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NASCAR notes: McDowell switches teams, Schrader to retire from Cup

Oct 28, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Two quick NASCAR notes after this weekend’s race in Martinsville:

  • Michael McDowell, a NASCAR journeyman who’s raced with high profile Michael Waltrip Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing before, will leave his current No. 98 Phil Parsons Racing Ford at year’s end for a lateral move to the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Ford in 2014. It’s a one-year deal but it provides the fledgling team a bit of stability after Scott Speed and the team parted ways earlier this year. McDowell, 28, has a season and career-best finish of ninth at this year’s Daytona 500. The PPR team rarely runs a whole race and besides the four restrictor plate events, McDowell’s only other race finishes this year were 32nd at Indianapolis and 26th yesterday in Martinsville.
  • While McDowell moves on, Ken Schrader told ESPN’s Allen Bestwick during yesterday’s broadcast that this year’s season finale at Homestead will be his last race in a Sprint Cup car. Schrader’s the epitome of a “wheel man” with more than 760 career Cup starts dating to 1984, and thousands more on short tracks and dirt tracks throughout the country on a weekly basis. He has run part-time in Cup since 2007 and has a best finish of 27th at the fall Bristol race this year driving Frank Stoddard’s No. 32 U.S. Chrome Ford. Assuming that is his last Cup start – it’s hard to think of the words “Schrader” and “retire” in the same sentence – a proper appreciation post of his career will follow at that point.

  1. digbysellers - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Met Schrader many, many times with pit passes & he’s one of the nicest dudes I’ve had the pleasure to meet at a Cup race. Good luck Kenny!

  2. 40fan - Oct 29, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    A gentleman with a great sense of humor, thanks for your all your contributions to the racing world. Good luck.

  3. janinwashingtonstate - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Ken Schrader is one of the great funny men of NASCAR, as well as being a great driver.One time, after his engine blew, he was being interviewed. The reporter asked him what had happened. Sez Schrader, “I don’t know, but it soulded really expensive.” Good luck, we will miss you!!

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