Jimmy Spencer is an American former racing driver, team owner, television commentator. He is best known for competing in NASCAR, he hosted the NASCAR-inspired talk show, What’s the Deal?, on Speed, was co-host, with John Roberts and Kenny Wallace, of the Speed's pre-race and post-race NASCAR shows NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane. Before retiring, Spencer had segment on Speed's NASCAR Race Hub offering commentary and answering viewer questions. During his days racing modifieds, he was nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" for his aggressive racing style. Spencer is one of the few drivers to have won a race in all three of NASCAR's top series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series Jimmy Spencer followed his father, Ed Spencer, Sr. in racing. Spencer started in Late Models in Pennsylvania, he captured his first racing win in the Late Model division at Port Royal Speedway in 1976. He moved to NASCAR Modifieds at Shangri-La Speedway branched out to bigger events throughout the Northeast.
In 1984, Spencer was one of the top contenders for NASCAR's National Modified Championship, at a time when all sanctioned races counted toward that title. When NASCAR changed the National Modified Championship into the smaller-schedule Winston Modified Tour in 1985, Spencer continued to run, won the title in 1986 and 1987. Spencer debuted in the Busch Series in 1985, finishing 19th at North Carolina Motor Speedway in the No. 67 Pontiac for Frank Cicci Racing, his Modified team. The team ran twice in 1987 with a best finish 36th ran the full season in 1988, finishing seventh in the point standings in the No. 34. In 1989, Spencer won his first career Busch race at Hickory Motor Speedway won two more races over the course of the season, finishing fifteenth in the final standings. In 1989, he moved to the Winston Cup Series, driving the No. 88 Crisco Pontiac for Buddy Baker's team in 17 of the 29 races. He finished 34th in points, he ran full-time in 1990, finishing in the top-ten twice for Rod Osterlund Racing.
During the season, he finished 24th in points. In 1991, Spencer moved to the No. 98 Banquet Frozen Foods Chevrolet for Travis Carter Motorsports. Despite six top-ten finishes, Spencer dropped one position in the standings due to twelve DNFs, he began 1992 with Carter, but moved down to the Busch Series to drive the No. 20 Daily's 1st Ade Oldsmobile for Dick Moroso after Carter's team folded early in the season. He responded with wins at Orange County Speedway. Late in the 1992 season, Spencer joined Bobby Allison Motorsports' Cup team and posted three top-fives in the last four races of the season, he signed to drive Allison's No. 12 Meineke Ford Thunderbird full-time in 1993, finished in the top-five five times, resulting in a career-best fifteenth-place in the final standings. In 1994, he drove the No. 27 McDonald's Ford for Junior Johnson and won his first two and so far only career Cup races, at Daytona and Talladega. In the 1994 Pepsi 400, Spencer won his first career Cup race despite leading only one lap.
He won his first career pole at North Wilkesboro Speedway. After finishing 29th in the standings in 1994, Spencer left to reunite with Travis Carter, now fielding the No. 23 Smokin' Joe's Ford. He finished in the top-ten four times in 1995 and in 1996, Spencer had two top-fives en route to a fifteenth-place finish in points, he fell to twentieth in 1997. In 1998, Winston/No Bull became his team's new primary sponsor and he was eleventh in points when he suffered injuries at the Brickyard 400, forcing him to sit out the next two races to recover and fall to fourteenth in points. During the season, Spencer formed his own NASCAR team, Spencer Motor Ventures, which fielded the No. 12 Zippo Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Busch Series for himself and several other drivers. The team expanded to two cars in 1999, fielding the No. 12 and the No. 5 Schneider National Chevy for Dick Trickle. In 2000, he moved his team up to Cup to run the road course races with Boris Said in the No. 23 Federated Auto Parts Ford Taurus.
The team ceased operations at the end of the season. After a 20th-place finish in 1999, Winston left the team, Kmart became the team's new sponsor, causing Spencer to switch to the No. 26 to accommodate the new sponsor, backing the No. 66 car driven by Spencer's teammate, Darrell Waltrip. Spencer had two top-fives and in 2001 won the pole positions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway and advanced to sixteenth in points, he departed the team at the end of the season. For the 2002 season, Spencer would join Chip Ganassi Racing and drive the No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid. He began the season by failing to qualify for the Daytona 500 had a streak of four top-five qualifying efforts, including at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he started fourth and was leading the race when he was bumped by Kurt Busch to win, starting a long rivalry between the two. After another DNQ at Watkins Glen International, Spencer was released from the ride at the end of the season, causing him to file a lawsuit against the Ganassi organization, saying his dismissal was a violation of his contract.
