Musgrave, Team Mopar frustrated with Martinsville results. MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 13, 2002) - After a sitting on the pole and leading a total of 78 laps, Ted Musgrave saw contact with a lapped truck shoot down his chances of victory and saddle...
Musgrave, Team Mopar frustrated with Martinsville results.
MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 13, 2002) - After a sitting on the pole and leading a total of 78 laps, Ted Musgrave saw contact with a lapped truck shoot down his chances of victory and saddle his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram with a 24th-place finish in the Advance Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway Saturday.
"The Mopar Performance Parts Dodge was great," commented Musgrave. "I was just biding my time and trying to take it easy. The guys were giving me lap times and tell me what was going on. I even eased up on the truck for a while. Everything was fine until I got wrecked."
Musgrave was the easily the class of the field, leading every circuit until Lap 73 when a slow truck spun in Turn 1 forcing his Dodge into the retaining wall. Although Musgrave's truck sustained heavy damage, Team Mopar quickly made the necessary repairs keeping Musgrave on the lead lap.
"I just can't believe these lapped trucks," said Musgrave. "They are so many laps down and then they take out the leader. That was the second time that has happened to me. I was leading with a real good truck, just cruising and I got taken out. A lot of guys lost their head out there today. There was a lot of stuff going on out there that was really unnecessary, very unnecessary, not even racing. It was way beyond typical short track racing. I saw some stuff out there today that was so deliberate, it was like a fist fight with trucks."
Undaunted, Musgrave sliced his way through the field recapturing the lead on Lap 124. Musgrave held the top spot for the next seven circuits before a right-rear brake caliper failed forcing the eight-time NCTS winner behind the wall for repairs.
"After the wreck, we came in, worked on the truck. and guys did a great job keeping me on the lead lap," said Musgrave. "Then I had trouble with the brakes. This was the third time we've had trouble with this particular brand of brakes, so I guess three strikes and you're out. We're not going to run them anymore, no matter what."
The 24th-place run netted Musgrave $12, 465 in earnings and dropped the Franklin, WI driver to second in the NCTS championship standings, 20 markers behind leader Robert Pressley.
Next up for the Mopar Dodge will be a return to Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis where Musgrave, the defending champion of the event, will look to regain his winning form.
The Ram Tough 200 will take the green flag Sunday, May 5 at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The fourth race of the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN radio nationwide.