Ken Schrader Said... "What we needed late in the race at Martinsville was a long run. There were too many cautions for us to get a lot of green flag laps so we could pick up some positions. When we come back in the fall we need to have the car...
Ken Schrader Said... "What we needed late in the race at Martinsville was a long run. There were too many cautions for us to get a lot of green flag laps so we could pick up some positions. When we come back in the fall we need to have the car where it is better on short runs so we can be really good on restarts and not have to wait on a long run.
"Running on the superspeedways is a lot of fun for me. They are fast and high banked and you go full throttle until there is a caution or a pit stop. Daytona and Talladega are the only tracks where we can go all out. The draft is tricky and we've got to use it to our advantage. When I pass a car at Daytona or Talladega, chances are I've been setting up the pass in my head for a lap or two. I got my first win at Talladega, and I want to get the "M&M's"® Pontiac in the lead draft this weekend because if you're in the lead draft at the end of the race, you are in the right position to win."
Ken Schrader's Stats... * In the "M&M's"® Racing Team's last outing at a superspeedway, the team was pleased with the results. When the team left Daytona International Speedway in February, they had two top-10 finishes to their credit. The "M&M's"® Pontiac finished sixth in the Bud Shootout and ninth in the Daytona 500.
* Schrader won the pole position for the 1999 DieHard 500 with a speed of 197.765 miles per hour to bring his career total of pole positions to 23. Last year's qualifying effort tied him for third on the list of all-time pole winners at Talladega. Schrader's first pole position at the track came the fall of 1998.
* The "M&M's"® driver won his first career Winston Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway in the fall of 1998. The win came in just his 108th start.
* In his last five outings at the Alabama track, Schrader has qualified in the top 10 for all five races, including his two pole positions. Throughout his career, he has started from the top 10 in 13 of 30 races.