MILLINGTON, TN (June 23, 2001) - Heading into the Memphis 200, Ted Musgrave knew with the right kind of breaks, he could win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Memphis Motorsports Park. Unfortunately for the driver of the No. 1 Mopar ...
MILLINGTON, TN (June 23, 2001) - Heading into the Memphis 200, Ted Musgrave knew with the right kind of breaks, he could win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Memphis Motorsports Park. Unfortunately for the driver of the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge, the 'brakes' were anything but in his favor all weekend long.
"We had a pretty interesting weekend," said Musgrave, who soldiered to a sixth-place finish. "In qualifying, the brakes locked up and that gave us a 21st-position to start in. That's kind of tough to start way back there when you're racing on a short track. We thought we could overcome that. Then in the race, things went the opposite way when we completely lost the brakes. I had no brakes at all and was running around out there without any. We made a bunch of pit stops to get it fixed and we finally were able to bleed them out enough to have some, but by that time, it was too late."
Musgrave looked as if he would overcome the poor qualifying effort blasting his way into the Top-10 by the 75th circuit. Shortly afterward, however, mechanical gremlins began to derail the effort as his brakes began to fade and his engine overheat. Several pit stops under caution allowed Musgrave's Ultra Motorsports crew to open up the front end of his Dodge Ram truck to assist both the cooling of the brakes and engine.
Back on track, Musgrave did a masterful job of not crashing the truck despite the limited stopping ability. At the end, the Franklin, WI driver managed to pick up several spots and salvage a solid finish. Musgrave is currently sixth in the season championship chase, 215 points behind teammate Scott Riggs.
"This was one of those weekend's where you just take what you can get and move on," said Musgrave. "We've got a great Mopar Dodge truck, but we've got to get back to what we know. Things keep on getting us and that keeps on taking away points from us. You can't win championships if you give away points every week."
Musgrave will again wear the favorite's mantle at the next event on the tour, the GNC Live Well 200 at the The Milwaukee Mile. A Wisconsin short-track and Wisconsin State Fair Park oval standout for many years before moving south into the NASCAR Winston Cup ranks, Musgrave hopes the return to the Badger State will boost him back into Victory Lane.
"Milwaukee is home for me and I've had a lot of success there," said Musgrave. "It's a great spot for me. Hopefully, the aerodynamic package the Dodge has will stand up to the challenges of the big, flat one-mile track. I've got a few tricks up my sleeve there, so maybe we can get this thing turned around in the right direction there."
The GNC Live Well 200 will take the green flag Saturday, June 30, at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast live by MRN Radio.