GLADEVILLE, TN (Friday, Aug. 10) - The Federated Auto Parts 200 was about 25 miles too short for Ted Musgrave and the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge "My truck was better than Scott's at the end of the race," said Musgrave after ...
GLADEVILLE, TN (Friday, Aug. 10) - The Federated Auto Parts 200 was about 25 miles too short for Ted Musgrave and the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge
"My truck was better than Scott's at the end of the race," said Musgrave after finishing second to Ultra Motorsports teammate Scott Riggs. "Scott's was better at the start of the race. We had to make a big adjustment to get our truck better. It took about three to four seconds on our final pit stop and I just couldn't make that up on the track. I was running one-half second faster per lap than Scott was toward the end of the race, but the distance he gained on me was too much."
Musgrave was fast right off the transporter posting the third-best time in qualifying, a 31.071-second tour of the 1.333-mile Nashville oval. At the drop of the green, the Franklin, WI native jumped into the second spot and, along with Riggs, sprinted out to a big lead.
Musgrave pitted just twice in the 200-mile event, the first coming under yellow flag conditions on Lap 30 and the second, a four-tire and fuel stop under green on the 94th circuit.
"I was really loose at the start of the race," said Musgrave. "We made some adjustments that made the truck great. We were the fastest truck at the end of the, we just weren't first."
Any chance of catching Riggs in the waning laps went by the board when Musgrave encountered slower traffic. He eventually finished 1.103-seconds behind Riggs at the finish line.
"I came up on two lapped trucks, two rookies who were running side-by-side," said Musgrave. "The should know better than to be doing that with five laps to go, you need to let the leaders go. It would have been nice to get up to Scott and be able to put a door mark on him for the win, but we just couldn't quite get to him."
Musgrave earned $24,825 for the second-place effort. It also gave him a boost in the point standings moving the Winston Cup veteran to 160 markers out of the top sport. Currently sixth in the standings, Musgrave is just 30 points out of fifth.
Next up for Musgrave and his Team Mopar Dodge will be the Sears 175 at Chicago Motor Speedway, Saturday, August 18. The 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio.