Texas II: Dennis Setzer preview

The North Carolina native will be making hisr2nd NASCAR start at Texas Motor Speedway. He has one Nationwide and 20 previous NCTS starts at the 1.5-mile oval. He has scored two victories (1999 & 2004), six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in those...

The North Carolina native will be making hisr2nd NASCAR start at Texas Motor Speedway. He has one Nationwide and 20 previous NCTS starts at the 1.5-mile oval. He has scored two victories (1999 & 2004), six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in those trucks starts.

The NCTS raced on Halloween night in 2003 at Phoenix International Raceway. Setzer finished third followed by Bobby Hamilton Sr. in fifth in the next-to-last race that season.

Setzer has scored nine consecutive top-10 starting spots in the last nine events.

Setzer will pilot "NITRO" on Halloween night. He drove this particular chassis at Texas and Michigan in June, Kentucky in July, Nashville in August and Las Vegas this past September.

The No. 18 Dodge will be showcasing the Carter County Dodge paint scheme during the Texas show down. The Carter County Dodge was the outstanding sales performer selling more Dodge vehicles than all the surrounding dealerships, thus winning the prize to sponsor Setzer's No. 18 Dodge Ram at TMS this weekend.

Setzer on his favorite childhood Halloween costume? "When I was young to go trick or treating you wore homemade costumes. They didn't really have that many to choose from in the store so we normally just made something out of what we already had. Instead of seeing Superman and Power Rangers you saw more cowboys and police men. I do remember my favorite costume my son, Brandon, wore though. He dressed up as Bill Elliott one year. He wore a costume that was a replica of his McDonald fire suit. He had the suit, the gloves and the helmet. Bill (Elliott) is such a class-act kind of guy that I thought it was neat my son chose him for his costume."

Setzer on the scariest moment in your racing career? "The crazy thing is that it's really not that scary while it happens. Everything transpires so fast on the track you don't have time to stop and think, "This is going to hurt" before you hit the wall or another truck. In fact I've never found myself frightened before a race or even while a wreck is in progress. However, after it is all over and I am sitting there looking at a mangled truck or a scratched helmet, that is when I realized how bad it could've been. As a race car driver we tend to put all those scary moments in the back of our head and hope they don't revisit us anytime soon."

-credit: bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Dennis Setzer