RICHMOND, VA (September 6, 2001) - After battling an ill-handling Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram for the majority of the night, Ted Musgrave rallied to a fourth-place finish in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond ...
RICHMOND, VA (September 6, 2001) - After battling an ill-handling Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram for the majority of the night, Ted Musgrave rallied to a fourth-place finish in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
"It was a great race," commented Musgrave. "It was a great finish and I'm just glad to have been part of it. The Mopar Dodge was off a little bit tonight, but the guys did a great job in the pits. We made a bad call on the first round of pit stops and over adjusted. The next time we came in we went back to where we started and made up some ground and actually got up there and fought for the win at the end. It's was unfortunate from the aspect that we came here to win and wound up fourth, but it was a good points day for us and we need points."
After starting seventh in the 36-truck field, the Franklin, WI driver hung in the Top-10 working his way into sixth by the time the caution flag waved on Lap 68. Musgrave peeled off the racing surface and headed for pit road for fresh right-side tires, a full load of fuel and a chassis adjustment. When the green flag waved on Lap 74, Musgrave was still in sixth, but faded to ninth place as the race approached the halfway point. Another pit stop quickly fixed the handling problem and had Musgrave headed back to the front.
"After the first stop I thought the Mopar Dodge got a little better, but then all of a sudden it got really loose on me and I couldn't gain anymore. So we decided to go back to where we started the race and the track started to come around and we wound up in pretty good shape."
The savvy Winston Cup veteran made a hard charge for the leaders and by Lap 170 had his sites set on leader Jack Sprague. With just three laps remaining, Musgrave briefly muscled his way past Sprague into the top spot only to have Sprague slip past for the win.
"We had a great battle at the end," explained Musgrave. "We did everything we could. We put four tires on the Mopar Dodge and it was hooked up at the end. I got a little loose under Jack with three to go and I tried to race him as clean as I could for the win, but I got a little tap in the left rear from another truck and got a little sideways. That pretty much killed our chance to win. It was still a good day. To finish fourth when we struggled the way we did tonight is nothing to be bothered about. I'm real proud of all my guys tonight, they did a great job."
The fourth-place run netted Musgrave $11,050 and moved him to fifth in Truck Series' points, 152 behind leader Jack Sprague.
Next up for Musgrave and team Mopar is round-two in the "Lone Star State." The Chevy Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, September 15 at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 20th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.
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