Milwaukee: Ted Musgrave race notes

Musgrave, No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Finish 34th at The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, WI (June 24, 2007) Ted Musgrave had high hopes for a strong finish in front of his home fans at The Milwaukee Mile, but an early race crash sidelined the No. 9 Team...

Musgrave, No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Finish 34th at The Milwaukee Mile

West Allis, WI (June 24, 2007) Ted Musgrave had high hopes for a strong finish in front of his home fans at The Milwaukee Mile, but an early race crash sidelined the No. 9 Team ASE Toyota and left the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion 34th in the Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200.

Musgrave raced just outside the top five for much of the first 70 laps, and was settled in to a rhythm to log laps and positioned himself for a charge to the top five in the last 50 laps when trouble struck. Musgrave was hit by a lapped car entering turn one on lap 76 and made heavy contact with the turn one wall. Musgrave expressed his displeasure with the other driver, then drove his damaged truck back to the pits and parked it for the night.

"We got together with one of the rookies out there and we really hit the wall hard," Musgrave said. "One way or another, our night was done. The truck was pretty seriously damaged. It is a shame. I don't think we had a winning truck, but we had a truck that could have brought us home with a solid top five finish."

Musgrave said his critique of some of the freshman competitors has given him an opportunity to help accelerate their learning curve starting next week at Memphis. "I went in and talked to the officials and told them some of the problems I was having with some of our rookie class out there," Musgrave said. "So what they suggested is that I go to Memphis and run the rookie meeting. That's an opportunity I am going to take, and hopefully we can start to help get them up to speed."

Another disappointing aspect to the result for Musgrave was that it realistically takes him out of the hunt for the series championship. But Musgrave also has a positive outlook on the remaining races in the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.

"This really ends our hopes to get in and fight for the championship, but that doesn't end our season by any means," Musgrave said. "What it does is it actually takes some weight off our shoulders because we don't really have to worry about points racing any more. We might find ourselves in a position where we're running third and we could take some chances to get the win, and if we were racing for points we might have to just settle for third. Now we can take those chances and go for wins. It might mean rubbing some fenders and getting a few people upset now and then, but so be it. We need to get some wins, and that's the priority now."

Musgrave now sits sixth in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship standings, unofficially 397 points behind leader Mike Skinner.

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Ted Musgrave