Saturday, April 30, 2005
Musgrave earns 16th series victory
MADISON, Ill. -- Ted Musgrave dominated the Craftsman Truck
Series' Dodge Ram Tough 200 from start to finish Saturday night,
leading all but two laps en route to a 0.935-second victory over
Musgrave, who started his Ultra Motorsports Dodge from the pole
after a record qualifying lap, easily held off Setzer on two late
restarts on the 1.25-mile Gateway International Raceway for his
16th career truck series victory.
"It isn't very often you have this dominant of a truck. As soon
as we started I thought, 'Man, I'm set,''' said Musgrave, who
dropped to second place twice during pit stops in the 160-lap race.
"I had not led a lap this season until tonight. As dominant as
we were, I knew it wasn't over until it was over. Last year I was
leading the whole race in Phoenix and blew a tire with 20 laps to
go. So I wasn't taking anything for granted.''
The 49-year-old driver, also the 2001 winner at Gateway, took
the lead in the season-standings, three points ahead of sixth-place
finisher Bobby Hamilton.
The victory was the 36th for team owner Jim Smith, matching Jack
Roush for the most wins on the series that began in 1995.
Jimmy Spencer, Musgrave's teammate, was third, followed by Mike
Skinner and Rick Crawford, Hamilton, Todd Bodine, Robert Pressley,
Chad Chaffin and Ricky Craven.
Musgrave, who earned $62,035, averaged 100.854 mph in the race
slowed by seven caution periods that consumed 29 laps.