TOLEDO, Ohio – NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader has officially filed his ARCA Racing Series entry for the Akona 250 presented by Federated Car Care at Elko Speedway on June 1.
“We went up there last year to watch the ARCA race, and it was killing me that I wasn’t in it,” Schrader said. “But what a great show. All kinds of green flag racing – really, really good racing. We had a good car last year (with Tom Hessert driving) but we got crashed on the last lap. If our car makes it through Toledo this weekend (May 19), it’ll be the car we’ll take to Elko. If not, we’ll pull another one out of the shop. Either way, I’m definitely racing at Elko, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
With 80-plus races on his 2013 schedule, the 57-year-old Fenton, Missouri veteran driver has already raced in more than 20 races this season, and it’s not even summer yet.
“Been racing the dirt modified quite a bit already.”
In fact, Schrader has already raced his dirt modified at Elko a few years back, when track officials created a dirt surface over the asphalt.
“We raced up there a few years ago, but that was on the dirt. Either way, it’s a great little track. I like it either way.”
The Akona 250 at Elko will mark Schrader’s 62nd career ARCA start.
“It’s going to be a busy year, and a better one too because we have more ARCA races on our schedule this year.”
Schrader is slated to race in four ARCA Racing Series events in 2013 to also include the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway (May 19), the event at Elko, the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (mile-dirt) on Labor Day, Sept. 2, and the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Salem Speedway on Sept. 14.
In addition, Schrader’s season includes 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races with team owner Frank Stoddard in the No. 32 FAS Lane Racing Ford, and at least two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events at Eldora Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.