FLORIDA DODGE DEALERS 400 TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge) That was kind of a chess game there for a while. Fuel mileage played in a role at the end. I had the dominant truck there for a while. Jack (Sprague) was the only one that...
FLORIDA DODGE DEALERS 400
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge)
That was kind of a chess game there for a while. Fuel mileage played in a role at the end. I had the dominant truck there for a while. Jack (Sprague) was the only one that could run with me. At the end of the race he put on tires, we opted not to put on tires. We were waiting for a late race caution, that never came about. So, he actually had a better handling truck at the end. I could stay with him, but I couldn't gain an awfully lot. Then, I got worried about the fuel mileage and Fred (Wanke) said to save as much fuel as you can. So I started backing up on the entrance and not getting in the gas as hard not use as much fuel. They said they think that we can make it if I was good at saving fuel. So, I did everything you possibly can.
That's what we did. We had enough fuel to get into victory lane, and that's all that counted. I had enough fuel left to make three burn-outs at the end with donuts. We didn't actually check fuel mileage during practice, we were only guessing that it would probably run about 62 laps. It got really close to that right now. Just thankfully, they did a good job in the fuel cell and everything worked out well and strategy and everything. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a fantastic series. I expect Scott (Riggs) will win a lot of poles. He's a real lion. If we slow him down, he'll go faster. It's easier to take a tiger out than to put it in. Scott wants to learn, he's willing to listen. (Team owner Smith) Jim doesn't expect to win all the races, only the ones he enters.
The last time I won a race was around six years ago in the Slinger (Wisconsin) Nationals over Butch Miller.
JACK SPRAGUE (No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet)
It's discouraging. I've had awesome trucks here. There were three of four times I could have won. But I've never won here. Ted was good. At the beginning of the race he was better than I was. It would have been a pretty good fight. I certainly knew he was the man to beat -- I knew that yesterday. It might have been a good fight with Joe (Ruttman), too. It was a clean race for me. I didn't get a scratch on my truck -- that's rare for me. It's hard to pit under the green -- that cost us the win. I was surprised Ted didn't run out of gas, because the Chevrolets get better fuel mileage than the Dodges.
TRAVIS KVAPIL (No. 60 CAT Rental Store Chevrolet)
My pit stops were great. That's one of the things that kept me up front. I didn't feel fuel would be an issue. We snuck in during the last yellow, and it was just under our fuel window. I pretty much knew I wasn't going to run Ted down at the end.
The margin of victory was 10.588 seconds. That is the second widest margin of victory in series history, second only to Sprague's 13.189-second victory over Joe Ruttman at Phoenix on April 20, 1997.