South Boston: Event preview

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship contenders looking for a solid finish at South Boston Speedway. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2002) - In only his second season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Ted Musgrave (No. 1...

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship contenders looking for a solid finish at South Boston Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2002) - In only his second season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Ted Musgrave (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge) has established himself as a title contender.

Last season, Musgrave finished second in the championship race to Jack Sprague by only 73 points. This season he has spent time at the top of the championship points battle and is currently third, just 63 points behind leader Mike Bliss (No. 16 IWX Motor Freight/Knights Inn Chevrolet) heading into this weekend's Hardee's Craftsman 250 with John Boy & Billy at Big Daddy's South Boston (Va.) Speedway.

With the points battle being so close, South Boston could be the key to winning the championship, according to Bliss.

"You can be totally prepared and have the best truck and still get caught up in someone else's mess," said Bliss."Anyone who has a shot at the title is going to have to come out of South Boston with a solid finish."

"The championship implications at South Boston are going to be huge," said Musgrave."There are about five guys who are in the thick of the championship chase. The one who leaves South Boston with a good finish is going to be the guy who's in good shape with four races to go."

Musgrave may have an advantage - he won last year's race from the second position.

"We started second and stayed out pretty much the whole race. That's what it's going to take this year," Musgrave said."South Boston is exactly the kind of place where I feel at home. I grew up racing short tracks all over the Midwest, so I'm pretty comfortable at South Boston."

One driver who is hoping to have a home track advantage is Jon Wood (No. 50 Navy Racing Ford). Wood, a native of Stuart, Va., is a third-generation member of the legendary Wood family and hopes to put on a good show for the hometown crowd at South Boston. He finished 14th in last year's race after making contact with another truck with only nine laps remaining.

"South Boston is a tough little track," said Wood."We had a good run going in the truck last year but got into trouble in the final laps. I really like short tracks since they make for some pretty exciting racing."

After two disappointing finishes in the last two weeks, Wood fell to 12th place in the points standings.

"I think we are due for a good run this weekend," Wood said.

Wood won't be the only driver hoping for a good run this weekend; the championship contenders want a solid finish as well.

-nascar-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ted Musgrave , Jack Sprague , Mike Bliss