Musgrave, Team Mopar steer way to top-5 finish at Texas. FT WORTH, TX (June 7, 2002) - Ted Musgrave guided his No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram to a hard-fought fifth-place finish in the O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday. The effort was even more...
Musgrave, Team Mopar steer way to top-5 finish at Texas.
FT WORTH, TX (June 7, 2002) - Ted Musgrave guided his No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram to a hard-fought fifth-place finish in the O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday. The effort was even more impressive considering Musgrave had trouble steering his truck throughout the event.
"We definitely had something go wrong in the steering," said Musgrave. "The steering wheel changed position so when we were going straight, it looked like it was turning, like something was bending in the front end. There was definitely something going on in there."
Musgrave posted the fourth quickest time in qualifying turning in a lap of 30.202 seconds (178.196 mph). The effort marked the first time the Franklin, WI driver has qualified outside the Top-3 in seven NCTS events this season.
Musgrave wasted little time getting to the front taking the lead on the first lap, holding it until the 10th-circuit before his Ultra Motorsports teammate, Jason Leffler, assumed the point. Musgrave managed to stay in the Top-5 throughout the first half of the 167-lap event despite the developing steering problem.
Over the final 40 laps, the veteran NASCAR pilot was glued to the tailgate of Rick Crawford's truck in a spirited battle for fourth position. At the finish, Crawford won the war by little more than a tenth of a second forcing Musgrave to settle for his fourth Top-5 finish in seven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events this season.
"We still got a good finish for the Mopar Dodge," said Musgrave. "To take a bad day and still get a Top-5, that's okay. The thing is, we're looking for wins."
Musgrave earned $16,500 for the finish and stayed in the thick of the 2002 Truck Series championship battle. Musgrave is currently third in the standings, just 20 points out of first place.
Musgrave will try to score his third victory of the season when the Truck Series returns to action in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN radio nationwide.