Setzer Sneaks to NCTS Kentucky Win
Dennis Setzer capitalized on Terry Cook's misfortune and raced from the 18th starting spot to claim his third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win in his past four starts and first career Kentucky Speedway victory tonight in "The Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers."
"Our Silverado was pretty daggone good when we started the race," Setzer said. "It was pretty bad in practice last night and today, but we made a lot of improvements in it. Our engines were really good, that helped us out a lot, and our pit stops were excellent. Those guys passed a lot of trucks on pit road that I couldn't have passed on the track."
Setzer scores his 15th career series victory after leading only six laps, the first following a caution when Cook's No. 10 Powerstroke Diesel by International Ford cut a right front tire coming out of Turn 2 and connected with the backstretch wall with five laps remaining in the race.
Cook firmly held the race lead at the time, had led 78 laps to that point, and was on pace to break his 71-race win drought that dates back to August 2, 2002.
Setzer said his No. 46 Chevy Trucks Silverado didn't have enough to challenge for the win if Cook had stayed on the track.
"I definitely don't think we could've caught Terry, not with the amount of laps left," Setzer said. "If it were a long run, we were a little better than those guys, but there was no way it was going to happen (with five laps remaining).
"It's unfortunate for Terry and it was very bad for the Powerstroke Team. I'm proud of those guys, they're great competitors in the series. He must have run over something and cut the tire because he had the race handily won at that time." NASCAR officials originally placed third-place finisher Todd Bodine (No. 30 Allman Brothers Band Toyota) in the race lead following the caution, but moved Setzer to the top spot before the race restarted with two laps remaining.
Setzer staved off the charging Bodine to register his sixth top-five and eighth top-10 finish of the season. He extends his series points lead to 83 over Ted Musgrave (No. 1 Mopar Dodge).
Setzer would've agreed with the official decision following the caution even if it didn't give him the race lead.
"NASCAR is one of the best sanctioning bodies there is as far as safety for the drivers," he said. "They realize that when a caution like that comes out, Terry Cook could've have been easily injured. If they would've put us in a situation where Todd and I had to race to him, there's a probably a chance that we could've hit him and hurt him worse. Throw the caution out quick in that situation, I applaud them for that. If it would've been the other way around, I still would applaud them because we don't need to be racing toward these guys."
David Reutimann (No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota) finished third, Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) was fourth and Musgrave rounded out the top five.
The official attendance for the event was 40,196.
Kentucky Speedway continues its 2005 race campaign on August 13-14 when the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series and rookie star Danica Patrick join the Menards Infiniti Pro Series at the track. Visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com for ticket and event information.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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