"Darlington is one of Kenny's better tracks. He gets around that track real good. Last year, we had two top-10 finishes here. We had a car capable of winning last week, but we didn't have lady luck on our side. This week we hope she'll...
"Darlington is one of Kenny's better tracks. He gets around that track real good. Last year, we had two top-10 finishes here. We had a car capable of winning last week, but we didn't have lady luck on our side. This week we hope she'll be on our side." --Andy Petree, car owner/crew chief of Skoal Bandit Racing Chevrolet
Schrader won his first of 20 NASCAR Winston Cup Pole positions at Darlington in the 1987 Transouth 500. He won two more pole awards in the 1988 Transouth 500 and the 1993 Southern 500. In last week's CMT 300 at new Hampshire International Speedway, the Skoal Bandit Racing Chevrolet produced its best qualifying effort of the 1998 season. Their solid run was cut short after an incident with rookie Kenny Irwin on lap 155 which knocked in Schrader's left front fender causing the tire to rub. Although the No. 33 was running sixth, it was forced to pit early under green for four new tires and to knock out the damaged fender. Schrader returned to the field and made a charge to the front, but had a tire going down which caused him to hit the outside retaining wall on lap 175. The Skoal Bandit Racing Chevrolet was severely damaged and was forced to retire, finishing 42nd.
"It is real disappointing to take a winning car and finish almost last," said Schrader, driver of the Skoal Bandit Racing Chevrolet. "We had our best run of the season going but it ended before we could prove what a great car we had." The Skoal Bandit Racing team will utilize "Jonnie Ringo," one of the most often used cars from the Skoal Bandit Racing stable. This car built in 1997, competed at Texas, Charlotte, Michigan and Atlanta in 1997 and 1998.
Ken Schrader will pull double duty this weekend driving the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet in the Dura Lube 200.