Loudon II: Ken Schrader preview

The goal stays the same: 'Go faster than the next guy' Ken Schrader and the ...

The goal stays the same: 'Go faster than the next guy'

Ken Schrader and the #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodge return to the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway this week for Sunday's SLVANIA 300; the 27th race of the 2005 Nextel Cup season and the first in the "Chase for the Nextel Cup."

The busiest driver in major league motorsports, Schrader, a native of Fenton, Mo., has raced and continues to race on virtually every type of speedway in virtually every type of race car. In 2005, Schrader plans to once again race over 100 races and throughout his career has raced at over 310 different racetracks around the nation. Schrader continues a winning career with BAM Racing, which fields the Schwan's Home Service team.

The team is owned by Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau, investors from Coral Gables, Fla. Ms. Morgenthau, whose initials make up the name of the team -- BAM Racing -- is the only female car owner in motorsports to become involved without prior family connections. General manager Eddie Jones is a veteran of the NASCAR Nextel Cup wars, enjoying a championship career as a crew chief, mechanic and team leader. Crew chief David Hyder has over 20 years of racing experience both driving and as a chief mechanic.

The Schwan Food Company is a privately held manufacturer and marketer of fine frozen foods through its nationwide Schwan's Home Service home-delivery service, its Schwan's Consumer Brands North America retail grocery business, and its Schwan's Food Service Group foodservice unit. Headquartered in Marshall, Minn., Schwan's production and distribution activities in the United States and Europe employ 24,000 people. Among its well-known brands are Schwan's®, Tony's®, Red Baron®, Freschetta®, Pagoda®, Mrs. Smith's®, and Edwards®.

The thoughts of Schwan's Home Service Dodge driver Ken Schrader heading into New Hampshire:

"We really enjoy coming to New Hampshire. It's about as flat a race track as we race and it's been pretty good to me over the years. The Bahre family has done a great job of making this place a second-to-none facility in terms of taking care of the competitors and the fans.

"You talk about flat tracks, New Hampshire is right there at the top of the list. You really get that sensation because both straightaways are so long. It's a mile track and as long as the straightaways are, you're carrying a ton of speed down into the braking zones. I guess what I'm saying is, you really feel the flatness of the race track at New Hampshire because of speeds you carry into the turns.

"And hey, in case you didn't know, we're all still racing. There's a lot of importance on the top 10 and there should be. But, make no mistake about it, there are still 43 guys out there each Sunday who are all trying to do the same thing, and that's win the race. The goal is still the same each week: try to go around that circle a little bit faster than the next guy. That doesn't change.

"Really, all of us are still racing for points positions. Each spot in the standings pays more than the next, whether it's first and second, or 21st and 22nd. Our goal is to finish in the top 25 in the point standings. Last season we finished somewhere around 32nd; this year we're sitting about 28th. Twenty-fifth is within reach, and if we run good these last 10 races we can make our way up to that spot, and guess what? Twenty-fifth is better and pays better than 28, and a lot better than 32nd a year ago.

"Not only that, every team wants to finish strong and use that momentum as a springboard into the next season. We're no different. Obviously, we've come a long ways from where we were last year as a team, and knowing that makes us even more excited about the future. Hopefully, we can start a good final ten races with a great run at New Hampshire and this Schwan's Home Service Dodge can finish up towards to front on Sunday."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ken Schrader