Schrader To Replace Injured Franchitti

Ken Schrader will replace an injured Dario Franchitti in Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.

Franchitti broke his left ankle last Saturday in a hard crash at Talladega Superspeedway and was unable to race in Sunday's Sprint Cup event. He was replaced by David Stremme, who led some laps and was headed to a stellar finish until a 12-car wreck on the last lap relegated him to a 28th-place finish.

Because he's under contract as a test driver to Penske Racing, Stremme could not fill in for Franchitti beyond last Sunday. So Chip Ganassi Racing turned to Schrader, who did not have a ride lined up for Richmond.

Schrader qualified third at Talladega but finished 42nd. He'll be responsible for qualifying the Number 40 car for the race because it is not guaranteed a starting spot since it is outside the Top 35 in points.

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