November 2, 2007 - Fort Worth, TX - In Friday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Texas Motor Speedway, veteran Ted Musgrave survived a chaotic closing few laps to register his first win of the season in the No. 9 Team ASE Toyota Tundra.
With five laps remaining in the race, championship contenders Mike Skinner and Ron Hornaday were running side-by-side battling for the lead. Chad McCumbee took advantage of the veteran drivers fighting each other to move into the lead. Hornaday got loose and made contact with Skinner, bringing out the yellow caution flag and ending Hornaday's race.
After the race was restarted following a 16 minute red flag period, McCumbee had the lead followed by the Jack Sprague and Musgrave. When the green flag flew, Sprague and McCumbee made contact allowing Musgrave to take the lead and then capture the checkered flag.
"We let a few of these races get away from us here at Texas," said Musgrave, after the race. "It's a bittersweet victory, I guess to have something like that happen and we win the race. We can finally say we won in Texas after so many tries.
"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," added Musgrave. "I was hoping we could race him back. Then, the caution didn't come out and we had to stop for fuel early -- and I was hoping for a top-five at that time. You play your cards right and it just comes to you."
Brendan Gaughan finished second, followed by Skinner (third), Mike Bliss (fourth) and Rick Crawford (fifth). Skinner's finish allowed him to regain the championship lead with two races remaining this year. In the unofficial point standings released immediately following the race, Skinner leads Hornaday by 57 points.
"We would have liked to have won the race, but if we won the race Ronnie (Hornaday) would have finished second or third," said Skinner, following the race. "Big picture-wise, this worked out better. I don't want to win or lose the championship because we crashed each other. I'd hate that."
Other Tundra drivers in the race were Sprague (sixth), Jason Leffler (ninth), Terry Cook (12th), Todd Bodine (16th), Andy Lally (22nd), Justin Marks (23rd), Jacques Villeneuve (25th) and Johnny Benson (27th).
The next race on the Craftsman Truck Series schedule is next Friday (Nov. 9) at Phoenix International Raceway.
Toyota Finishing Positions at Texas Motor Speedway
Toyota Finishing Positions at Texas Motor Speedway 1st, TED MUSGRAVE 3rd, MIKE SKINNER 6th, JACK SPRAGUE 9th, JASON LEFFLER 12th, TERRY COOK 16th, TODD BODINE 22nd, ANDY LALLY 23rd, JUSTIN MARKS 25th, JACQUES VILLENEUVE 27th, JOHNNY BENSON Toyota Drivers in the Point Standings following Texas Motor Speedway race* 1st, MIKE SKINNER 3,718 Points 4th, TODD BODINE 3,254 Points 6th, JOHNNY BENSON 3,221 Points 7th, TED MUSGRAVE 2,944 Points 9th, JACK SPRAGUE 2,752 Points 14th, TERRY COOK 2,468 Points 32nd, JOSH WISE 962 Points 34th, AJ ALLMENDINGER 916 Points * Unofficial Point Standings
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