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SCHRADER DOUBLES HIS CHANCES OF FINDING VICTORY LANE AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --- Ken Schrader, driver of the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch Series, is no stranger to Daytona International Speedway. This year, he will double his chances of finding victory lane at Daytona when he competes in the Busch Series race on Saturday, February 13 and the Winston Cup race on Sunday, February 14 in the No. 33 Skoal Racing Chevrolet. Schrader had intentions of competing in the Napa 300 in 1998, but injuries from a wreck in the Gatorade 125-mile qualifying race in his primary Winston Cup car prevented him from competing in the Busch Series event. Schrader did go on to run the Daytona 500 finishing fourth. "Daytona started off pretty bad for us last year," said Schrader. "But it ended well. It was unfortunate I could not run the Busch Series race because Daytona is typically a good track for me. I haven't run a Busch Series race at Daytona since 1995, so I am really looking forward to it. We had a fairly successful test session, and I think we have as good an opportunity to find victory lane here as anyone." Schrader has eight starts in the NASCAR Busch Series at Daytona. He has one pole (1993), four top-10 finishes and two top-five finishes, including a second-place finish in 1993. "Of course our goal in 1999 is to win races for Oakwood Homes," said Schrader. "We have an even better chance to do that this year because we will be increasing our Busch Series schedule to 14 races. Having a good finish at Daytona sets the standard for the whole season, so it is important to us to finish well here. Andy Petree Racing has a very good restrictor plate racing program, and our intentions are to go out there and win the Napa 300. We believe that goal is very feasible." Superspeedway races have been kind to Schrader. Schrader's last NASCAR win came in the Busch Series race at Talladega, Ala., in 1994. Schrader finished ninth in the 1998 Pepsi 400 in October at Daytona and claimed the Winston Cup pole later that year at Talladega Superspeedway in addition to his fourth place effort in the Daytona 500. Andy Petree, owner of the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet and the No. 33 Skoal Racing Chevrolet, will triple his chances of finding victory lane during Speedweeks with the addition of another Winston Cup team in 1999. Kenny Wallace will drive the No. 55 Winston Cup car owned by Petree. "Running in the Busch Series and Winston Cup series has definitely helped both programs," said Schrader. "Now with the addition of Kenny Wallace's team, having a teammate will help us out even more, especially at tracks like Daytona. Running the three Andy Petree Racing cars helps out with testing and tire usage. We are able to gather good information and have more productive test sessions because of all the knowledge we gain through three cars. "We tested the Oakwood Homes Chevrolet at Daytona in January and we posted the 10th quickest time," said Schrader. "That is a good start for our program." Schrader will have new crew chiefs in both series in 1999. Sam Johns came from the No. 96 Winston Cup team with driver David Green and will be his Winston Cup crew chief. Chris Carrier will serve as crew chief for the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet. Carrier, from Bristol, Tenn., won over 25 Busch Series races with drivers like Harry Gant, Dale Earnhardt and Morgan Shepard.