LOUDON, NH (July 21,2001) Ted Musgrave and his Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram muscled their way to a fifth-place effort in the New England 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the New Hampshire International Speedway. ...
LOUDON, NH (July 21,2001) Ted Musgrave and his Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram muscled their way to a fifth-place effort in the New England 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the New Hampshire International Speedway.
"That's the best we can do, considering how hard we had to fight to finish fifth," said Musgrave. "We were best in class and got a Top-5 out of the race. We have to focus on the big picture and try and get back into contention for this championship. We went in the right direction today."
Starting 12th in the 33-truck field, Musgrave promptly picked up two spots in as many laps.The Winston Cup veteran continued his climb to the front earning the sixth slot when the caution flag flew on Lap 49, Musgrave was solidly in sixth position
"We were tight all day," said Musgrave. "I think a lot of guys were fighting the same thing. We wrecked my favorite truck last week at Kentucky and we knew we didn't have our best truck here, so we had to do a lot of work during pit stops."
Back under green-flag conditions on Lap 54, Musgrave continued to run in the Top-10 until the yellow flew again on Lap 91. Musgrave again took the hard left toward pit road for service by his Team Mopar "Ultra Bad Boys" where they gave him fresh left-side tires and a track bar adjustment.
Musgrave then stopped for right-side tires, fuel and two spring rubbers in the right rear on Lap 106. The long stop put him 13th in the running order. Musgrave then set sail toward the front working his way to fourth by Lap 163. One final stop for fuel on the 170th circuit pushed him back to 10th before a final charge to the front netted the fifth-place finish. It was his eighth Top-5 finish in 14 races so far this season.
Musgrave earned $13,575 in prize money for the effort and stayed a solid sixth in the 2001 NCTS championship chase. In one of the closest title races in years, Musgrave is just 31 markers out of fifth and 112 points behind point leader and teammate, Scott Riggs.
"That's what we needed considering we didn't have the best of days, a Top-5 finish,"said Musgrave. "We get a week off to regroup before we head for Indianapolis Raceway Park and some good old-fashioned short track action. I'm looking forward to it."
The Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park will take the green flag Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 15th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.