Monsam New Morgan Dollar Chief

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Crew chief “silly season” continued this week as Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, which fields the No. 46 ACXIOM Chevy for Dennis Setzer in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, announced the hiring of John Monsam as its head wrench.

Monsam replaces Danny Gill, who announced he was returning to Bobby Hamilton Racing to be the crew chief of Robert Pressley’s No. 18 Dodge a couple of weeks ago.

Monsam brings a wealth of experience to a relatively young team. He has worked with the likes of Ron Hornaday, Rick Carelli and Lance Norick over the past four seasons in the Craftsman Truck Series, scoring victories with Hornaday and Carelli. He spent last year with Norick, who finished 11th in the CTS points standings, and comes to a team that finished ninth in the points and won a race with Setzer.

“We felt like we were just a few steps away from being a dominant team at the end of last season,” said team co-owner David Dollar. “To be competitive in NASCAR today you have to have the complete package. To win a championship in any division, you have to have great sponsors and the best equipment, horsepower, driver, crew and crew chief to succeed. We knew all along that we had everything else and now I believe we have found the best crew chief for our program in John Monsam.”

Monsam began his NASCAR career in the mid-1980s with Rob Moroso and Steve Bird. He has also worked with Alan Kulwicki, Ricky Craven, Tood Bodine, Ricky Rudd and current Winston Cup crew chief Paul Andrews.

Monsam said he’s looking forward to helping Setzer and the No. 46 ACXIOM Chevy team win races and work toward a championship.

“I am very excited about working with this team in 2002,” Monsam said. “They have come a long way in a short time, and from what I have seen, there is a championship future here at Morgan-Dollar Motorsports.

“Dennis Setzer is a true racer and has always excelled when given the right equipment – and that is exactly what we intend on giving him. It’s going to be a pleasure to work with one of the greatest drivers in the series and a talented, energetic crew at Morgan-Dollar Motorsports.”

Setzer had eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes in 2001. He scored a pair of poles – at Kansas Speedway and Richmond International Raceway – to go along with his victory in the Memphis 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park.

The team will now focus on testing on some short tracks in the next three weeks and at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway in mid-January in preparation for the season opener at Daytona in February.

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