Another Strong Finish For Mms Racing Team

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The "M&M's"® Racing Team appears to be turning a corner in NASCAR Winston Cup competition with a strong 13th-place finish at Darlington Raceway this St. Patrick's Day weekend. Be it a little luck-o-the-Irish combined with a good race car and solid pit stops, the "M&M's"® Racing Team maintained its 10th place standings in driver points.

Driver Ken Schrader rolled off the starting grid in the 11th position, which was determined by owner points following a foggy South Carolina morning that kept the cars in their garages until 10:30 a.m.

You can't get in a big hurry at Darlington -- a track notorious for being unforgiving -- so Schrader was holding his own in the early stages of the race. When the team began making plans for its first pit stop of the day, Schrader radioed that the balance of the car was good (not too tight nor too loose) he just felt like he needed a little more grip on the track.

Newt Moore, in his second race as crew chief of the "M&M's"® Racing Team, elected to make a small adjustment to the air pressure of the tires and the call appeared to be right on target. Schrader steadily picked off the competition one by one and by lap 81 he was back up to the 13th position. The car's handling was to Schrader's liking all day, so during the race Moore and the crew worked on giving the car more grip.

The "M&M's"® pit crew had another solid day on pit road and played a major role in keeping the "M&M's"® Pontiac high in the running order. Schrader spent only brief periods outside the top 15, and in the final laps he passed two cars to regain the 13th position. A fiery crash on the backstretch with 10 laps to go brought out a brief red flag to clean up the debris, but when the race restarted with six laps to go Schrader was strong and held off the competition to finish 13th. The run also maintained the team's 10th-place standing in driver points.

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