WEST ALLIS, WI (June 30, 2001) - In one of the most dramatic and popular wins of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Ted Musgrave and his Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram won the GNC Live Well 200 much to the delight of a hometown...
WEST ALLIS, WI (June 30, 2001) - In one of the most dramatic and popular wins of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Ted Musgrave and his Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram won the GNC Live Well 200 much to the delight of a hometown crowd at The Milwaukee Mile.
"This was unbelievable," Musgrave said. "The Mopar Dodge ran great today. I came to Milwaukee looking to win and we were able to do just that. This place is the closest thing to a home track for me and to win here means more than words can express. My mom was here, my brother was here and from the looks of the grandstand at the end of the race, every one of my fans were here. This was cool."
After rolling off the grid third in the 35-truck field, Musgrave proved he had the hot rod to stay with the leaders. The Franklin, WI native never dropped below fourth-place during the 200-lap Wisconsin State Fair Park Classic. The only time Musgrave fell out of the Top-3 was when he brought his Mopar Dodge to pit road after the yellow flag flew on Lap 41.
"The truck was tight to start out, so when that first caution came out we stopped and made an adjustment, but that was the only time we lost any spots today," explained Musgrave. "The guys did a fantastic job in the pits. Before today we struggled quite a bit in the pits. Ever since we won at St. Louis, we've just had little things go wrong and costing us good finishes. At Darlington we had trouble with the window net. At Texas we ran out of gas while we were leading the race. Last week we ran out of brakes. Today nothing went wrong. The guys made good pit stops and didn't make any mistakes. That was the difference in today's race.
From there on out, Musgrave set sail for the front working his way to second by Lap 81. After that, Musgrave never looked in the mirror. The turning point came on Lap 171 when Musgrave powered his Mopar Dodge by two-time series' champion Jack Sprague.
"I really didn't think we had anything for Jack," said Musgrave. "I knew we had a good truck, but I wasn't sure if we had enough to get by Jack (Sprague). That just goes to show how competitive the Truck Series is. We were good but, not as good as Sprague. He was the man to beat today. I'm not sure what happened to him after that last set of pit stops, but I was able to get by him and actually check out a little bit there at the end."
The win earned Musgrave $42,310 and moved the Winston Cup veteran to fourth in the NCTS championship chase, 132 markers out of first place. Next up for Musgrave and Team Mopar is a trip to the newest stop on the NCTS tour, the brand-new Kansas Speedway. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 will take the green flag Saturday, July 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 12th race of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio worldwide.