"I always look forward to going to the superspeedways. As a driver they're a lot of fun. Talladega is just one of those tracks where you have to stay out of trouble and if you can do that and be on the lead draft, your chances of...
"I always look forward to going to the superspeedways. As a driver they're a lot of fun. Talladega is just one of those tracks where you have to stay out of trouble and if you can do that and be on the lead draft, your chances of winning are just as good as anyone else who is the lead draft. At this race last year, we were in that position, but just didn't have the drafting help we needed." -Ken Schrader, driver of Skoal Bandit Racing Chevrolet KEN SCHRADER TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY NOTES AND QUOTES
"After a strong run in the Daytona 500 and a strong run here last year, I feel that the No. 33 will be a contender for the win this weekend," said Andy Petree, car owner and crew chief for the Skoal Bandit Racing Chevrolet. "Our restrictor plate program is excellent. Kenny loves to race at Talladega and he shows it with his performance. His first win came here and my first win came here, so it'd be great if our first win as a team came here."
In last year's DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, the Skoal Bandit Racing team found themselves in position to capture their first victory of the season. After having a dominant car for the entire race, the No. 33 took the lead with eight laps remaining. Schrader led for the next six laps, but lost the lead when Terry Labonte got drafting help from his brother, Bobby, to take the lead. While Terry Labonte went on to win, the scramble in the draft shuffled Schrader back to fourth at the finish.
The Skoal Bandit Racing team is bringing a brand new car this weekend. Since their speedway car was involved in an accident at the last Talladega event, they thought it would be a great opportunity to make some improvements on their race car.
Schrader spent a few days at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, Mo., this past week. He was at the speedway while Scott Hansen tested a NASCAR Busch car for next weekend's CarQuest Auto Parts 250. Schrader has joined forces with future teammate Kenny Wallace to field an entry with Hansen as the driver.