During the season, he won his most recent Busch Series race to date at Bristol driving for James Finch. Spencer joined Ultra Motorsports in 2003. After some on-track incidents with Kurt Busch, Spencer confronted Busch after the GFS Marketplace 400 while Busch was still in his car, he was suspended for the next week's race, the Sharpie 5
Talladega Superspeedway named Alabama International Motor Speedway, is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. A tri-oval, the track was constructed in 1969 by the International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family; the track hosts the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Talladega is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66-mile-long like the Daytona International Speedway, 2.5-mile-long. The peak capacity of Talladega is at around 175,000 spectators, with the main grandstand capacity being at about 80,000. During the 1960s, William "Bill" France, Sr. wanted to build a track faster and longer than Daytona International Speedway. After failed attempts to reason with local government in Orange County, North Carolina with the Occoneechee Speedway, he attempted to find a new spot for a race track and make his idea a reality.
After failing to secure a location near the research triangle around Raleigh, France looked around between Atlanta and Birmingham along Interstate 20. He would end up breaking ground on an old airfield on May 23, 1968; the track opened on September 1969 at a cost of $4 million. The track was named the "Alabama International Motor Speedway"; the name would remain for twenty years until 1989 when the facility's name was changed to "Talladega Superspeedway". In the first race at the track, all the original drivers abandoned the track due to tire problems, which allowed France to hire substitute drivers with the winner being Richard Brickhouse. After the first race, Talladega hosted two Cup Series races a year, one of which would become part of the 10-race NASCAR Cup Series playoff format. Since its opening year, Talladega has been repaved four times. Talladega has had many first-time winners, such as Richard Brickhouse, Ron Bouchard, Bobby Hillin, Davey Allison, Brian Vickers, Brad Keselowski, and, in 2017, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
A 4-mile infield road course was in operation from the track's founding until 1983. In the 1970s, six IMSA GT Championship races were held at the speedway, including a 6-hour race in 1978; the International Motorsports Hall of Fame museum was opened in 1983. In May 2006, Talladega started to re-surface the apron. Construction started on May 1 and lasted until September 18; the first race on the resurfaced race track was a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on October 7. In December 2013, the ISC announced removal of the 18,000-seat Allison Grandstand on the backstretch, reducing the track's seating capacity to 80,000; the 4,000-ft backstraightaway was renamed the "Alabama Gang Superstretch" in time for the 2014 Aaron's 499 held in the spring. Speeds in excess of 200 mph are commonplace at Talladega. Talladega has the record for the fastest recorded time by a NASCAR vehicle on a closed oval course, with the record of 216.309 mph set by Rusty Wallace on June 9, 2004. Wallace circled the 2.66-mile trioval in 44.270 seconds, which surpassed the previous record held by Bill Elliott set in 1987, but did not replace the record because it was a radio test and not a NASCAR sanctioned event.
Buddy Baker was the first driver to run at a speed over 200 mph, with a 200.447 mph lap during "testing" on March 24, 1970. Bill France himself invited Chrysler to come on down to run a 200 lap for publicity for the April race; the car was NASCAR inspected and certified. NASCAR sanctioned the event and Bill Gazaway was there with the official timing equipment. Baker's 200 mph lap was set, it is undergoing restoration in Detroit, after being found in the late 1990s in Iowa. Benny Parsons was the first driver to qualify at over 200 mph, doing so in 1982 with a speed of 200.176 mph. In May 1987, Bobby Allison, after contacting debris from a blown engine, cut his right-rear tire while going through the tri-oval portion of the track; the car was vaulted airborne. His car did not enter the spectator area. NASCAR imposed rule changes to slow the cars after the incident, with a 1988 rule requiring cars running there and at Daytona to again use restrictor plates; the most cited reason is a fear that the increasing speeds were exceeding the capabilities of the tires available at the time, as high-speed tire failure had led to some terrific crashes at lower speeds.
