Schrader takes 500 at Dover by 1.18 seconds

June 03, 1991|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Correspondent

DOVER, DEL. HC — DOVER, Del. -- Ken Schrader had only one fear yesterday after he passed Dale Earnhardt for the lead with 78 laps left in the Budweiser 500 at Dover Downs International Speedway.

"I just didn't want to do anything stupid that would cause me to lose the race," Schrader said. "Something like getting caught up in a lot of cars. At that point, I felt I would win as long as I didn't do something dumb."

Schrader, 36, went on to make all the right moves with his Chevrolet Lumina and won the Budweiser 500 by 1.18 seconds over Earnhardt, who is this year's Winston Cup points leader.

Schrader took home $64,800 for his fourth career NASCAR Winston Cup victory and moved up to fifth place in the Winston Cup points standings (1,511). Earnhardt leads with 1,716.

A record Dover Downs crowd of 77,000 watched Schrader, who started in the 19th position, out-duel Earnhardt, who began the race in the 10th spot.

Schrader, of Fenton, Mo., averaged 120.192 mph for his second NASCAR win this year. The first was at the Motorcraft 500 in Atlanta on March 17.

Schrader passed Earnhardt on turn one of lap 423 and took the lead for good just seven laps after Earnhardt had gone by Schrader for the lead.

Schrader said his final move to the front could have come sooner.

"We got up on him [Earnhardt] a little, and I could have got beside him four or five laps earlier," Schrader said. "But whenever you get to going up behind Dale, he runs harder and harder, so I was just letting him use up his stuff. I waited for the hole to get bigger on the inside of him, and then I went by him."

Asked what he would have done if he hadn't found room to go around Earnhardt inside, Schrader said: "I would have gone on the outside if it was necessary to pass Dale."

Earnhardt, who also drove a Chevrolet Lumina, took the loss in stride and talked jokingly about losing out to Schrader for the second straight week.

"I'm going to have to have a talk with that boy," said Earnhardt. "Last week at Charlotte [Coca-Cola 600 won by Davey Allison], he beat us for second, and today, he beat us for the win."

It was a long day for defending champion Derrike Cope, who started in the 24th position and never came close to the leaders before crashing coming out of turn two and going out of the race on lap 404.

Cope's car hit the wall, spun across the track and barely escaped getting hit by three cars before stopping on the inside of the track.

It was also a lost day for pole-sitter Michael Waltrip, who entered the race on a high after winning his first pole position in seven years on the Winston Cup circuit.

After leading for the first 15 laps in a Pontiac Grand Prix, Waltrip began to have oil-pressure problems on lap 40 and had to come into the pits for a stop that cost him 10 laps.

Waltrip went back out on the track, spun into a wall on lap 194, but kept on going for another 26 laps before driving into the garage for the rest of the afternoon.

1. (19) Ken Schrader, Chevrolet Lumina, 500, $64,800, 120.192. 2. (10) Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet Lumina, 500, $44,275. 3. (7) Harry Gant, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 500, $28,800. 4. (6) Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet Lumina, 500, $21,750. 5. (5) Mark Martin, Ford Thunderbird, 500, $23,325. 6. (12) Hut Stricklin, Buick Regal, 500, $13,950. 7. (18. Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet Lumina, 499, $10,900. 8. (21) Morgan Shepherd, Ford Thunderbird, 499, $15,700. 9. (2) Rusty Wallace, Pontiac Grand Prix, 498, $9,950. 10. (13) Ricky Rudd, Chevrolet Lumina, 497, $18,000.

11. (32) Bobby Hamilton, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 495, $9,050. 12. (27) Joe Ruttman, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 494, $9,700. 13. (17. Bill Elliott, Ford Thunderbird, 494, $13,600. 14. (4) Alan Kulwicki, Ford Thunderbird, 494, $12,300. 15. (22) Sterling Marlin, Ford Thunderbird, 494, $7,350. 16. (11) Davey Allison, Ford Thunderbird, 494, $13,450. 17. (31) Richard Petty, Pontiac Grand Prix, 494, $6,050. 18. (25) Ted Musgrave, Pontiac Grand Prix, 494, $5,985. 19. (30) Bobby Hillin Jr., Pontiac Grand Prix, 491, $4,550. 20. (3) Rick Mast, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 491, $8,600.

21. (26) Tommy Ellis, Ford Thunderbird, 491, $4,450. 22. (23) Lake Speed, Pontiac Grand Prix, 491, $7,350. 23. (29) Dave Marcis, Chevrolet Lumina, 487, $7,200. 24. (8) Terry Labonte, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 483, $7,050. 25. (9) Rick Wilson, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 480, $7,050. 26. (15) Kenny Wallace, Pontiac Grand Prix, 478, $11,200. 27. (24) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet Lumina, 404, wreck, $12,550. 28. (14) Jimmy Spencer, Chevrolet Lumina, 369, wreck, $6,775. 29. (34) Chad Little, Ford Thunderbird, 337, engine, $4,050. 30. (28) Mickey Gibbs, Pontiac Grand Prix, 303, alignment went out, $4,650.

31. (35) J.D. McDuffie, Pontiac Grand Prix, 245, wreck, $3,950. 32. (1) Michael Waltrip, Pontiac Grand Prix, 220, camshaft, $10,025. 33. (16) Brett Bodine, Buick Regal, 133, camshaft, $6,450. 34. (33) Bobby Labonte, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 88, engine, $3,800. 35. (20) Dale Jarrett, Ford Thunderbird, 18, wreck, $5,600.

Time of race: 4 hours, 9 minutes, 41 seconds. Caution flags: 6 for 42 laps.

The top 3

Driver .. .. .. ..Car

Ken Schrader .. .. Chevy Lumina

Dale Earnhardt .. .Chevy Lumina

Harry Gant .. .. ..Olds Cutlass

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