Musgrave, Team Mopar set to tackle new challenges at Martinsville. MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 5, 2002) - As a Winston Cup veteran with more than a dozen starts at Martinsville Speedway, a trip to the tricky .526-mile Virginia oval shouldn't present...
Musgrave, Team Mopar set to tackle new challenges at Martinsville.
MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 5, 2002) - As a Winston Cup veteran with more than a dozen starts at Martinsville Speedway, a trip to the tricky .526-mile Virginia oval shouldn't present any significant challenges for Ted Musgrave.
According to Musgrave, driver of the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram, the oldest track on the NASCAR circuit will have plenty of new wrinkles when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series takes the green flag in the Advance Auto Parts 250 Saturday, April 13.
"Martinsville is going to be a little different this year because of the different carburetor that we've been running since about the middle of last season," explained Musgrave. "I think everybody's notes can pretty much be thrown away from last year and start over with this package we have now. Everybody is going to have to start from scratch knowing that it's going to be completely different. Maybe it's going to take driving a different line around the track to compensate for the difference between for what we had in acceleration last year and what we have this year."
Musgrave had the right combination last year qualifying fourth in his first-ever NCTS effort at the venerable Martinsville oval. Unfortunately, a mechanical problem sent the Ultra Motorsports driver to the garage area midway through the race. Musgrave eventually returned to the track completing 174 of the 250 laps contested finishing 22nd in the final running order. This year, the former Wisconsin short-track ace hopes to make his way to Victory Lane, something he accomplished seven times during the 2001 NCTS season.
"Martinsville is the type of racetrack that everybody grew up on," said Musgrave, who made his way to the big leagues of NASCAR through the gates of Badger State raceways like Slinger, Capital and LaCrosse Interstate Speedways. "Martinsville is the kind of track where just about everybody raced on Saturday nights as they were learning and working their way up through the ranks. It's not going to be the kind of place where you'll have a lot of guys wondering how to get around the place. Martinsville is a very common type of racetrack. It's the baseline that you follow throughout your entire career."
Changes or not, Musgrave will be looking to make it two NCTS wins in a row after grabbing the checkered flag in the most recent event on the tour - the Craftsman Anniversary 200 at Darlington (SC) Raceway on March 15.
"We won a lot last year and we've started this year on a good note by finishing second at Daytona and winning at Darlington," said Musgrave, who is tied for the division points lead with Robert Pressley heading into the Martinsville event. "We had a solid chance of winning at Martinsville last year, but mechanical gremlins got us. If we can figure out the new carb-engine combo and stay out of trouble, I think we can win at Martinsville."
The Advance Auto Parts 250 will take the green flag Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The third race of the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour will be telecast live on ESPN on broadcast on MRN radio nationwide.
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