Blown engine ends Musgrave's bid
BROOKLYN, Mich. Dennis Setzer received a little assistance from a caution flag to win for the first time in over a year.
Setzer, who was leading when a caution flag waved with two laps remaining, took the checkered flag for Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Paramount Health Insurance 200 at Michigan International Speedway.
It was Setzer's 13th career win and first since June 11, 2004 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Series points leader Ted Musgrave, who was in second place at the time, attempted to make a run at Setzer's Chevrolet Silverado, but the engine on his Dodge Ram blew as he was driving through turn 2. That brought out the event's eighth caution flag and ensured Setzer's first win of the season.
"We knew we had a really good truck," Setzer said. "The Chevy Silverado was awesome during practice yesterday. It was so fast through the corners all day. That RCR motor just carried us down the straightaway. We had a good package today."
"This was just a pretty awesome show by this piece."
Kyle Busch, who had won his previous two starts on this circuit and was the series' youngest pole-sitter for this one, finished second in a Chevrolet. Fellow Nextel Cup regular Kevin Harvick was third in another Chevrolet, followed by Bobby Hamilton's Dodge and Mike Skinner's Toyota Tundra.
"We had a shot at the victory," Busch said. "Man, I wish they didn't throw the caution there. I think we would have had something there for him. I'm sure the fans would have loved to see another green-white checkered finish."
The win enabled Setzer to climb four spots into a tie with Hamilton for the series points lead. Musgrave fell from first to third, 19 points off the pace.