CICERO, IL (Aug. 18, 2001) - With the tall skyscrapers of downtown Chicago looming in the distance, Dennis Setzer and the ...
CICERO, IL (Aug. 18, 2001) - With the tall skyscrapers of downtown Chicago looming in the distance, Dennis Setzer and the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet blew past the competition and landed a second place finish in the Sears/Craftsman 175 at the Chicago Motor Speedway.
The Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team came through with a stellar performance after starting in seventh position. Proving they can perform strong on flat oval tracks, Setzer and the Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team led 13 laps and ran among the top-5 for much of the afternoon.
After early morning showers threatened the Chicago area, the green flag dropped to clearing skies. Setzer used a great deal of patience and persistence to work his way to the front early on, using the first 70 laps of the race to evaluate the track and feel out the Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet.
"The truck handled flawlessly the entire race," said Setzer. "Danny Gill and the guys at Morgan/Dollar Motorsports have been working extremely hard to find a flat track package that would be successful, and I think we hit the nail on the head this weekend. The only change we made the entire afternoon was an air pressure adjustment. I could not have asked for a better truck to drive."
Setzer slowly worked his way through the field, passing Rick Crawford for the lead on lap 134 and holding it through lap 146, when he pitted. The last pit stop was quick enough to get Setzer back to action, third behind Kyle Busch and Scott Riggs. A late race caution slowed the field. On lap 163, preparing to return to green, Busch ran out of fuel prolonging the caution. When the green flag flew with seven laps remaining, Setzer tried to make a move on Riggs but was unsuccessful, bringing the Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet home in second place.
"We'll take a second place finish and head to Nazareth," said Setzer. "We thought we had a win today, but the late race caution flags hurt us. I have to commend the guys in the pits today; if it wasn't for their effort we would not have had such a strong finish. They helped us gain positions all afternoon and gave me a shot to win."
The second place finish marks Morgan/Dollar Motorsport's fifth top-5 finish of the 2001 season. The team scored their first victory of the year in Memphis, and has secured a pole and seven top-10 finishes since that time. The top finishes have come since Gill joined the team in St. Louis.
"Danny adds a lot of knowledge and experience to the team," Setzer explained. "These guys were looking for leadership and Danny has provided that. He is the last piece to the puzzle that Rob Morgan and David Dollar have been building. They have worked hard to build a championship contending team."
The next race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will be the Chevy Silverado 200 at the Nazareth Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 26. Setzer returns to the Nazareth Speedway this season as the track's defending winner.
"I'm excited to get back to Nazareth this year in one piece - unlike last year, when I had a broken shoulder blade. But, I still drove through the field to take the win," Setzer said. "With as good as a finish as we had here, I know we have a great opportunity next week to put the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet into Victory Lane!"