Schrader To Start 15Th

DOVER, Del. - Ken Schrader and the M&M’s Racing Team fought hot temperatures and a late draw in qualifying en route to a 15th-place qualifying effort for the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Hotter temperatures can affect a car’s handling and the speeds run during qualifying, and the all-concrete surface at Dover is no exception. The entire field showed that a hot Dover is a slow Dover as most cars lost between two-tenths and three-tenths on their qualifying lap. Pole winner Matt Kenseth slowed down two-tenths of a second from his practice speed.

Schrader, who was ninth overall in the morning practice session, lapped the one-mile, high-banked oval in 23.520 seconds.

“I was really loose on the first lap, so I ran the second lap thinking that I would be better,” Schrader said. “The track had slowed down since practice – not just for me but for pretty much everyone - but I think the M&M’s Pontiac will be all right for Sunday.”

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