CHEVROLET SILVERADO DOMINATES AT MILWAUKEE DENNIS SETZER WINS TWO IN A ROW -- TAKES POINT LEAD JACK SPRAGUE FINISHES SECOND, RON HORNADAY FINISHES FOURTH MILWAUKEE, WI -- After claiming his first pole of 2005, tying the existing track record...
CHEVROLET SILVERADO DOMINATES AT MILWAUKEE
DENNIS SETZER WINS TWO IN A ROW -- TAKES POINT LEAD
JACK SPRAGUE FINISHES SECOND, RON HORNADAY FINISHES FOURTH
MILWAUKEE, WI -- After claiming his first pole of 2005, tying the existing track record to the number, Jack Sprague led the 36-truck field to the green flag in tonight's Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 at the famed Milwaukee Mile.
Sprague held the point in the No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado for the first 43 circuits of the 200 lap, 200 mile NASCAR Craftsman Truck race before relinquishing the top spot to Dennis Setzer. From that point forward, Setzer set a blistering pace only to lose the lead for three laps during green flag stops from laps 82 -- 85 and again on lap 145 after pitting when the race's only caution flew.
It is the fifth consecutive win for Silverado in the NCTS, seventh of the season and the second in a row for Setzer and the No. 46 Morgan Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado team. The victory catapulted Setzer to the lead in the series point standings, 35 points in front of second place Bobby Hamilton. Chevrolet Silverado is also leading the manufacturer championship battle.
Ron Hornaday brought the No. 6 GM Goodwrench Silverado to the checkered in fourth position, the last truck on the lead lap.
David Starr finished 11th in the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado.
Hornaday sits fourth in the standings, 121 points out of the lead. Sprague jumped to seventh in the point chase, 186 down to Setzer. Starr remained in 10th spot, 242 behind the leader.
The next event for the NCTS is the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on July 2nd. Practice and qualifying will be held on Friday, July 1, 2005 with the 167 lap, 250 mile race scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m.
Live television coverage will be provided by SPEED Channel with MRN and XM Satellite bringing the race live on the air waves.
DENNIS SETZER, NO 46 CHEVROLET Z71 SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 3RD, FINISHED 1ST:
"We didn't know for sure what we were going to have during the first practice. Eric Phillips (crew chief) worked really hard on this Silverado during that practice. Randy Goss from Chevrolet came over and said that we needed to roll better in the center. So that is what we worked on. We were just a little free in and a little free off but our Chevrolet Silverado was just awesome tonight. This is just a team I drive for, they are awesome.
"I didn't have any heat problems, my feet are fine. My guys build these trucks awesome and with working the brake like you do here at Milwaukee, your feet keep moving all the time." MORE TO COME.
JACK SPRAGUE, NO 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 1ST, FINISHED 2ND:
"Dennis (Setzer, race winner) had us covered tonight. He was just better than us. His Silverado was better than our Silverado. I was just tight in the middle. Tight, tight, tight. Couldn't get it out. We got it a little bit then I got loose off. On fresh tires I could catch him a little bit, but he had us beat, he had us and everyone else covered. Congratulations to Dennis and his team. That is two in a row for him. I really wanted to win this race, but if I had to finish second, he certainly is the one I would want to finish second to. Second is not bad. Another race without a scratch. We did what we could do.
"I don't think more adjustments were going to get it. I know what he had in his truck for setup and it is working for him. My Chevy Trucks Silverado was pretty awesome, but his was a little more awesome than mine was. He could just get through the center a little quicker than I could, especially on old tires. We got it so I could get across center but then I got loose off. Thanks to Chevrolet and all the sponsors on board that support this program." MORE TO COME
DAVID STARR, NO 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 7TH, FINISHED 11TH:
"Not a bad finish tonight in the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet Silverado. We struggled in practice and we struggled...McCarty (Dave, crew chief) worked his magic and we had a decent qualifying run. Just tight all night long -- tight in the center couldn't get back in the gas like we needed to. We needed to rotate real smooth and we had to wait on it. It seemed like the truck was stopping in the center before we could get back on the gas.
"Little disappointed, an 11th place finish - almost a top-10 finish. We are still working and have a lot of work to do we're not giving up this Spears Chevrolet Silverado Team were not going to give up we are just going to keep on working and keep working until we get closer to the front. We're a little disappointed with the finish but we will take it and keep on truckin."
MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 15 EARL SMALL'S HARLEY DAVIDSON SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 24TH, FINISHED 19TH:
"Those long green runs at the beginning killed us tonight in the race. We weren't very good to start and we had to pit and unhook the rear bar to be half way decent. We got the No. 15 Earl Small Harley Davidson Chevrolet Silverado good but by then we were already two or three laps down after pitting under green. I didn't do too great of a job but I had a great time in the Billy Ballew Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman Truck tonight and maybe they'll have me back to give it another chance."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 8TH, FINISHED 4TH:
"I couldn't even see the guys up front, I saw Jack a couple of times. I had a few good laps and got going but traffic out there was just terrible. They could slow you down a half a second a lap. We did everything we could. We were running Ted (Musgrave) down for a while but then I over shot the corner and screwed up the tires. All in all to come out of here with top four finish isn't bad. Wally (Rogers, crew chief) and everyone on the GM Goodwrench team did an awesome job tonight. It is a good points night for us, which is good. It was just kind of a strange race to have only one yellow. We could have used a couple more cautions for adjustments but I am sure so could have a lot of other guys. Good night for Chevrolet so we will take this and head on out for Kansas."