Schrader To Hit For The Cycle At Phoenix DETROIT, Oct. 24, 2001 - Over the course of the past two decades, Phoenix International Raceway and Pontiac Grand Prix driver Ken Schrader have developed quite a relationship. More times than not,...
Schrader To Hit For The Cycle At Phoenix
DETROIT, Oct. 24, 2001 - Over the course of the past two decades, Phoenix International Raceway and Pontiac Grand Prix driver Ken Schrader have developed quite a relationship. More times than not, Phoenix schedules a race and Schrader lines up to run it.
This weekend Schrader will take his Phoenix involvement to the extreme, as he plans to run all four events on the docket. His "weekend" starts with qualifying for NASCAR's Southwest Tour late model race on Wednesday and then continues full-bore on Thursday with qualifying for NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series events, as well as the Southwest Tour race. On Friday, Schrader will climb into his No. 36 Pontiac for the first time for Winston Cup practice and qualifying. Following his Winston Cup duties on Friday, he will then run the truck series event. Saturday will feature more practice laps for Sunday's Winston Cup event and will then conclude with the Busch Series race.
Schrader, who is considered the winningest driver in Phoenix International Raceway history with 11 wins in a variety of divisions, is hoping to make it 12 with his first Winston Cup checkered flag on Sunday.
Thoughts From Ken Schrader, No. 36 M&M's Pontiac Grand Prix
ON RUNNING FOUR RACES THIS WEEKEND AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
"Racing isn't just my job, it's also my hobby. When the opportunity was presented to me to run all the races in Phoenix, I couldn't say no. At first I wasn't going to run the Busch race, but then I got a sponsor for the car so I decided to run that one, too. "Phoenix is always a favorite for me because it brings back a lot of memories. In about 1979, the first big racing trip we took was to Phoenix. We loaded up and drove down from St. Louis and I remember thinking that what a big deal it was to run there.
ON THE HECTIC SCHEDULE OF QUALIFYING FOUR TIMES AND RACING FOUR TIMES OVER THE WEEKEND
"It's going to be busy, but to me that is fun. Some people think it's crazy that I'm running all four of the races, but all that time at the track I could either be in a race car or sitting in the motorhome. I'd rather be racing, so it was a 'no-brainer' for me."
Stewart Looking for 13th Win in 100 Starts This Weekend At Phoenix
Pontiac driver Tony Stewart is scheduled to start his 100th NASCAR Winston Cup race on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway and is hoping it will produce his 13th career victory.
Stewart, who won rookie of the year honors in 1999, won for the first time at Richmond International Raceway in his 25th start and then claimed his second career victory at Phoenix International Raceway seven races later.
His 10 victories since then - the last of which came at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 25, 2001 - have helped make him one of the most productive NASCAR drivers ever through 100 starts.
Comparing Driver Victories Through 100 Career Starts
Tony Stewart, 12 (99 starts)
* Dale Earnhardt, 6 (76 total career victories)
* Jeff Gordon, 12 (58 total career victories)
* Rusty Wallace, 2 [54 total career victories (winningest Pontiac driver of all-time - 31 victories in a Grand Prix)]
Thoughts From Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac Grand Prix
IS IT FITTING THAT PHOENIX IS THE VENUE WHERE YOU'LL MAKE YOUR 100TH START?
"Yeah, it is. I started racing there in '93, when I ran a Silver Crown car. And since then, I've run USAC Midgets, USAC Silver Crown cars, Indy Racing League, Super-modifieds, and of course, Winston Cup with The Home Depot Pontiac. So, I've logged a bunch of laps there. To have my 100th start there, I guess you could say my career has come full-circle."