Musgrave ready to tackle double duty at Indy.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 29, 2002) - Double duty will be the order of the weekend as Ted Musgrave prepares for a pair of NASCAR events - the Power Stroke Diesel 200 Craftsman Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park and ninth-annual Brickyard 400 Winston Cup classic at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"We've definitely got a full plate in Indianapolis," said Musgrave.
"We're running the Truck Series race at IRP Friday night and the Brickyard 400 Sunday. I'm definitely going to have to rely on my Truck Series teammate, Jason Leffler, at IRP because my practice time in the Mopar Dodge will be cut in half. After about an hour of practice in the truck, I'll get in a helicopter and fly over to the big track and practice the No. 07 Kenwood/Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid. Because practices overlap Friday, I'll be doing double duty that day. I'm sure we'll have a great truck and we had a really good test in the Winston Cup car at Indy a couple weeks ago, so everyone is very optimistic about our chances in both events."
Musgrave should be in good hands with Leffler taking care of getting the two Ultra Motorsports entries dialed in at IRP. The driver of the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge Ram is a three-time USAC National Midget Champion with a host of experience in the open-wheel ranks on the .686-mile IRP oval.
"I'm going to have to depend on the guys from the No. 2 truck," said Musgrave. "If they find anything that picks them up on the track, we'll have to look into that. Jason has thousands of laps at IRP, just not in a truck. That doesn't matter. He knows the line and how the truck is going to need to feel. IRP is a short little racetrack and it's always very slick in the corners. Not too many people can run the bottom. If you can get your truck working on the bottom and make some passes as the others guys slide up through the corners, you'll be in good shape."
Musgrave rolled off 10th in the 2001 Power Stroke Diesel 200 and came home 24th. The uncharacteristic finish has the Wisconsin short-track ace thirsty for his first win at a track that has been a staple on the NCTS tour since the division's inception in 1995.
"We didn't really get a chance to show what we had last year," explained Musgrave. "We got involved in a little bit of a fender bender early and had to change the radiator. The Mopar Dodge wasn't the fastest truck at IRP. We had a Top-10 truck, but we were pretty far off on our set-up. We'll definitely have to regroup and throw away our notebook from last year and start over."
Meanwhile, Musgrave, a veteran of seven Brickyard 400 starts, will be trying to better a career-best finish of 13th posted in the inaugural 1994 event. Without any provisionals to fall back on, Musgrave knows a good lap in qualifying will be the first order of business when he takes to the 2.5-mile Indy oval.
"Qualifying at the Brickyard is going to be very important," commented Musgrave. "We don't have any points in the Winston Cup Series, so we have to get the Kenwood/Sirius Dodge in on time. We only get two hours of practice at the speedway Friday, so we're going to have to make every lap of practice count."
The Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park will take the green flag Friday, August 2 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN radio nationwide.
The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will get under way Sunday, August 4 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will be telecast live on NBC and broadcast worldwide on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.
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