The plates limit the amount of air and fuel entering the intake manifolds of the engine reducing the power of the cars and hence their speed. This has led to an competitive style of racing at Talladega and Daytona. Allison's crash was similar to Carl Edwards's airborne crash at the 2009 Aaron's 499; the reduced power affects not only the maximum speed reached by the cars but the time it takes them to achieve their full speed as well, which can be nearly one full circuit of the track. The racing seen at Talladega is tight. Breaking away from the pack is difficult as well; such close quarters, makes it difficult for a driver to avoid an incident as it is unfolding in front of them, the slightest mistake can lead to a multi-car accident – dubbed "the Big One" by fans and drivers. It is possible, to see 20 or more cars collected in the crashes. Cars go airborne and barrel-roll o
Skoal is a brand of moist smokeless tobacco. Skoal is produced by the U. S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, a subsidiary of Altria, it is considered a higher-priced product within the dipping tobacco market. Skoal was first produced by USSTC in 1934. "Skoal" is an Anglicisation of skål, a term used sometimes in Scandinavian regions to announce a toast of friendship, with connotations of well-wishing. A study conducted by scientists at R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company using both the nicotine levels and free nicotine Levels in common tobacco brands produced in 2006 generated the following ranked results: Advancements in measurement Using another measurement criteria known as the free nicotine level, a level, generated mathematically using the nicotine levels and the pH level of the tobacco brand, the results are ranked on the chart below: The results of this 2006 study on traditional moist snuff's most common varieties in terms of nicotine level only, show that Timberwolf Long Cut Winter Green, at 14.1 mg, is the highest, Copenhagen Long Cut, at 13.9 mg, is the second highest, Longhorn's Long Cut Winter Green, at 13.8 mg, is third highest.
The study shows Cooper's Long Cut Winter Green, at 8.0 mg, is the lowest, Kodiak Long Cut Winter Green, at 10.7 mg, is second lowest, Copenhagen Pouches and Grizzly Long Cut Wintergreen, both at 11.2 mg, tie for third last. Skoal ranking Skoal, with a long cut range of 12.7 mg, to a level of 13.4 mg of nicotine per gram of tobacco. However, in terms of the free nicotine level, it can be seen from the results that Kodiak Winter Green had the highest level at 8.2 mg, followed by Copenhagen Pouches at 6.8 mg, Grizzly Long Cut Winter Green at 5.9 mg. The three lowest brands, were Cooper Long Cut Winter Green at 1.1 mg, Skoal Long Cut Cherry at 1.7 mg, Kayak Long Cut Winter Green with a free nicotine level at 2.3 mg. Skoal ranking Skoal had a long cut free nicotine level range of 1.7 mg to 3.9 mg of free nicotine per gram of tobacco. From these results, it can be seen that Skoal ranks among the upper average in most varieties of its dipping tobacco. However, in the nicotine level chart, a measurement designed to read how much nicotine one receives while using the product, Skoal's varieties ranged from average to poor depending on flavor and texture.
Skoal is packaged in a 1.2 oz plastic can with a metal lid and is available in three textures: fine cut, long cut and two different pouch sizes. Fine cut is more grain-like. Two pouch varieties of Skoal are available, which are small pouches, standard size pouches; the tobacco is sealed in a teabag-like pouch, eliminating the problem of tobacco spreading through the mouth. They are easier to remove, since the tobacco stays in the pouch throughout use. Skoal Bandits are smaller, 1 gram pouches. To compensate for the smaller portion of Bandits, tins of them contain 20 pouches, instead of the standard 15. Skoal Original Fine Cut Wintergreen was sold in a fiberboard can with tin lid, just like Copenhagen, was packaged in the plastic can with a tin lid. Skoal Long Cut has always been sold in a plastic can, had a plastic lid as well; the product produced was only available in wintergreen flavor, but other flavors have been made available: Skoal X-tra was introduced in 2011 and has a bolder flavor and more nicotine than regular Skoal.
