TOLEDO, Ohio — Apparently, nothing wears out Ken Schrader. With 80-plus races on his schedule this season, the 57-year-old Fenton, Mo., veteran is already “16-up” on the season, and it’s barely spring.
“It’s going to be a busy year, and a better one too because we have more ARCA races on our schedule this year,” said Schrader. “But we’re already 16-up on the year so far. Been racing the dirt modified quite a bit already.”
Schrader is already preparing for what will be his 61st career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway Sunday, May 19.
Federated, which sponsors most of Schrader’s racing endeavors, will also be the title sponsor on his No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet in the ARCA Racing Series.
“We haven’t raced Toledo in a few years, and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s always been one of my favorite ARCA tracks. Tom (Hessert) put our Federated car on the pole there a couple years ago, and won the race at Salem (Speedway) last year, so we’ve got some good momentum. We’d like to be running the Federated ARCA car everywhere, like we did with Tom; but our situation changed. Even though we can’t run the entire ARCA schedule, what the change did do was allow me to come back and play more, and that’s just fine with me. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Schrader is slated to race in four ARCA Racing Series events, including the Akona 250 presented by Federated Car Care at Elko Speedway June 1, 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 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.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Schrader, who spends most of his time behind the wheel of his Federated Auto Parts modified playing on dirt bullrings across America, coast to coast. But it’s more than just a play in the clay – it’s about crossing the finish line first, which he’s already done, winning twice this season at Volusia Speedway Park and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. And that’s not all. Schrader won on the final night of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia in February, and was crowned 2013 Speedweeks Gator Champion.
Schrader ran his first ARCA race in 1981 and has 15 career ARCA victories, including four at Toledo Speedway.
“One of the things I really like about Toledo — it’s got multiple grooves, and you can pass on the outside if you need to, which is real helpful on a tight little short track,” Schrader explained. “But it’s more than that; I’m just a really big fan of the ARCA Series. Toledo is its hometown track, and I really enjoy being part of that. We’re looking forward to running at Elko, DuQuoin and Salem later this year too. I’m just a real fan of a series that runs all those different types of places.”