FORT WORTH-DALLAS (September 27, 2001) - Ted Musgrave still believes he can win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship this year. But to accomplish this, Musgrave knows that he must score race victories, including the Silverado 350 on...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (September 27, 2001) - Ted Musgrave still believes he can win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship this year. But to accomplish this, Musgrave knows that he must score race victories, including the Silverado 350 on Friday night, October 5 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Musgrave, currently fifth in the series point standings going into this Friday's race in South Boston, Va., is in a six-driver tussle for the title, the closest point battle in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history. The MoPar Performance team driver is near the top in race wins and laps led for the season but will have to perform some magic to claim the championship.
"Mathematically, it is kind of an Alan Kulwicki (winner of closest NASCAR Winston Cup point race in 1992) type of story if it turned out that way," said Musgrave. "You really don't think that you have a shot at it but all of a sudden everything goes your way.
"The tough part about it is the people that I am chasing in the top four in points are always ones that when they have a bad day still finish no further back than tenth. It is very hard to find a big margin of gain on these people."
Two-time title-winner Jack Sprague, veteran Joe Ruttman, Scott Riggs and rookies Travis Kvapil and Ricky Hendrick have fought Musgrave for the Craftsman Trucks Series point lead all season. That will continue in the Silverado 350.
"There are things that have happened that you say, 'I can't believe this actually happened," continued Musgrave. "You wonder, how are we going to rebound from this? Every time you unload the truck you stick your head up and say I've got a chance to win this race. All we can do is the best we can."
The Silverado 350 will get the green flag at 8:00 p.m. (CDT) on October 5. Tickets are available daily at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations.