BUSCH: Ken Schrader Talladega Preview

SCHRADER READY FOR SUPERSPEEDWAY SUCCESS AT TALLADEGA TALLADEGA, ALA. --- If there is a track in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division, that has been good to Ken Schrader, it is Talladega...

SCHRADER READY FOR SUPERSPEEDWAY SUCCESS AT TALLADEGA

TALLADEGA, ALA. --- If there is a track in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division, that has been good to Ken Schrader, it is Talladega Superspeedway. It is the location of his very first NASCAR Winston Cup win in 1988 and his last NASCAR Busch Series win in 1994. He found success at the 2.66-mile track just last year when he claimed the Bud Pole Award for the October Winston Cup race. At the fall Winston Cup race in 1997, Schrader was in position to win at the end. "I love going to the superspeedways," said Schrader. "Talladega is the biggest and fastest race track we visit. Talladega has always been extremely kind to me and I hope it continues to be. It is also special to me because I got my first Winston Cup win there. With the restrictor plate racing program Andy Petree Racing has, I think our chances of winning are as good as any both in the Winston Cup and Busch Series. "Our performances have been strong at the superspeedways in the past. We have been in position to win, but didn't have the critical drafting help we needed to make it happen. With the addition of a second Winston Cup team with Kenny Wallace, that situation may improve this year. You just never know at a track like Talladega. Your focus is on staying out of trouble and being in the lead draft at the end. If you are there, it is anyone's race. Schrader's last win in the NASCAR Busch Series came at Talladega Superspeedway in 1994. Schrader only lead two of the 117 laps of the event. "The car was real good for most of that race," said Schrader. "We had to come in to the pits to make some changes and ended up at the rear of the field. Earnhardt really helped us get back to the front. I eventually got hooked up with Terry Labonte, who was my teammate at the time, and Terry was very instrumental in helping us get that win." Schrader claimed his first win in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in his first season with Hendrick Motorsports at Talladega in 1988. He passed Dale Jarrett and Sterling Marlin on the last lap of the race to claim his first victory. Schrader also enjoyed superspeedway success at Talladega in the fall 1997 Winston Cup race. He was leading with two laps to go when the Labonte brothers made a late-race charge to the front and Schrader was shuffled back to fourth. Schrader's superspeedway success is not limited to Talladega. He won the pole in the 1999 Busch Series race in the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet at Daytona and led several laps before a rear end gear broke. In the Winston Cup race, the same weekend, he qualified third, started seventh after the Twin 125 race, and finished the Daytona 500 in sixth position. "Schrader and I both won our very first Winston Cup races at Talladega," said Andy Petree, owner of the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet. "We have been in position to win at superspeedways in the recent past, and we have a strong restrictor plate program. Schrader really likes Talladega and I think we have a good chance of finding victory lane there again."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Terry Labonte , Ken Schrader , Sterling Marlin , Andy Petree
Teams Hendrick Motorsports