BAM Racing had a tough year in 2002, going through six drivers in the No. 49 Dodge. However, they now have signed veteran driver Ken Schrader for the 2003 season, hoping to turn their luck around.
Schrader was released at the end of the 2002 season from MB2 Motorsports. Prior to the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway,
"I have had a fun three years with MB2 Motorsports and the "M&M's"® Racing Team," Schrader said. "We've had a rough year this season, but these guys have never given up. I have some good friends there, and I wish them all the best next season."
Schrader Racing and sponsor M&M's announced that they would continue their relationship in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Schrader, 47, finished the 2002 season in 30th position in the points. Schrader began his career with Junie Donlavey in 1985 and the last time he was in victory circle was in 1991 at Dover. He would like to put BAM Racing and himself in victory circle in 2003.
BAM Racing's 2002 season started with Shawna Robinson before switching to Ron Hornaday. By the end of the season, Kevin Lepage, Stuart Kirby, Stacy Compton, and Derrike Cope rotated the "carousel" seat. The team owners, Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau are pleased to have an experience driver on board.
""We're very excited that a driver of Ken Schrader's abilities and experience will join us in 2003," said Beth Ann Morgenthau. "His expertise as a driver and his faith in us as a race team, will combine to make our first-full season as a team a memorable one."
"Frankly, I like what I see at BAM and I like the direction they are headed," Schrader said. "There is a tremendous amount of potential with this race team. They have good people in place and good leadership."