Kenny Schrader Qualifies Third for Second Year

Deja vu for Schrader By Brett Borden DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 6, 1999) Ken Schrader was the fastest man in Bud Pole Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway Saturday NOT from Indiana. But he feels back home again with the third fastest ...

Deja vu for Schrader By Brett Borden

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 6, 1999) Ken Schrader was the fastest man in Bud Pole Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway Saturday NOT from Indiana. But he feels back home again with the third fastest speed for the second consecutive year.

"We qualified third last year," said Schrader after posting a speed of 194.553 mph. "Our restrictor-plate program has never been bad. We've just got to work on it a little bit more."

A little bit transfers to just over a tenth on the stopwatch, as Jeff Gordon took the Bud Pole with a speed of 195.067 mph. Tony Stewart was second fastest at 194.599 mph.

Schrader, driver of the No. 33 Skoal Bandit Chevrolet, has welcomed a teammate in Kenny Wallace this year. Kenny's brother Rusty Wallace received a boost last season in the Daytona 500 when Jeremy Mayfield came aboard Team Penske. Schrader says he can see the benefit of having a buddy in 1999.

"We're looking forward to good things this year," said Schrader. "I can't say enough about the program over at Andy Petree Racing. He stuck his neck out a couple of years ago to take that deal over. He's added a second car. Kenny Wallace got a good solid qualifying lap in today."

Wallace qualified a respectable 15th in his No. 55 Square D Chevrolet.

No matter what happens in the Gatorade 125-Mile Qualifying Race on Thursday, Schrader almost certainly hopes the similarities to last year end with qualifying. Last season Schrader broke his breastbone in an accident in his Gatorade 125. He then went on to finish 12th in the final 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup point standings.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Ken Schrader , Kenny Wallace , Andy Petree
Teams Team Penske