Ken Schrader

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Ken Schrader
KenSchraderTexas2007.jpg
Schrader in 2007
Nationality United States American
Born (1955-05-29) May 29, 1955 (age 59)
Fenton, Missouri, U.S.
2014 ARCA Racing Series
Debut season 1981
Current team Ken Schrader Racing
Car no. 52
Starts 72
Wins 17
Poles 19
Best champ.
finish
22nd in 2009
Previous series
1984-2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Championship titles
1982
1983
USAC Silver Crown Series
USAC Sprint Car Series
Awards
1980
1985

2009
USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Sportsman Award
Achievements 1989, 1990 Busch Clash Winner
1988, 1989, 1990 Daytona 500 pole winner
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
763 race(s) run over 29 year(s)
2013 position 39th
Best champ.
finish
4th (1994)
First race 1984 Pepsi 420 (Nashville)
Last race 2013 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)
First win 1988 Talladega DieHard 500 (Talladega)
Last win 1991 Budweiser 500 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 184 23
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
116 race(s) run over 17 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
29th (1992)
First race 1987 AC-Delco 200 (Rockingham)
Last race 2010 Subway Jalapeño 250 (Daytona)
First win 1989 Ames/Peak 200 (Dover)
Last win 1994 Fram Filter 500K (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 39 5
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
102 race(s) run over 16 year(s)
Truck no., team No. 52 (Ken Schrader Racing)
2013 position 97th
Best champ.
finish
19th (2007)
First race 1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race 2014 Mudsummer Classic (Eldora)
First win 1995 Scott Irvin Chevrolet/Craftsman 200 (Saugus)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 37 2
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
67th (2002)
First race 2002 Canada Day Shootout (Hamilton)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of August 17, 2014.
Schrader putting on his HANS device

Kenneth "Ken" Schrader (born May 29, 1955) is a second-generation race car driver. He currently races on local dirt and asphalt tracks around the country while driving part-time in the ARCA Racing Series. He raced in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 1981-2013. He is a first cousin once removed of fellow NASCAR driver Carl Edwards.

He races in many racing divisions, and has been successful in any division he has stepped into. He owns a dirt late model and dirt open wheel modified car. Both of these cars, along with his Camping World Truck Series and ARCA series cars, are sponsored by Federated Auto Parts. He owns I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri, and is co-owner of Macon Speedway, near Macon, Illinois, along with Kenny Wallace, Tony Stewart, and local Promoter Bob Sargent.[1]

During the 1990s and the early part of the 2000s, Schrader was running as many as 100 races among many types of racing, including NASCAR's national and regional touring series, ARCA, short track, and dirt track.

Beginnings[edit]

Schrader was born in Fenton, Missouri.[2] Schrader was the sportsmens champ in 1971 at Lake Hill Speedway in Valley Park, Missouri. He then moved up to sprint cars in 1971, racing in various locations across the Midwest. In 1980 he started racing in USAC's stock car division, and was the series Rookie of the Year.[3] He returned to USAC's Stock Car division in 1981, finishing third in points.[3] In the early 1980s, Schrader moved to the USAC series, competing in its various sprint car competitions. Schrader attempted to qualify for the 1983 Indianapolis 500 but wrecked his car in practice. In the USAC series, he won four USAC sprint car races, six Silver Crown races, 21 in USAC midgets, and 24 midget races in other divisions.

Schrader's 1985 Cup car

Schrader made his NASCAR debut in 1984 in the Cup series, leasing out the #64 Ford normally owned/driven by Elmo Langley. He ran his first race at Nashville, qualifying 27th and finishing nineteenth in a 30-car field. He ran four more races in the 64 that season, his best finish a seventeenth at North Wilkesboro Speedway. In 1985, he signed to drive the #90 Ultra Seal Ford for Junie Donlavey full-time. He had three tenth-place finishes and finished 16th in points, winning Rookie of the Year honors. In 1986, Red Baron Frozen Pizza became the team's new primary sponsor, and Schrader had four top-tens, including a best finish of seventh twice, and finished sixteenth in the standings in points for the second consecutive season. In 1987, Schrader won his first career pole at the TranSouth 500, where he led 19 laps and finished fifth, his first top-five. He had nine other top-tens and finished tenth in the final standings. He also made his Busch Series debut at North Carolina Speedway, finishing fifth in his own #45 Red Baron Ford at North Carolina Speedway.

