Atlanta: Ken Schrader preview

Schrader Set For Another Strong Run In Atlanta * Veteran Ken Schrader will be making his second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday evening. In 2004 he competed in the inaugural NCTS event at AMS. He ...

Schrader Set For Another Strong Run In Atlanta

* Veteran Ken Schrader will be making his second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday evening. In 2004 he competed in the inaugural NCTS event at AMS. He qualified 10th and finished 10th behind winner Bobby Hamilton Sr.

* The American Commercial Lines 200 will mark Schrader's 71st NCTS start. In his previous 70 races Schrader has an average starting position of 14th and a finishing position of 17th.

* Schrader will pilot "Timmy" this weekend at Atlanta. "Timmy" is one of the newest additions to the BHR chassis stable. Schrader drove this particular chassis at California last month to a 15th finishing position.

* Atlanta Motor Speedway is familiar ground to Schrader, who has 45 Nextel Cup starts at the facility including one victory in 1991. He has scored three top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes there.

* In the five previous NCTS events at AMS, BHR has one win, two top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes.

Getting to know the Guys: "One of the biggest challenges about a new team is learning all of your crew guys. A lot of times you learn there personality first and then come up with a nickname to remember them by and most of the time it is no where near their real name. The first time I had the chance to interact with my Fastenal crew guys at the track was during Daytona testing. I was not real sure how they would be because of the recent passing of Bobby (Hamilton Sr.). I didn't know if I should try to make them laugh or not. I soon realized they are very laid back and funny. They constantly make fun of each other and it does not seem to bother them. I was standing around waiting for them to get everything set up to go on the track. We had one minor problem with the window net and I could tell the crew member was getting frustrated about the situation. I think he thought I was going to get mad at him or something. I looked at him and jokingly asked him if Bobby Sr. hired him. He looked a little dazed, but replied yes. Then I told him he must have been desperate for workers at the time. He looked shocked at first and then he realized I was just joking. I know Bobby Sr. was one of those guys who joked around all the time because he played a lot of jokes on me. It was a great way to break the ice and let them know I was no different."

Fastenal Offers New Student Internship: Fastenal Company is offering up the internship opportunity of a lifetime this July at the Bobby Hamilton Racing, Inc. ("BHR") shop, a team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, in Mount Juliet, TN. Two automotive technical students will have the opportunity to work with the BHR crew during the week of July 9th through the 13th preparing the No. 18 truck for its upcoming July 14th race which takes place in Sparta, KY. The two selected students will also be working with the pit crew during the Sparta race. All applying students must be a minimum of 18 years old and will have graduated between January 1st and June 30th, 2007 with a technical degree in the automotive trade. The students are required to have passed at least two ASE tests before June 30th. Please visit www.ase.com for test dates and registration. Applications will be taken starting February 1st till April 30th online at Fastenalracing.com. The chosen applicants will be notified the first couple of weeks in May.

-credit: bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Ken Schrader