A fourth and final win for Schrader

Sunday, June 2, 1991 – Hendrick Motorsports driver Ken Schrader led the final 78 laps to collect the win in the Budweiser 500 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It was the second win of the season for the driver of the No. 25 Kodiak Chevrolet and the fourth of his career. It would also be his final NASCAR Cup Series win.

All four of Schrader’s NASCAR Cup victories came with team owner Rick Hendrick. Schrader won at Talladega, Charlotte and Atlanta as well as Dover.

Schrader, who had 763 career starts before leaving NASCAR after the 2013 season, made more than 550 more starts following his final win.

Schrader’s win came when Dover still hosted 500-mile races and when the track was still asphalt. The track’s two annual NASCAR Cup races weren’t cut to 400 laps until the fall race of ’97. The asphalt surface was replaced with concrete in 1995.

The Budweiser 500 was the first NASCAR Cup start for future champion Bobby Labonte. He finished 34th in the family-owned No. 14 Slim Jim Oldsmobile.

Michael Waltrip started on the pole for the first time in his premier series career in the Budweiser 500; he eventually fell out and finished 32nd due to engine trouble.

The race was the final premier series start for Tommy Ellis, who had been filling in for Geoff Bodine in the No. 97 Flossie Johnson “owned” entry. Bodine returned to the driver’s seat the following week but it was several more weeks before the car featured its original No. 11 on the sides and top. The changes had come about after a penalty was levied against Junior Johnson and the veteran team owner had been suspended by NASCAR.

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