Skoal X-tra Crisp Blend and Rich Blend are two regular Skoal flavors fused together. Crisp Blend is a combination of Apple and Citrus, while Rich Blend is a combination of Cherry and Berry. Skoal ReadyCut was introduced in late 2012, it is 15 pre-formed cubes of long cut tobacco which eliminate the need for packing the tin and are more convenient than traditional long cut. As of 2015, it had been removed from most markets, with showings only in a few states and online; when Skoal Long Cut was introduced, the original four flavors were: Wintergreen Mint Straight ClassicIn 1993, two new flavors added to the line-up: Cherry SpearmintMany more flavors and varieties were subsequently added. 1934: Skoal was introduced as a wintergreen-flavored smokeless tobacco. 1983: Skoal Bandits were released. 1984: Skoal Long Cut was released nationwide. It was introduced in four flavors: Wintergreen, Mint and Classic. 1989: Skoal Bandits were introduced to the UK, but banned by the government shortly afterwards amid widespread health concerns 2010: Skoal pouches were released.
2011: Skoal Snus was released. 2011: Skoal Xtra was released in pouches and longcut. Early 2012: Skoal ReadyCut was released in a limited area. Late 2012: Skoal ReadyCut was available across the United States. 2013: Skoal Xtra Mint Chill was released for trial in selected areas 2013: Skoal ReadyCut discontinued. Late 2015: Skoal Xtra Mint Chill discontinued Mid-2016: Re-introduction of Skoal Apple and Citrus pouches Late 2018: Skoal Straight Classic Pouches discontinued IRI infoscan data for 2012 indicated that Skoal tobacco held a 22.5% share of the US smokeless tobacco market. There have been several songs written about Skoal or containing references to Skoal such as "The Grundy County Spitting Incident" by Cledus T. Judd, "Guys Like Me" by Eric Church, "Beers Ago" by Toby Keith. In late 2012, Skoal introduced their "ReadyCut" line. Ready cut was the same as their previous tobacco offerings, with the primary difference being in the way in which it was pres
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the top racing series of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Since 2017, it has been named for its sponsor, Monster Energy, but has been known by other names in the past; the series began in 1949 as the Strictly Stock Division, from 1950 to 1970 it was known as the Grand National Division. In 1971, when the series began leasing its naming rights to the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, it was referred to as the Winston Cup Series. A similar deal was made with Nextel in 2003, it became the Nextel Cup Series. Sprint acquired Nextel in 2005, in 2008 the series was renamed the Sprint Cup Series, which lasted until 2016. In December 2016, it was announced that Monster Energy would become the new title sponsor starting in 2017; the championship is determined by a points system, with points being awarded according to finish placement and number of laps led. The season is divided into two segments. After the first 26 races, 16 drivers, selected on the basis of wins during the first 26 races, are seeded based on their total number of wins.
They compete in the last ten races, where the difference in points is minimized. This is called the NASCAR playoffs; the series holds strong roots in the Southeastern United States, with half of the races in the 36-race season being held in that region. The current schedule includes tracks from around the United States. Regular season races were held in Canada, exhibition races were held in Japan and Australia; the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race, had a television audience of about 9.17 million U. S. viewers in 2019. Cup Series cars are unique in automobile racing; the engines are powerful enough to reach speeds of over 200 mph, but their weight coupled with a simple aerodynamic package make for poor handling. The bodies and chassis of the cars are regulated to ensure parity, electronics are traditionally spartan in nature. In 1949, NASCAR introduced the Strictly Stock division, after sanctioning Modified and Roadster division races in 1948. Eight races were run on the Daytona Beach beach/street course.
The first NASCAR "Strictly Stock" race was held at Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949. Jim Roper was declared the winner of that race after Glenn Dunaway was disqualified for having altered the rear springs on his car; the division was renamed "Grand National" for the 1950 season, reflecting NASCAR's intent to make the sport more professional and prestigious. It retained this name until 1971; the 1949 Strictly Stock season is regarded in NASCAR's record books as the first season of GN/Cup history. Martinsville Speedway is the only track on the 1949 schedule. Rather than having a fixed schedule of one race per weekend with most entrants appearing at every event, the Grand National schedule has included over sixty events in some years. There are two or three races on the same weekend and two races on the same day in different states. In the early years, most Grand National races were held on dirt-surfaced short oval tracks that ranged in lap length from under a quarter-mile to over a half-mile, or on dirt fairgrounds ovals ranging from a half-mile to a mile in lap length.
