Martinsville Dennis Setzer hopes experience will pay off
Martinsville, VA - When it comes to short track racing at Martinsville the more experience you have the better off your chances to win. For Dennis Setzer driver of the ...
Martinsville, VA - When it comes to short track racing at Martinsville the more experience you have the better off your chances to win. For Dennis Setzer driver of the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet experience is plentiful at the .526-mile oval.
"Experience definitely helps when you come to a track like Martinsville," Setzer said. "Martinsville is a tight place to race, you have to be very patient and race wisely, and the guys that conserve their trucks will be strong at the end. This place is one that you can not just reach out and pass, you have to work on a guy for several laps, set him up and then make your move."
Setzer has the experience at Martinsville, as he is one of only a couple of drivers in the field that has raced at the speedway in the Winston Cup Series, the Busch Grand National Series and the Craftsman Truck Series.
"I have been fortunate enough to race in all three series at Martinsville so I feel really comfortable with the track. There is such a difference between the three series that it has really helped me learn my way around here, because you have to learn to adapt to the different types of setups. I think it gives me a little bit of an advantage coming back here in the trucks."
Setzer has raced at the Martinsville Speedway four times in the Craftsman Truck Series and has had impressive results. He has an average finish of thirteenth in his four starts at the track, including a top-five in 2000. In the '99 NAPA 250 Setzer lead 69 of the 250 laps.
"I have had some good runs at Martinsville over the past few seasons. We have finished in the top-10 two of the three times I have run there and should have won the race in '99. We finished 15th in '99 and were leading the race trying to make a pass on Hornaday when we cut down a right front tire and had to make a green-flag pit stop. I know that we have a great chance this weekend and the Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet should be very close to the front," explained Setzer.
2001 has gotten off to a slow start for Setzer and his new Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team as the team currently sits 21st in series points. The team has shown muscle leading at Daytona and running second most of the afternoon at Mesa Marin, only to experience engine problems at Daytona and Miami and then an untimely crash in Bakersfield.
"This season has started kind of rough for us, but we have shown that we can put the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet in the front," Setzer said. "The Morgan/Dollar Motorsports team has been really working hard and I think we have all of the mechanical aspects figured out and I know that this team is ready to visit victory lane."
If experience has any part to play in the winner of the Advance Auto Parts 250 this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway then Dennis Setzer and the #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet team will be right near the front when the checkered flag falls.
The Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast live by MRN Radio beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 7.
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