Schrader Wins Nascar West Race at California Speedway FONTANA, Calif. (May 1, 2004) -- Ken Schrader, a NASCAR Nextel Cup star, collected his 10th NASCAR Grand National Division West Series victory and his third at the two-mile oval when he won...
Schrader Wins Nascar West Race at California Speedway
FONTANA, Calif. (May 1, 2004) -- Ken Schrader, a NASCAR Nextel Cup star, collected his 10th NASCAR Grand National Division West Series victory and his third at the two-mile oval when he won the King Taco 200 at California Speedway Saturday.
The NASCAR West Series races exclusively on Goodyear bias-ply tires. The tires used at California Speedway were Goodyear's D1369 (left side) and D1484 (right). Because the track is a high-speed, two-mile oval, the teams also were required to use the Goodyear Lifeguard Safety Spare innerliner. It is the same tire lineup the West Series used at California Speedway in 2003.
"We were very pleased with the performance of our tires during the weekend," said Chad Fletcher, marketing manager. "The durability of the tires was proven by hotter than normal weather conditions and the resulting high track temperatures."
Clint Bowyer, who drives for Richard Childress Racing, won the Bud Pole with a lap averaging 173.339 mph and seemed to have the fastest car during most of the race. But his car faltered on a late-race restart and that opened the door for Schrader to grab the lead. Schrader averaged 122.595 mph for the 200-mile distance.
Bowyer finished second, just .259 of a second behind the winner. Defending series champion Scott Lynch was third, Scott Gaylord took fourth and Kevin Conway was fifth. Gaylord now has completed 389 of the last 391 laps that the series has competed in at the Speedway, dating back to the 2000 season.
Gaylord and Mike Duncan are tied for the lead in the championship standings with 466 points.