Early Troubles Doom Schrader

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Ken Schrader and the “M&M’s”® Racing Team were bitten by bad luck early in Saturday night’s Pepsi 400. Despite the misfortune, the team was able to come home with a top-25 finish.

After starting 19th, Schrader had hoped to be a contender for the win at Daytona but those hopes were quickly dashed away. At Lap 8 teammate Johnny Benson hit the wall ahead of Schrader. Somehow, something from Benson’s car bounced up and hit the No. 36 car, knocking off the “M&M’s”® car’s oil line.

Schrader brought his smoking car down pit road, and the team furiously went to work to repair the damaged line. The No. 36 lost two laps as they repaired the car on pit road. As it is difficult to make up multiple laps, Schrader and the No. 36 “M&M’s”® Racing Team just had to wait and hope they could gain positions on the track during the race.

For the majority of the night, Schrader battled an ill-handling race car. Despite being down two laps, the “M&M’s”® team made several changes to the race car during the night in hopes of improving their position.

It was the misfortune of others at lap 135 that helped Schrader to gain some position on the track. Schrader was able to avoid a 12-car wreck in turn three, moving him up to 28th place. Over the final laps or the event, Schrader was able to move up three more positions. He finished the race in 25th place, the first car two laps down.

“You name it, it’s happened to us this year,” Schrader said. “This time, it hit both me and Johnny at the same time. It really is a shame. We were hoping the “M&M’s”® car would put on the same kind of show we did in February, but we didn’t get the change. Sooner or later, I have to think that our luck is going to change.”

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