1988–1996[edit]

In 1988, Schrader moved over to the #25 Folgers Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. In his first race, he won the pole for the Daytona 500, beginning a three-year streak in which he won the pole for that race. After failing to qualify for the following race and purchasing a racecar from Buddy Arrington, Schrader won his first career race at the Talladega DieHard 500, and finished fifth in the final standings. He won his second career Cup race the following season at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and finished fifth in the standings again. He also earned his first career Busch Series win at the Ames/Peak 200.

Kodiak became Schrader's sponsor in 1990. Although he failed to win, he collected three poles, and seven top-fives, dropping to tenth in points. In 1991, he got his third win at the Motorcraft Quality Parts 500, and his final win to date at Dover International Speedway. He had nine total top-five finishes and finished ninth in the final points standings. In 1992, he dropped to seventeenth in the standings after posting eleven top-tens. The following season, Schrader returned to ninth in the points and won a career-high six poles. He had his career-best points finish in 1994, when he finished fourth. He also won his most recent Busch race at Talladega.

In 1995, Budweiser became Schrader's primary sponsor. He won his final pole with Hendrick at Pocono Raceway and dropped back to seventeenth. He survived a horrifying crash in the DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. After he improved only to twelfth in the standings in 1996, Schrader left Hendrick Motorsports after a nine-year association with the team.

1997–2005[edit]

In 1997, Schrader was hired to drive the #33 Skoal Bandit Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Andy Petree Racing. He had eight top-tens and won two poles, finishing tenth in the standings, his most recent top-ten points finish. The following season, he posted three fourth-place finishes and won two poles over the last five races of the season. He won his final Cup pole at Talladega in 1999, but despite a fifteenth-place points run, Schrader failed to finish in the top-five all year long, and departed Petree.

He signed to drive the #36 M&M's Pontiac Grand Prix for MB2 Motorsports. In his first year of competition, Schrader had two top-tens and finished eighteenth in the standings. He posted five top-tens in 2001, but dropped to nineteenth in the standings. During the Daytona 500, he was collected in a final-lap crash where Dale Earnhardt lost his life, the image of Schrader peering into Earnhardt's car, only to jump back and frantically signal for assistance, is etched into the minds of many racing fans; his interview with Jeanne Zelasko during Fox Sports' postrace show was the first sign to many that something was terribly wrong with the seven-time Winston Cup Champion, as he appeared visibly shaken and, upon being asked if Earnhardt was okay, stated "I don't know, I'm not a doctor." In 2002, Schrader did not finish in the top-ten in a single race, the first time that happened since 1984. Following that season, he departed MB2.

Despite an original lack of sponsorship, Schrader was announced as the driver of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge Intrepid for 2003. Soon, 1-800-Call-ATT became the team's primary sponsor. One memorable moment from the season was early in a race at Pocono Raceway, when he spun around in Turn 1 and smacked the wall hard with the rear end of his car, flipped once, then came to rest on the apron of the track in flames. He was unhurt. At the Brickyard 400, Schrader's qualifying time was too slow (and the team was out of provisionals) to make the field, the first time since 1984 that Schrader had missed a Cup race. He DNQ-d three more times that season and fell to 36th in points. In 2004, Schrader's previous sponsor Schwan Food Company became BAM's new sponsor, and Schrader responded with a sixth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. He had three more top-tens the following season and matched his previous year's run of 31st in points.

