Ken Schrader Plans To Stay Busy In 2017

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Ken Schrader (right) keeps himself busy by fielding his own ARCA Racing Series team for driver Austin Theriault (left) and by racing his own dirt modified. (Todd Ridgeway Photo)

TOLEDO, Ohio – Ken Schrader may have retired from NASCAR, but that doesn’t mean he is slowing down anytime soon.

Schrader was in attendance two weeks ago during the 19th annual ARCA press conference, held at the Hollywood Casino in Toledo, Ohio. He was joined by Austin Theriault, who drives Schrader’s No. 52 ARCA entry and was the winner of the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 in February at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

Schrader, who turns 62 on May 29, said he’s planning to enter approximately 90 races this year, mostly in his Federated Auto Parts dirt modified and he has no plans to slow down anytime soon.

“I’m not very good at racing and those are the best skills I’ve got so I’m kinda screwed,” said Schrader. “I can’t do anything else. We shoot for about 90. Last year we ended up with 70, but we had 20 rainouts.

“I still like going to the race track. I can go play with my dirt car and keep up with my ARCA team,” Schrader said. “The ARCA series, what I like it about it so much you can be sitting in a little garage behind your house with two cars and go run the whole series; or you can have one car and take it to Daytona, or go run half the series. It’s Saturday night big time racing. You go from a third-mile to two-and-a-half miles. From asphalt to dirt, to the road course. Michigan, Talladega, Pocono. No other series can afford you that opportunity.”

“We are just looking forward to running the full ARCA series again and we are honored to have Austin drive for us this year, because we know just now how hard this series is, especially with all the new rules. The Ilmor engines, the new Five Star bodies, they have these cars so close together which is good. It just gets tougher and tougher. The series has grown a lot over the last few years just looking forward to it,” concluded Schrader.

Schrader has already found victory lane once this year in his dirt modified, winning at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla., on April 1. He plans to be back in action this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway in Wheatland, Mo.

Theriault, who currently leads the ARCA Racing Series standings by 25 points over Kyle Weatherman, will be back on track with the ARCA Racing Series on April 30 when the series visits Salem (Ind.) Speedway for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200.