Musgrave to drive for Team SABCO

Musgrave to drive No. 01 SABCO Chevy By Marty Smith MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 17, 2000) In the wake of Kenny Irwin's death, Team SABCO has been faced with several major decisions - one of the most difficult being who to put in the seat of the ...

Musgrave to drive for Team SABCO

Musgrave to drive No. 01 SABCO Chevy
By Marty Smith

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 17, 2000) In the wake of Kenny Irwin's death, Team SABCO has been faced with several major decisions - one of the most difficult being who to put in the seat of the BellSouth Chevrolet for the remainder of the NASCAR 2000 season. SABCO has named NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Ted Musgrave as its driver for at least the next two events. Musgrave began a two-day test Monday at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., in preparation for the upcoming races at Pocono and Indianapolis.

Musgrave spent nearly five years at Roush Racing before being released in 1998, at which time he jumped from team to team, driving five different cars over the second half of the season. In '99, he piloted Butch Mock's No. 75 Fords. He subbed for Geoffrey Bodine earlier this season in the No. 60 Chevrolets after Bodine was injured in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona.

Now, Musgrave is being summoned to help out a team in need yet again.

"We're in the process of refocusing our efforts and looking towards the 2001 season, but at the same time, the entire team is trying to get through a very difficult time," SABCO co-owner Felix Sabates said. "We are looking for the best available driver in the short term and the best available driver in the long term."

One long-term decision has already been finalized. Out of respect for Irwin, the BellSouth Chevrolets in both the NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series will no longer don the No. 42. Instead, they will carry the No. 01, effective immediately. The No. 42 was on the SABCO Chevrolets since the team's inception in 1988.

"Kenny was the future of the No. 42 teams," Sabates said. "To put someone else in his seat with his number wouldn't feel right. I spoke with his parents (Reva and Kenny Sr.) and they were very appreciative and supportive of what we wanted to do."

In 87 NASCAR Winston Cup Series starts, Irwin collected four top-5s and 12 top-10s. His best run this season was a fourth-place effort at Talladega.

An announcement concerning Team SABCO's driver for its NASCAR Winston Cup Series entry for the 2001 season and beyond is expected to take place at the end of the season. Additionally, the team is currently evaluating drivers for its NASCAR Busch Series entry with a decision expected prior to the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

-nascar.com-

shares
comments
Ward Burton looking forward to Pocono

Previous article

Ward Burton looking forward to Pocono

Next article

BUSCH: Petty restructures

BUSCH: Petty restructures
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Geoffrey Bodine , Ted Musgrave , Felix Sabates
From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview Prime

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview

The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. At the Daytona 24 Hours, two weeks before his fatal accident, ‘The Intimidator’ shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM, in an article first published in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine. Little did we know then what tragedy would unfold…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death Prime

The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR Prime

Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is changing. Whether it be the gradual morphing out the seasoned drivers of yesterday as the next generation step up, a radical calendar shake-up featuring more road courses than ever before and the prospect of an all-new car on the horizon, stock car racing’s highest level is nearing the end of a huge facelift.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2021
The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021 Prime

The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 13, 2021
Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption Prime

Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a chance of redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Effectively replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith...

NASCAR Cup
Feb 11, 2021
Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon Prime

Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon

In this exclusive one-on-one interview, Roger Penske reveals the inner drive that has made him not only a hugely successful team owner and businessman but also the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. He spoke to David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Dec 28, 2020
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Prime

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future…

NASCAR Cup
Nov 18, 2020
Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture Prime

Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture

“You can’t hear me? Hey n*****” Those fateful words uttered by Kyle Larson, spoken into his esports headset on April 12, were directed at his sim racing spotter – but instead they quickly became amplified around the world via social media, including his own Twitch stream.

NASCAR Cup
Oct 29, 2020