FOUNTAIN, CO (May 20, 2001) Ted Musgrave fought a loose Mopar Performance Parts Dodge all day long, but wrestled his way to a fourth-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Jelly Belly 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. "Pikes...
FOUNTAIN, CO (May 20, 2001) Ted Musgrave fought a loose Mopar Performance Parts Dodge all day long, but wrestled his way to a fourth-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Jelly Belly 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
"Pikes Peak changes a lot," said the three-time winner in NCTS competition this season. "It was really, really slick out there today and I had my hands full all day long. We missed the set-up big time. The guys tried, tried, tried, but we lost radio communications so I couldn't tell them what to do."
Musgrave started the seventh race of the 2001 season from the eighth spot as the field was set according to 2001 NCTS owner points. Although the 10-year Winston Cup veteran struggled for most of the day, Musgrave never dropped off the lead lap and picked up one position in the championship chase.
"It was a good points run," explained Musgrave "So many things happened to us today, I'm just glad to get a good finish and bring the Mopar Performance Parts home in one piece."
The Franklin, WI native struggled to get a handle on his truck all day forcing his crew to make several chassis adjustments over the course of the 200-lap race.
"It was tough for us out there today," Musgrave said. "Even though we lost radio contact, (crew chief) Fred (Wanke) made good calls and the guys gave me great stops, so as far off as we were when the race started, we ended up pretty decent."
The Jelly Belly 200 marked Musgrave's 10th career NCTS start and the fourth-place effort netted the pilot of the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram $13,625. The 200-lap test also marked Musgrave's first appearance at the flat, one-mile Rocky Mountain oval.
As the Truck Series moves forward, Musgrave is looking forward to theseries' next stop at Dover Downs International Speedway. With over 20 Winston Cup starts at the "Monster Mile," Musgrave will be definite threat to grab the checkered flag at the high-banked one-mile superspeedway.
"I think experience will be a big factor at Dover," said Musgrave. "I've got something like 20 plus starts in a Winston Cup car there, so I'm looking forward to getting back to a racetrack where I've got a few laps."
The MBNA E-Commerce 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway will take the green flag Friday, June at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The seventh race of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule will be broadcast live byMRN radio and telecast on a same-day, tape delayed basis by ESPN.
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