Last-lap wreck spoils spirited run for Musgrave, Team Mopar Dodge at IRP. CLERMONT, IN (August 5, 2002) - What looked to be a promising finish turned sour as a final-lap, multi-truck melee saddled Ted Musgrave and his Mopar Performance Parts...
Last-lap wreck spoils spirited run for Musgrave, Team Mopar Dodge at IRP.
CLERMONT, IN (August 5, 2002) - What looked to be a promising finish turned sour as a final-lap, multi-truck melee saddled Ted Musgrave and his Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram with a 16th-place finish in the Power Stroke 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park Friday.
"The Mopar Dodge was running pretty good, but I guess someone had brain fade on the last lap heading into Turn 1 and all hell broke loose," commented a dejected Musgrave following the 200-lap event. "We had to start in the rear of the field because I was late for the driver's meeting, but when they dropped the green, we set sail for the front. We definitely had a Top-5 truck, but as it turns out, we don't have much to show for it."
Musgrave toured the .686-mile oval in 28.083 seconds (106.988 mph) to turn in the seventh fastest time in qualifying. Because he was late for the mandatory driver's meeting, NASCAR ordered Musgrave to fall back to the 32nd spot prior to the green flag.
Musgrave wasted little time working his way through the field rolling to sixth-place by lap 50. Musgrave then stayed in contact with the leaders over the next 100 circuits and by Lap 175 had muscled his way into the Top-5. Unfortunately, any shot at a top finish went down the drain as Musgrave was collected in the final lap accident.
The disappointing finish earned Musgrave $10,115 in prize money and dropped the nine-time NCTS winner to fourth in the championship chase, 56 points behind leader Mike Bliss.
"These last couple weeks haven't been exactly pleasant for the Mopar guys," said Musgrave. "We've had some bad breaks and its cost us the points lead. We'll get things turned back around. Unfortunately, we haven't gotten much in the way of luck recently. We finish up an eight-race swing next Saturday night at Nashville and that's one of those places where we ran strong last year, so hopefully we can turn our luck around and get some points back."
The Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway will take the green flag Friday, August 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN radio nationwide.