Ted Musgrave Wins Ram Tough 200
MADISON, Ill. (AP) _ Ted Musgrave swept to victory Sunday in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series’ Ram Tough 200, giving up the lead only for three pit stops.
Musgrave, who won for the third time in five events, led 140 of the 160 laps around the 1.25-mile Gateway International Raceway.
The 45-year-old former Winston Cup driver’s Dodge Ram finished 10.428 seconds ahead of Ultra Motorsports teammate Scott Riggs.
Musgrave averaged 112.237 mph, and earned $48,310, plus a $10,000 bonus for winning from the pole position. He also won in Homestead, Fla. and Bakersfield, Calif.
``Racing is a lot of fun when you have a great team behind you,″ said Musgrave, who joined the Jim Smith-owned team this year.
Musgrave and defending race champion Jack Sprague swapped the lead four times during the first 79 laps and appeared headed for a final showdown when the engine in Sprague’s Chevrolet faltered on the 126th lap. Sprague finished eighth, a lap off the pace.
Riggs, one of six drivers who traded the lead 11 times, posted his fifth top-five finish of the year. The North Carolina native has a 75-point lead in the season standings over Joe Ruttman, who also had engine trouble en route to a 12th-place finish.
Musgrave is fifth in the standings, 96 points behind Riggs.
Terry Cook, the No. 2 starter, drove his Ford F-150 to a third-place finish, his second in the past two events. Rick Crawford was fourth in another Ford, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado of rookie Travis Kvapil.
Ricky Hendrick took sixth, the final driver to complete all 160 laps.
There were just three caution period for a total of 13 laps, with the last coming on the 82nd lap.