Dennis Setzer

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Dennis Setzer
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Setzer at the Milwaukee Mile in 2009
Born (1960-02-27) February 27, 1960 (age 54)
Newton, North Carolina, United States
Awards 1999 Craftsman Truck Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
8 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
2011 position 76th
Best champ.
finish
51st - 1998
First race 1998 DieHard 500 (Talladega)
Last race 2011 Jeff Byrd 500 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
159 race(s) run over 11 year(s)
2011 position 28th
Best champ.
finish
9th - 1994
First race 1991 All Pro 300 (Charlotte)
Last race 2011 Dollar General 300 (Joliet)
First win 1994 Ford Credit 300 (South Boston)
Last win 1994 The Pantry 300 (Hickory)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 22 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
314 race(s) run over 17 year(s)
Truck no., team No. 93 (RSS Racing)
2012 position 38th
Best champ.
finish
2nd - 2003, 2004, 2005
First race 1995 Sears Auto Center 125 (Milwaukee)
Last race 2012 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
First win 1998 Dodge California Truck Stop 300 (Mesa Marin)
Last win 2008 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
18 160 4
Statistics current as of November 17, 2012.

Dennis Setzer (born February 27, 1960) is an American stock car racing driver. He has driven in all three of NASCAR's top series. He currently drives for RSS Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.

Beginnings[edit]

Setzer made his NASCAR debut in the Busch Series in 1991 in the All Pro 300. He started 5th in his own #4 Ford Thunderbird, but crashed on lap nine and finished 40th. He ran another race the following year, at Hickory Motor Speedway in a car owned by Bill Davis. He wrecked in that race as well but still managed to finish 26th. In 1993, he ran four races for Daniel Welch, and had a top-ten run in the Advance Auto Parts 500.

Busch Series Years[edit]

Setzer made his first full-time run in 1994, driving the #59 Alliance Training Centers Chevrolet for Welch once again. Setzer won in his 23rd career start at South Boston Speedway, then won again two races later at Hickory Motor Speedway. By the end of the year, he was 9th in points and was runner-up to Johnny Benson for Rookie of the Year. In 1995, the team switched to Fords; Setzer struggled in the adjustment. After he won the pole at the Milwaukee Mile, he was released from the ride, and spent the rest of the season making fill-in starts. At the same time, he began running part-time in the newly formed Craftsman Truck Series. He finished second in his debut at Milwaukee, along with seven other starts that year.

In 1996, he signed to drive the #38 Lipton Tea Ford for Akins-Sutton Motorsports. Despite two top-ten finishes, he was released from the ride, and spent he rest of the year driving the Mark III Financial car. He started the 1997 season in that ride, but was released after five races, and spent the rest of the season in the #43 Lance Snacks Chevy owned by David Ridling, posting four top-tens and finishing 19th in points.

Truck Series[edit]

After 1997, Setzer did not have a ride for 1998. He started the season doing work for Gloy-Rahal Motorsports in the Trucks, but only for a handful of races. After three DNF's in the Busch Series, Setzer was selected by K Automotive Racing to replace driver/team owner Bob Keselowski, who'd been injured in a wreck. Setzer had eighth-place finishes in the truck while filling in. After that, he signed with Bill Elliott Racing, replacing Jerry Nadeau for eight races. His best finish in seven starts (he DNQ'd at Dover) was 19th at Talladega Superspeedway. After a brief hiatus from the trucks, Setzer returned to K Automotive to finish the season, and collected a win at Mesa Marin Raceway.

In 1999, K Automotive provided Setzer with a full-time ride in the #1 Mopar Dodge Ram. Setzer won three races and was in the thick of the championship hunt, but an early wreck at the season finale at California Speedway took him out of the running. Nevertheless, he was named the series' Most Popular Driver for 1999. His performance slipped in 2000, as he won just one race and dropped to seventh in points. After that season, he left the team.

Recent years[edit]

In 2001, Setzer joined Morgan-Dollar Motorsports. In his first year with the team he won two poles, one race, and finished ninth in points. After another quiet year in 2002, things started improving, as Setzer won three race in 2003. After failing to win a race in 2006, he departed Morgan Dollar to join Spears Motorsports. In 2007, Setzer won the City of Mansfield 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway after running the entire 250 lap race without a pitstop. The Mansfield victory was his first victory in 41 races, his last coming in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park on August 1, 2005.

Late in the 2007 season, he parted ways with Spears and raced at New Hampshire for Green Light Racing, and at Las Vegas for Bobby Hamilton Racing. He drove the #18 Dodge Ram Truck to a victory in the 2008 Kroger 250 at Martinsville. It was Setzer's 18th career win, and BHR's first win since Bobby Hamilton Sr. won in Martinsville in 2005. After BHR shut down at the end of 2008, Setzer found himself out of a job entering the season.

Setzer began the 2009 Truck Series season driving one race apiece for GunBroker Racing and Fast Track Racing Enterprises, before being named the driver for MRD Motorsports. He had two second-place finishes and was in the top-ten in points before he was forced to miss six races due to sponsorship issues. Setzer also returned to K-Automotive in the Nationwide Series, driving the #96 ConelyAuto.com Dodge on a part-time basis before moving to the other team car, #92.

During the 2010 Aaron's 312 Nationwide Series race in Talladega on the last lap Setzer, driving the #92, was involved in a huge crash which sent him up the wall and into the catch fence. He then hit a fence pole and spun around, and with a fiery explosion, landed on all four wheels. Setzer was okay after the crash.

Setzer did not have a full-time ride to begin 2011. In March, he was named a substitute driver for Brian Keselowski in the Sprint Cup Series, who was recovering from gallbladder surgery. Setzer successfully qualified for the Bristol race, his first Cup series event since 1998. He went on to finish 38th, the team's best finish to date. Brian Keselowski has since returned to action. After several weeks, Setzer began driving the cars for Jay Robinson Racing in the Nationwide Series. Setzer also attempted a handful of races with ML Motorsports and R3 Motorsports. As of late October, his best finish of the year has been 18th at Road America. Setzer was to attempt the fall cup race at Martinsville, but qualifying was rained out and the field was set by owner's points, and Setzer and his K-Automotive Motorsports team went home.

Images[edit]

Setzer at Bristol in March 2009 driving the #96 dodge for Bob Keselowski 
Setzer's #96 behind the wall at Milwaukee, 2009 
Setzer in the #70 Nationwide car at Road America, 2011 

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