Veteran Schrader Finishes 21st in DLP Toyota at Bristol Ken Schrader dodged two accidents and finished 21st in Saturday night's Sharpie 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Schrader, driver of the No. 96 DLP...
Veteran Schrader Finishes 21st in DLP Toyota at Bristol
Ken Schrader dodged two accidents and finished 21st in Saturday night's Sharpie 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Schrader, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry for Hall of Fame Racing, found himself inches away from two multi-car accidents during the 500-lap race, but used his veteran savvy to evade both of them.
"Bristol is all about survival," said Schrader, who now has 47 Sprint Cup starts at the .533-mile bullring. "We missed a couple of wrecks and made it to the end, which is what you have to do here."
After starting seventh in the DLP Toyota, Schrader stayed near the top-15 for nearly the first 100 laps. However, when he pitted on lap 99 while in 16th-place, the air hose got caught under the front of the car as the tire changer came around from the right side to the left side.
That slight delay cost the DLP team precious seconds and Schrader fell to 25th when the race restarted on lap 103. With laps 104-196 being run under green and with Schrader fighting an ill-handling car, the No. 96 fell a lap down and was never again able to crack the top-20.
"We should have finished a lot better than we did," Schrader said. "It was an honor to drive the DLP Toyota, though. It's a good team and I had fun driving. I just wish we could have finished a little better."
Despite being out of contention for a top-10, Schrader never gave up, epitomized by his move from 24th to 21st in the final 40 laps.
"We got by some cars there at the end," Schrader said. nearly got "We ourselves back into the top-20."
With the 21st-place finish, the No. 96 Hall of Fame Racing entry is now 38th in the series' owner standings with 1,582 points, 241 markers behind the 35th-place No. 77 team of Penske Racing.
Carl Edwards won the Sharpie 500 to score his 13th career Sprint Cup victory, his sixth of the season and his second at Bristol. Kyle Busch finished 1.969 seconds behind Edwards, while Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top-five. Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and David Ragan comprised the remainder of the top-10.
There were eight caution periods for 56 laps, with seven drivers failing to finish the 500-lap race.