Martinsville II: Ken Schrader preview

Schrader's Thoughts On Martinsville Speedway... "I think the biggest thing for us this weekend is to qualify well. In the past, I had had a lot of luck starting up front at the short track. But over the past few races, our qualifying hasn't been...

Schrader's Thoughts On Martinsville Speedway...

"I think the biggest thing for us this weekend is to qualify well. In the past, I had had a lot of luck starting up front at the short track. But over the past few races, our qualifying hasn't been quite as good as we had hoped. Since it's a short track, Martinsville is one of those places where you can go down a lap pretty quickly if you're not careful so we would like to start up front.

"Martinsville isn't one of my favorite tracks on the circuit, but I know it's normally a pretty exciting show for the fans. The race itself is pretty intense for the drivers and the teams. It's not as fast as Bristol, but things still happen pretty quickly at Martinsville. And the track is harsh on the car - the sheet metal, the tires, the brakes, everything. It takes everything and everyone working in top form to succeed at Martinsville."

"M&M's"® Racing At Martinsville Speedway...

* Schrader has logged some impressive finishes at the Martinsville Speedway during his 18-year career, despite his apprehension to list the .526-mile oval as one of his favorites. In 17 starts for the spring race, Schrader has finished in the top 10 a total of 11 times. He has scored six top 10s in the fall event.

* Martinsville Speedway holds especially fond memories for at least one "M&M's"® Racing team member. Car chief Pete Wright, who hails from nearby Rocky Mount, Va., has been making the trek to Martinsville Speedway since he was 10 years old.

"Somehow my dad got tickets to a Grand National race that year," Pete said. "Going to that race is the only thing I ever remember us doing together, and I've been going to Martinsville every year since then."

Wright, who has been in racing for 33 years and with MB2 Motorsports since its inception six years ago, hopes that his fondness for Martinsville will give him and the No. 36 a home field advantage. This weekend is additionally special for Wright - he'll celebrate his birthday (he won't say which one) on Monday.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ken Schrader