No Fear Of The Unknown For Musgrave, Team Mopar SPARTA, KY (July 7, 2001) - When Ted Musgrave signed with Ultra Motorsports to drive the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge for the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, the questions came at...
No Fear Of The Unknown For Musgrave, Team Mopar
SPARTA, KY (July 7, 2001) - When Ted Musgrave signed with Ultra Motorsports to drive the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge for the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, the questions came at a fast and furious pace. Would Ultra Motorsports make a successful transition from Fords to Dodges? Would the one-two combination of veteran Musgrave and relative newcomer Scott Riggs prove to be a winner? Would Musgrave be able to adapt to the tracks where he hadn't raced before?
So far the answers to all of the above have been a resounding yes. As the Truck Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for Kroger 225, Musgrave is ready to take on another relative unknown, a speedway similar in nature to many on the NASCAR Winston Cup tour, but a track Musgrave has yet to compete on.
"I actually got a chance to go test at Kentucky with Ultra Motorsports Winston Cup car, so I sort of know my way around there,â^À^Ý said Musgrave. "The Truck Series race won't be anything like it was when I was there testing. It was freezing outside. As a matter of fact, there was snow on the ground and we were really just shaking the car down. The two situations won't even compare."
So far this season, the series has made three stops where the 11-year Winston Cup veteran had no previous experience. The first was Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, CA where Musgrave captured the pole and a $10,000 bonus from series' sponsor Craftsman Tools for winning the race from the top starting spot.
"That was pretty cool winning at Bakersfield," said Musgrave. "That was the first time I had ever seen the place, but it was a lot like the tracks I raced on back in Wisconsin and in my ASA days. That's kind of the way my situation has been all year. We race on a bunch of different tracks that maybe I haven't been to before, but are similar in nature to tracks I have."
Two races later, Musgrave again bested the unknown capturing the Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis. Since then Musgrave has competed on two other tracks where the Franklin, WI native has no previous experience.
At last weeks stop on the 24-race tour Musgrave outlasted mechanical difficulties to garner a runner-up finish in the 167-lap O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the all-new Kansas Speedway.
"We got pretty lucky last week,"said Musgrave. "We thought we had a broken valve spring, but as it turned out the carburetor was vapor locking on us because of the heat. We need to be able to do the same thing at Kentucky, but without the mechanical trouble and we should be in good shape for another win."
The Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 13th race of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule will be telecastlive by ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio worldwide.
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