* Musgrave's Milwaukee win makes Ultra's Jim Smith a 'perfect 10' Series pioneer Smith adds to record streak ... Ted Musgrave's victory in the June 25 Black Cat Fireworks 200 made Ultra Motorsports' Jim Smith, owner of the No. 1 Mopar Dodge, a...
* Musgrave's Milwaukee win makes Ultra's Jim Smith a 'perfect 10'
Series pioneer Smith adds to record streak ... Ted Musgrave's victory in the June 25 Black Cat Fireworks 200 made Ultra Motorsports' Jim Smith, owner of the No. 1 Mopar Dodge, a winner at least once in all ten seasons on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Smith, one of four off-road owners who in 1994 proposed to NASCAR the idea of racing trucks on America's top oval tracks, counts 31 wins in series competition, three behind all-time leader Jack Roush. Musgrave, who also won the race in 2001, is the first repeat winner at The Milwaukee Mile. The winner started from the Bud Pole to claim Craftsman's pole-to-victory bonus of $18,000.
Etc. ... A third-place finish at Milwaukee gives Dennis Setzer (No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet) a 131-point championship lead over Carl Edwards (No. 99 Superchips Ford). He enjoys the largest margin since Oct. 28, 2001 when Sprague led Scott Riggs by 141 following the season's next-to-final event at Phoenix International Raceway. ... Sprague's engine failure at Milwaukee ended the series' longest finishing streak by an owner. IWX Racing was running at the finish of 54 consecutive races beginning with the March 15, 2002 stop at Darlington Raceway. ... Matt Crafton (No. 6 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet) became the series' 25th career $1 million winner. Crafton finished tenth. ... This week's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 marks the 100th NASCAR Craftsman Truck start by David Starr (No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet). He's the 16th competitor to reach the century mark. ... Dennis Connor has resigned as crew chief of Andy Houston's No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge. Trip Bruce, former car chief for Ultra Motorsports' NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series program, becomes interim crew chief.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Wood, Setzer master Kansas Speedway ... Jon Wood and Dennis Setzer have completed all 501 laps and 751.5 miles contested at Kansas Speedway. They are the only drivers with three top-10 finishes at the venue.
"Usually it's a hot, slick racetrack during the Fourth of July weekend. We've got a good chance of winning that race. Fuel mileage will be a challenge, but this truck is certainly capable of winning." -- Ted Musgrave, whose team will take their Milwaukee-winning Dodge to the 1.5-mile speedway on which Musgrave has led all three races.
"It is unbearable at times. Last year it was estimated that inside the trucks, it was 140 degrees. To endure that for two and one-half hours in a race truck going at the speeds we're going and staying on your toes the whole time is very tough on a driver. A driver's mind is working so many areas during the race." -- Bobby Hamilton (No. 4 Square D Dodge) on last year's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250.
"We went from the back to the front about three different times. I passed more trucks in that race than I probably have this entire season. It would be great to go back there and win again." -- Jon Wood, winner at Kansas Speedway in 2003 despite starting at the rear of the field after a pre-race engine change.
"Don't get me wrong, everyone likes short track racing, but after having a couple consecutive races on some of the circuit's shorter tracks, it's nice to not see quite as much of each other." -- Raybestos Rookie contender Brandon Whitt (No. 38 Cure Autism Now/McMillin Homes Ford), who seems ready for a change of pace this week at Kansas Speedway.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 played a major role in Mike Bliss' drive to the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. Bliss won the race when Rick Crawford (No. 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford) suffered a freak mechanical failure while leading four laps from the finish. Crawford, who wound up 12th, lost 43 of the 46 points by which he lost the title.
What: O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (Race No. 10 of 25).
Where: Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
When: 3 p.m. ET, Saturday, July 3.
Track layout: 1.5-mile paved speedway.
Race length: 250.5 miles/167 laps.
Posted awards: $564,324.
TV: SPEED Channel, 3 p.m. ET.
Radio: MRN, XM Satellite.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Friday -- Practice 9 -- 10:15 a.m. and Noon -- 12:50 p.m. Qualifying 2 p.m. Final practice 4:50 to 4:45 p.m., time permitting.