Kroger 250: Dennis Setzer Wins Wild Race in Martinsville

Samuel SicaAnalyst IMarch 29, 2008

The Kroger 250 turned out to be a great race as Dennis Setzer stretched his fuel mileage just enough to get him to the finish first. 

The race had a total of ten caution flags which slowed the pace of the race down considerably.  The win was Setzer's first win this season in the Craftsmen Truck Series. 

The field for the race was stacked with former and current Sprint Cup Series drivers.  Five drivers were pulling double duty this weekend racing in both the truck and cup series races.  These drivers included Mike Skinner, Travis Kvapil, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Kenny Schrader. 

Six former winners at Martinsville were also in the field including Setzer, Skinner, Sprague, Crawford, Starr, and Jon Wood.  Three drivers were making their first start ever in Nascar today including Chrissy Wallace, daughter of Mike Wallace.

The race began with Jack Sprague on the pole and Denny Hamlin alongside in second.  Sprague would lead the first lap but was not a factor at the finish. 

Eventually, Busch took the lead but relinquished it on lap 120 when he spun out a lapped truck and stopped on the track in order not to hit him. On lap 136, Sprague was involved in a four truck accident which hurt him the remainder of the race. 

Shortly after that, Hamlin spun out of seventh place on lap 150 and wound up finishing in the twenty second position. 

Setzer led the majority of the race and started to feel the pressure with just 10 laps to go.  Skinner ended up running out of fuel with three laps to go and was spun around by Busch, ending his chances to win. 

On the final lap of the race, Kyle Busch spun out Benson, who was running in second place at the time, as well as himself.  Benson and Busch would finish back in the 25th and 26th positions. 

The top ten finishers included Setzer, Crafton, Crawford, Schrader, Darnell, Starr, Kvapil, Hornaday, Lia, and Speed.  Wallace, who started the race from the 35th position, ended up finishing on the lead lap in seventeenth in her first race.  

Busch continues to lead the point standings with Bodine, Hornaday, Setzer, and Crawford all chasing him.  The biggest mover in the race happened to be Schrader, who started in the 28th position and finished in fourth.  This race is in the history books and we can look ahead to a great finish in the truck series this season.