Schrader Ready To Tackle Elko

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Ken Schrader, pictured after winning last year's ARCA Racing Series Menards 200 at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, tackles Michigan Int'l Speedway this weekend. (Joe Secka/JMS Pro Photo)
Ken Schrader in victory lane after winning the ARCA Racing Series Menards 200 at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. (Joe Secka/JMS Pro Photo)

TOLEDO, Ohio – Ken Schrader added yet another win to his widening record book with another victory in his Federated Auto Parts dirt modified Friday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt mile in Indianapolis.

The victory came on the heels of his historic win in the Menards 200 ARCA Racing Series event recently at Toledo Speedway. His next stop – Elko (Minn.) Speedway for ARCA’s Akona 250 presented by Federated Car Care Saturday.

“Thought we were going to have a real busy week racing last week, but we rained out most everywhere,” Schrader said. “We got two out of six (races) in.”

In addition to his win in the Indy mile Friday, Schrader finished second in his modified at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., Sunday night.

“Other than the mile and Granite City, everything rained out. Terre Haute rained out Wednesday night. The Indy mile got rained out Thursday, so they moved it to Friday. Got rained out at Pevely Saturday night, raced Sunday in Granite City, and got rained out tonight (Monday) at Macon.”

Attempting to run six races in six nights would wear most people out, but apparently not Schrader, who’s been doing it this way for the last 40-plus years. The NASCAR/ARCA veteran racer will turn 58 Tuesday, May 29, ahead of this Saturday’s Akona 250 at Elko. He’s also on track to compete in more than 80 races by year’s end. A combination of ARCA races, dirt modified races, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the Camping World Truck Series will keep Schrader plenty busy for the year.

His ARCA win at Toledo earlier this month distinguished Schrader as the oldest winner in ARCA Racing Series history.

“We got caught off guard with all the publicity we got from that. For one, it was the only Sunday race, so that helped a lot. But ARCA did such a great job with the promotion of that event, and it was live on SPEED, so it opened it up to an even bigger audience. But I was quite surprised.”

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