Michigan: Ted Musgrave race notes

Musgrave, No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Finish 5th at Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, MI (June 18, 2007) Ted Musgrave drove his Germain Racing No. 9 Team ASE Toyota to a fifth-place finish in Saturday's Michigan 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck ...

Musgrave, No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Finish 5th at Michigan International Speedway

Brooklyn, MI (June 18, 2007) Ted Musgrave drove his Germain Racing No. 9 Team ASE Toyota to a fifth-place finish in Saturday's Michigan 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Musgrave started ninth, and quickly made his way towards the front. Musgrave battled among the top five for the entire 100-lap race around the 2-mile tri-oval, and over the final quarter of the race was in a tight pack battling for the lead and the win.

"All day long the truck was good," Musgrave said. "It's the same truck we ran in Kansas and it was good there too. It was good right off the hauler here too. We worked with a few different things on it this weekend, and we were a top-five truck all day long. I thought we had a shot to win at the end but the cloud cover came in and it made us tighter. We made our way up to third there but the clouds came in and we slipped back to fifth. It was a good day for us and we learned a lot that will help us throughout the year."

Musgrave had worked his way up to third place late in the race, but was still over a second behind the battle for the lead between Kyle Busch and Travis Kvapil. Musgrave was able to close that gap when the top two started to race side-by-side, but the track conditions changed on him before he could make a run for the win. "When that happens that's the key," Musgrave said.

"Two trucks side by side open up a really big air pocket, especially here. But right as they started to do that; our truck just started to get way too tight. What we needed was one more adjustment, and we had it all set up to go, but there was no way that late in the race we would have given up all that track position. I was biting my tongue in the seat because I knew what we needed to do to fix it, but that late in the race we couldn't really do anything about it because we couldn't give up track position. But it's always good to be up front and contend for wins."

With the start of summer just days away, the race was run on one of the warmest days of the year in the Midwest so far. The heat may have affected some, but not Musgrave. "I didn't even know it was hot today," Musgrave joked. "I've maybe only run one of those helmet coolers two or three times ever in my career. A lot of the guys do run those. I condition myself to not run them. When it does get really hot I am not going to be falling out of the seat because I am already conditioned for it."

On the strength of four top-five and eight top-ten finishes so far this season, Musgrave sits sixth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship standings entering his "home" race this Friday night at The Milwaukee Mile.

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ted Musgrave , Kyle Busch , Travis Kvapil