Teamwork Produces 14Th For Schrader
August 18, 2002 | 12:00 A.M. EST
In the early stages of the Pepsi 400, Schrader reported to the crew that he had his hands full with an ill-handling race car. The No. 36 fell back as far as 38th-place early in the event. The handling problems with the “M&M’s”® Pontiac did not discourage the pit crew though.
During several stops, the crew made multiple adjustments in hopes of improving the handling on the No. 36 “M&M’s”® car. The adjustments were just what Schrader needed as the team began a steady climb through the field.
With less than 20 laps remaining, Schrader and the “M&M’s”® car were in 25th place when the caution flag waved. Several cars elected to pit, but the “M&M’s”® team were happy with their car. To gain track position, the No. 36 crew decided to stay on track.
Schrader finished the race in 14th-place.
“There’s a lot of determination in this “M&M’s”® Racing Team, and I think everyone saw that today,” Schrader said. “We’ve been knocking on the door of the Top 10 the past few weeks, and I sure would like for us to get there next week at Bristol. I’m proud of what this team did today.”