Musgrave, Team Mopar Dodge close in on point lead at Memphis. MILLINGTON, TN (June 22, 2002) - Ted Musgrave piloted his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge to a third-place finish in the O'Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday and in...
Musgrave, Team Mopar Dodge close in on point lead at Memphis.
MILLINGTON, TN (June 22, 2002) - Ted Musgrave piloted his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge to a third-place finish in the O'Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday and in the process moved to within one point of the lead in the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season standings.
"We just missed winning this thing," said Musgrave. "The truck was a little loose up off the corner. The harder I tried, the worse it would get. It was a brand new truck and now we know what kind of adjustments we need to make to it."
Musgrave toured the .75-mile suburban Memphis oval in 23.257 seconds (116.094 mph) to post the sixth quickest time in time trials Friday. While the lap was quick enough for a solid Top-10 effort, the Franklin, WI driver wasn't particularly pleased with the qualifying effort.
"We were just really, really bad in qualifying," explained Musgrave. "We were terribly loose. That's why I gave up the second lap. I almost backed into the wall there, and we were just bringing it back across the line. We thought we'd still be in the Top-10."
Musgrave was anything but bad in the 200-lap Memphis NCTS test racing in the Top-5 for the majority of the afternoon. While Musgrave was never able to pace the field, the former Winston Cup ace was in the hunt for the win throughout the event finishing a scant 0.489 seconds behind eventual winner Travis Kvapil.
"You just had to stay patient all day because the track was so hot and slick," said Musgrave. "You almost had to slow down to make your tires last. I'd like to congratulate Travis for the win. He earned it."
Musgrave earned $22,150 for the effort. More importantly, the solid run jumped him to second in the season standings, just one point behind David Starr.
"This was another solid finish for the Mopar Dodge," said Musgrave. "We're working real hard to win races and the championship. We just need to keep on doing the right things and I'm confident we can do both."
Musgrave and his Mopar Performance Parts Dodge will next take the green flag in the GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee (WI) Mile Saturday, June 29 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Last year, Musgrave scored a popular victory in the event to take his first-ever win at the famed track in his home state. The ninth race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN radio nationwide.