One hundred ninety-eight of the first 221 Grand National races were run on dirt tracks. Darlington Raceway, opened in 1950, was the first paved track on the circuit over one mile long. In 1959, when Daytona International Speedway was opened, the schedule still had more races on dirt racetracks than on paved ones. In the 1960s as superspeedways were built and old dirt tracks were paved, the number of races run on dirt tracks was reduced; the last NASCAR race on a dirt track was held on September 30, 1970 at the half-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway in Raleigh, North Carolina. Richard Petty won that race in a Plymouth, sold by Petty Enterprises to Don Robertson and rented back by Petty Enterprises for the race. Between 1971 and 2003, NASCAR's premier series was called the Winston Cup Series, it was sponsored by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company cigarette brand Winston. In 1971, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act banned television advertising of cigarettes; as a result, tobacco companies began to sponsor sporting events as a way to spend their excess advertising dollars and to circumvent the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act's ban on television advertising.
RJR's sponsorship became more controversial in the wake of the 1998 Tobacco Industry Settlement that restricted avenues for tobacco advertising, including sports sponsorships. The changes that resulted from RJR's involvement in the series as well as from the reduction in schedule from 48 to 31 races per year established 1972 as the beginning of NASCAR's "modern era"; the season was made shorter, the points system was modified several times during the next four years. Races on dirt tracks and on oval tracks shorter than 250 miles were removed from the schedule, transferred to the short-lived NASCAR Grand National East Series. NASCAR's founder, Bill France Sr. turned over control of NASCAR to Bill France Jr.. In August 1974, France Jr. asked series publicist Bob Latford to design a points system with equal points being awarded for all races regardless of length or prize money. This system ensured that the top drivers would have to compete in all the races in order to become the series champion.
This system remained unchanged from 1975 until the Chase for the Championship was instituted in 2004. Since 1982, the Daytona 500 has been the first non-exhib
Kyle Krisiloff is an American racing driver. He is the son of former Champ Car racer, Steve Krisiloff, the nephew of Tony George, the grandson of Mari Hulman George, he became the youngest BMX rider in the United States, when he began racing BMX bicycles at just three years old. He raced quarter midgets from 1995 to 1999, winning over 320 features and nine Grand National Championships. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Krisiloff made his home in Indiana. In 2000, Krisiloff raced in Superkarts USA competition, winning two pole positions. In 2001, he competed in twenty-two SCCA Formula Ford events, winning six races, six poles, national championship at the historic SCCA Runoffs. In 2002, he competed in Toyota Atlantic for the last six races of the year, he ran the full season in 2003. His best finish was a second at the Milwaukee Mile, which made him the youngest driver to score a podium finish in Toyota Atlantics as well as the fastest Toyota Atlantic driver setting a speed over 150 mph at the Milwaukee Mile.
In 2004, Krisiloff signed a driver development contract with Hendrick Motorsports and ran three ARCA races with Bobby Gerhart Racing and ten ASA races as part of the agreement. He started 3rd and finished 9th in his ARCA series debut at Lake Erie Speedway, finished 2nd at Nashville Superspeedway, before winning at Chicagoland Speedway in only his third series start. In ten ASA starts, he recorded a single top ten finish with a 4th at Lowe's Motor Speedway, he ran fourteen ARCA races in 2005, recording three top fives, five top tens, two poles. He competed in three NASCAR Busch Series races in the #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. After leaving Hendrick Motorsports in 2005, Krisiloff moved to the Craftsman Truck Series in 2006, driving for Billy Ballew Motorsports, before parting ways due to financial conflicts. In January 2007, a partnership including Carl Haas, Travis Carter, Mari Hulman George, Michael T. Lanigan announced that it was purchasing ppc Racing and would field the #14 Ford Fusion in the Nationwide Series with Krisiloff as the driver.
