St. Louis: Dennis Setzer preview

Setzer and Morgan-Dollar Looking for Change in Luck at Gateway Statesville, NC -- Dennis Setzer and his No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado race team could use a little luck as they head into Gateway International Raceway for this weekend's Ram Tough 200.

Setzer and Morgan-Dollar Looking for Change in Luck at Gateway

Statesville, NC -- Dennis Setzer and his No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado race team could use a little luck as they head into Gateway International Raceway for this weekend's Ram Tough 200. The team has been plagued by flat tires, accidents, judgment-call penalties, and all together - bad luck.

"We have certainly had our share of bad luck this season," said driver, Dennis Setzer. "I feel like we have had a truck capable of winning in three of the first four races, and a top-five truck at each one. We just can't catch a break right now."

Over the past two seasons, Dennis Setzer and his No. 46 Silverado crew have been able to make strong runs for the overall championship and have accumulated five victories in doing so. During that time, Dennis and his crew failed to finish only one race in a total of fifty starts. Setzer completed 97% of the laps in 2003, losing the championship by just nine points. The team completed an outstanding 99% of the laps in 2004, but finished 46 points behind the eventual champion. Dennis's only DNF of 2005 came at Daytona as he was involved in a last-lap accident after taking the white flag.

Setzer, who has best been known for winning at short tracks (three short-track wins in 2003) broke his form by winning his only two races at superspeedways (Lowe's & Texas) in 2004. He and the team are very confident heading to Gateway this weekend and believe they could get their first win of the season and first for Morgan-Dollar at a mid-sized speedway.

"This year we are looking to have an advantage on the competition at Gateway. Teams are limited to the gears and transmissions that they can run, so that is going to mean that no one can use a gear and transmission combothat will allow them to shift during the race. Most of the teams in the past have run a taller gear and lower transmission were able to shift into third gear in the corner. That gave them a good jump off the corner and then they would shift back into fourth about halfway down the straights. Since I have raced here with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports beginning in 2001, we have never set our truck up to shift. We had to set the truck up so that it could roll through the corners and we were able to find ways to make it fast without shifting. That is something that most of these teams are going to have to figure out this time around, but we have been doing it for four years now.

We were able to bring our Chevrolet Silverado home with a second-place finish last year on the historic, four-time green/white/checkered finish. We probably weren't a second-place truck that night but the late race attrition got us there. This time though, I feel like we will be a top-three truck and hope we get our first win of the season in St. Louis!"

Look for Dennis Setzer and his #46 Team Silverado to get back to the front at ay. Live green flag begins on the Speed Channel Friday, February 25th at 4:30 pm EST with radio coverage coming on MRN Affiliates and XM Satellite radio at 4:30 p.m.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer