DARLINGTON,SC (May 12, 2001) The feast or famine streak continued for Ted Musgrave and the Mopar Performance Parts Dodge as the three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner struggled at Darlington Raceway, finishing 31st in the inaugural ...
DARLINGTON,SC (May 12, 2001) The feast or famine streak continued for Ted Musgrave and the Mopar Performance Parts Dodge as the three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner struggled at Darlington Raceway, finishing 31st in the inaugural Darlington 200.
"We just couldn't get things to go our way today," said Musgrave. "The Mopar Performance Parts Dodge was the fastest truck here all weekend, without a doubt. We just couldn't get anything to go our way during the race. Right out of the box we had trouble. We got black flagged for the window net falling down early and it just snowballed from there."
Musgrave, a veteran of 22 NASCAR Winston Cup starts at the famed Darlington track, couldn't get a break in the 147-lap event. He was first black flagged in the early going because his window safety net became unhooked. Later, Musgrave was in the wrong place at the wrong time as his No. 1 Mopar Dodge got caught up in a Turn 2 melee.
"We got wrecked," explained Musgrave's crew chief Fred Wanke. "They wrecked in front of us and we hit them and knocked the radiator out of the truck. There was just too much damage. We had to change the radiator and that's what got us. We had all kinds of damage to the front end. We got the sheet metal damage fixed as best we could, but the truck wouldn't turn. I guess we either win or we don't. And when we don't, boy is it bad."
It had to happen sooner or later. After three NCTS wins in the first five races of the season, Musgrave had to have a bad day. Coming into the race as one of the odds-on favorites to win, Musgrave struggled for most of the rain-delayed event, eventually posting the disappointing finish.
"It's a tough pill for us to swallow, especially here," Musgrave stated. "I almost won the spring Winston Cup race here in 1997 and I was really hoping to duplicate that run here today. I guess Lady Luck wasn't on our side today. We'll just have to go get them next week at Pikes Peak."
The Jelly Belly 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway will take the green flag Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The seventh race of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio worldwide.
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