CLERMONT, IN (July 26, 2001) - After a week off and a hard fought fifth-place finish at New Hampshire, Ted Musgrave and the Team Mopar "Ultra Bad Boys" are ready for battle as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads for the Power Stroke 200 at ...
CLERMONT, IN (July 26, 2001) - After a week off and a hard fought fifth-place finish at New Hampshire, Ted Musgrave and the Team Mopar "Ultra Bad Boys" are ready for battle as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads for the Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
"I'm ready to get back going again," said Musgrave. "We've got a truck that I really think is going to be a good piece for IRP. It's almost a mirror of my favorite Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram that we wrecked at Kentucky. We've almost completely redone this one to make it as close to the other truck as we can. I'm pretty pumped up to race it."
Not only does he have a fresh Mopar Dodge underneath him, Musgrave comes into IRP fourth in the championship standings, just 112 markers behind teammate and leader Scott Riggs. With four wins in 14 races and a stellar 7.9 finishing average, Musgrave is stoked about a return to the site of his June 10, 1989, American Speed Association win in the CARQUEST 200.
"I've run IRP probably five or six times," said Musgrave, who will be making his first-ever Truck Series appearance at the track. "I won there in 1989 in the ASA car so I feel like I know my way around there pretty well. Our short track program has been pretty strong all year. We won at Bakersfield and we would have been right there at the end at Martinsville if we hadn't broke. We ran sixth at Memphis and I think we can do a lot better with this truck at IRP."
Last year, Musgrave tried his luck in the NASCAR Busch Series race at IRP. The Franklin, WI native rolled off ninth in the 43-car field and brought the No. 82 Channellock Chevrolet home 21st.
"I drove a Busch car owned by Armando Fitz at IRP and we really struggled," explained Musgrave. "The deal was I was over at the big track trying to get ready for the Brickyard 400, so the Busch guys had another guy practice and qualify the car. Well, they practiced and qualified during the day and we raced at night. They had the car working good while the sun was out, but when the sun went down for the race, the car was just too tight. It was tough to do anything with it."
This time around, Musgrave is hoping for a much better result.
"We need to win some more races and rack up some more Top-5s so we can get back up there and fight for this Truck Series championship," said Musgrave. "Another win at IRP would be a giant leap in the right direction." The Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park will take the green flag Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 15th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.