Martinsville Musgrave To Drive for Pressley

Musgrave subs for Pressley in Jasper Ford MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 22, 1998) The injured Robert Pressley will be getting help this weekend from no stranger to Jasper Motorsports, as Ted Musgrave will drive the No. 77 Jasper Motorsports Ford at...

Musgrave subs for Pressley in Jasper Ford

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 22, 1998) The injured Robert Pressley will be getting help this weekend from no stranger to Jasper Motorsports, as Ted Musgrave will drive the No. 77 Jasper Motorsports Ford at Martinsville Speedway in this weekend's NAPA AutoCare 500.

Musgrave's rookie year in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, 1991, was with the Jasper-powered machine, when it was under different ownership, but other than that most things have changed.

"There are only three common denominators between the two, and that is Doug (Bawel) owning it, myself driving and Mark Harrah being there. Other than that everything has changed. Cars have changed, personnel has changed, car owners have changed, the only thing that is the same is the sponsor."

This will be a fun time for Musgrave to see some of the changes that have been made within the organization and to be able to help the Jasper Motorsports team at the same time.

"It's kind of fun to be able to go back and do that (drive for a team that you have driven for in the past)," Musgrave said. "It is under a bad situation with Robert breaking his shoulder blade, but this is going to be fun because it is where I started out."

This will also be fun for the Jasper contingent because of the excitement that surrounds Musgrave's record at the Martinsville Speedway. He ran second there in the spring, second a couple of other times and holds the track qualifying record of 94.129 mph (20.117 seconds) set on Sept.23, 1994. With the amount of success Musgrave has had at Martinsville, it will be no cake walk for the veteran.

"It is kind of an on and off race track," he said. "By that I mean sometimes a guy can run real good there and go back and not make the show. It has been that way to me. I hold the track record there, but there are times that I have finished 23rd or so for whatever reason. Martinsville is kind of a touch and go situation. I think that we can do good again. The competition is just so close right now, especially in qualifying."

Musgrave said this makes the qualifying run even more important, as a frontstretch pit is essential for a good run on Sunday.

"It all boils down to that ever important one lap," he said of Bud Pole Qualifying, which is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Musgrave is also impressed with the reputation of Jasper Motorsport's new crew chief Newt Moore.

"I have seen him around the garage and seen what he accomplished with the 81 car," Musgrave said. "Kenny (Wallace) is a good friend of mine, so I have heard a lot about him. I think that we can qualify first round and have a pretty good run. I think that we have our heads pointed in the right direction and I think Newt is a pretty good guy."

Pressley's status with the team is still week to week after he suffered a broken right scapula in Richmond, Va. His status will be evaluated and updated next Monday.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robert Pressley , Ted Musgrave