Musgrave, Team Mopar Nazareth race report

NAZARETH, PA (August 26, 2001) - Sometimes all you can do is hope for the best. Ted Musgrave and Team Mopar fought adversity all day and came home eighth in the Chevy Silverado 200 Sunday at Nazareth Speedway. "We fought all weekend," explained...

NAZARETH, PA (August 26, 2001) - Sometimes all you can do is hope for the best. Ted Musgrave and Team Mopar fought adversity all day and came home eighth in the Chevy Silverado 200 Sunday at Nazareth Speedway.

"We fought all weekend," explained Musgrave who couldn't crack the Top-5 at the triangular-shaped, one-mile oval. "Nazareth really shows what aerodynamics can do. We were the best Dodge in qualifying and the top finishing Dodge in the race, but we're talking an eighth-place finish. It's a good thing there weren't any more Fords and Chevrolets out there because if there were, we would've finished 30th. I guess it shows how good Team Mopar is at the other racetracks the way we've been able to overcome such an aerodynamic disadvantage."

After starting eighth in the 36-truck field, the Franklin, WI driver never quite had enough to make his way into the Top-5, picking up one spot and losing it again before the caution flag flew on Lap 60. Musgrave headed for pit road on Lap 62 for fresh right-side Goodyear tires, a chassis adjustment and a full load of fuel, plucking one position in the pits.

Back under green in seventh, the Winston Cup veteran picked up one more spot on the racetrack, but eventually fell back to eighth after battling a loose condition for most of the race.

"I never got a hold of the Mopar Dodge," commented Musgrave. "If you look at the times we posted all weekend, we weren't even in the same time zone with the Fords and the Chevrolets. We were never able to get the front end of the truck planted and it showed during the race today. This racetrack plays an effect where the truck rolls over a lot more and it lifts up when it goes up the hill. There's nothing you can do, you're fighting the wind and you can't change back."

By Lap 139, Musgrave continued to hold his own, hanging on to eighth for the majority of the race. By the time the checkered flag waved, Musgrave was two laps down to eventual winner Greg Biffle, but still soldiered home to finish eighth, his 12th Top-10 of the season.

"I guess if we can come away from here with anything good to say, it's that we got another Top-10 under our belts," explained Musgrave. "When you handle as bad as we did today, you have to take a little comfort in finishing eighth. It's not much, but we'll take it. We go to Richmond in two weeks and that's a track where I've got a ton of laps, so maybe we'll have something for these Fords and Chevrolets there."

The eighth-place finish netted Musgrave a cool $11,100 and kept him solidly in sixth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship chase, just 152 markers behind leader Joe Ruttman.

The Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway will take the green flag Thursday, September 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 19th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN2 and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.

-Mopar

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Ted Musgrave , Joe Ruttman