Schrader 22Nd In Richmond Qualifying

RICHMOND, Va. – With Busch Series practice being held in between Winston Cup practice and qualifying Friday at Richmond International Raceway, lap times for a majority of the Winston Cup drivers slowed down a bit later in the afternoon.

Ken Schrader, driver of the No. 36 M&Ms Pontiac, was no exception to the rule. After turning in the fourth fastest practice speed in the morning (128.443 mph), Schrader was only 22nd fastest in qualifying for Saturday’s Pontiac Excitement 400 at 125.590 mph.

Tony Stewart turned in the fastest practice time in the morning session at 128.590 mph. Ward Burton, however, won the pole Friday with a speed of 127.389 mph. The pole speed was still a track record.

“They ran the Busch cars for close to two hours, and we didn’t know what we were going to have (for qualifying),” Schrader said. “It sure wasn’t what we were looking for, but we didn’t draw a number like we wanted to (Schrader went out 11th out of 44 cars). But, we’ve been worse here before, I guess.”

Schrader has never won a race at Richmond. He’s finished fourth here three times (in both races in 1998, and the spring race in 1999.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified second, followed by Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Steve Park, Kyle Petty, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Rusty Wallace and Ricky Craven.

The green flag is scheduled to wave on the Pontiac Excitement 400 shortly after 7 p.m. ET Saturday.

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