Nashville: Ted Musgrave preview

Musgrave, Team Mopar look to rebound at Nashville. NASHVILLE, TN (August 5, 2002) - After disappointing finishes in the last two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, Ted Musgrave and his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge will look to rebound...

Musgrave, Team Mopar look to rebound at Nashville.

NASHVILLE, TN (August 5, 2002) - After disappointing finishes in the last two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, Ted Musgrave and his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge will look to rebound when the green flag drops on the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday.

"We haven't had the best of runs over the last couple weeks, so we're definitely looking to turn things around this week at Nashville," commented Musgrave, noting his team suffered a blown engine two weeks ago at Michigan and last-lap wreck at Indianapolis last weekend. "We came into Michigan with the division points lead and left Indianapolis in fourth. We need to build up some momentum heading into the later stages of the season and Nashville is where we need to start."

Racing on the 1.5-mile Nashville concrete oval could be just what Musgrave needs after posting a second-place finish in last year's inaugural race at the track. Musgrave comes into this year's event as one of the favorites to be standing in Victory Lane when the checkered flag falls on the 150-lap NCTS test.

"Nashville is pretty cool," commented Musgrave. "I had a lot of fun trying to chase down my Ultra Motorsports teammate, Scott Riggs, for the win last year. The Mopar Dodge was pretty good and the race came down to the last set of pit stops. Scott took two tires and we took four and that wound up being the difference. It was a good night for Ultra Motorsports. We finished one-two and that's what we're looking for again this year. I've got a new teammate this season - Jason Leffler - and he can stand on the gas as good as anyone. We'll race under the lights again at Nashville and that always makes it a little more exciting."

With only a 58-point spread separating leader Mike Bliss and fifth-place Robert Pressley, the 2002 NCTS championship battle is shaping up to be one of the closest in recent history. Musgrave plans to be right in the middle of the battle with his eyes firmly set on a seat at the champion's table in Miami at season's end.

"It's anybody's championship to win at this point," commented Musgrave. "There's been a lot of shake ups between the front runners lately, so that makes it a little more fun every week. Winning some races would be really nice, but right now we need to focus on Top-5s. As long as we keep finishing up front for the rest of the season, we'll definitely be in the hunt for the title."

The Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway will take the green flag Friday, August 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 15th race on the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN radio nationwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Robert Pressley , Ted Musgrave , Scott Riggs , Mike Bliss