YEAR-BY-YEAR NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RECAP
2006 Finished 31st in series points. … Started year with impressive ninth-place finish at the Daytona 500. Only other
top-10 finish came at Richmond in September, when he finished seventh.
2005 Finished 31st in series points. … His three top-10 finishes were at Talladega, Lowe’s Motor Speedway and
Daytona. … Best start was seventh at Bristol in August.
2004 Finished 31st in series points. … Competed in second full season for BAM. … Season-best finish sixth place at
Bristol spring race. … Best qualifying effort 15th at Dover spring race. … Reached career milestone of 600th career
race at Atlanta in March. … Also ran 12 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races.
2003 Finished 36th in series points. … Led BAM Racing, in its first full-time season in the series, to a productive year
despite missing four races after failing to qualify (Indianapolis, Watkins Glen, Charlotte and Homestead); Schrader’s
miss at Indy was the first of his career, ending a streak of 579 consecutive starts that began Feb. 17, 1985. …
Collected two top 10s, firsts for BAM, at Martinsville in April (10th) and Michigan in August (eighth) – his best finish
since a ninth place at Richmond in the spring 2001 event. …. Eclipsed the $20 million mark in career winnings.
2002 Finished 30th in series points. … First season out of top 20 in series points since racing full-time in 1985.…
Led 46 laps in Daytona 500, followed it up by qualifying on the outside pole at Rockingham. … Best finish was 13th
at New Hampshire in September.
2001 Finished 19th in series points. … Best finish was eighth at season finale in Atlanta. … Also finished ninth at
Richmond and Pocono in season’s first half. … Best qualifying effort (3rd) came in June at Pocono. … Topped $2 million
mark in earnings for the first time in his career.… Made his 500th start eight races into the season at Martinsville.
2000 Finished 18th in series points. … Tabbed as new MB2 Motorsports driver following Ernie Irvan’s retirement.…
Flirted with the top 10 in the point standings early in the season, but scored only one top-10 finish in the second half
of the season. … Had only two DNFs. … Best finish was ninth at Daytona 500.
1999 Finished 15th in series points. … Posted four of his six top 10s in the first half of the season. …Proved tough
in restrictor-plate races with a pair of season-best sixth place finishes at the Daytona 500 and Talladega in April, where
he won the pole. … Led eight laps and collected six top-10 finishes. … Joined by new teammate Kenny Wallace to
start the season as car owner Andy Petree expanded to two teams.
1998 Finished 12th in series points. … Won poles at Talladega and two races later at Phoenix, where he led the first
53 laps. … Had 10 starts inside the top 10. … Had three top-five finishes and 11 top 10s. … Posted season-best finishes
(fourth) at the Daytona 500 and both Richmond races.
1997 Finished 10th in series points. … Joined new team for upstart Andy Petree Racing. … Started slow with three
finishes of 25th or worse in first four races, including 33rd place finish in season opener at Daytona. …Rebounded
with a strong second half posting just three finishes outside the top 15. … Scored a pair of season-best fourth place
finishes at Talladega and Rockingham in final four races. … Won two Bud Poles, both at New Hampshire.
1996 Finished 12th in series points. … Posted three top fives and 10 top 10s in final season driving for Rick Hendrick.
…Best finish was third in the season opener at Daytona. … Qualified in the top 10 11 times. … Fell out of the top 10
in series points after finishing 35th and 30th in the final two races. … Teammate of series champion Terry Labonte.
1995 Finished 17th in series points. … Hopes of chasing the series championship were doused by nine DNFs. …
Teammate Jeff Gordon won the championship, while Schrader’s No. 25 team suffered 15 finishes of 25th or worse.
… Won pole at Pocono and finished a season-best third. … Qualified in the top 10 13 times.
1994 Finished fourth in series points. … Scored highest career points finish. … Strong first half with just three finishes
outside the top 15 boosted team’s confidence. … Nine top-five finishes. … Ran second to Dale Earnhardt at
Bristol. … Scored back-to-back third-place finishes at Dover and Pocono.
1993 Finished ninth in series points. … Four finishes of 20th or worse left the team 19th in points after just six races.
…Battled back to fifth in points by mid-season after scoring five top-five finishes in six races capped by a third at
Daytona. … Led series with six poles. … Finished second twice, at Pocono and Dover.
1992 Finished 17th in series points. … Broke a five-year streak of top-10 finishes in the series standings. …
Struggled to find consistency, scattering four top fives and 11 top-10 finishes among nine finishes of 23rd or worse.
… Took pole at Pocono. …Best finish was third Bristol in the spring.
1991 Finished ninth in series points. … Scored a second at Rockingham followed by a win at Atlanta in the season’s
fourth race. … Scored seven top-10 finishes including his second win of the year at Dover climbing to third in points.
… Five finishes of 30th or worse in the remaining 14 races kept him out of title hunt. … Led 16 different races for a
career-high 440 laps led. … Matched career-high 10 top fives and posted career-best 18 top-10 finishes.
1990 Finished 10th in series points. … Won third straight pole for the Daytona 500, but finished 40th. … Won Busch
Clash for second consecutive season. … Put together a string of 10 top-10 starts including poles at Charlotte and
Rockingham. … Had two runner-up finishes.
1989 Finished fifth in series points. … Topped $1 million in earnings for the first time. … Traditionally strong
Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway in February included second straight Daytona 500 pole; also won
Busch Clash and 125-mile qualifying race before finishing second in season-opening Daytona 500. … Won at
1988 Finished fifth in series points. … Enjoyed a breakthrough season scoring four top fives and 17 top 10s. … First
of nine seasons driving for Rick Hendrick. … Held off Geoff Bodine to get his first career victory, at Talladega in August.
… Won pole for season-opening Daytona 500.
1987 Finished 10th in series points. … Highlights included career-first pole, at Darlington. … Won one of two 125-
mile qualifying races for Daytona 500. … Earned career-first top-five finish (5th) at Darlington. … Finished with 10
1986 Finished 16th in series points. … Had four top-10 finishes driving the second of three seasons for Junie
Donlavey.… Scored a season-best seventh at both Martinsville races.
1985 Finished 16th in series points. … Known for helping young drivers, car owner Junie Donlavey gave Schrader his
first full-time ride. … Earned Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors, topping Eddie Bierschwale by 14 points.
1984 Finished 53rd in series points. … Broke into the series by renting Fords from car owner Elmo Langley for first
three starts. … Langley rewarded him with two more starts after taking care of his equipment. … Best finish was
17th at North Wilkesboro.
PREVIOUS RACING HISTORY
Won the United States Auto Club’s (USAC) stock car division Rookie of the Year award in 1980. … Won the 1982 USAC
Silver Crown title in addition to the 1983 USAC Sprint Car championship. ... Won four USAC sprint races, six in the
USAC Silver Crown division and 21 in USAC Midgets. … Won 24 midget races in other divisions. … Has also won two
NASCAR Busch Series races (1989 and 1994) and owns one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win (1995) making him
one of only five drivers with at least one win in each of NASCAR’s top three national series. … Schrader also has wins
in three of NASCAR Touring divisions. … Began racing on local tracks around his home in Missouri in 1971, primarily
in open-wheel competition.
Former racer and NASCAR pace car driver Elmo Langley was instrumental in Schrader’s move to NASCAR’s premier
series, renting his Fords to Schrader for three races in 1984 and also running him in that car in two other events.…
Schrader owns I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., where he is still a competitor when opportunities allow. … Also operates
Schrader Racing, his alternative to NASCAR premier series events, last season running in four other series as
well as on various dirt tracks around the country. … Active in charitable events, most notably his “Night of Stars”
event at Pevely.