Musgrave's Dodge Ram wins truck race at Lowe's Motor Speedway TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram) - Winner "I feel really good about this Mopar team. We made a mistake and didn't panic. We kept that never give up and never say die...
Musgrave's Dodge Ram wins truck race at Lowe's Motor Speedway
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram) - Winner
"I feel really good about this Mopar team. We made a mistake and didn't panic. We kept that never give up and never say die attitude.
"My truck wasn't running real good to tell you the truth. We were going down the backstretch with about five to go and they told me that Brendan was back there about 20 car lengths back. They said just hit your marks. I'm going along and I saw him coming up through there. I knew he must be pretty good. I saw the caution come out and I knew this would be the make it or break it situation. I knew if I screwed up Brendan had this thing, and sure enough I screwed up on the start. I tried to clean the rear tires a little bit and it must not have been enough because when I got the green it was in second gear and spun a good bit. Brendan jumped on the outside of me, and I just stayed on the throttle and kept it straight and didn't lose too much traction.
"It was loose to start with. We made some adjustments and got it to the point where it was a little tight in the front and the steering was very hard. Yet, I was loose and couldn't get in the throttle. We talked about it on the radio and made those adjustments. They were pretty major adjustments you wouldn't make at any other track. We knew to win the race we had to do some major stuff. The relationship between Gene (crew chief Nead) and I and what the truck needs is what makes this team real strong.
"Crawford is pretty smart. He's been racing a long time. I saw him get in the middle and I knew he was going to give me a little room. At the same time, he backed off a little because David Starr was sliding up and he all the way to the middle. He almost got me in the door. I was on the outside and had some momentum so sure enough when he was sliding I was in the throttle and got away from 'em all. That was big because it seemed like the big spoilers on these trucks, the air was so turbulent if you got behind another truck it hurt 'em bad. I knew I had to be in front to get the clean air to make it right. That was a big move there just to get the lead.
"I'm excited just to get away from home and get to race a little bit. We've got a lot of trucks ready to go. We did some testing. I'm excited about this stretch. We've only had five races so far this season. It seems like it never started. I'm just waiting for that eight-week stretch. I think everyone will enjoy it now."