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* Veteran Ken Schrader will be making his second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at California Speedway on Friday evening. In 1999 he competed in the NCTS event at California Speedway. He qualified 11th and finished 36th after a crash...

* Veteran Ken Schrader will be making his second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at California Speedway on Friday evening. In 1999 he competed in the NCTS event at California Speedway. He qualified 11th and finished 36th after a crash on lap 17 ended his day.

* The San Bernardino County 200 will mark Schrader's 70th NCTS career start. In his previous 69 races Schrader has an average starting position of 14th and a finishing position of 17th.

* Schrader will pilot "Timmy" this weekend at California. "Timmy" is one of the newest additions to the BHR chassis stable. It first hit the track last season at Nashville SuperSpeedway.

* The California Speedway is familiar ground to Schrader, who has 13 Nextel Cup starts at the facility. He has led 11 laps at the two-mile oval.

Trucking in California:

"It has been several years since I made my first truck start at California Speedway in 1999. The trucks have changed so much since then I am not real sure I can use any of that information. I think the trucks will be a lot of fun to race at California. They have so much down force and California is definitely considered a down force track. It is very wide and very fast. You put all those components together and it will make for a great race for both the drivers and fans. I remember watching Bobby Sr. (Hamilton) finish second there in 2005 and I am hoping the No. 18 Dodge has the same result this year."

Crew Chief Jeff White on Ken Schrader:

"I really like working with Ken as a driver, I really don't know him much, so I'm calling him sir, and trying not to call him sir and he's calling me sir, so we're really getting along, and it has been a lot of fun. The thing that makes Kenny so great is that he's a racer's racer - he's raced about everything there is and his insight into what he wants and what he's feeling, he knows what he wants in the vehicle. He says, 'Here's what it's doing,' and I'm pretty good at figuring out how to get it there on the engineering or mechanical side. I think we make a great team. I worked with Bobby Sr. (Hamilton) for many years and I am finding out that working with Schrader is so much like working with him it is spooky. I think the experience they had is similar and I think them two are a lot alike. I really think the two of them are a whole lot alike, they both have a great sense of humor, doesn't get upset and really calm about everything that's happening. The only difference is I worked for Bobby and Schrader's driving for us. But I will work just as hard with Schrader as I did with Bobby."

-credit: bhr

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