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Ted Musgrave


Ted Musgrave

Ted Musgrave
Musgrave in 1998
Born (1955-12-18) December 18, 1955
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Achievements 2005 Craftsman Truck Series Champion
1988 Snowball Derby Winner
Awards 1987 ASA National Tour Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
305 races run over 14 years
Best finish 7th (1995)
First race 1990 Champion Spark Plug 400 (Michigan)
Last race 2003 Sharpie 500 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 55 5
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
22 races run over 8 years
Best finish 53rd (2000)
First race 1989 All Pro 300 (Rockingham)
Last race 2006 O'Reilly Challenge (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
192 races run over 11 years
Best finish 1st (2005)
First race 1995 GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 200 (Phoenix)
Last race 2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
First win 2001 Florida Dodge Dealers 400K (Homestead)
Last win 2007 Silverado 350K (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
17 119 12
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish 73rd (2002)
First race 2002 Canada Day Shootout (Cayuga)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
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 1
  • Winston Cup Series 2
  • Busch Series 3
  • Craftsman Truck Series 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Career results 6
    • NASCAR 6.1
      • Winston Cup Series 6.1.1
      • Busch Series 6.1.2
      • Camping World Truck Series 6.1.3
    • International Race of Champions 6.2
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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 third 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

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

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

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

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

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points


Winston Cup Series

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1990 4 0 0 0 0 27.8 31.0 $17,190 49th #50 Ted Musgrave Racing
#2 U.S. Motorsports Inc.
1991 29 0 0 0 0 29.6 22.0 $200,910 23rd #55 U.S. Motorsports Inc.
1992 29 0 1 7 0 24.3 16.7 $449,121 18th #55 RaDiUs Motorsports
1993 29 0 2 5 0 21.7 22.0 $458,615 25th #55 RaDiUs Motorsports
1994 31 0 1 8 3 20.0 17.4 $656,187 13th #16 Roush Racing
1995 31 0 7 13 1 17.6 13.2 $1,147,445 7th #16 Roush Racing
1996 31 0 2 7 1 21.2 17.6 $961,512 16th #16 Roush Racing
1997 32 0 5 8 0 22.5 18.3 $1,256,680 12th #16 Roush Racing
1998 32 0 2 5 0 24.0 22.1 $1,253,626 23rd #16 Roush Racing
#15 Bud Moore Engineering
#23 Haas-Carter Motorsports
#96 American Equipment Racing
#13 Bill Elliott Racing
#77 Jasper Motorsports
1999 32 0 0 2 0 27.2 26.5 $1,162,403 33rd #75 Butch Mock Motorsports
2000 18 0 0 0 0 33.3 25.0 $827,216 40th #60 Joe Bessey Racing
#15 Fenley-Moore Motorsports
#01 Team SABCO
2001 1 0 0 0 0 15.0 29.0 $73,287 64th #7 Ultra Motorsports
2002 5 0 0 0 0 33.0 24.2 $283,770 50th #07 Ultra Motorsports
#44 Petty Enterprises
2003 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 31.0 $63,715 68th #7 Ultra Motorsports

Busch Series

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1989 2 0 0 0 0 30.0 14.5 $5,550 79th #98 Ted Musgrave Racing
1995 1 0 0 0 0 34.0 14.0 $4,575 85th #9 Roush Racing
1997 2 0 0 0 0 20.0 24.0 $10,605 78th #40 Specialty Racing
#9 Roush Racing
1999 1 0 0 0 0 12.0 17.0 $6,975 102nd #29 Diamond Ridge Motorsports
2000 9 0 0 1 0 25.4 25.0 $101,730 53rd #82 Team SABCO
2003 1 0 1 1 0 9.0 3.0 $26,900 98th #6 Tommy Baldwin Racing
2004 1 0 0 0 0 11.0 34.0 $12,830 133rd #86 Houraney Racing
2006 5 0 0 0 0 28.0 26.8 $85,040 71st #14/#12 FitzBradshaw Racing

Camping World Truck Series

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1995 1 0 1 1 0 4.0 4.0 $4,500 70th #61 Roush Racing
1997 2 0 1 1 0 11.5 20.5 $15,750 75th #99 Roush Racing
2001 24 7 13 18 2 6.4 8.4 $726,406 2nd #1 Ultra Motorsports
2002 22 3 12 16 3 4.8 8.1 $652,597 3rd #1 Ultra Motorsports
2003 25 3 14 18 4 4.7 7.3 $764,195 3rd #1 Ultra Motorsports
2004 25 2 11 16 2 10.2 10.4 $728,883 3rd #1 Ultra Motorsports
2005 25 1 11 15 1 11.6 9.4 $880,553 1st #1 Ultra Motorsports
2006 25 0 10 13 0 13.9 12.2 $560,083 6th #9 Germain Racing
2007 24 1 7 15 0 13.4 11.1 $510,654 7th #9 Germain Racing
2008 18 0 0 6 0 18.2 15.8 $260,756 20th #59 HT Motorsports
2010 1 0 0 0 0 18.0 31.0 $10,775 113th #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports

International Race of Champions

() (Bold - Pole position. * – Most laps led.)


  1. ^ Ted Musgrave Career Statistics
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa Grubba, Dale (2000). The Golden Age of Wisconsin Auto Racing.  
  3. ^ "ARCA's Early Days, The France Connection".  
  4. ^
  5. ^

External links

  • Ted Musgrave driver statistics at Racing-Reference
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bobby Hamilton
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion
Succeeded by
Todd Bodine
Preceded by
Butch Miller
Snowball Derby Winner
Succeeded by
Rick Crawford
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