Schrader looks past bad start

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002

Ken Schrader knows it's useless to dwell on the worst start of his Winston Cup career.

''I can't figure it out, but I can't drive myself crazy over it, either,'' Schrader said. ''Things are going to happen. We're just hoping that it stops happening to us on a regular basis.''

Schrader is 33rd in the series standings, with a season-best 15th-place finish in May at Richmond International Race way.

''Most of it has just been goofy stuff,'' Schrader said. ''I've seen things happen to us this year that you just don't hear about very often. We've had everything from your standard flat tires and getting caught up in somebody else's problem, to our own roll-bar padding coming loose and hitting the kill switch.

''It's frustrating, but it's not like we haven't been working hard. It's not like we don't have good equipment. It's not like we're fighting the same problem all the time.''

BENSON BACK: Johnny Benson, sidelined twice this year by rib injuries, returns to the Winston Cup Series this weekend at Pocono Raceway.

Benson missed two races after breaking three ribs at Daytona.

He also missed three races earlier this season after breaking a rib and cracking two others in a Busch Series race.

''I'm not rushing,'' Benson said. ''I'm ready to get back in the race car. You're always going to have people questioning whether it is too early or not, but I'm ahead of where I was last time when I got back in the car.''

ARCA TEST: Winston Cup driver Casey Atwood will drive in the ARCA race Saturday at Pocono Raceway as part of Evernham Motorsports' testing program.

''We have an ongoing commitment to stay on the cutting edge of advances in our sport for ourselves and Dodge,'' Ray Evern ham said.

''Our test teams have been working on a number of these trends, and now it's time to test them in actual race conditions. This will allow us to see how they translate on the race track.''

BELL BENCHED: Oriol Servia will drive the Visteon/Patrick Racing entry in the next five CART races, replacing struggling rookie Townsend Bell.

''It's a tough deal,'' said Jim McGee, general manager of V/P Racing.

''Townsend drives hard and wants to win and he ran a couple of good races. But we're struggling right now and we need to see if we can turn things around.''



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