SLINGER,WI (July 13, 2001) Two of the best drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will attempt to tame one of the toughest short tracks in the country -Slinger Superspeedway when they compete in the 22nd-Annual Miller Lite Nationals...
SLINGER,WI (July 13, 2001) Two of the best drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will attempt to tame one of the toughest short tracks in the country -Slinger Superspeedway when they compete in the 22nd-Annual Miller Lite Nationals Tuesday, July 17.
Wisconsin short-track star Ted Musgrave, driver of the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram NCTS entry, and his Ultra Motorsports teammate, Scott Riggs, pilot of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram, will travel to the suburban Milwaukee, WI track for the annual racing spectacular. There, they will take on an all-star field on the "World's Fastest Quarter-Mile Paved Oval."
"I'm pretty excited about another opportunity to put on a good show for my fans back in Wisconsin," said Musgrave. "I haven't been back to Slinger in a long time. What's really cool is having Scott come up there to see what short track racing in Wisconsin is all about. I've been telling Scott how fast Slinger is. The track has 33-degree banking and we'll be turning laps in a 2,800-pound stock car in just over 11 seconds on a quarter-mile track. Slinger is an incredible place to race and I know we're both looking forward to getting back to our short-track roots for a little beating and banging."
The Nationals will provide Musgrave and Riggs an opportunity to "beat and bang" with a star-studded list of short-track stock car drivers. NASCAR Winston Cup star Kenny Schrader has filed an entry as has two-time Nationals champion and current NASCAR Busch Series regular Rich Bickle. Wisconsin native Scott Wimmer, also from the Busch Series ranks, is also entered. Current American Speed Association kingpin Butch Miller, another two-time Nationals titlest, is entered as is ASA top runner Scott Hansen. Dick Trickle, the all-time Nationals champion with four wins and perhaps the greatest short-track driver ever, is also scheduled to compete.
"That's as tough a field as any I've ever raced against," said Riggs, the NCTS point leader heading into this weekend's event at Kentucky Speedway. "Some of those guys, like Trickle, are racing legends. I've never been to Slinger, but from what Ted had told me, its going to be a lot of fun. I've never raced on anything smaller than three-eighths-mile track back in North Carolina, but I shouldn't have too much trouble adapting. Slinger is the type of racetrack I like, high-banked and lightning-quick. I'm just looking forward to having a little short-track style fun."
Both Musgrave and Riggs have had their share of fun in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season scoring a combined six victories in just 12 events. Musgrave has steered his Mopar Performance Parts Dodge to wins at Homestead, FL, Bakersfield, CA, Madison, IL and Milwaukee, WI. while Riggs, has taken the checkered flag twice this season at Martinsville, VA, and Dover, DE.
"We've been pretty strong," said Riggs. "For me to have a teammate like Ted is just awesome. Ted is really down to earth and easy to talk to. Everything between our two teams is an open book and it's worked out great. We both have great crew chiefs and that just makes everything click a little better."
The gates will open on the 22nd annual Miller Lite Nationals at the Slinger Superspeedway at 3 p.m. Central Daylight Time Tuesday, July 17. Qualifying is set for 4:30 p.m. with an autograph session to follow. The 200-lap main event will take the green flag at 7 p.m.