Ken Schrader Truck Series Advance: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
WELCOME BACK SCHRADER: Ken Schrader will return to the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado for this weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). The Smith's Food & Drug Stores 350 will mark Schrader's sixth Truck Series start for Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) in 2010. In his five previous starts for the team, Schrader has five consecutive top-10 finishes, including two top fives at Texas Motor Speedway in May and Iowa Speedway in July. Schrader has an average start of 8.6 and an average finish of 7.6 in KHI equipment this season.
STILL A WINNER: Schrader has been close to visiting victory lane in the Truck Series this year, but is still looking to close the deal and take the checkered flag in the No. 2 Kroger Chevrolet. However, Schrader has been a winner many times over in 2010. In addition to his part-time Truck Series schedule, Schrader has run over 60 short-track races this season in Late Models and Modifieds, winning a dozen of them at 11 different tracks. Additionally, he has run one Sprint Cup Series race, one Nationwide Series race, and competed in two ARCA Racing Series events as well, bringing his total to more than 70 races in 2010. That is the equivalent of running the complete Truck Series schedule 2.8 times in nine months.
TURNING BLUE: The No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado will be turning blue with a brand new paint scheme for LVMS. For the first time, longtime partner Kroger will take the spotlight as primary sponsor of the No. 2 in Las Vegas. Kroger's West Coast retail operation and race sponsor Smith's Food & Drug Stores will also be represented on the truck's tonneau cover in support of the entitlement.
THOUGHTS FROM THE DRIVER: Ken Schrader
What are your thoughts going into the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
"I always look forward to going to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It's a beautiful facility and a great town to have a race in. I feel really good about everything the No. 2 team has done this season, so I know we'll have a great performance there. I'm also very excited to be representing Kroger and their partner, Smith's Food & Drug Stores, so hopefully we can keep our top-10 streak alive and get a win for them while we're at it."
PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: With new sponsor JEGS.com on board as primary sponsor, Kevin Harvick battled hard for 175 laps with eventual race winner Kyle Busch to finish third in TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 2 team will utilize chassis No. 042 this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 042 was most recently driven by Schrader to a 10th-place finish at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway in August. Chassis No. 42 has been driven to victory lane twice in 2010, once by KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March and once by Elliott Sadler in his first-career Truck Series win at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.