Setzer to Drive for Gloy-Rahal

Setzer fills seat in Icehouse Ford ODESSA, Mo. (May 19, 1998) Dennis Setzer, who made a solid NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut last month at Talladega Superspeedway in a Bill Elliott-owned Ford, will drive the No. 55 Icehouse Beer Ford ...

Setzer fills seat in Icehouse Ford

ODESSA, Mo. (May 19, 1998) Dennis Setzer, who made a solid NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut last month at Talladega Superspeedway in a Bill Elliott-owned Ford, will drive the No. 55 Icehouse Beer Ford for Gloy-Rahal Racing in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Yellow Freight 200 at I-70 Speedway, team manager Bill Fingerlow said Tuesday.

The deal with the veteran NASCAR Winston Racing Series and NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver from Newton, N.C., is strictly for one race only, Fingerlow said. The team has been trying to find a full-time driver since releasing Dave Rezendes from his duties following the Craftsman 200 by NAPA Auto Parts at Portland Speedway late last month.

"We're still trying to make our plans for the rest of the year," Fingerlow said. "This was a weekend where he (Setzer) just happened to be available, so we went with him. We've talked to a few people, but we don't have anyone in mind yet to fill the seat."

Ernie Cope, the team's crew chief, drove the truck in the NAPACARD 200 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., on May 9, and finished 24th.

The Gloy-Rahal Racing team has struggled this season. After a 31st-place finish in the season-opener at Walt Disney World Speedway, the team has finished ninth, 18th, 17th and 24th.

Setzer, who is employed as a test driver by Elliott, has been mainly in that role this season after David and Karen Ridling's No. 43 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division race team closed shop at the end of last season. He has failed to make the field for NCTS races at Orlando and Homestead, Fla., this season.

Setzer ran a third car for Elliott at Talladega in the DieHard 500, and finished 20th.

Setzer also filled in as a substitute driver in the No. 48 UniFirst Uniforms Ford in the NASCAR Busch Series Gumout Long Life Formula 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway on May 9. He finished 42nd when the car incurred engine problems.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer