Ted Musgrave

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Ted Musgrave
Ted Musgrave 1998.jpg
Musgrave in 1998
Born(1955-12-18) December 18, 1955 (age 58)
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Achievements2005 Craftsman Truck Series Champion
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
305 race(s) run over 14 year(s)
Best finish7th (1995)
First race1990 Champion Spark Plug 400 (Michigan)
Last race2003 Sharpie 500 (Bristol)
WinsTop tensPoles
0555
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
22 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
Best finish53rd (2000)
First race1989 All Pro 300 (Rockingham)
Last race2006 O'Reilly Challenge (Texas)
WinsTop tensPoles
020
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
192 race(s) run over 11 year(s)
Best finish1st (2005)
First race1995 GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 200 (Phoenix)
Last race2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
First win2001 Florida Dodge Dealers 400K (Homestead)
Last win2007 Silverado 350K (Texas)
WinsTop tensPoles
1711912
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best finish73rd (2002)
First race2002 Canada Day Shootout (Cayuga)
WinsTop tensPoles
000
Statistics current as of April 23, 2013.
 
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Ted Musgrave
Ted Musgrave 1998.jpg
Musgrave in 1998
Born(1955-12-18) December 18, 1955 (age 58)
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Achievements2005 Craftsman Truck Series Champion
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
305 race(s) run over 14 year(s)
Best finish7th (1995)
First race1990 Champion Spark Plug 400 (Michigan)
Last race2003 Sharpie 500 (Bristol)
WinsTop tensPoles
0555
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
22 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
Best finish53rd (2000)
First race1989 All Pro 300 (Rockingham)
Last race2006 O'Reilly Challenge (Texas)
WinsTop tensPoles
020
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
192 race(s) run over 11 year(s)
Best finish1st (2005)
First race1995 GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 200 (Phoenix)
Last race2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
First win2001 Florida Dodge Dealers 400K (Homestead)
Last win2007 Silverado 350K (Texas)
WinsTop tensPoles
1711912
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best finish73rd (2002)
First race2002 Canada Day Shootout (Cayuga)
WinsTop tensPoles
000
Statistics current as of April 23, 2013.

Theodore "Ted" Musgrave (born December 18, 1955 in Waukegan, Illinois)[1] is a retired American race car driver.

Pre-NASCAR[edit]

Musgrave's father, Elmer, was a famous short-track racer in the Midwest who raced for over 25 years at Soldier Field, O'Hare, Waukegan, and Wilmot, Wisconsin before moving into asphalt late models in the American Speed Association (ASA) and ARCA.[2][3] "I was really young at the time," Musgrave said. "But I can still remember sitting in the infield at Milwaukee and watching him race against drivers like Paul Goldsmith. He finally retired so he could help my older brother, Tom, and I get started."[2] He began racing in 1977 at age 18 at Waukegan in a 1967 Ford Galaxy that he inherited from his brother.[2] He immediately rebuilt the car into a 1967 Ford Torino and won the track's Rookie of the Year title.[2] He and his father built a Ford Mustang using some tips from Dick Trickle to race the next season.[2]

By 1979 he was a regular driver on the Central Wisconsin (CWRA) circuit, finishing seventh in the season points.[2] Originally from Illinois, Ted moved across the nearby state line so that he could race five nights per week in the CWRA.[2] He raced at LaCrosse, State Park Speedway in Wausau, Grundy County Speedway, Wisconsin Dells Speedway (now Dells Raceway Park), and Waukegan. In 1981, he finished second in the points at Wisconsin International Raceway (WIR), two points behind Alan Kulwicki.[2] Musgrave's highlight to the 1982 season was winning the Holiday 50 at Capital Speedway (now Madison International Speedway).[2] Musgrave qualified the fastest five times in a row at WIR and was leading the points when he battered his wrist in a wreck.[2] He returned the following week in a cast with a special arm support in the car.[2] He finished third in points.[2] Musgrave won ten CWRA features in 1983, including the Holiday 50 at Capital Super Speedway (now Madison International Speedway), Triple Hot Dog Dash at Wisconsin Dells, and the Race of Champions at Capital's Oktober Nationals.[2] Musgrave won seven features at Capital in 1984, along with two features at LaCrosse, two at State Park, and two at Wisconsin Dells.[2] He ran out of money to fund his team in 1985, and he ended his season early.[2] Musgrave returned in 1986 with a new car which contained several of his experimental ideas.[2] He finished tenth in CWRA points even though he started the season over a month. He had numerous feature wins that season, including the Firecracker 100 at Capital.[2]

In 1987 he moved to Franklin, WI and went national in the ASA series in Terry Baker's ride that Bobby Dotter vacated.[2] Musgrave finished 21 of 25 events, winning at the Milwaukee Mile, Birmingham, and Huntsville.[2] He earned Rookie of the Year honors by finishing fifth in points.[2]

Winston Cup Series[edit]

In 1990, Musgrave was called upon by Winston Cup team owner Ray DeWitt to replace Rich Vogler,[2] who had been killed at a wreck at Salem Speedway. Musgrave had four starts in Cup that year, his best finish being a 22nd at the Checker Auto Parts 500. From 1991 to 1993 he raced the #55 for the DeWitt/Ulrich team. He was runner-up to Bobby Hamilton for Rookie of the Year in 1991 and had twelve top-ten finishes.

In 1992, driving for Dewitt/Ulrich, he led all Winston Cup drivers in laps completed. In 1994, he was hired by Jack Roush to race for Roush Racing in the #16 Family Channel Ford Thunderbird as a teammate with Mark Martin. In his first season, Musgrave had three poles, and finished fifteenth in points. In 1995, Musgrave had a breakout year of sorts, posting 7 top-five finishes (including two second-place finishes) and 13 top-tens. At one point in the season, he was third in Winston Cup points. He slumped late in the season and finished 7th, but most felt his first race win was just around the corner. 1996 turned out to be a disappointment for Musgrave. He usually ran well in most races, but could never find what he needed to get his first win. He had several top-tens early in the season, but once again slumped in the second half and wound up 17th in points. He did, however, win the pole for the final Winston Cup race ever held at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

1997 racecar

In 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Roush vowed to give Musgrave whatever he needed to win his first race. The #16 car now had dual sponsorship from The Family Channel and Primestar. Once again, he started off well, and came very close to his first win at Darlington Raceway. Musgrave was running second late in the race and clearly had a faster car than leader Dale Jarrett in the closing laps. At one point, he was side by side with Jarrett, but Jarrett held him off for the win. Critics of Musgrave would say after the race that he should have been more aggressive and bumped Jarrett out of the way to get his first win. Later in the season at Pocono Raceway, Musgrave had a strong car and was running second late in the race with a chance to win when his car went unexpectedly loose. He ended up 4th. Musgrave was in the top 10 in points for most of 1997, but a bad final race at Atlanta caused him to fall to 12th for the year.

In 1998, Musgrave got full sponsorship from Primestar, and was 18th in points when he was suddenly replaced by rookie Kevin Lepage, to the shock of many. Still, Musgrave filled out 1998 by running part-time for Bud Moore Engineering and Bill Elliott Racing, as well as doing substitute duty for Travis Carter and Jasper Motorsports. He ended up missing only one race that year and gave Elliott's team its only top-10 finish with a fifth-place run at Phoenix.

In 1999, Musgrave was signed by Butch Mock Motorsports to run the #75 Remington Arms Ford. Musgrave struggled mightily however, and only put together two top-ten finishes before finally quitting the team after the Pennzoil 400. He began 2000 without a ride, but soon caught on with Joe Bessey Motorsports filling in for the injured Geoffrey Bodine, and ran five races with that team. After a one-race return to the #15, Musgrave finished the year with Team SABCO, driving the #01 for Kenny Irwin Jr., who had died in a practice accident at New Hampshire International Speedway. Musgrave has run seven Cup races since then, six of them with Ultra Motorsports and one for Petty Enterprises, Musgrave's last Cup race came at the 20-caution Sharpie 500 at Bristol in 2003, when he replaced Jimmy Spencer while he served his one race suspension.

Busch Series[edit]

Musgrave made his Busch Series debut in 1989 in the All Pro 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driving the #98 Buick. He started 31st and wound up in 12th place. He also ran at North Carolina Speedway the next week, finishing 17th. He did not return to the series until 1995, when he was 14th at Charlotte in the #9 Ford for Roush Racing. In 1997, Musgrave finished 12th at Darlington Raceway in the #40 Ford for Doug Taylor. He also returned for another race in the #9 Roush Ford, finishing 36th at Talladega. Musgrave attempted four races in 1999, but only qualified for one, finishing 17th at Rockingham in the #29 Pep Boys Chevrolet for Gary Bechtel.

For 2000, Musgrave signed with Team SABCO to run nine races in the #82 Channellock Chevrolet. He only earned three top 20 finishes, including his first top 10, an 8th at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Musgrave did not return to the series until 2003, when he signed a one-race deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing in the #6 Dodge. In the Food City 250 at Bristol, he started 9th and finished 3rd, earning a career-best finish for both him and the race team. Musgrave also ran one race in 2004, the Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Driving the #86 Dodge, he started 11th but finished 34th after overheating problems.

In 2006, Musgrave was one of many to drive the #12 and #14 Dodges for FitzBradshaw Racing. In five races, he was only able to earn a best finish of 21st at Richmond. His final series race to date was that year's O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing 34th in the #14 Family Dollar Dodge.

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

Musgrave's 2006 Truck

Musgrave made his Craftsman Truck Series debut in 1995 at the GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 200, driving the #61 Ford F-150 for Jack Roush. He started and finished in fourth place. He ran two more races the next year for Roush's #99 truck, and finished fifth at Phoenix. He did not run trucks again until 2001, when he signed to drive the #1 Mopar Dodge Ram for Ultra Motorsports. He won three of out the first five races that year and seven races overall, and had eighteen top-ten finishes, but was unable to catch Jack Sprague for the title. The next two seasons, he had three wins apiece and finished third in both season's points. During the 2003 season, Musgrave announced he had been battling bladder cancer while racing. Ironically, his wife Debi has been diagnosed with leukemia since 2000. Musgrave appeared to be in position to win the Truck championship that year, but in the season-ending Ford 200, Musgrave was penalized for attempting to pass a slower truck low on the final restart past the start/finish line, and surrendered the championship to fellow Wisconsinite Travis Kvapil. "All I can say is next year you're going to see a whole new Ted Musgrave. He's going to be the dirtiest son of a gun going out there on the racetrack and you might as well throw that rulebook away. I ain't going by it no more", Musgrave said in reaction to the penalty.

In 2004, Musgrave didn't race dirty as promised, but still raced competitively, winning two races and finishing third in points for the third consecutive year, behind Bobby Hamilton and Dennis Setzer.

In 2005, Musgrave won just one race, winning from the pole position at Gateway International Raceway as he did also in 2001, but he was able to claim the Craftsman Truck Series title. Musgrave moved on to Germain Racing's #9 Toyota for 2006 with sponsorship from Team ASE after Ultra Motorsports closed the doors following the 2005 season. Musgrave finished sixth in points in 2006, but failed to win a race that season.

In 2006, he was chosen to drive in the International Race Of Champions for the first time. He was the only driver representing the Craftsman Truck Series for the 2006 season. In 2007, Musgrave was parked for one race after hitting Kelly Bires out of anger under a caution at the Milwaukee Mile. He was parked, fined, and docked points, ending any legitimate shot he had to make a run at the championship. Brad Keselowski was named the replacement driver at Memphis Motorsports Park. This marks the first time in Craftsman Truck Series history that a driver has been suspended from a race. Later that season, Musgrave got his first career win for Germain Racing at Texas Motor Speedway, breaking a 66-race winless streak. Despite the one-race suspension, Musgrave finished 7th in the series points, marking seven consecutive top-10 points finishes in the Craftsman Truck Series.

