TOLEDO, Ohio – Ken Schrader has raced a lot of things, but on May 29 at Toledo Speedway he’ll drive something he’s never driven before.
Schrader will climb behind the wheel of a school bus on May 29 to participate in the school bus figure 8 race at Toledo Speedway. That day just so happens to also be his 65th birthday.
The Fenton, Mo., native found his way to Daytona in 1980 and has competed in NASCAR, ARCA and USAC-sanctioned events during a lengthy career. He has sat on the pole for the Daytona 500, has won the Duel races at that same track and has four wins and 23 poles to his credit on NASCAR’s Cup Series.
Schrader is a fan favorite at Toledo, where he captured the win in the ARCA event at the Glass City oval in 2013. He was a champion car owner on the ARCA Menards Series in 1999 and 2017. Schrader also is a partner in the ownership of Federated Auto Parts Speedway in Pevely, Mo. Schrader also does promotional appearances for Federated Auto Parts throughout the year, with ride and drives with his dirt modified and dirt late model, where he also competes in those classes to this day. Schrader is also slated to race in the Little 500 for non-winged sprint cars at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway the week prior to the Toledo event.
The Monroe Superstore School Bus Figure 8 race presented by Great Clips will feature full-size school bus racing on the Figure 8 course at Toledo May 29. The popular event has brought huge crowds to the speedway the past several years. In addition to the School Bus event, the ARCA R&M Recycling Late Model Sportsman will battle on the big half-mile paved oval, while the quarter-mile short track action will be provided by the ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8’s and the Vault Antiques and Treasures ARCA Factory Stocks. Several additional fun events include a Boat Figure 8 Race, the Flag Pole race, Backup race and the new Butterfly race.
Tickets will go on sale next month for the event, as well as for several of the special events on the Toledo schedule. Race time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, May 29. A rain date of Sunday evening, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. has been set if needed.