South Boston: Ted Musgrave preview

CTS title leads through South Boston for Musgrave, Team Mopar Dodge. SOUTH BOSTON, VA (September 17, 2002) - When you're in the midst of a season-long battle for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship, you don't want the road to the...

CTS title leads through South Boston for Musgrave, Team Mopar Dodge.

SOUTH BOSTON, VA (September 17, 2002) - When you're in the midst of a season-long battle for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship, you don't want the road to the title to wind through South Boston Speedway - unless of course you're Ted Musgrave.

As one of only five tracks on the NCTS schedule measuring less than one-mile in length, South Boston always provides for 250 laps of nonstop, fender banging action. With only 63 points separating Musgrave from leader Mike Bliss, a top finish is exactly what the Franklin, WI driver will need to put himself in position to challenge Bliss for a seat at the head table at the NCTS championship banquet following the final race of the season in Miami.

"The championship implications at South Boston are going to be huge," commented the driver of the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram. "You can get taken out early and loose a tremendous amount of points in one fell swoop. It's not the kind of place where you can just sit back and ride for 250 laps. There's always a lot of beating and banging and you'll probably leave South Boston with a lot of paint on your truck that wasn't there when you started the race. There are about five guys in the thick of the championship chase. The one who leaves South Boston with a good finish is going to be the guy who's in good shape with four races to go."

As the defending winner of last year's inaugural event, the driver of the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram comes into South Boston poised and prepared to grab another checkered flag at the daunting .4-mile southern Virginia oval.

After starting on the outside pole of last year's event Musgrave grabbed the point just 15 laps into the 250-lap event. The Wisconsin short track ace held the top spot for the next 120 circuits and again recaptured the top spot on lap 165, holding on for his fourth win of 2001.

"The strategy we employed last year is exactly the way we need to play our cards this time around," said Musgrave. "We started second and stayed out front pretty much the whole race. That's what it's going to take this year. We're racing our hearts out to win this championship, so we need to stay focused, lead some laps and win some races."

"South Boston is exactly the kind of place where I feel right at home," continued Musgrave. "I grew up racing short tracks all over the Midwest, so I'm pretty comfortable at South Boston and places like it. It's a real fast, tight little racetrack where just about anything can happen. Last year Jack Sprague was leading the race and lapped truck spun out and ran into him. That pretty much cost him the race, but he came back and finished fourth, so it just goes to show that anything can happen and you have to stay on your toes all 250 laps."

The Hardees 250 at South Boston Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, September 21 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 18th race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on espn2 and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ted Musgrave , Mike Bliss