Musgrave, No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Win at Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, TX Ted Musgrave and his No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Tundra crew emerged victorious in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race held under the lights at the ultra-fast Texas Motor...
Musgrave, No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Win at Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, TX Ted Musgrave and his No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Tundra crew emerged victorious in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race held under the lights at the ultra-fast Texas Motor Speedway last Friday evening. With 72,000 enthusiastic fans on-hand for the Silverado 350K, Musgrave would parlay his third place qualifying effort, a little bit of good racing fortune while capitalizing on a pair of late-race cautions to secure what had been an elusive win in the Lone Star state.
"This is probably the best truck I've had as far as driving-wise wise and stuff." said Musgrave after qualifying third on Thursday evening in the Lone Star state, I even came across the radio after my (qualifying) lap and said it must be slow because it drove so well and they said 'no' - you're actually third quickest."
Hunting for his 17th truck series win, Musgrave raced up front with point leader Mike Skinner in the No. 5 Toyota, but an early pit stop for fuel and tires put the Team ASE Toyota out of synch with the race leaders.
"We were a little different on the sequence of pit stops and the tire wear. I led a lot of laps and then the 5 (Mike Skinner) got by me and he's running for a championship. So, we wanted to keep our nose clean and I was hoping we could race him back. Then, the caution didn't come out and we had to stop for fuel early." said Ted Musgrave after winning his first truck series race of the 2007 season.
Musgrave led early, but fell back as the race and the tires on his Team ASE Toyota wore on. Musgrave steered clear of several accidents that produced 23 caution laps. When co-leaders Chad McCumbee and Jack Sprague tangled on a single attempt at a green-white-checker finish, Musgrave acquired the lead as the seventh, race- ending yellow flag came out to close the event under caution. Musgrave snapped a frustrating 66-race winless streak that reached back to Gateway International Raceway in 2005, the same year the Franklin, Wisconsin native won the NCTS driver championship.
"We've had a few of these stolen away from us here," Musgrave said, It's a sweet victory to come back and have something like that fall in my hands where I had a little luck. Now I can finally say I won at Texas after so many tries. I was just hoping for a top-five (near the end), but if you play your cards right, sometimes it comes to you." Musgrave was recently paired with newly appointed Crew Chief Mike Abner who found himself celebrating in Texas' victory lane in only his second race as leader of the No. 9 Team ASE Toyota crew. "I get two more shots at it. Mike (Abner, crew chief) is doing a heck of a job and the guys are pumped up." Musgrave proclaimed, "We're running good and hopefully we'll be able to get them again in Phoenix."