FT WORTH, TX (June 2, 2001) - Ted Musgrave has gained a wealth of experience competing in 298 NASCAR Winston Cup races. In the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, the driver of the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram entry will be...
FT WORTH, TX (June 2, 2001) - Ted Musgrave has gained a wealth of experience competing in 298 NASCAR Winston Cup races. In the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, the driver of the No. 1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram entry will be looking for answers as he makes his first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start on the 1.5-mile TMS oval.
"My previous experiences at Texas tells me it's kind of a cross between Atlanta and Charlotte," said Musgrave."I've never raced at Texas in a truck and now that NASCAR has changed the rules a little bit aerodynamically for the Dodges, I'm not sure what type of combination we need to take to Texas."
So far, the Franklin, WI native hasn't had to second-guess himself on too many occasions. Musgrave scored three victories in the seasons first five races and hopes to add another trophy to his collection on the high-banked, lightning-quick 1.5-mile Texas oval.
"It's another racetrack we have to go to and, hopefully, I'll be able to hang in there," Musgrave stated. "I'll give it a good shot. There might be a couple of characters out there that I might be able to latch onto their tailgates and see what I can do."
Musgrave currently sits seventh in NCTS points and has posted an impressive 10.75 average finish. Eight races in, the battle for the Truck Series crown continues to heat up with Musgrave just two points out of sixth and only 14 markers away from breaking into the Top-5.
"What we need to do is keep fighting and working our way back up the points ladder," said Musgrave. "The first six races of the season, it was either feast or famine for Team Mopar. We won three races, but at Daytona (FL), Martinsville (VA), and Darlington (SC), we really took a big hit in the points. Pikes Peak was a good race for us because we totally missed the set-up and battled back to finish fifth. That's how you win championships. When you have a bad day, you need to make the most out of it and make sure you at least finish. I don't anticipate any problems at Texas, so I'm looking for another trip to Victory Lane."
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 at Texas Motor Speedway will take the green flag Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m. Central Standard Time. The eighth race of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule will be broadcast live on MRN Radio worldwide and telecast on a next-day, tape-delay basis on ESPN2 at Noon EasternTime.