CICERO, IL (Saturday, August 18) - Sometimes, the best truck doesn't win the race - just ask Ted Musgrave. On the track, Musgrave's No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge appeared to be the class of the field in the Sears Craftsman 175 at...
CICERO, IL (Saturday, August 18) - Sometimes, the best truck doesn't win the race - just ask Ted Musgrave.
On the track, Musgrave's No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge appeared to be the class of the field in the Sears Craftsman 175 at Chicago Motor Speedway. Pit road, however, was another story.
"To come in leading the race and come out seventh is pretty frustrating," said Musgrave, who finished seventh in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. "It's so hard to pass here and the trucks are so equal. You can't work your way through the field like you used to. You can't give away any positions in the pits. I knew when I came out seventh, my chances of winning were over. We had the fastest truck out there. Our pit stops have to be fixed."
Musgrave started fourth and quickly worked his way to the front by the 15th circuit. The Franklin, WI driver then dominated the action through Lap 70 steadily pulling away from the field in the process. That's when he headed for pit road and the fateful pit stop.
Back under green and now back in the pack, Musgrave no longer had the advantage of running in clean air.
"This place is a lot like New Hampshire, it's very hard to pass," said Musgrave of the one-mile Chicago track. "You have aerodynamic issues. You have to make your truck so loose and free to make it run good. When you are in clean air, it's okay. When you're in turbulent air with a pack of trucks, my truck just skated along the top of the track."
Despite the problems, Musgrave was able to put himself in a position for a Top-5 finish only to have to settle for the seventh-place effort.
"I lost a couple of positions at the end of the race because my truck was so loose," said Musgrave. "The 14 truck (Rick Crawford) was behind me and he was better than I was. He got me more loose and that allowed him and Terry Cook to get by me in the final laps."
Musgrave earned $11,500 for the Top-10 finish and remained sixth in the season standings, 157 points out of first place.
Next up for Musgrave and his Team Mopar Dodge will be the Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth (PA) Speedway, Sunday, August 26. The 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time event will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio.