Musgrave qualified his Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram third in the 36-truck field and hung in the Top-5 for the majority of the 200 lap event despite handling difficulties. Following a four tire pit stop late in the race, Musgrave returned to...
Musgrave qualified his Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram third in the 36-truck field and hung in the Top-5 for the majority of the 200 lap event despite handling difficulties. Following a four tire pit stop late in the race, Musgrave returned to the action 11th in the running order with only 29 laps remaining.
After the last caution of the evening, Musgrave was 12th when a last lap multi-truck melee took out several of the front-runners. Musgrave threaded the needle and avoided the skirmish, bringing home a seventh-place finish, his 11th Top-10 of the season.
TED MUSGRAVE ON QUALIFYING THIRD:
"We built a new style Mopar Dodge specifically for this race with a little lower suspension and it bottomed out a little bit during our qualifying lap. We were trying some softer springs like everyone else. We're going to put a little stiffer springs in for the race to keep the chassis from dragging. I may have gotten in the corner a little too hard and that shot us up the track. It was a good run overall. That gave us a good starting spot for the race."
MUSGRAVE ON RICHMOND BEING AN IDEAL VENUE FOR THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK
"Richmond is an ideal racetrack for any series. You see great races here in the Busch Series, Winston Cup and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Last year was my first year here in the trucks and the last five laps were very exciting. Kevin Harvick, myself and Jack Sprague all swapped the lead and some paint for the last five laps, so I think the people in the grandstands saw an excellent race. This type of track just puts on a great show. You can move around a lot. You can run high or run low and you can go three-wide down the frontstretch. I haven't seen a dull race here yet."
MUSGRAVE ON THE HANDLING HIS MOPAR DODGE THROUGHOUT THE VIRGINIA IS FOR
"We stiffened up the front springs for the race because the truck bottomed-out during qualifying and we were worried that would happen during the race. We also started out on lower air pressures and that was the wrong way to go. We just never got the Mopar Dodge to turn the way I liked it and the truck chattered the front wheels all night long. We tried to adjust every time we made a stop, but we were never able to overcome the stiffer springs we put after qualifying."
MUSGRAVE ON HIS PIT STRATEGY:
"We were riding around fourth or fifth and that's about where we would have finished, but we took four tires with less than 30 laps to go and that put us back in the field a little bit. I think we came in fourth and went out 11th, but hindsight is always 20-20. A lot of guys just took two tires and some of them only took fuel, so it was a bad exchange for us. Track position was so crucial, that we weren't able to overcome all those positions. Sometimes it would take four or five laps to pass another truck. We probably should have gone for track position instead of four fresh tires."
MUSGRAVE ON THE LAST LAP WRECK:
"We were lucky to get through the wreck. If they didn't wreck and we would have ended up back there in 11th or 12th, we would have all been pretty upset. Our showing tonight was not representative of the capabilities of this team. We're going to keep working hard and maybe some good luck will come our way."
MUSGRAVE ON LAST YEAR'S WINS AT FOUR OF THE SIX TRACKS REMAINING ON THE 2002
"We're coming up on some of my favorite racetracks. I won at South Boston, Las Vegas, California and Homestead last year, so we need to stay focused and win some races before the year is out and get ourselves back in position to win this championship."