After the conclusion of the 2007 season, Germain Racing announced that they would not renew Musgrave's contract for 2008 season. Musgrave was replaced in the #9 by rookie Justin Marks. He moved to HT Motorsports for 2008, bringing his ASE sponsorship with him to the #59 truck. 18 races into the 2008 season, Musgrave and HT parted ways after a practice wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was 13th in points at the time of his release.[4]

In 2010, Musgrave was entered in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona. Driving the #15 Hope for Haiti Toyota for Billy Ballew Motorsports, he started 18th but finished 31st after getting caught in an early multi-car wreck.

Musgrave served as Ron Hornaday Jr.'s spotter for eight races during the 2012 Camping World Truck Series season. The March 2012 press release states that Musgrave is "now retired" from driving.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Musgrave married the former Deborah Pantle.[2] They met while traveling back and forth from Waukegan on Sunday nights.[2] "She was a friend of a friend of my father who needed a ride back to Illinois on Sunday nights," he said.[2] After they married, she trained and showed horses while he raced.[2] They have two sons, Justin and Ted, Jr.,[2] and a daughter, Brittany. Justin raced light trucks, and Ted, Jr. raced on the ASA tour.[2]

Career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

YearStartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesAvg. StartAvg. FinishWinningsPositionTeam(s)
19904000027.831.0$17,19049th#50 Ted Musgrave Racing
#2 U.S. Motorsports Inc.
199129000029.622.0$200,91023rd#55 U.S. Motorsports Inc.
199229017024.316.7$449,12118th#55 RaDiUs Motorsports
199329025021.722.0$458,61525th#55 RaDiUs Motorsports
199431018320.017.4$656,18713th#16 Roush Racing
1995310713117.613.2$1,147,4457th#16 Roush Racing
199631027121.217.6$961,51216th#16 Roush Racing
199732058022.518.3$1,256,68012th#16 Roush Racing
199832025024.022.1$1,253,62623rd#16 Roush Racing
#15 Bud Moore Engineering
#23 Haas-Carter Motorsports
#96 American Equipment Racing
#13 Bill Elliott Racing
#77 Jasper Motorsports
199932002027.226.5$1,162,40333rd#75 Butch Mock Motorsports
200018000033.325.0$827,21640th#60 Joe Bessey Racing
#15 Fenley-Moore Motorsports
#01 Team SABCO
20011000015.029.0$73,28764th#7 Ultra Motorsports
20025000033.024.2$283,77050th#07 Ultra Motorsports
#44 Petty Enterprises
2003100007.031.0$63,71568th#7 Ultra Motorsports

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

YearStartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesAvg. StartAvg. FinishWinningsPositionTeam(s)
19892000030.014.5$5,55079th#98 Ted Musgrave Racing
19951000034.014.0$4,57585th#9 Roush Racing
19972000020.024.0$10,60578th#40 Specialty Racing
#9 Roush Racing
19991000012.017.0$6,975102nd#29 Diamond Ridge Motorsports
20009001025.425.0$101,73053rd#82 Team SABCO
2003101109.03.0$26,90098th#6 Tommy Baldwin Racing
20041000011.034.0$12,830133rd#86 Houraney Racing
20065000028.026.8$85,04071st#14/#12 FitzBradshaw Racing

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit]

YearStartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesAvg. StartAvg. FinishWinningsPositionTeam(s)
1995101104.04.0$4,50070th#61 Roush Racing
19972011011.520.5$15,75075th#99 Roush Racing
2001247131826.48.4$726,4062nd#1 Ultra Motorsports
2002223121634.88.1$652,5973rd#1 Ultra Motorsports
2003253141844.77.3$764,1953rd#1 Ultra Motorsports
20042521116210.210.4$728,8833rd#1 Ultra Motorsports
20052511115111.69.4$880,5531st#1 Ultra Motorsports
20062501013013.912.2$560,0836th#9 Germain Racing
2007241715013.411.1$510,6547th#9 Germain Racing
200818006018.215.8$260,75620th#59 HT Motorsports
20101000018.031.0$10,775113th#15 Billy Ballew Motorsports

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bobby Hamilton
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Todd Bodine
Achievements
Preceded by
Butch Miller
Snowball Derby Winner
1988
Succeeded by
Rick Crawford