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KEN SCHRADER HOPES TO "POLE" OFF A VICTORY IN THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACE AT DARLINGTON DARLINGTON, S.C.--- When Ken Schrader returns to Darlington Raceway in early September for the NASCAR Busch Series race, he will be returning ...

KEN SCHRADER HOPES TO "POLE" OFF A VICTORY IN THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACE AT DARLINGTON

DARLINGTON, S.C.--- When Ken Schrader returns to Darlington Raceway in early September for the NASCAR Busch Series race, he will be returning to the site where he reached milestones in his NASCAR career. In 1987, during his third full season in NASCAR Winston Cup competition, Schrader scored his first Winston Cup pole at the 1.366-mile track. He also claimed Winston Cup poles at Darlington in 1988 and 1993. In 1989, he claimed his first ever NASCAR Busch Series pole at the track as well. "It was a pretty big day for me getting that first Winston Cup pole in 1987," said Schrader. "I was one of the last to go out and Earnhardt was in the top spot. Everyone pretty much assumed he had it all wrapped up, except for him. He said he was worried about that No. 90 car because it had run fast in practice, but no one had really paid attention. We pulled it off and finished the race in fifth position." Schrader was driving the No. 90 car for Junie Donlavey at the time and that race also marked the first top-five finish of his NASCAR Winston Cup career. A couple of years later, Schrader was driving a full schedule in Winston Cup and a limited schedule in the Busch Series. Driving for Robert Gee and Rick Hendrick, he got the first pole of his Busch Series career with a speed of 156.597 m.p.h. at Darlington Raceway in 1989. "It felt really good to win a pole in a Busch Series car as well," said Schrader. "Darlington is a tough track, so turning the quickest lap of the field in two different series means a lot. "I really enjoyed running in the Busch Series back in those days. The main reason we started up the Busch Series team with Oakwood Homes this year was to help with the Winston Cup program, but it works both ways. The Winston Cup program helps with the Busch program too. "Darlington Raceway is special place for me. It holds a lot of tradition and history and I have had some good runs there. I have had a long standing relationship with Oakwood Homes and it would be very special to bring them their first NASCAR Busch Series pole and victory at Darlington."

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