Musgrave, Team Mopar hope history repeats itself at Milwaukee. WEST ALLIS, WI (June 24, 2002) - In seven previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races at The Milwaukee Mile, seven different drivers have gone to Victory Lane. Ted Musgrave, winner...
Musgrave, Team Mopar hope history repeats itself at Milwaukee.
WEST ALLIS, WI (June 24, 2002) - In seven previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races at The Milwaukee Mile, seven different drivers have gone to Victory Lane. Ted Musgrave, winner of the 2001 NCTS Milwaukee classic, will be looking to change that when he takes the green flag in the GNC Live Well 200 this weekend.
"It would be pretty neat to be able to win back-to-back races at Milwaukee," said Musgrave, driver of the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram. "Last year, I passed Jack Sprague for the win with less then 30 laps to go and I thought the grandstand was going to come down. I had never won in all the times I previously raced at Milwaukee, so that was obviously a big win for me. My mom and my family were there, plus I had a lot of friends and fans cheering me on. That was just a really cool win for me. What would be even cooler is to become the first Truck Series driver to win twice at Milwaukee."
As one of the top short-track racers from the Midwest, Musgrave spent his early days dicing on Wisconsin tracks like Slinger, Wisconsin International, Wisconsin Dells and Lacrosse Interstate Speedways. A 10-year stint in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series followed before Musgrave found a home at Ultra Motorsports in the Mopar Dodge last season. With nine career NCTS wins over the past year and a half, Musgrave returns to Milwaukee as one of the clear favorites to snag the checkered flag.
"It's always great to go back home and race," commented the former Franklin, WI resident. "It's the closest thing to a hometown track for me, because I grew up and lived in that area for quite awhile. The racetrack has a lot of history. It's a place that has been visited by a lot of heroes. So many guys that I would call legends have competed there; from Indy Cars all the way back to USAC Stocks. My dad raced at Milwaukee and I raced there several times back in my ASA and ARTGO days and now in the Craftsman Trucks. I still remember from when I was a kid sitting in the infield and watching cars go down the backstretch. That's why winning at Milwaukee might mean a little more to me."
Last week at Memphis Motorsports Park, Musgrave started sixth in the 36-truck field and came home third, his fifth Top-5 of the season.
"The Mopar Dodge was just a little too loose at Memphis," said Musgrave. "We had a good truck but, it just never came around the way it needed to in order to get by Travis (Kvapil) and Terry (Cook). I was sitting back there running third hoping those two guys would make a mistake, but they ran a great race. We've had two solid runs over the last two races, so hopefully we can go back to Milwaukee and get a win for the hometown crowd."
The GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile will take the green flag Saturday, June 29 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The ninth race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN radio nationwide.
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