Musgrave All Business During Milwaukee Homecoming WEST ALLIS, WIS (June 25, 2001) - It's been more than a decade since Ted Musgrave raced at The Milwaukee Mile. Armed with a new ride and a new lease on his racing career, Musgrave will be all ...
Musgrave All Business During Milwaukee Homecoming
WEST ALLIS, WIS (June 25, 2001) - It's been more than a decade since Ted Musgrave raced at The Milwaukee Mile. Armed with a new ride and a new lease on his racing career, Musgrave will be all business when he returns to his racing roots at "America's Legendary Oval" for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series GNC Live Well 200.
"We could talk forever about the Milwaukee Mile," said Musgrave, who will pilot the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram at the famed State Fair Park oval. "It's in an area where I grew up. My father raced there back in the 1960s in the USAC days and I've raced there in several different divisions. There's a lot of history there. It's the closest place that I'm going to race on that is my hometown area. I have to believe that half the grandstand will be packed with my family, friends and fans that will be coming to Milwaukee to watch that race. It's a neat track. It's a flat one-mile and I've had success there, it's just a very enjoyable place.
"I'm going to Milwaukee to win the race, sit on the pole and lead the most laps, " continued Musgrave, who won back-to-back NCTS events earlier in the season at Homestead (FL) andBakersfield (CA) and again at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis. "I'm going to try to have a little bit of a social life with family and friends, but it's not going to be a pleasure cruise while we're up there. I'm going up there to run a race and try to win. At the same time, I might have a few minutes to sit down and talk about old times."
Musgrave's last appearance at The Milwaukee Mile came on June 22, 1990 in an American Speed Association contest. The Franklin, WI native has solid finishing average of 10.5 in 12 starts at the Wisconsin State Fair Park facility.
"The last time I raced at Milwaukee, I finished fifth in an ASA car," Musgrave stated. "Wow, that's a long time ago. I know they re-surfaced the place and I haven't been there since the track was repaved. No matter what they do to it, it's still the same old Milwaukee Mile to me."
After joining Ultra Motorsports and veteran team owner Jimmy Smith, Musgrave and his Mopar Dodge have consistently proven to be one of the top trucks every week. Along with teammate Scott Riggs, Musgrave has mounted a charge at capturing the 2001 NCTS crown. Although the Truck Series' title has eluded Smith over the short six-year history of the division, the powerful Ultra Motorsports team is always a title contender and a driver of Musgrave's experience can only shorten the odds.
"No doubt, that's one of the reasons I chose Ultra Motorsports," said Musgrave. "Don't get me wrong, Winston Cup is great, but when Jimmy gave me a chance to drive a truck that would be competitive and a threat to win every race, that was just too good of an opportunity to pass up. "I'm not saying I wouldn't go back to Winston Cup, but I'm really enjoying myself right now," Musgrave continued. "I haven't been able to say that in a long time. When I signed with Ultra, Jimmy told me not to tell anyone about the Truck Series because this series was the best kept secret in NASCAR. I'll tell you what, the secret is out and I'm having the time of my life."
At the Truck Series' last stop in Memphis, Musgrave struggled with brake problems all weekend. After having the brakes lock up in his Mopar Dodge during qualifying, Musgrave was forced to start deep in the 32-truck field in 21st position. The brakes on Musgrave's Dodge failed during the 200-lap test, but the veteran was able to soldier his way to a sixth-place finish and pick up two spots in the NCTS championship battle.
"I guess that's ok to finish sixth when you have problems," Musgrave explained. "We just keep biting ourselves and having problems that we shouldn't. I know this team is capable of having a winning truck every week and it's time to start showing that again. We won three of the first five races this season and it's kind of gone down hill ever since. It's been a long time since I've raced at Milwaukee and it's time to get the Mopar Dodge back in Victory Lane. I couldn't imagine any better place to do it than in front of all my friends and family at The Milwaukee Mile."
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