Musgrave, Mopar Dodge foiled in run to victory

SPARTA,KY (July 14, 2001) Ted Musgrave isn't much into numerology, but if he was, he'd certainly have issues with the number four. "Every time I qualify fourth, we don't finish the race," said Musgrave, after his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts ...

SPARTA,KY (July 14, 2001) Ted Musgrave isn't much into numerology, but if he was, he'd certainly have issues with the number four.

"Every time I qualify fourth, we don't finish the race," said Musgrave, after his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge crashed out of the Kroger 225 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

"That's been the story of our season every time I qualify fourth, something has happened. I don't know what's up with that. It happened at Daytona (FL), it happened at Martinsville (VA) and it happened here. Each time, we had a DNF (did not finish). I hope I never qualify fourth again."

Musgrave was comfortably leading the Kentucky event and appeared to be on his way to a fifth NCTS season victory when his truck made contact with the lapped truck of Matt Crafton. The Lap 116 shunt sent Musgrave's Mopar mount hard into the concrete retaining wall damaging the truck beyond repair. When the dust finally cleared, Musgrave was back in the garage area contemplating a 24th-place finish instead of a trip to Victory Lane. \

"I'm not really sure what happened," said Musgrave. "I had the lead and I was just going around on the outside of people. I wasn't passing them where they wanted to run. I was just trying to take the other groove. From what I could see, Matt just lost control of his truck and he turned right up into me. He was just trying real hard and just over-drove it. That's fine, you have to do that, but you have to stay under control. When that happened, that was the end of my day. That's too bad because the truck is really destroyed and it was my favorite truck."

Prior to the wreck, Musgrave and Jack Sprague waged a spirited battle for the lead over the first 100 circuits. Each took turns pacing the event before Musgrave pulled away to a comfortable four-second advantage at Lap 115.

"This is so unfortunate because our truck was hooked up so well," said Musgrave. "We were looking for another win and hoping to move up in the point standings. We had a great race with Jack and then he started to fall back. I think something happened to his truck because I was able to drive away from him. The lap times showed I didn't get faster - I maintained and he fell off some. It looked like it was going to be a Sprague/Musgrave show again and that's a neat little deal. It's just unfortunate we couldn't finish it that way."

Musgrave also took a hit in the season point standings, falling two positions from fourth to sixth in the championship chase. Musgrave is now 176 points out of the top spot occupied by the Kentucky event winner and his Ultra Motorsports teammate, Scott Riggs.

Next up for Musgrave and the Mopar Performance Parts Dodge will be the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway Saturday, July 21. The event will take the green flag at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and will be telecast live on ESPN. The 14th of 24 NCTS events this season will also be broadcast live by MRN Radio.

-Mopar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ted Musgrave , Jack Sprague , Scott Riggs , Matt Crafton