Phoenix: GM Racing preview

DRIVER: DENNIS SETZER TEAM: No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado NOTE: With a 2nd place finish two weeks ago at Martinsville, Setzer took over the NCTS point lead for the first time since the race at Indianapolis Raceway Park...

DRIVER: DENNIS SETZER
TEAM: No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado

NOTE: With a 2nd place finish two weeks ago at Martinsville, Setzer took over the NCTS point lead for the first time since the race at Indianapolis Raceway Park on August 6th.

Held the points lead for 14 weeks from May 16th to August 6th before relinquishing it to Bobby Hamilton after IRP.

Has five top-ten finishes in six races at PIR.

Setzer's teammate this weekend in the Silverado 150 is two-time NCTS champ Ron Hornaday, driving the #47.

ON PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: "Phoenix is a fun place to race. Unfortunately our team has been in position to win there the last three years and then we were bit by things out of our control bite us late in the race. Three years ago we cut a tire down while running third and catching the leaders. Two years ago we were third again and right behind the leaders and we lost a cylinder. Then last year we came in on the last pit stop in third, our jack broke during the stop, and we restarted 16th. I was able to drive it back to third place but unfortunately that was our best finish so far. The track is great. It provides for two groove racing, has two different short-track corners but is flat in places and has some high speed straight-aways."

DRIVER: JACK SPRAGUE
TEAM: No. 16 IWX Racing Chevy Trucks Silverado

NOTE: Sprague has the most NCTS race wins at PIR - three consecutive - Feb '96; Oct '96; Feb '97

Has the most NCTS pole wins at PIR - four - Oct '95; Oct '96; Feb '97; Oct '99

Won two races from the pole - Oct '96 and Feb '97

In 11 PIR NCTS starts has 8 top-three finishes and 8 top-three starts

ON PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: "Phoenix has always been one of my favorite tracks to run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. It seems to really suit my driving style and I have been fortunate to win a few poles and races there. I haven't race there since 2002 so I am looking forward to being back there in the Chevy Trucks Silverado for the Silverado race. We had certainly had hoped to have more wins under our belts and have our Chevy Trucks Silverado team higher in the points by the time we reached the Phoenix race this season but this has been a building year for us. Phoenix is a good place for me and for our team to really set the tone for next season. We are determined to stay in the top-ten in points but we really want the race wins to build momentum for next season.

ON HORNADAY RACING NO. 47 AT PIR: "It will be like the old days having Hornaday back in a Chevrolet truck as well as part of our Team Silverado. I am looking forward to racing against my old buddy again. We had some great battles on the track throughout the years and developed a great friendship off the track. Phoenix was one of the places that either he or I seemed to win and the other ran second for several years. It will be a fun weekend for all of us."

DRIVER: DAVID STARR
TEAM: No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado

ON PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: "It is always fun to go to the desert. There is really no other track similar to Phoenix. It is unique and fun to race on. You can go two wide and the fans are really great. Doing well requires a good handling truck and lots of horsepower. Our Spears Chevy Silverado is definitely up to the job and we are ready. We slipped back one place in the points at Martinsville when a broke hose to the caliper broke but a good run at Phoenix will move us back up easily. We are definitely looking forward to a good run."

DRIVER:  MATT CRAFTON

TEAM: No. 6 Kevin Harvick, Inc. GM Goodwrench Silverado

ON PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: "Phoenix changed a little bit last year. They moved back the wall off the exit of turn two and enclosed the racetrack. That created a lot more room and allowed for more side-by-side racing. It's a unique racetrack with turns one and two really tight and three and four really sweeping. It's kind of a compromise in the handling package, but a lot of fun for me to race on just because I've raced there a lot. I sat on the pole there a few different times with other series. I've led numerous laps there in Southwest Tour cars, but never in trucks. I plan on doing that this weekend."

DRIVER: SHANE HMIEL
TEAM: No. 15 Trimspa Silverado

ON PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: "I'm looking forward to hopping back into the TRIMSPA Chevrolet Silverado. "I've raced at Phoenix in the Busch Series a few years back. I'm looking forward to seeing how the truck will handle on the track. It has fast straights and tight corners. Phoenix offers two groove racing which allows for easier passing. I know that Ritchie and the rest of the guys from Billy Ballew Motorsports will have an excellent truck with enough horsepower under the hood to get us up front. We are focused on racing to get into the top-10 in points. We only have a few races left and I need to get up hard on the wheel and pick up as many points as possible in the Team TRIMSPA Chevrolet for Billy Ballew Motorsports."

DRIVER: TRACY HINES
TEAM: No. 88 ThorSport Racing Menards Silverado

ON PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY:" Phoenix is going to be a fun weekend. It is one of my favorite tracks in the open wheel cars, and we have always run pretty well there. It puts the driver back into the equation because both ends of the track are so different. You will never find that absolute perfect setup, so the driver needs to make up the difference. We will also be going back and forth to Manzanita for the Western World Nationals, so it's going to be a pretty busy weekend. If we can get back and forth with no problems, we have a chance to have a good weekend with the truck and with the sprint car."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr.