Setzer Las Vegas race report

Las Vegas, NV - Dennis Setzer and the ...

Las Vegas, NV - Dennis Setzer and the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet team came up a little short of a win Sunday during the running of the Orleans 350 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but went on to record their fourteenth top-10 finish of 2001.

With the bright sun shining on the desert mountains, the Craftsman trucks took to the Vegas oval after a one-year absence. After two days of practice and qualifying the series took the green flag for a rare Sunday afternoon performance.

"It was great to be back in front of the Vegas crowd," quoted Setzer. "It was different running a truck race on Sunday, but a good number of people came out and we were able to put on a great race."

With a great deal of early side-by-side action, Setzer rolled from his eighth place starting position settling into the top-10. After a green flag pit stop for four tires on lap 54, he began a charge towards the front, moving into the top-five and later as high as second position.

"The truck was a little tight all afternoon," said Setzer. "It would get better after a stop and at one point we were running lap times near or better than we qualified. Towards the end of the race we started to get tighter, but kept working trying to get the best finish we could."

With 20 laps remaining while running fourth, crew chief Danny Gill made the call to pit on a late race caution flag for right side tires. The move dropped Setzer to ninth in the field with several lapped trucks slowing him on the restart. With only laps remaining Setzer fell to tenth where he would remain until the checkered flag.

"We gave it all we had today, we just came up short," Setzer said. "We put a lot of effort into the truck all weekend long and came a long ways from when we started. With only two races remaining were hoping we can go out and get another win. These guys at Morgan/Dollar are working hard as they can and were ready for a run in 2002."

The tenth place finish was Morgan/Dollar Motorsports fourteenth Top-10 of the season. The team has gone on in the seasons 22 events to score a win (Memphis), two poles and seven top-5 finishes. The team is currently seventh in series points with two races remaining in Phoenix and California.

The next race for the Craftsman Truck Series is the Silverado 350 at the Phoenix International Speedway Friday, October 26. Live green flag coverage can be seen on ESPN starting at 6:30 EST, with a live radio broadcast on MRN beginning at 6:00 p.m. EST.


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer