Schrader wins for 16th time in Phoenix

Updated: January 22, 2006, 9:25 PM ET
Associated Press

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Nextel Cup driver Ken Schrader raced to his record 16th title at Phoenix International Raceway and fourth West Series victory on the track Sunday, winning the feature race in the Copper World Classic.

Schrader, second in a 100-mile NASCAR Southwest Tour event earlier, had better luck in the 125-mile West Series race that capped the combined USAC-NASCAR lineup in the 29th Copper Classic.

The 50-year-old Schrader took the lead three times while leading a total of 50 laps. The third time, he passed Spencer Clark after 108 laps and held off the Eric Holmes to take the United Rentals 125 by 0.0128 seconds.

Schrader broke a tie with Richard Petty for West wins at Phoenix.

"We've run so many races here we ought to have won one," Schrader said. "You know, we haven't won any Cup races here. Finished second once."

Matt Kobyluck finished third, Clark fourth and rookie Peyton Sellers fifth.


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