SETZER'S SHOT AT VICTORY SLIPS AWAY WITH FLAT TIRE No. 85 Team Rallies to Ninth then Caught-Up in Last-Lap Melee GATEWAY, IL -- Dennis Setzer and his No. 85 FlexFuel race team had flourished as of late at the 1.25-mile Gateway International...
SETZER'S SHOT AT VICTORY SLIPS AWAY WITH FLAT TIRE
No. 85 Team Rallies to Ninth then Caught-Up in Last-Lap Melee
GATEWAY, IL -- Dennis Setzer and his No. 85 FlexFuel race team had flourished as of late at the 1.25-mile Gateway International Raceway scoring two-straight runner-up finishes until Saturday night's Ram Tough 200. However, luck and a race heavy on destruction had other ideas for Setzer and his E85 race team tonight.
Qualifying was washed out due to persistent rain and the field was set by owner points. That put Setzer and his No. 85 FlexFuel Silverado on the inside of row five, in ninth position. Dennis and the team made few adjustments to make an "overall great handling" truck even better. Excellent pit strategy put them in the lead with just over fifty laps remaining and good to go till the end of the race.
However, after just taking the lead, Setzer noticed the right rear was feeling low and radioed to his crew. After about a lap under caution of crew observations, another driver pointed out the flat and Setzer ducked on pit road for right-side tires. Setzer would have to restart in 24th position.
"We were in really good position when that happened. The pit sequence we were on had us on about ten lap older tires than the other leaders, but they were going to have to pass a lot of trucks to get to us. It was a shame because we got our E85 FlexFuel Silverado in front and were good to go to the end there before that restart. The right rear felt a little low to me and one of the other trucks came up and told me it was going down. We had to pit because the tire was going down, and came very close to losing a lap. That was a shame because the truck was running pretty good at that point and Eric and the guys had called a good race to get us in the lead. But with all the early wrecks there was a lot of debris out there and I guess we picked up something."
Dennis drove through several incidents and made some daring moves to get his Silverado back inside the top-ten with ten laps remaining. The racing heated up in the final laps and as Setzer, who was running ninth and trying to pick up another position, found himself in a fierce battle for his own position. Setzer and the other truck got together coming off of turn two on the final lap and both spun to the inside with Setzer making major contact with the inside wall. He would finish in a disappointing 23rd position.
"Yeah we tore the truck up pretty bad there on that last lap. I got into the 04 truck there coming off of turn two and when I backed off someone got into the back of me and turned me. It was a hard hit."