Musgrave tests At Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville, VA (September 5, 2000)---Ted Musgrave and the BellSouth Chevrolet team tested on Tuesday at Martinsville Speedway where he held the qualifying record for several years and has his best career finish. Musgrave, who...

Martinsville, VA (September 5, 2000)---Ted Musgrave and the BellSouth Chevrolet team tested on Tuesday at Martinsville Speedway where he held the qualifying record for several years and has his best career finish. Musgrave, who moved up to Winston Cup in 1991, has yet to win a Winston Cup race, but he has finished second twice at Martinsville Speedway. Even more impressive for Musgrave was he set a Martinsville Speedway Winston Cup track qualifying record of 94.129 miles per hour in September of 1994 that was not broken until April of 1999 after Goodyear developed a new tire. The last time Musgrave ran at Martinsville, a year ago in the NAPA AutoCare 500, he sat on the outside pole and finished 19th. He's looking forward to returning in the NAPA AutoCare 500 on Sunday, October 1. "Martinsville is back to your old short track racing. You have to get to the front as soon as you can and track position is important. It's a tough little race track to get a hold of," said Musgrave. "If you make one little slip, I mean just a minor little slip, it costs you so much time on the race track. That's very important when it comes time to qualify." Musgrave knows about qualifying at Martinsville. After all, he set the pole speed that kept drivers chasing a record for five years until Tony Stewart qualified for the 1999 Goody's Body Pain 500 with a speed of 95.275 miles per hour. Musgrave remembers his 1994 qualifying run well. "To tell the truth, I went out on my first lap and just took it a little easy and was not really aggressive to make sure I got a halfway decent lap in. Then I thought 'well I've got that lap in I'm really going to go for it. ' It turned out that the first lap was the fastest I had turned all day and the second was the slowest of the day," Musgrave said. "Here at Martinsville it's treacherous. You think you are really going to hustle the car and get a lap in and it could actually be the worst thing in the world." An occasional shower prevented Musgrave and the BellSouth Chevrolet team from getting all of the practice they wanted on Tuesday. "We are just making a couple laps at the time and then making changes. It's a brand new car and it's never been on the race track before," Musgrave said. "We are trying to learn a little about Martinsville other than it's slick out there when water is on the race track. We know that." The team will test again on Wednesday. Martinsville Speedway has two consecutive weekends of racing beginning September 24 with NASCAR's richest Late Model Stock race the Taco Bell 300. The following week the action gets back underway with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour and the Intermedia Allison Legacy Series. On Friday, September 29 the Winston Cup stars will qualify at 3 p.m. for the NAPA AutoCare 500 on Sunday, October 1. Following qualifying, the Intermedia Allison Legacy Series will run in the Anderson Tractor-John Deere 30-lap race. The Modifieds will race in the Goody's Body Pain 200 on Saturday, September 30 at 3 p.m. Then on Sunday, the NAPA AutoCare 500 Winston Cup race will begin at 1 p.m. Tickets for the Taco Bell 300 are $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Tickets for the Goody's Body Pain 200 are $30 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12.

There still are excellent reserved seats available for the NAPA AutoCare 500 in the towers and concrete bleacher sections for $40-$70. Tickets may be ordered by calling toll free at 1-877-722-3849 or (540) 956-3151. Tickets also may be ordered online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ted Musgrave