Phoenix: Ted Musgrave preview

Musgrave, Team Mopar Dodge carry winning momentum into Phoenix AVONDALE, AZ (November 5, 2002) - Fresh off their third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win of the season, Ted Musgrave and his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram roll into...

Musgrave, Team Mopar Dodge carry winning momentum into Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ (November 5, 2002) - Fresh off their third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win of the season, Ted Musgrave and his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram roll into Phoenix International Raceway with winning momentum on their side for the Chevrolet Silverado 150.

"You can never put a price on winning," said Musgrave. "When you win, it gives the team such an added boost going into the next race. You know when you roll off the trailer, everyone is thinking that you're the team to beat. The Mopar Team had a great weekend last week at California and we're definitely looking to use that momentum to try and make it two wins in a row for Ultra Motorsports. It's a lot of fun to run the Mopar Dodge at Phoenix and I'll also have the opportunity to race the Kenwood/Sirius Dodge Intrepid in the Winston Cup event as well. It's going to be a really busy weekend for us."

The Phoenix one-mile oval is one of the more atypical venues on the NASCAR schedule and is a track where Musgrave has a wealth of experience, boasting 14 starts at PIR to his credit, including a trio of Top-5 Winston Cup finishes.

"I like a racetrack like Phoenix," explained Musgrave. "It's kind of like Darlington in the regard that every inch of the racetrack has different characteristics. Every corner is different. The front straightaway and back straightaway are different. There are doglegs and little uphill and downhill sections. It's one of those places where the driver has to be thinking all the time. You can move around a little bit, especially in the corners. It's a racetrack where we've seen guys race side-by-side through the corners. It's definitely a two-lane racetrack which makes a good situation for the drivers."

Last week's win featured a 1-2 finish for Musgrave and his Ultra Motorsports teammate, Jason Leffler, and also boosted the Franklin, WI veteran to within 107 points of the top spot in the 2002 NCTS championship chase with two races remaining.

"We're looking to lead the most laps and win the race," said Musgrave, who earned his 10th NCTS career win at California. "With only two races to go, that's all we can do. We're a little more than 100 points out, but we gained 42 on the leader by winning last weekend. If we can stay out front at Phoenix and win the race, we've still got a shot at this championship. We're not giving up by any means. We proved that at California."

The Chevrolet Silverado 150 at Phoenix International Raceway will take the green flag Friday, November 8 at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The 21st race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on espn2 and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Ted Musgrave