Ken Schrader Tired of Winless Streak

Schrader tired of winless streak By Shawn A. Akers EAST FLAT ROCK, N.C. (Jan. 25, 1999) You don't have to remind Ken Schrader how long it's been since he's been to victory lane in a NASCAR Winston Cup race. It's a fact he has to live with...

Schrader tired of winless streak By Shawn A. Akers

EAST FLAT ROCK, N.C. (Jan. 25, 1999) You don't have to remind Ken Schrader how long it's been since he's been to victory lane in a NASCAR Winston Cup race. It's a fact he has to live with every day. Now, with almost eight years since his last win, Schrader is terminally tired of it. The driver of Andy Petree's No. 33 Skoal Bandit Chevrolet doesn't want to think about it any more. He wants to do something about it, and there's no doubt that he's among the hungriest, if not THE hungriest driver in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. "It frustrates you, it makes you mad, it just aggravates you to no end," said Schrader. "And there's a few other adjectives I'd like to use, but I'm not going to. When you run well and you feel like you've run really well and the results don't show it, it's very frustrating. "But when you leave the track Sunday after the race, whether you finished fourth or 40th, it's over. It's done. You've got to go in the shop on Monday on a mission for the next weekend. You go in there beat down because you finished 40th. You've got to go in their madder because you finished 40th." The last time Schrader visited victory lane in a NASCAR Winston Cup race was June 2, 1991 when he took the checkered flag in the Budweiser 500 at Dover, Del., for Hendrick Motorsports. That was a whopping 235 races ago, one of the longest winless streaks among active drivers in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. His career win total in the NWCS still stands at four. He also won at Talladega in 1988, North Wilkesboro in 1989 and Atlanta in 1991. Since then, Schrader has won NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Winston West races and ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series events, but hasn't found a way to break the barrier in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Last season, the best finish he and the No. 33 Skoal Bandit Chevrolet team could muster was fourth, both in the Daytona 500 and the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond. Schrader will turn 44 in 1999, but said his age is certainly not and won't be a factor working against him in the future as far as him winning races. "When you look at it, Harry Gant won four races when he was 51, and Bobby Allison was having the best year he'd about ever had when he was about 50, so I'm not really worried about that yet," Schrader said. At the age of 46, Dale Earnhardt won his first Daytona 500 last February. While at Hendrick Motorsports in the late 1980s and early-to-mid-1990s, Schrader had the resources of a multi-car team to draw upon to help him win races. He hasn't had that the past two seasons with Andy Petree Racing, but will have it again beginning in 1999. Kenny Wallace, a long-time friend, will be Schrader's teammate and driver of the No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo. "I think that in itself will be a big difference not only for me but for the whole team," Schrader said. "Just because the operations is twice as big now and you've got a lot more people that you're working with. I'm looking forward to it, and I believe having a teammate, especially one like Kenny, will help me get back to victory lane, no question." But Schrader said he's the only one who can make the breaks for himself, provided he's given the equipment to do what he knows he can do -- win races for Petree. "I'm not trying to do it for anybody else," Schrader said. "I'm trying to get Ken Schrader back to victory lane. It's been a long, long time since that's happened, and it's an empty feeling. I know that if I give it everything I've got, we should get there because I've got great race cars underneath me. Now it's just a matter of going out there and doing it."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ken Schrader , Kenny Wallace , Andy Petree , Bobby Allison , Harry Gant
Teams Hendrick Motorsports