Monday, June 28, 2010

N’WIDE: Setzer Continues Record Pace With Ignition Problem At New Hampshire

Dennis Setzer picked up the 9th last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Saturday's New England 200 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway when his unsponsored #92 K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge fell out with an ignition problem after completing 2 of the race’s 200 laps. It was Setzer’s 7th last-place finish in 2010 alone.

One week after Andy Ponstein drove the #92 to a 42nd-place finish at Road America, Setzer returned and qualified 35th at a speed of 124.357 mph, beating five other cars that were not locked into the field on points.

With 16 races remaining, Setzer is already just five last-place finishes away from breaking Jeff Fuller’s single-season record of 11, set in 2004. When combined with Johnny Chapman’s additional last-place finish in the #92 at Bristol, the team is also six finishes away from breaking the single-season team record of 13.

Chapman, still tied for 3rd in the Nationwide Series LASTCAR rankings, made just his fourth start of the 2010 season, but his first drive for owner Dana Tomes ended after 5 laps, leaving him 40th. Team owner Brian Keselowski qualified his #26 next to him in 36th and fell out of the race seven laps later with brake problems, winding up 39th.

*Neither Setzer, nor K-Automotive Motorsports, nor the #92 had ever finished last in a Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire.

43) #92-Dennis Setzer / 2 laps / ignition
42) #37-Kevin Swindell / 3 laps / handling
41) #61-Josh Wise / 3 laps / electrical
40) #75-Johnny Chapman / 5 laps / brakes
39) #26-Brian Keselowski / 9 laps / brakes

1st) Dennis Setzer (7)
2nd) Michael Annett, Johnny Borneman III, Johnny Chapman, David Gilliland, Mark Green, Brian Keselowski, Kevin Lepage, Danny O’Quinn, Jr., Chrissy Wallace (1)

1st) #92-K-Automotive Motorsports (8)
2nd) #15-Germain Racing, #41-Rick Ware, #70-Mary Louise Miller, #83-John Borneman, Jr., #90-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #91-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #96-K-Automotive Motorsports, #04-Johnny Davis Motorsports (1)

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