FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 25, 2001) - It is often said that change is good. According to Morgan/Dollar Motorsports, such a saying may hold true for the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. The Oklahoma based Morgan/Dollar Motorsports ...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 25, 2001) - It is often said that change is good. According to Morgan/Dollar Motorsports, such a saying may hold true for the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
The Oklahoma based Morgan/Dollar Motorsports organization, which was formed at the end of the 1998 season, ran only a partial schedule with driver Rob Morgan. Morgan continued to drive with the Ford truck team throughout the 1999 and 2000 seasons. However, in 2001, the team underwent a dramatic make-over, resulting in a renewed team spirit of sorts.
The 2001 season brought aboard NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Most Popular Driver, Dennis Setzer, while at the same time switching from Ford trucks to Chevrolet.
"This is really a first class operation all the way," said Setzer. "One thing most people don't realize is that this team was driving Fords last season and Danny Gill (crew chief) and I were working for Dodge. So we were all thrown in the lake this season making the move to Chevrolet. The people there have been really supportive and we are now starting to catch on to what these new Silverado's are looking for."
Although the 2001 season has proven to be rocky with only one top-five finish in seven races, the team is optimistic. With the upcoming O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, hopes are high for a repeat win with Setzer who took the checkered flag on June 11,1999 at a speed of 179 mph on the 1.5 mile paved oval.
"2001 is a learning year for Morgan/Dollar Motorsports," said co-team owner David Dollar. "These guys are working extremely hard at making these trucks the best at the track each week and that is starting to show. Texas is our favorite track on the circuit and we consider it to be our home track."
Although the Acxiom Racing team is located in the central part of the country, a long way from the mainstream racing organizations in North Carolina, it has survived three consecutive seasons and may have found the components for a way to renew their team.
"I am proud to say I am from Oklahoma and I am proud to be based here," said Dollar. "Some of the top Fortune 500 companies in America have their international headquarters here, so we're just hoping we can keep all the secrets of Oklahoma to ourselves, cause that suits us just fine." Truck qualifying for the O'Reilly 400 begins at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, followed by the Indy cars at 8:30 p.m. that evening.
On Friday, June 8, gates will open at Noon. Green flag for the O'Reilly 400 is 8:00 p.m. Tickets for all race week events are available at the speedway ticket office, by phone at (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and through all participating Ticketmaster locations.