TMS - Schrader to race SUPR event

SCHRADER TO RETURN TO TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY DIRT TRACK SEEKING NGK SPARK PLUGS SHOOTOUT PRIZE FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 31, 2005) - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader will return to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track Saturday night, ...

SCHRADER TO RETURN TO TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY DIRT TRACK SEEKING NGK SPARK PLUGS SHOOTOUT PRIZE

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 31, 2005) - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader will return to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track Saturday night, April 16 for the NGK Spark Plugs Shootout featuring the O'Reilly Southern United Professional Racing (SUPR) late models. Schrader will be seeking the $10,000 winner's prize at the end of the 50-lap feature around the 4/10-mile clay oval.

The event is the richest in the 16-year history of the O'Reilly SUPR Late Model Series and is the first time the organization has competed at the Dirt Track during the Samsung/RadioShack 500 weekend.

Schrader battled 61 other late model drivers during his first 2005 visit to the Dirt Track March 4-5 for the Pro-Cuts Texas World Dirt Track Championship. The frequent dirt track competitor and owner of Missouri's I-55 Raceway sustained front suspension damage when forced into the infield in the opening night program. Schrader returned to finish sixth in the March 5 feature.

"We have run the dirt car a lot this year, in Phoenix, Florida, Alabama, all over," Schrader said. "I always look forward to getting in it. There's not a nicer dirt track in the country, both here and at Charlotte. So when I get a chance to get here, I do it."

Eight former O'Reilly SUPR Late Model Series champions are expected to defend their organization's honor. Three-time title winner and the leading O'Reilly SUPR career feature winner Doug Ingalls will lead the champions' parade. Joining Ingalls will be brother Ricky Ingalls, defending champion Rob Litton, Kenny Merchant, David Ashley, Rusty Cummings and series founder and former title winner Donald Watson.

Many invaders are predicted to be heading for "The Great American Speedway" in search of the historic prize. Pro-Cuts feature winners Raymond Merrill from Oklahoma and Colorado's Kelly Boen are set to return along with top teams from throughout the Southwest.

Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. for the NGK Spark Plugs Shootout with the first race at 7:15 p.m. Legends Cars will also compete. Fans can take advantage of a $3 per ticket savings for those purchased prior to race week. Tickets are available at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations.

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