The car was to be sponsored by Clabber Girl, part of the Hulman-George family holdings, but gained sponsorship from Walgreens and Eli Lilly and Company. His best finishes were 5th at 6th at Montreal. In 2008, he drove six races for Chip Ganassi Racing in the #41 Polaroid Dodge, earning a best finish of 24th at Phoenix
Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports is an American professional stock car racing team that competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team began running part-time in 2004 as Means-Jenkins Motorsports under a partnership with Jimmy Means and restaurant entrepreneur Bob Jenkins, with Jenkins becoming the full team owner in 2005; the team fields the No. 34 Ford Mustang full-time for Michael McDowell, the No. 36 Mustang full-time for Matt Tifft, the No. 38 Mustang full-time for David Ragan. Front Row has become known as one of the more prominent small-budget teams in the Cup Series, operating with around 60 employees on a fraction of the budget of larger teams, with equipment coming second-hand from other Ford teams such as Roush-Fenway Racing; the team has struggled on most intermediate tracks, however since 2011, the team has become noted for its performance at superspeedways and to a lesser extent short tracks, which rely less on aerodynamic performance. This reputation has grown since the signing of noted restrictor plate racer David Ragan in 2012, who won the team's first race at Talladega the next year with the help of another skilled plate racer David Gilliland.
The team has received equipment from Roush Fenway Racing since 2010, began a technical alliance with Roush in 2016. The team began receiving technical support from Ford starting in 2016, after receiving limited data from Ford since 2010; the team was awarded the assets of BK Racing on August 21st, 2018, After former BK Racing owner Ron Devine, a trustee from Union First Bank put BK Racing up for bidding. After purchasing the assets, they ran a No.23 car for the rest of the season, driven by J. J. Yeley from NY Racing, this team became the No. 36 team in 2019. Robert "Bob" Jenkins, the full owner of the team since 2005, resides in Dandridge, is known for his involvement with in the Yum! Brands family of restaurants, he is not to be confused with the motorsports announcer of the same name. Jenkins owns around 150 franchises, including many Taco Bell, Long John Silver's, A&W locations. Jenkins owns Morristown Driver's Services, a full-service, third-party Logistics Provider, specializing in all phases of transportation management.
His family is the owner of Jenkin's Insurance in Dandridge. Jenkins began his NASCAR career as a sponsor for a then-Busch Series entry driven by Brad Teague and fielded by longtime owner Jimmy Means. Jenkins began fielding Cup Series entries in 2004 with Means, taking full ownership of the team in 2005; the Yum! Brands, most notably Taco Bell and Long John Silver's, as well as MDS appear on the Front Row cars when the team does not have an outside sponsor, with funds coming from Jenkins himself; the team shop is in Mooresville, North Carolina in the shop that used to house MDM Motorsports and Ranier Racing. As noted, the team has used Bob Jenkins' franchises as sponsors, offering a distinctive look to many of their cars. In 2006, the team began using an old-styled font for its car numbers, modeled after the styles used by teams of the 1960s and 1970s. However, the team dropped this style for a more standard rounded block font in 2008. Midway through the year, the Cup cars switched back to the older styled numbers, while the Nationwide Series car used the newer font through the end of the year.
In 2009, the Nationwide car switched back to the older styled numbers. FRM has used the retro style since; the No. 34 car made its debut on March 14, 2004 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Todd Bodine driving the car as the No. 98 Lucas Oil Ford. At the time, the team was owned by Chris Edwards and was known as "Mach 1 Racing". Bodine finished 41st after dropping out within sixteen laps. Bodine drove in eight races with the team that year, along with his brother Geoffrey, Larry Gunselman, Randy LaJoie, Bill Elliott, Chad Chaffin and Derrike Cope filling out the driving duties that year, driving a total of 29 races. Elliott ran with a Dodge Entry for his races. In 2005 the team changed numbers to No. 34 and planned to run full-time, but due to sponsorship limitations and lackluster performance by LaJoie, the team only ran a limited schedule. Although it attempted many races, two drivers each qualified for a race with the team that year. In the fall of 2005, the team website announced that the team was up for sale, but, rescinded.
That year, Front Row Motorsports moved into their shop to operate the No. 34 in addition to their current team. The combined team began running at the 2006 Daytona 500. Randy LaJoie failed to qualify for the first two races; the team ran the No. 64 at Daytona but switched back to No. 34 for the second race at California Speedway. Lajoie and teammate Chaffin swapped rides the next week in Las Vegas and Chaffin would drive for the next eight races. Chaffin would return to FRM's other car after Kevin Lepage's departure for BAM Racing, one week after FRM purchased the owner points from Peak Fitness Racing and renumbered the No. 92 to No. 61. Chad Blount would take over the No. 34 car for two races, however he was unable to get into the field and was released. Carl Long, Greg Sacks, Mike Skinner would attempt the next three races with Skinner making the 3M Performance 400 and finishing 37th on the lead lap. Johnny Miller returned to FRM to run the road course at Infineon. After Blount's release, Sacks, Brian Simo, Kertus Davis and Joey McCarthy attempted races for the team, with Long qualifying at Bristol.
