Musgrave to the rescue By Marty Smith ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Feb. 27, 2000) A 16th-place finish rarely brings peace to the ever-pounding heart of a race team. But after what the No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet outfit has endured over the past week, ...
Musgrave to the rescue By Marty Smith
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Feb. 27, 2000) A 16th-place finish rarely brings peace to the ever-pounding heart of a race team. But after what the No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet outfit has endured over the past week, competing at all brought solace in the wake of a weeklong storm.
When Geoffrey Bodine was injured and subsequently hospitalized in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway last week, Bessey Motorsports was not only left wondering about the future of their driver, they were left without a driver for the Daytona 500. Thus, they missed the race.
Undaunted, they called on longtime NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Ted Musgrave to fill the vacancy this weekend in the Dura-Lube/Big Kmart 400 at North Carolina Speedway. He did so successfully, and had a great time along the way.
"You always have a good time when you're out there racing good," said Musgrave, who has spent assisting Cal Wells' No. 32 Tide team. "We had the same setup in the car that Geoffrey drove here last year. It was really good on long runs last year. From 1999, the 2000 body didn't seem to make that much difference. It wasn't too sporty in the beginning, but 20-30 laps into the run we were in really good shape and could start picking them off."
Musgrave struggled in Bud Pole Qualifying, but made the race with the help of a provisional. By lap-80, he was in the top-10.
"I'm impressed with Ted Musgrave," said Jim Long, crew chief for the No. 60 Chevy. "The man stayed up on the wheel all day. He adjusted to the car as we went from tight to loose conditions and chased the tires all day. He took care of the car and drove a smart race. I'm really impressed. I'm looking forward to the next races with him."
To date, no word has been given as to when Bodine might return. Long spoke with the legendary driver Saturday.
"I talked to Geoffrey last night," Long said. "He had an operation this morning on his hand to repair his wrist. He is doing really good for what he went through. It's going to be awhile before he gets back, but we just hope he heals up really good. He's pretty swelled up and he's pretty sore. He's pretty broken up, but I think he looks pretty good considering what he just did."
With Musgrave piloting the No. 60 Chevrolet, Bessey Motorsports looks pretty good as well. He has 20 top-5s and 55 top-10s in an eight-year career. Even so, 16th has never looked better.