Profile of Ted Musgrave

Ted Musgrave drove the Number 1 Mopar Dodge Ram in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (which actually uses real trucks, unlike NASCAR's car series).

Born on December 18, 1955 in Franklin, Wisconsin, and currently living in Daytona Beach, Musgrave has been married to Debi for over 20 years, and has two sons and a daughter.

Musgrave's father encouraged his racing, telling him to work on his race car rather than go off and find a job. He acted as his own crew chief and mechanic at first (starting at the age of 18), and still works alongside crew members. He later joined Ray DeWitt in USAC sprint racing, then moved to Roush Racing in the Winston Cup, posting five top ten finishes and 17 top twenties. In 1999, he moved to the Butch Mack/Remington team, then to Bessey Motorsports in 2000, before joining Ultra Motorsports (owned by Jim Smith; crew chief Shawn Parker; engine builder Joey Arrington).

While driving the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram for Ultra Motorsports, Musgrave has scored more victories (13) in the 2001-2004 seasons than any other driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He has never finished lower than third in NCTS championship points in three seasons of competition.

Musgrave was a controversial black flag penalty away from capturing his first NCTS title in 2003. He finished third in points, only 18 points behind the leader. A perennial contender, Musgrave ended 2002 third in the NCTS points, finishing in the top-10 an impressive 73% of the series' races. He had series-leading seven wins in 2001 on his way to a second-place finish in the NCTS championship.

During 11 NASCAR Nextel Cup seasons and 298 races between 1990 and 2000, Musgrave finished second four times and picked up five pole positions; during that time he also had 20 top-five finishes and 55 top-10s.

Musgrave had the lowest DNF's (1) of all Nextel Cup drivers in 1995; finished seventh in points that year. He was Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year runner-up in 1991, and ASA Rookie of the Year in 1987.

Prior to moving into Nextel Cup Series competition, Musgrave also competed on several regional Late Model circuits, including the ARCA RE/MAX Challenge Series and the Hills Bros. All Pro Series.

Ted enjoys restoring antique cars, including a slat-side Dodge pickup and a 1955 Chrysler. He also helps his sons race their late model cars in North Carolina.,

The 2004 #1 Mopar Dodge Ram

  • Engine builder: Joey Arrington
  • Powered by a 358 cubic inch Mopar cast iron R5 block with Mopar P7 aluminum heads, producing 750 horsepower with a redline of over 9,000 rpm
  • Hopkins chassis, four-speed manual gearbox, 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 80" wide, 112" wheelbase, 3,400 lb weight

Built to NASCAR specs, that is:

  • One four-barrel Holley carburetor
  • 12:1 compression ratio, 110 octane fuel, 22 gallons
  • Independent coil spring front suspension with two control arms
  • Trailing arm rear suspension with coil springs and panhard bar
  • Rectangular steel tubing chassis with integral roll cage
  • 3.6 to 6.83:1 gear ratios; estimated top speed, 185 mph

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics


  • Starts: 25
  • Victories: 3 (Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Memphis Motorsports Park, and California Speedway)
  • Top-Fives: 14
  • Top-10s: 18
  • Pole Positions: 4
  • Final Standing: 3rd


  • Starts: 22
  • Victories: 3
  • Top-Fives: 12
  • Top-10s: 16
  • Pole Positions: 3
  • Final Standing: 3rd


  • Starts: 24
  • Victories: 7
  • Top-Fives: 13
  • Top-10s: 18
  • Pole Positions: 2
  • Final Standing: 2nd

Career (NCTS)*

  • Starts: 74
  • Victories: 13
  • Top-Fives: 41
  • Top-10s: 54
  • Pole Positions: 9

*Musgrave made three NCTS starts in 1995 and 1996, picking up two top-five finishes.

NASCAR at Allpar Jerry Olesen wrote..."The cars were production line models, which were reinforced at key points...These days, they race 'cars that never were,' so to speak, and much of the relevance to actual automobiles has been lost. "

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