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GM RACING/TEAM SILVERADO -TEXAS

NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES
Date Posted — October 14, 2004
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PRE-EVENT NOTES AND QUOTES

SILVERADO 350K

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

DRIVER: DENNIS SETZER

TEAM: No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado

Date of Birth: February 27, 1960

Hometown: Newton, NC

NOTE: Setzer heads to Texas Motor Speedway as the winner of the June 11, 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race. He currently sits second in points, just 56 points out of first.

ON TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: “We ran really good in the early part of the year and then we kind of went through a little slump but I think things are starting to come back together now,” said Setzer, a top-10 finisher in his most recent three starts. “We’re just getting everything lined up (again) and hope to make a run for the championship. Last year we lost ground at the second Texas event and never really made it up. We were the only contender that didn’t finish in the top-five here last year and we went on to lose the championship by 9 points. So this race is very important to us.”

We were able to practice and qualify in the afternoon when we were here in June, so a lot of that information should transfer over to this race.”

DRIVER: JACK SPRAGUE

TEAM: No. 16 IWX Motorsports Chevy Trucks Silverado

Date of Birth: August 8, 1964

Hometown: Spring Lake, MI

ON TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: “We are coming off a great run in California and will be running the same truck again this weekend in Texas. We tested very well this week in Atlanta so I am very comfortable with the package we have put together to unload for Texas. We ran fourth in the spring after starting deep in the field and I have a win and several top-five and top-ten finishes at this track so there is a confidence level for all of us there as well. Texas has always been one of my favorite tracks and I feel like if we can keep our momentum going from California, we can set our selves up to be a real contender for the championship in 2005.”

DRIVER: DAVID STARR

TEAM: No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado

Date of Birth: October 11, 1967 Hometown: Houston, TX

ON TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: “I'm excited about this upcoming round at Texas Motor Speedway," says Starr. "I consider it my hometown track and it definitely is one if my favorites. It is a great facility and a great place to race. The track surface is awesome and it is definitely a fun track. The fans are also terrific. They really get behind the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and both races always draws a phenomenal crowd. Our first run here in June this season was very disappointing as we got taken out early on. This time we don't intend to let that happen. Having all my family and friends watching is a huge incentive to do well and if I had to pick one race to win, it would be this one. It would be awesome for me and for my entire team. We have been on the Podium in third place three times, now it is time to grab the Number One slot.”

DRIVER: MATT CRAFTON

TEAM: No. 6 Kevin Harvick, Inc. GM Goodwrench Silverado

Date of Birth: June 11, 1976

Hometown: Tulare, CA

ON TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: “We didn't qualify too good there earlier this year. We were a top-10 team, but I feel now that we can go back there and run in the top-five and compete for the win. We struggled a bit to get our truck to run good on new tires. Wally (Rogers) and myself have been trying to really figure out our truck on new tires. The truck is great on old tires so, hopefully we can get it to run on new tires to enable us to qualify better and put us in a position to run up front from the start. The asphalt is starting to get some age so; I definitely think there will be a second groove this time. When we raced there in June we started running two-wide, but the bottom groove was definitely better. The Cup cars have been there since we raced there so, they may have widened the second groove even more. It would be a great race to win especially since it is sponsored by Chevy."

DRIVER: SHANE HMIEL

TEAM: No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Silverado

Date of Birth: May 15, 1980

Hometown: Pleasant Garden, NC

ON TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: “Texas is a track I really look forward to racing at. It’s a real fast track and I can pass well there and I like that. We had a shot to win at Texas in June. Our truck was capable of winning the race but we just blew while in second place. It is frustrating at times. We’ve had good runs this season in our Chevrolet Silverado and a lot of bad luck. We had a bunch of DNF’s that have been mostly out of our control. We took another hit in the points in California a few weeks ago after our tire blew while in the lead. We had moved into 11th place in overall points after finally winning in Las Vegas and now dropped down to 13th where we hope to improve that. There are only five races left. We are only 64 points back from 10th and I plan on doing everything on my end to be consistent, take care of my truck and hopefully win some races for Billy Ballew Motorsports.####

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Article posted by RacingWest.com staff on October 14, 2004. http://www.racingwest.com

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