Lepage made Martinsville. The car attempted full-time status in 2007 with Lepage, but after missing the first four ra
Theodore Musgrave is an American former race car driver. Musgrave's father, was a famous short-track racer in the Midwest who raced for over 25 years at Soldier Field, O'Hare and Wilmot, Wisconsin before moving into asphalt late models in the American Speed Association and ARCA. "I was 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 retired so he could help my older brother, I get started." He began racing in 1977 at age 22 at Waukegan in a 1967 Ford Galaxy that he inherited from his brother. He rebuilt the car into a 1967 Ford Torino and won the track's rookie of the year award.. He and his father built a Ford Mustang using some tips from Dick Trickle to race the next season. By 1979 he was a regular driver on the Central Wisconsin circuit, finishing seventh in the season points. From Illinois, Musgrave moved across the nearby state line so that he could race five nights per week in the CWRA.
He raced at LaCrosse, State Park Speedway in Wausau, Grundy County Speedway, Wisconsin Dells Speedway, Waukegan. In 1980, he finished second in the points at Wisconsin International Raceway behind Alan Kulwicki. Musgrave's highlight of the 1982 season was winning the Holiday 50 at Capital Speedway. Musgrave qualified the fastest five times in a row at WIR and was leading the points when he battered his wrist in a wreck, he returned the following week in a cast with a special arm support in the car. He finished third in points. Musgrave won ten CWRA features in 1983, including the Holiday 50 at Capital Super Speedway, the Triple Hot Dog Dash at Wisconsin Dells, the Race of Champions at Capital's Oktober Nationals. Musgrave won seven features at Capital in 1984, along with two features at LaCrosse, two at State Park, two at Wisconsin Dells, he ran out of money to fund his team in 1985, he ended his season early. Musgrave returned in 1986 with a new car, he finished tenth in CWRA points though he started the season over a month late.
He had numerous feature wins that season, including the Firecracker 100 at Capital. In 1987 he moved to Franklin and went national in the ASA series in Terry Baker's ride that Bobby Dotter vacated. Musgrave finished 21 of 25 events, winning at the Milwaukee Mile and Huntsville, he earned rookie of the year honors by finishing fifth in points. In 1990, Musgrave was called upon by Winston Cup team owner Ray DeWitt to replace Rich Vogler, killed at a wreck at Salem Speedway. Musgrave had four starts in the Cup Series that year, his best finish being a 22nd at the Checker Auto Parts 500. From 1991 to 1993 he raced the No. 55 for the DeWitt/Ulrich team. He 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 No. 16 Family Channel Ford Thunderbird as a teammate to Mark Martin. In his first season, Musgrave had three poles, finished fifteenth in points. In 1995, Musgrave had a breakout year of sorts, posting 13 top-tens.
At one point in the season, he was third in Winston Cup points. He slumped late in the season and finished seventh, but most felt his first race win was just around the corner. Nineteen-ninety six turned out to be a disappointment for Musgrave, he 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, win the pole for the final Winston Cup race held at North Wilkesboro Speedway. In 1997, Roush vowed to give Musgrave; the No. 16 car now had dual sponsorship from Primestar. Once again, he started off well, came close to his first win, at Darlington Raceway. Musgrave was running second late in the race and had a faster car than leader Dale Jarrett in the closing laps. At one point, he was side by side with Jarrett. Critics of Musgrave said after the race that he should have been more aggressive and bumped Jarrett out of the way to get his first win. 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 fourth. Musgrave was in the top 10 in points for most of 1997, but a poor final race, at Atlanta, caused him to fall to 12th for the year. In 1998, Musgrave got full sponsorship from Primestar, was 18th in points when he was 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 No. 75 Remington Arms Ford. Musgrave struggled however, only put together two top-ten finishes before 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, ran five races with that team. After a one-race return to the No. 15, Musgrave finished the year with Team SABCO, driving the No. 01 for Kenny Irwin Jr. who had died in an accident at