Texas: Ken Schrader preview

SCHRADER SET TO RUN AT TEXAS IN THE FASTENAL DODGE THIS WEEKEND * Ken Schrader will be making his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night. * Schrader has 13 NASCAR Nextel Cup starts and two NASCAR ...

SCHRADER SET TO RUN AT TEXAS IN THE FASTENAL DODGE THIS WEEKEND

* Ken Schrader will be making his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night.

* Schrader has 13 NASCAR Nextel Cup starts and two NASCAR Busch Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway. He has one top 10 in both series.

* The Sam's Town 400 will mark Schrader's 76th NCTS start. In his previous 75 races Schrader has an average starting position of 15th and finishing of 17th.

* Schrader will pilot "Timmy" this weekend at Texas. He scored a 12th place finish with this particular chassis at Charlotte last month.

* Schrader will pilot the No. 99 Red Baron Frozen Pizza car in the NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream presented by Old Spice on Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway. HBO Pay-Per-View will present the event live to the entire nation.

A Dirt Tracking Machine: "It is about this time of the season that my dirt schedule really picks up. I was running third in DesMoines on Monday night and blew a motor. I am racing in Macon on Tuesday and then going to Eldora on Wednesday night. The event at Eldora is going to be really neat. It will definitely be worth watching. I mean who would have ever thought a dirt race would be aired on Pay-Per-View. It's got all the elements of a good show. When you put that many race car drivers on one track and add in the dirt it could get wild very fast. It will be interesting to see who will walk away with bragging rights."

Minor Change in Plans: "I wasn't planning on running Texas because of the Nextel Cup Schedule, but with Bill Elliot in the car it allows me to run the truck race this weekend. As long as I am in a race car I am a happy camper no matter where it is. The truck team is really gelling right now so I think it's a good thing for me to stay in the seat as long as I can. We are getting better and better ever week. It's hard to climb out of something when you are running well. Dover was a disaster last week but we had nowhere to go. We will have to put it behind us and bounce back from that. It was unfortunate we did not even make it one lap. I knew the truck was going to be good as soon as I entered into turn one so it was disappointing to not get two more top 10 finishes. That is what motivates us all though, so this week should be good."

-credit: bhr

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