truck win. Setzer extended his championship point lead to 131 points...
Milwaukee, WI -- On the night of his 150th start, and at the location of his first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Dennis Setzer came close to claiming his 13th career truck win. Setzer extended his championship point lead to 131 points by scoring his sixth top-five finish this season through nine races.
Setzer, who started in the 12th position steadily made his way to the front of the pack as the team adjusted on a tight race truck. After the first pit stop at lap 61, Setzer would restart seventh. The team made a wedge and air pressure adjustment on that stop to free the truck up.
A few laps into the run, Dennis still complained that the truck was tight in the middle of the corner. When the caution fell at lap 100, it was a fortunate break for the #46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet. The pit stop that followed at lap 103 would be their last stop of the night.
A few more adjustments, fuel and tires would get the team to the end while other contenders would need one more stop to get their trucks to the finish. "I can't say enough about the engine program that we have in Richard Childress Racing," said Setzer. "We get awesome horsepower, and excellent fuel mileage from those guys every week."
Dennis was able to take advantage of his track position to take the lead with just 21 laps to go. Setzer held the lead for a while, but a hard-charging Ted Musgrave was coming from the rear of the field. "I knew Ted was catching me, and I drove that Silverado as hard as I could in the final laps. These tires really fall off after about thirty laps and then you are a sitting duck. It's a good finish for us, but we really want to get some more wins under our belt."
A late caution provided a green-white-checkered flag finish and Setzer would restart his Silverado in second position. Chad Chaffin, who had the freshest tires of all the front runners, was able to get by Dennis on the final lap.
The team was a little disappointed that their third win of the season slipped right out of their fingers in the final laps. However, Morgan-Dollar's championship lead is extended to five races in a row and a total of 131 points. "It's too late to start thinking about running for the championship. We just want to win races at this point. If we win races, the points will come. We also wanted to win here tonight because Rob and Vici Morgan just gave birth to a new Morgan-Dollar crewmember. Lainey Elle Morgan was born last night at ten o'clock. To win here would have been a great present for our new addition and to Rob and Vici," added Dennis Setzer after the race.
The next race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is next Saturday at the Kansas Speedway in Lenexa, Kansas. Dennis and his #46 Chevrolet Silverado teammates have never finished outside the top-three at Kansas in three races held at the track. Dennis also has won two of three 1.5-mile tracks this year so far and is looking to get back to victory lane. The race will start at 3:00 pm EST on Saturday, July 3rd. The race will be broadcast live on the Speed Channel and MRN (Motor Racing Network radio).