Musgrave In No. 44 At Atlanta

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Ted Musgrave doesn’t mind have off-weekends in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, even in the midst of a championship chase.

That just means that Musgrave might get an opportunity to drive a Winston Cup car, and he’ll get that again this weekend in the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Petty Enterprises and Musgrave have agreed to a one-race deal that will have Musgrave drive the No. 44 Georgia-Pacific Dodge at AMS.

Musgrave is filling for Jerry Nadeau, who was injured in a go-kart accident prior to last weekend’s event at Martinsville and most likely will not return the rest of this season.

Musgrave, who has made three Winston Cup starts this season in addition to his NCTS schedule, drove the No. 07 Ultra-Evernham Motorsports Dodge to a 29th-place finish at Martinsville in the Old Dominion 500. Steve Grissom filled in for Nadeau last weekend and finished 40th at Martinsville.

Musgrave is in third place in the Truck Series standings, 149 points behind Mike Bliss with three races remaining. His next CTS race is Nov. 2 at California Speedway.

“We talked with a lot of drivers in a short period of time (about driving the No. 44),” said Petty Enterprises CEO Kyle Petty, “and we knew we needed someone who could come in, adjust quickly and give us solid experience behind the wheel. Ted has done a lot in Winston Cup and in the Truck series, and he is going to do well for us too.”

“I was really honored Kyle asked me to drive for him, especially at Atlanta,” Musgrave said. “With Georgia-Pacific’s headquarters right there, the fact they are sponsoring Georgia-Pacific Pole Night, and the fact they are unveiling their 2003 car this weekend, it means a lot to me that they would want me to be part of it.”

Petty will drive with the Georgia-Pacific sponsorship next season.

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