Schrader, Petree to run in NASCAR Busch Series Shawn A. Akers CONCORD, N.C. (May 23, 1998) Eventually, Andy Petree will field a second NASCAR Winston Cup Series team. For the time being, however, Petree has found an alternate way...
Schrader, Petree to run in NASCAR Busch Series Shawn A. Akers
CONCORD, N.C. (May 23, 1998) Eventually, Andy Petree will field a second NASCAR Winston Cup Series team.
For the time being, however, Petree has found an alternate way to help boost the efforts of his current NASCAR Winston Cup Series effort, the No. 33 Skoal Bandit Chevrolet team, with driver Ken Schrader. On Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Petree announced that he'll field a NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division entry for 10 races during the remainder of the 1998 season, with Schrader as his driver.
The No. 15 Chevrolet will be sponsored by Oakwood Homes Corporation, a fully-integrated housing company manufacturing, retailing and financing quality factor-built homes in a 28-state region stretching from coast to coast.
"There's a lot of benefits to doing this," said Petree, owner and crew chief of the No. 33 team. "Mark Martin and Jeff Burton have been doing this out of the Roush stables for quite some time, and I think it's really added to their efforts on Sundays.
"We're hoping to have another Winston Cup team for next year. Right now, we're not far enough along to say that we can do it for next year, but within the next 30 days we'll probably know whether we're doing another one for next year or not."
Schrader hasn't participated in a NASCAR Busch Series race since 1995, when he ran nine races. During his career, he's had 81 NASCAR Busch Series starts, with two victories, 18 top-fives and 33 top-10s.
"We had a Busch team years back, and we ran it out of Schrader Racing," Schrader said. "But Schrader Racing now runs a full Craftsman Truck Series deal. Our boys are pretty much tied up there.
"I've had some opportunities to run some Busch cars, but we never did. Just laying in the truck on Saturdays watching the Busch race with the guys and talking about the Busch races was pretty much fun. So when it came the opportunity to run the car out of Andy Petree Racing, with one of our own cars and the information that we can use both days and put it towards hopefully helping the performance of both cars, that was something I was anxious to do."
Petree said Schrader's Sunday pit crew will also be his pit crew on Saturdays for the NASCAR Busch Series races. Jeff Swann, a former member of Schrader's Skoal Bandit crew, will be the crew chief for the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet.
The first race for the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet team will be the Hardee's 250 at Richmond International Raceway on June 5. The team will also compete in NASCAR Busch Series races this season at Indianapolis, Michigan, Bristol, Darlington, Richmond again on Sept. 11, Dover, Charlotte, Madison, Ill., and at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham.
Source: NASCAR Online