Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pantry 300 Title Gives Setzer Rookie Double

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pantry 300 Title Gives Setzer Rookie Double

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Dennis Setzer became the first rookie in NASCAR Busch Grand National history to win two races in the same year when he took The Pantry 300 on Sunday at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Setzer, who lives only a few miles from the .363-mile track and started his career there, came back from an encounter with a lapped car to lead the final three laps, winning a spirited duel with former St. Louisan Kenny Wallace.

Setzer's Chevrolet passed Wallace's Ford and won the race by .32 of a second, or about two car lengths.

"I thought we were finished when we had to pit to fix the car," said Setzer, whose car sustained sheet metal damage on the right front when he collided with another car as the field lined up for a restart on Lap 265.

Setzer had to pit, still under caution, and fell to third in the running order behind Wallace and David Green.

The race went green for the final time on Lap 270, and Setzer fought his way through lapped traffic to pass Green for second only 10 laps from the finish. Then, after trying Wallace on the high side, Setzer slipped under him on Lap 297 and took the lead for good on Lap 298. He averaged 66.122 mph, and won $15,380.

Setzer won the first race of his career on the series on July 16 at South Boston, Va.

Goodyear Wins Marlboro 500: Scott Goodyear inherited the lead 20 laps from the end and cruised to victory in the Marlboro 500 in Brooklyn, Mich. The race was marred by a series of broken engines and accidents that took out all of the top contenders.

Goodyear, whose only other Indy-car victory came in the 1992 race at Michigan International Speedway, lost ground when he ran out of fuel on Lap 170 of the 250-lap event. He appeared completely out of the running until misfortune began visiting all of the other leaders.

Goodyear was more than a lap behind series point leader Al Unser Jr. …

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