Two NCTS Championships at Stake for Dodge Rams at Phoenix TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram) IS A CLOSE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE JUST A NATURE OF THE TRUCK SERIES? "Well, I guess it is. I really don't have the answer for it, but if you look...
Two NCTS Championships at Stake for Dodge Rams at Phoenix
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram)
IS A CLOSE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE JUST A NATURE OF THE TRUCK SERIES?
"Well, I guess it is. I really don't have the answer for it, but if you look back every year -- this is my fourth year now -- and we've been second, third, and third in the points. And every time we've had a shot at the championship, and it's always come down to the last race here. I think it's a neat deal that the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has going on that it makes it that way where nobody runs away with the championship. But, that just goes back to teams, the drivers, the rules and the ways things play out. It's a neat deal. Every time we get down here towards the end of the season there's more hype and there's more drama.
WHAT'S YOUR OUTLOOK BEING 91 POINTS OUT OF THE SERIES LEAD?
"We're all fired up. We've got to be that way because you've got to do everything you can possibly do to stay in the hunt and make a charge at this championship because we started out so bad. We've had to create a lot of points, and I think right now this team here has made up so many points, it's been more than anybody else in the garage area. Yeah, the team is fired up. I am too. We're determined. Win, lose or draw, we're determined to make a good show of it. We've got a really good truck here at Phoenix. It looks like it's going to be a dominant truck. If everything goes our way, hopefully we can close up that gap in the points. Theoretically we need to make up about 30 points each race to challenge for the championship. So, with three races left, we're really into crunch time.
DNFs HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON A TEAM'S SEASON IN THE NCTS
"There's not a lot of races to gain points back up after you get behind. The more chances you have, the more chances you've got to gain it back. It's almost like the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series having it's 10-race playoff, we've only got 20-some races in a season. Each race is important. Having a bad race or a DNF now will actually throw you out of a championship, but early in the season it's very hard to overcome that because you don't have much time."