Richmond, VA (September 11, 1999) -- Ted Musgrave and the No. 75 Butch Mock Motorsports team had their second best finish thus far this season at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night. Musgrave, while suffering from a possible case of...
Richmond, VA (September 11, 1999) -- Ted Musgrave and the No. 75 Butch Mock Motorsports team had their second best finish thus far this season at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night.
Musgrave, while suffering from a possible case of food poisoning, drove the No. 75 Polaris ATVs / Remington Arms Ford from the 12th starting spot to an impressive 8th place finish.
Saturday was a long day for Musgrave, who starting feeling ill late Friday night approximately four hours after eating dinner. Despite being sick, Musgrave participated in both practice sessions on Saturday. Immediately after NASCAR's mandatory Driver's Meeting, Musgrave went directly to the track's in-field care center, where he was administered an IV and released shortly thereafter. Musgrave spent the remainder of time before driver introductions, resting in the lounge of his team's hauler.
Throughout the race, Musgrave drank plenty of fluids and never once complained about feeling bad. But as soon as the race was over, he began to feel weak and walked directly to the team hauler to rest while his car went through a final NASCAR technical inspection. (The eighth place finisher was chosen as the "luck of the draw" car to participate in the tech. inspection after the race).
"I'm going to visit the hospital before every race maybe," said Musgrave. "I feel pretty decent right night. Actually I felt okay getting in the race, and I told the guys right a way after we started, I'll finish this race. As the race went on, I was getting stronger and stronger. Maybe it was adrenaline or whatever, but it wasn't bothering me. As soon as the race was over, it kind of knocked me for a loop again, and I thought, whoa, maybe I better lay down for a while. The guys did good. We finally had some good luck. With all the bad luck we've had this weekend, we finally qualified well, ran well. I think I could be on my death bed and feel good about it."
Even though Musgrave was not feeling 100-percent after the race, he still had his normal sense of humor for a group of reporters who had gathered in his team hauler.