KEN SCHRADER LOOKS TO REPEAT AT SITE OF FIRST NASCAR BUSCH SERIES VICTORY IN OAKWOOD HOMES CHEVROLET DOVER, Del. --- Ken Schrader, driver of the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet drove to his first NASCAR Busch Series victory at The Monster Mile in...
KEN SCHRADER LOOKS TO REPEAT AT SITE OF FIRST NASCAR BUSCH SERIES VICTORY IN OAKWOOD HOMES CHEVROLET
DOVER, Del. --- Ken Schrader, driver of the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet drove to his first NASCAR Busch Series victory at The Monster Mile in 1989. Although he was already a proven winner in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, his victory in the fall race of 1989 came with his own team.
"Winning a Busch Series race at Dover was special because it was with my own team that ran on a part-time basis," said Schrader. "We were running an old style Monte Carlo at a time when everyone else was switching to Luminas. Our car looked like a tank it was so big. We got a good break when leader Kyle Petty and his Winston Cup team, which was crewing the car, figured his fuel mileage off of an eight cylinder instead of a V-6. They ran out of fuel and we led the last 20 laps or so."
Timmy Kohuth, current crew chief of the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing truck driven by Mike Wallace on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was crew chief that day.
"It was a pretty neat win because we didn't have a lot of people full-time," said Kohuth. "We decided to pit during a caution around lap 80. He had been running in the top 10 and very few cars came in for a pit stop. We returned to the track way in the back and Schrader was very angry with us for bringing him in. The caution did not come out again and some contenders for the win ran out of gas."-continued- Schrader's last win in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series also came at Dover in 1991. In 27 starts at Dover in the Winston Cup Series, Schrader has one win, 14 top-10 and eight top-five finishes. In the NASCAR Busch Series, he has nine starts with one win, four top-10 and three top-five finishes.
"I don't know why, but Dover has been a real good track for me," said Schrader. "It's one mile and kind of like a bull ring. You slam down in the corner and you are running so fast, it feels like your running a quarter mile. It's important to stay out of trouble early and be in position to race at the end. We run all day at Dover and it seems like it takes forever, but I prefer the longer races, because we always seem to have more success at them."