BROOKLYN, MI (July 27, 2002) - A blown engine just 38 laps into the event sidelined Ted Musgrave and his Mopar Dodge resulting in a 32nd-place finish in the Michigan 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway ...
BROOKLYN, MI (July 27, 2002) - A blown engine just 38 laps into the event sidelined Ted Musgrave and his Mopar Dodge resulting in a 32nd-place finish in the Michigan 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway Saturday.
"I'm not sure what happened, but whatever it was it was big," commented Musgrave. "I think something came apart in the bottom end of the motor. I never got any warning, it just blew up on the backstretch."
With qualifying rained out Friday, NASCAR set the field according to 2002 owners points awarding Musgrave, the leader in the NCTS championship chase going into the event, the top starting spot in the 36-truck field.
Musgrave paced the field for the first six circuits before dropping back to fourth. Musgrave, a veteran of 19 Winston Cup starts at Michigan, then settled into the draft before cycling back to the runner-up spot. That's when his day went up in smoke as the engine in his traditional black and white No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge detonated midway down the back straight. Musgrave earned just $9,165 of the $537,893 in posted awards for the disappointing finish, which proved to be even more damaging as he dropped to third in the 2002 NCTS championship standings, 53 markers behind new leader Mike Bliss.
"It's a shame anytime you go out that way," explained Musgrave. "The Mopar Dodge really started coming on there until she blew. It's very uncharacteristic for us. We hadn't blown a motor this season, but that's what got us today. The worst part about it is that we lost the points lead, but there's nine races left in the season, so we've still got a lot of racing to do."
Musgrave and his Mopar Performance Parts Dodge will try to retake the division points lead when they compete in the Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Friday, August 2 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 14th race of the 22-event 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN radio nationwide.