Setzer Gateway post-race report

Setzer Grabs First Top-10 with New Crew Chief St. Louis, MO - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returned to action after four weeks off Sunday at the Gateway International Speedway. For Dennis Setzer, driver of the ...

Setzer Grabs First Top-10 with New Crew Chief

St. Louis, MO - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returned to action after four weeks off Sunday at the Gateway International Speedway. For Dennis Setzer, driver of the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet the time away from the track was exactly what the doctor ordered as his Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team captured their first top-10 finish of the year with new crew chief Danny Gill.

Morgan/Dollar Motorsports spent the month away from the track conducting an extensive crew chief search and hired Danny Gill. Gill who was instrumental in Joe Ruttman's early season success in 2000, has quickly made an impact. The team was among the top-three in practice, but slipped to 12th in qualifying after Setzer got loose coming out of turn four.

"We felt we could qualify in the top-five with out a problem," Gill explained. "The truck got really loose coming off of turn four and that slipped us back a little. For our first time working together, this was a great effort, we will only get better and poles will be right around the corner."

Sunday after a lengthy rain delay the race got under way with Setzer battling a tight condition. The Morgan/Dollar Motorsports crew made numerous attempts to loosen the truck up, but nothing was responding and Setzer slipped back to 16th by lap 67.

"The truck was tight from the beginning of the race, we tried a lot of different adjustments, but we just couldn't seem to find anything that would cure that tight condition," Setzer said.

Setzer Notches first top-10

Gill made a call on the last pit stop to stay out as most of the field pitted and Setzer assumed the lead on lap 131. After leading for a couple of laps Setzer made his final pit stop of the afternoon coming out in 12th position. As the laps clicked off Setzer found himself gain three places to finish the day in 9th.

"A top-10 finish is just what this team needed to get. Danny Gill has made a tremendous impact on this team already and the guys are really working hard for him. "We didn't have anything for them today, we just kept digging at it and ended up with a good finish," he said. "This Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team is only going to get better. The more we work together the better were going to get."

With the combination of Setzer and Gill beginning to come together, watch for the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet to quickly make their presence known!

The next race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is the Darlington 200 at the historic Darlington Speedway. Live green flag action begins at 3:00 P.M on ESPN with radio coverage on MRN.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Joe Ruttman