Musgrave, Team Mopar Ready For Anything In Kansas 250 KANSAS CITY, KS (July 2,2001) - In professional sports parity is generally sought to prove a level playing field does indeed exist. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is no exception. Since...
Musgrave, Team Mopar Ready For Anything In Kansas 250
KANSAS CITY, KS (July 2,2001) - In professional sports parity is generally sought to prove a level playing field does indeed exist. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is no exception. Since the season began at Daytona in February, NASCAR has feverishly plotted a course to prove that no one manufacturer has a competitive advantage over another.
As Ted Musgrave and his No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram head for Kansas City for the inaugural Kansas 250, no one competitor or manufacturer will have any distinct advantage over the other.
"That's going to be cool," Musgrave said. "Nobody will have the upper hand and nobody is going to be able to go out there and have an advantage. I know they ran an ARCA race at Kansas earlier in the season, but this will be the first time for the Truck Series and the trucks are a whole different animal. It's a really unique situation. The guy that figures the racetrack out the quickest, he's going to be the man to beat."
The 1.5-mile superspeedway will present a formidable challenge for the Franklin, Wis. native, however the Winston Cup veteran will rely on his experiences at other tracks similar in nature. More importantly, NASCAR has scheduled a one-day test the day before the track opens for competition.
"The Truck Series is going to let us test the day before," explained Musgrave. "So we'll get a little practice in before we actually get ready for time trials and things like that. Kansas City, there's a whole different spin. Nobody's been around that racetrack and we can't test there because it's a track we run on. The best thing to do is be prepared for anything" At the Series' last stop at The Milwaukee Mile, Musgrave wowed the hometown crowd by rolling off third in the 34-truck field and snatching the lead from two-time series' champion Jack Sprague with 29 laps to go en route to his fourth win of the season. The Milwaukee run improved Musgrave's position in the NCTS championship chase by one spot to fourth in the points and earned the 2001 series win leader $42,310.
"Winning at Milwaukee was huge,"said Musgrave. "My mom and my brother were there and from the looks of the grandstand after I passed Sprague with about 30 to go, every one of my fans were there. I thought they were going to tear down the grandstand. Now we need to build on that momentum and go and get ourselves another win at Kansas."
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, July 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 12th race of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio worldwide.
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