Musgrave, Team Mopar Looking Forward To New Challenges At Nashville Superspeedway LEBANON, TN (August 6, 2001) - As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads for the all-new Nashville Superspeedway, Ted Musgrave and his No. 1 Mopar Performance...
Musgrave, Team Mopar Looking Forward To New Challenges At Nashville Superspeedway
LEBANON, TN (August 6, 2001) - As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads for the all-new Nashville Superspeedway, Ted Musgrave and his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram continue to search for consistency in thier rollercoaster-like season.
With four wins, nine Top-5s and 10 Top-10 finishes, Musgrave enters the Federated Auto Parts 200 as one of the favorites to visit Victory Lane in the Truck Series' maiden voyage at the 1.3-mile superspeedway.
"I'm looking forward to Nashville," said Musgrave. "Nobody has any notes on that racetrack, so in that regard, no one will have the jump on us as far as having been there and knowing what it takes to go fast. Everybody is going to be on an even page. I like that a lot more. The first guy that figures it out and hits it on the button to start with is going to be able to get up front and run. That's who everybody will be chasing. Hopefully we can achieve that and everyone will be chasing us. We've done it before."
So far, much of Musgrave's inaugural NCTS season has been spent at the front of the field. In 15 starts, the Franklin, WI driver has posted an impressive starting average of 7.1 and a 8.9 finishing average. Musgrave and his Mopar Dodge have also battled adversity on several occasions including a 23rd-place finish in the most recent event on the tour, the Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
"We've had some good runs," said Musgrave. "I like the direction we're going. On a few occasions we've had some bad luck, but I think we can really come on strong to finish up the season. If we hadn't gotten caught up with a lap truck at Kentucky a few weeks ago, I think we'd have another notch in the win column, but that's just the way it goes sometimes. If you look at the way we've finished in all but five races, this team has put together a championship run."
To help Musgrave and the rest of the NCTS regulars get used to the new Nashville track, NASCAR has built in a one day test prior to the Federated Auto Parts 200.
"Some of the NASCAR Busch Series guys are saying Nashville is pretty tricky," explained Musgrave. "If we run the same tire they did, it's sure to be a little slippery. You're going to have to be on guard at the beginning run and as the race progresses and the tires wear down, they actually get better. I don't think any of the Truck Series guys have run there, so no one really has an idea. It's going to be one of those racetracks where we'll unload and Fred Wanke (Musgrave's crew chief) and I will walk around and look at the track. We'll gather some information as far as sight and feel, go out for the first practice and lean into the Mopar Dodge a little and see what the truck needs. We've got a good truck for Nashville, so I think we'll be in good shape."
The Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway will take the green flag Friday, August 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 16th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.
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