Setzer Memphis race recap

Setzer Leaves Competition Singing the Blues at Memphis Memphis, TN - Dennis Setzer, driver of the ...

Setzer Leaves Competition Singing the Blues at Memphis

Memphis, TN - Dennis Setzer, driver of the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series had enough shake, rattle and roll in his race truck to secure the first victory of 2001. It was also the first ever win for Morgan/Dollar Motorsports in the series, Saturday during the running of the Memphis 200 at the Memphis Motorsports Park.

Setzer, who has never finished outside the top-5 at the 3/4-mile oval, was quick to point out the efforts of his Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team.

"This win is definitely for all of the hard working guys at Morgan/Dollar Motorsports. These guys have been working very hard to build us good equipment and it showed here today," said Setzer. "David Dollar and Rob Morgan have built this team to what it is today, so it is rewarding for me to be a part of their first win."

After qualifying in the fourth position, Setzer quickly found himself moving into second place behind leader Jack Sprague. After pitting on lap 30, Setzer found himself back in fourth, but by lap 65 was once again chasing defending race champion Jack Sprague, in second.

"It seemed like we could get in second and start chasing Jack down. On restarts we would get pinned behind some lapped traffic and that would let him get away," stated Setzer. "We never lost a spot on the race track all afternoon, we got behind on pit road, but I was able to quickly move back up."

On lap 103, Setzer once again pitted coming out of the pits in fourth. By lap 122, Setzer took the lead from Greg Biffle and lead until lap 139. The final pit stop of the day on lap 140 saw Setzer lose four positions, coming out of the pits in fifth. On lap 166 Setzer drove down below Scott Riggs coming out of turn 4 and returned to the lead never looking back.

"I knew all day we had a good truck, it continually stayed the same," said Setzer. "You can't afford to abuse your equipment early on at a place like Memphis and you need to save it for the last 50 laps, we did and got a bit of a cushion and I was able to just watch the mirror and ride."

The win was Setzer's sixth in the NCTS and his first since Nazareth of last season. The win also marked the first ever victory for Setzer's Hennessey Oklahoma team in just their 66th start.

"It has been an all around effort to get us into victory lane," Setzer said. "We tested last week in Altus, Oklahoma and I think that test really gave us a base to go off here. We walked in here thinking we could win, we felt we had worked hard and felt that we could be the team to watch. I think the guys proved that by as strong as the truck ran today."

The Memphis 200 victory provided a homecoming celebration for the teams sponsor Acxiom. Acxiom the world leader in data integration is based in Little Rock, Arkansas. A series sponsor since 1998, this is their first win. The teams co-primary sponsor Computer Associates also celebrated the victory as 65 guests cheered in the stands.

"This win could not of come at a better place," said Setzer. "Acxiom is headquartered down the road in Little Rock and Computer Associates had a large group of people here. It's always special when you can share the victory with the people that make it happen."

The victory helps the team's steady climb through the series point's standings. 2001 started off rocky for Setzer, as he made the move to a new team and a new manufacturer. However, the last six weeks have seen the team move from 22nd to10th in the points and a finishing position of no worse than 14th.

"I really thought we'd get a victory five races in, but we've had some setbacks," Setzer said. "Since Danny Gill (crew chief) has come on board, we have begun to turn around our season, I think we can now make a run at them the rest of the year. What Danny brings to this team is the leadership and knowledge that we needed. The guys respond well to him and I think the results we have had the last six races prove that."

With the whirlwind schedule in the NCTS, Setzer and his Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team have little time to celebrate their win. The series prepares to invade the Milwaukee Mile next Saturday, where Setzer feels a repeat performance is not out of the question.

"I've run good at the Milwaukee Mile, I finished second to Mike Skinner in my first ever truck race back in 95 and captured a pole in the Busch series. However, I also want to savor this one, this is the first win for Morgan/Dollar Motorsports and they deserve to enjoy it."

For more information on Dennis Setzer and the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates team please call Jeff Opalach at 810-796-2963 or by email at opee46@earthlink.com.

-MDM

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Greg Biffle , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Scott Riggs