Kansas City, KS - Dennis Setzer battled the 100 degree heat of Kansas City to bring the ...
Kansas City, KS - Dennis Setzer battled the 100 degree heat of Kansas City to bring the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet to a third place finish at the inaugural running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the new Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Friday as the track opened for its first ever major NASCAR event, Setzer and the Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team immediately found a combination that appeared to be fast. In qualifying Setzer used that speed found in the optional test session and the mornings practice to capture his second career NCTS pole.
"I didn't think going into qualifying that we had a truck fast enough to take the pole," said Setzer. "We were chasing both the guys at Hendrick all weekend and found something that seemed to work and be just a little bit faster."
Saturday when the green flag flew the temperature soared over 100-degrees as Setzer found himself leading the events first 14 laps. As the race progressed Setzer dropped back into the top-5 as he began to battle the handling on the truck.
"As the green flag runs wore on I found myself chasing a tight condition in the center of the corner and loose coming off," said Setzer. "We tried some things with air pressures during the pit stops that seemed to help."
The team ran among the top-5 for the entire afternoon experiencing trouble when a green flag pit stop put them a lap down. Setzer was chasing down the leader in an attempt to regain his lap when the caution flag flew. When green flag racing resumed Setzer and
Travis Kvapil found themselves on the tail end of the lead lap, when a much needed caution flag flew letting them rejoin the leaders at the front of the field.
"That was huge getting our lap back there at that point in the race," Setzer explained. "The guys did a great job changing four tires under green, but we got shuffled back and caught the caution flag going a lap down. Then we just got lucky to catch another yellow so quickly after we made our lap up."
The last half of the race saw plenty of green flag action as the leaders were shuffled around the track. Setzer was trying to chase eventual winner Ricky Hendrick and second place finisher Ted Musgrave but did not have enough to time or horsepower, finishing in the third position.
"The Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team worked really hard to give us a fast truck," said Setzer. "We were chasing the setup a little bit as the race wore on and I could not race with those guys in the front. We gained some more positions in the points standings and gained on the Top-5 and that's what we're aiming to do."
The team also celebrated the finish, as their Morgan/Dollar Motorsports shop is located only 300 miles south of the new Kansas facility. "We had a lot of friends and family here this weekend and it was great to have such a good finish so close to home," said team owner David Dollar.