From staff reports
Ted Musgrave returned to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday for the second day of a two-day test, as he continued to search for speed in his No. 1 Mopar Dodge truck.
Musgrave finished eighth in the March 13 EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race but left Atlanta very displeased with his truck. Before continuing with the rest of the 2004 schedule, Musgrave wanted to return to Atlanta to figure out where his team went wrong.
"All the changes made to the trucks in the offseason really made our notes pretty obsolete," Musgrave said. "We needed to start over and get a good baseline, and Atlanta's a great place to do that, because you can get a good overall feel, a good aero feel - it's a great test track."
Musgrave revved things up during Tuesday's test, turning a lap of 176.504 mph (31.41 seconds) around the high-banked 1.54-mile track. Musgrave tested both his own truck and the truck of his teammate, Andy Houston.
Local drivers shine at Senoia
In the 2004 season opening races at Senoia Speedway Saturday, several Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder drivers did well in Legends and Bandolero races.
In the Legends Pro Division 30-lap race, Beau Slocumb took the checkered flag. Rounding out the top five were Jeremy Kalina, Chris Dilbeck, Jeff Haynie and Bubba Harry. Harry won the 2003 Senoia Semi-Pro championship. Harry has also won two Thursday Thunder championships.
Chris Cable won the Semi-Pro race and was followed by Casey Tate, Myron Guyton, Aaron Brooks and Eric Simpson.
In Bandolero action, Chase Moody placed first and rounding out the top five were Vince Ponder, Max Gresham, Casey Roderick and Jason Magagna.
In other racing action at Senoia, Fredrick Moore won the Georgia Asphalt Series Pro Late Model race, Terry Mathis won the Pro Challenge race, Johnny Todd won in Sportsman and Larry Pierce won in Modified Street Stock.
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