Kansas City: Ted Musgrave preview

Musgrave, Team Mopar look to cool off at Kansas. KANSAS CITY, KS (July 1, 2002) - When you're racing for a championship, you'll do anything to get a leg up on the competition. That's why Ted Musgrave and his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge...

Musgrave, Team Mopar look to cool off at Kansas.

KANSAS CITY, KS (July 1, 2002) - When you're racing for a championship, you'll do anything to get a leg up on the competition. That's why Ted Musgrave and his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge will sport a new look paint scheme for this year's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series takes on the sizzling Kansas Speedway this weekend.

"They say sometimes a leopard changes his spots," stated Musgrave. "That's why we've decided to change the layout on the Mopar Dodge. The temperature was so hot in my truck during the race last year that it started to vapor lock. I think that cost us the race. The way our truck is designed, we have the front half of the truck painted black and the back half painted white. This week we're going to paint the front half white and the back of the truck black. We hope the lighter color on the front of the truck is going to help us keep the motor cooler. Hopefully, that's going to be the little extra edge we need to end up in Victory Lane when the day is over."

Last year at Kansas Speedway, the on-track temperature swelled in excess of 120 degrees. Musgrave started his Ultra Motorsports Dodge from the seventh position and came home second to Ricky Hendrick by a margin of just under three seconds. While the runner-up finish was hard fought, the Winston Cup veteran was thirsting for more when the checkered flag flew at the 1.5-mile speedway.

"We kept having intermittent trouble throughout the day," explained Musgrave. "The Mopar Dodge kept feeling like it was running out of gas, then it would sputter and come back to life. That happened like three or four times during the race and I believe the heat was the reason. By swapping the paint scheme and making the hood white, that's going to keep the engine compartment 20-30 degrees cooler. When you're talking about temperature under the hood, that's a lot."

Musgrave had a red-hot day in the Truck Series' last outing at The Milwaukee Mile starting his Mopar Dodge on the outside pole and rolling home fifth in the 36-truck field. The effort was his sixth Top-5 finish in just nine NCTS events this season. The stellar run boosted the Franklin, WI driver to the top of the 2002 NCTS money list and also put Musgrave at the top of the 2002 NCTS championship standings.

"We had an interesting afternoon at The Milwaukee Mile," said Musgrave, a native of Franklin, WI. "We qualified well, finished fifth and left with the points lead. It was a hard fought fifth-place finish, but I was hoping to finish a little higher in front of the hometown crowd. We've become very consistent over the last four races. We haven't finished out of the Top-5 since Pikes Peak, so in that regard I'm very pleased. Hopefully, we can make the transition back to Victory Lane with our new look at Kansas."

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, July 6 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 10th race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN radio nationwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ted Musgrave , Ricky Hendrick