Fort Worth: Ted Musgrave preview

Musgrave, Team Mopar wide open heading into round one at Texas. FT WORTH, TX (June 4, 2002) - Fresh off his second victory of the season, Ted Musgrave and his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram are dialed in to make it two in a row when the...

Musgrave, Team Mopar wide open heading into round one at Texas.

FT WORTH, TX (June 4, 2002) - Fresh off his second victory of the season, Ted Musgrave and his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram are dialed in to make it two in a row when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to the lightning-fast Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly 400 presented by Valvoline DuraBlend.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Texas," said Musgrave. "Anytime you're able to turn in as solid of a performance like we had at both Texas races last year you can't help but look forward to it. We're taking the same truck we raced there last fall and we'll put our notes from last year back to work. I'm sure the racetrack will give up a little bit of grip after sitting all winter. It's still going to be ultra-fast, but I'm hoping we'll be ultra-bad. Racing under the lights at Texas is always exciting."

Last spring at the Ft. Worth oval, Musgrave turned in a solid performance only to run out of fuel the late stages of the race saddling the Franklin, WI driver with a 14th-place finish. When the Truck Series came back for round two last October, Musgrave dominated much of the event only to cut down a right-front tire with less than 20 laps remaining and finish 10th.

While Musgrave never got the final results indicative of his stout 2001 performances at TMS, the 2001 NCTS championship runner-up knows what it takes to win on the high-banked 1.5-mile track.

"Texas is a racetrack where, if you have your truck set up right, you should be able to run wide open all night," explained Musgrave. "Last year in the fall race, after the track had been repaved, I never even had to crack the throttle. That's the key to Texas right now, getting your truck running so you don't have lift off the accelerator. With the 390 cfm carburetor that we run in the Truck Series you can't afford to let off the gas and loose all that momentum. It's more or less going to be a lot like the race at Daytona. You build up all that speed, and if you lift, it takes quite awhile to get going again.

"Texas is definitely about who has the most horsepower, downforce and who has the ingenuity to get through the air better than the next guy," continued Musgrave. "You really have to depend on what the team puts underneath the truck. A lot of guys will say that they are holding it wide open and aren't able to run that fast, but that's when you need to take a look at other areas of the truck and figure out why you aren't running as fast as you need too. We also need to remember that fuel mileage will play a big role and no one knows that better than me."

After winning at Darlington earlier in the season and capturing the checkered flag last week at Dover, there's no doubt, Musgrave will be looking to continue that trend when the green flag waves Friday night.

"It's kind of funny when you think about it," said Musgrave who comes into Texas third in the NCTS championship standings. "Every racetrack you go to, you want to win at least once, maybe even twice. I had never won at Darlington or Dover and we were able to pull that off this year. And it seems like the tracks where I have won, we struggled. It's almost like a flip-flop type of situation. I've never won at Texas so maybe we can carry some momentum from last week and get our first win for Team Mopar at Texas."

The O'Reilly 400 presented by Valvoline DuraBlend will take the green flag Friday, June 7 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The seventh race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN radio nationwide.

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