Musgrave, No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Finish 8th at Mansfield Motorsports Park Mansfield, OH (May 28, 2007) Ted Musgrave fought for 250 laps on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' shortest track to end the day with an eighth-place finish in the Ohio...
Musgrave, No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Finish 8th at Mansfield Motorsports Park
Mansfield, OH (May 28, 2007) Ted Musgrave fought for 250 laps on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' shortest track to end the day with an eighth-place finish in the Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park. After starting 21st in the 36-truck field, Musgrave found himself at the tail of the line after an early spin but the No. 9 Team ASE Toyota was one of the few trucks capable of making passes on the low side and he eventually worked his way back up to the top ten.
"That's what we worked on all day in practice," Musgrave said. "We knew that we had to get going on the bottom if we wanted to make any passes. The traffic runs in the top groove here and the only way to get by is to work the bottom and we were one of the few that could do it."
Musgrave had to make a lot of passes after getting turned sideways in turn two on lap 10. Musgrave had 240 laps to work his way back to the front, but didn't have a lot of time to start working his way to the front. "We tried to make a move on (Dennis) Setzer and he came down and got us in the right front and the truck just went around," Musgrave said. "It couldn't have happened at a worse time. This place is such a short track that when you take the green for the restart the leader is already in your mirror. We were hoping for a quick yellow and some people would come to the pits and we'd get a little buffer between us and the leader. Once we got some trucks a lap down, we were going to pit with the leader and start making our way back up to the front."
Musgrave faced another challenge when he originally wanted to come to the pits. "The track is so small you don't have a lot of time to communicate with the team," Musgrave said. "Our pit was on the turn four side and Rick (Gay, crew chief) couldn't see where the commitment line was. As soon as he said to come to the pits, we had already missed the commitment line and we couldn't come when we wanted to."
With all of the challenges he and the No. 9 Team ASE Toyota team faced throughout the day, Musgrave was satisfied to get past the Mansfield visit with a top-10 finish. "It was a long day for sure," Musgrave said. "But we ended up with a decent finish. This is one of those races, along with Daytona, Talladega, Bristol, and Martinsville, that you just want to survive. We got out of there with a top ten and after all that happened along the way that's not too bad."
After racking up his sixth top ten finish in seven starts, Musgrave unofficially sits fourth in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points, 193 points behind leader Mike Skinner and just 13 points behind third place Todd Bodine as the series heads for the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway.