Ken Schrader Planning Busy Weekend At AMS
Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Ken Schrader has a big weekend planned at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Not only is Schrader expected to make his 600th career start in the Golden Corral 500 this Sunday, but he will also be competing in the March 13 Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts 200 Craftsman Truck race, the only driver doing double duty this weekend
¿I¿m excited about the trucks racing at Atlanta,¿ Schrader said. ¿There is a lot of renewed interest in the truck series this year with the entry of Toyota and the return of Jack (Sprague) and Mike (Skinner). It¿s good for the series to be there.
¿I ran the truck race at Charlotte last year so I think we have an idea of what we need (for the Atlanta race). Obviously it¿s going to be fast, but I think it will be very racy. I think we can use all of the track.¿
Schrader began his career in 1984 at Nashville driving for Elmo Langley and drove his rookie season in 1985 for legendary car owner Junie Donlavey winning Rookie of the Year honors. 2004 marks Schrader¿s 20th year of full-time competition in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.
Schrader drives the Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet Silverado in a partial schedule of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races. He has one win in the series, at Saugus (Calif.) Speedway in 1995. Schrader Racing has fielded entries in the CTS races every year since its inception in 1995.
STEWART AT LUNCHEON: Former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Tony Stewart, one of the more outspoken drivers in the sport, will be the guest of honor at the annual Atlanta Sports Council Motorsports Luncheon on Thursday.
The luncheon will be held downtown Atlanta at the Marriott Marquis. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. The cost is $35 per person (non-member) or $25 per person (members).
Tables of 10 are available for $250. The public is welcome to attend.
There will not be an autograph session for fans; however, there will be signed door prizes available for some lucky winners.
No walk-up purchases will be accepted. To reserve your seat now, please call the Atlanta Sports Council at (404) 586-8510.
VETERAN TRUCK DRIVERS: Even though the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series generally has a large group of young drivers on their way up through the ranks, there are also quite a few veterans of NASCAR who will compete in the March 13 EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200.
Twelve Craftsman Truck drivers have competed at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup level: Geoffrey Bodine (current track record holder), Bobby Hamilton, Andy Houston, Frank Kimmel, Randy LaJoie, Ted Musgrave, Steve Park, Tony Raines, Greg Sacks, Ken Schrader, Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague.
Eleven more drivers have competed at the Busch Series level: Chad Chaffin, Joey Clanton, Shane Hmiel, Randy MacDonald, Steadman Marlin, Chase Montgomery, Hank Parker Jr., Dennis Setzer, Shane Sieg ang David Starr.
ON A ROLL: Ryan Newman has competed in only four races at Atlanta. He won both Bud poles there in 2003 and has started sixth or better in all four. He is the only driver to post top 10 starts in the last four races at Atlanta. Ryan Newman has led at least one lap in all four races that he has competed in at Atlanta.
CHEVY DOMINATION: A Chevrolet won both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Atlanta in 2003.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Steve Park, on the aerodynamic difference between racing a NASCAR Craftsman Truck and a NEXTEL Cup car: ¿Driving a truck is like running through a hurricane with a piece of plywood.¿