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.
“It felt pretty good,” said Schrader, who became the only driver to win the Gator Championship and the overall points total in the same year. “It’s the second time we won the championship down there; we worked pretty hard at it. It feels awesome.”
During Schrader’s ARCA tenure, which reaches back to 1981, he has 15 career ARCA wins.
“One of the things I really like about ARCA is that it gives me a chance to play with these Cup type cars, and be competitive, and have lots of fun.
“Looking at Elko last year, one of the things I liked about it is that it’s got multiple grooves for a little track, and you can pass on the outside if you need to, which is real helpful on a tight little short-track.
“But it’s more than that; I’m just a really big fan of the ARCA Series, and I really enjoy being part of it. We’re looking forward to running at DuQuoin and Salem later this year too. I’m just a real fan of a series that runs all those different types of places.”