"I am looking forward to this weekend. We sat on the pole last week and I think we can do it again this week. If we don't have any problems and if we can miss the big wrecks, we should have a good run. The Pepsi 400 will be a real exciting race...
"I am looking forward to this weekend. We sat on the pole last week and I think we can do it again this week. If we don't have any problems and if we can miss the big wrecks, we should have a good run. The Pepsi 400 will be a real exciting race under the lights. A lot of the drivers I have talked with said it is an unbelievable experience. I am thrilled to be a part of the first race under the lights at Daytona." ---Ken Schrader, driver of the Skoal Bandit Racing Chevrolet
KEN SCHRADER: NOTES AND QUOTES DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
"I made the decision to bring the car we ran at Daytona this year after a disappointing run last week," said Andy Petree, car owner and crew chief of the Skoal Bandit Racing Chevrolet. "The car we ran in the Daytona 500 is an awesome speedway car. This team has been working real hard, both at the track and at the shop. I'd like to be able to bring home a trophy for them."
Schrader returns to Daytona International Speedway after an impressive fourth-place finish in the Daytona 500. His solid finish came after he fractured his sternum during the Gatorade Twin 125's. He made a valiant effort at capturing the win, but came up short because he didn't have a drafting partner. Hopefully, that will not be the issue this week. Andy Petree Racing is fielding a second car for the Pepsi 400 with Hut Stricklin at the wheel of the No. 55 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Schrader and the Skoal Bandit Racing Chevrolet captured the Bud Pole Award in last week's Winston 500, but got shuffled back to 21st on the first lap. Later, the No. 33 blew a right front tire which caused severe damage to the fender and hood and disrupted the aerodynamics. Schrader went on to finish 24th.
The Skoal Bandit Racing team will utilize "Butch Cassidy." It is the same car they competed with in the Daytona 500 in February and finished fourth. It also finished fourth at Talladega Superspeedway last October and finished fourth.
Ken Schrader will sign autographs at Hops Brewery on Speedway Blvd., (directly across from Daytona International Speedway's Winston Tower) on Friday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Schrader will also participate in a Fan Forum in the Pepsi Theater at Daytona USA on Friday, Oct. 16, from 2-2:30 p.m. It will be a question and answer session for fans in the area.