Martinsville Ted Musgrave post-race report

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 7, 2001) - After two consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wins, Lady Luck turned on Ted Musgrave in the Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Running among the leaders throughout the first 75 laps of...

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 7, 2001) - After two consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wins, Lady Luck turned on Ted Musgrave in the Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Running among the leaders throughout the first 75 laps of the race, the driver of the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge headed to the garage area with a rear end gear failure. The mechanical malady put Musgrave behind the wall for more than 70 laps eventually relegating him to a 22nd-place finish. "I think we had a truck that could have won the race," said Musgrave, who was running third at the time of the problem. "It's the kind of thing that's nobody's fault. We were just one of several trucks that had gear trouble today. That's going to happen at a tough, old place like Martinsville." Musgrave started fourth in the 36-truck field on the .526-mile Martinsville oval and quickly motored away from the pack with the rest of the lead group. After winning at Homestead (FL) and Bakersfield (CA), Musgrave was bidding to become just the fourth driver in NCTS history to win three events in a row (Mike Skinner, Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Greg Biffle are the others). Unfortunately, it wasn't to be as the mechanical problem ended any chance of Musgrave again steering his Mopar Dodge Ram into Victory Lane on this day. "It's a real shame we had a problem," said Musgrave. "Fred Wanke (Musgrave's crew chief) and this Mopar/Ultra Motorsports team have given me an awesome truck at every race this season. If we didn't have a mechanical problem at Daytona and another one here today, we could be sitting around talking about four wins in a row. Hey, that's racing." The effort dropped the former Wisconsin short-track and Winston Cup ace four spots from third to seventh in the season standings, just 106 markers out of the top spot held by Musgrave's Ultra Motorsports teammate, Scott Riggs. Next up for Musgrave and the Mopar Dodge will be the Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway located near St. Louis, MO. The fifth event of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season will take the green flag on Sunday, May 6 at 4 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will be telecast live on ESPN and carried live by MRN Radio worldwide.

- Matt Klug

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Greg Biffle , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Scott Riggs