2006–2007[edit]

Schrader's 2006 Motorcraft paint scheme (left)

In 2006, Schrader drove the #21 Little Debbie/Motorcraft/United States Air Force Ford for Wood Brothers Racing. In 2007, he ran a part-time schedule with the Wood Brothers, sharing the ride with rookie Jon Wood. After the team fell out of the top-35 in owner's points, Bill Elliott became their new driver until the team returned to the top 35. Schrader returned to BAM Racing at Indianapolis, and later regained his spot with the Wood Brothers beginning at Loudon, before being replaced again by Elliott late in the year. Schrader also drove seventeen races in the Craftsman Truck Series for Bobby Hamilton Racing in the #18 Fastenal Dodge Ram, earning two top-five finishes.

2008–present[edit]

2008 BAM racing racecar

Schrader returned to BAM Racing in 2008. However after making only 2 of the first 5 races, BAM Racing switched to Toyota. After the 6th race of the season at Martinsville, VA where Kenny qualified the new Microsoft Toyota in 7th place and finishing 37th, BAM Racing decided they needed to sit the next 2 races out in order to complete a fleet of the new Toyota cars. After the 2 weeks, it was announced that a primary sponsor had backed out of its deal, leaving BAM Racing and Kenny with no other option but to temporarily suspend operations. NASCAR.com reported on April 15, 2008 that the team may not return to racing until the fall. Schrader ran the race in a one-off at Talladega, AL on April 27, 2008 in the #70 Haas/CNC Chevy, sponsored by Hunt Brothers Pizza, qualifying a strong 3rd, but finishing 42nd due to motor problems.

Schrader qualified a fourth Richard Childress Racing entry into the Coca Cola 600 on May 25. He qualified the #33 Camping World sponsored Chevy in the 33rd position, and finished 33rd. Schrader signed a multi race deal in August that would allow him to share a seat with Joey Logano for Jeff Moorad (Hall of Fame Racing) in the #96 DLP HDTV Toyota in various races through the end of the year. It was later announced that he would split the 2009 Cup schedule with Phoenix Racing's #09 car alongside Brad Keselowski, Sterling Marlin, and Mike Bliss,[4] but never ran. He made two starts in the Truck Series for himself, and seven starts in the ARCA series with six top-tens in 2009.

Schrader started 14th and finished 14th in the Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on February 6, 2010 driving the #82 Red Bull Racing Toyota.[5] That same year, he qualified for Martinsville marking his first Cup points race since the November 2008 event at Phoenix International Raceway. Schrader finished 18th after starting 38th and leading seven laps for Latitude 43 Motorsports.

In 2011, Schrader ran a part-time Cup schedule for FAS Lane Racing. With 7 starts, Schrader posted a season best finish of 21st at Martinsville during the fall race. He ran thirteen races for the team in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012.[6] Schrader has also inked a deal to run at least 9 races in 2013 for FAS Lane Racing with Federated Auto Parts as the sponsor. Schrader ran in the Truck Series at the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.[7] In qualifying at Eldora, Schrader had a lap speed of 91.329 miles per hour (146.980 km/h), a track record, and clinched the pole, becoming the oldest pole winner in any NASCAR series at age 58.[8] He eventually finished 14th.[9]

On May 21, 2013, he became the oldest ARCA race winner.[10]

On October 27, 2013, Schrader announced that he would retire from NASCAR after the 2013 season;[11] he described it as "not retirement", but that there were "just no plans to come back"; he planned to continue competing in ARCA and dirt modified events.[12]

Despite his retirement, Schrader said he would drive an entry in the 2014 truck race at Eldora. While he was originally entered in Haas Racing's #00 truck, he instead drove his own #52 Federated Auto Parts truck. Schrader finished 4th; his best NASCAR finish in several years.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Schrader resides in Concord, North Carolina. He is married, to Ann,[13] and they have two children.

Motorsports career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1984 5 0 0 0 0 28.8 24.4 $16,425 53rd Langley Racing
1985 28 0 0 3 0 21.3 18.4 $211,522 16th Donlavey Racing
1986 29 0 0 4 0 23.5 19.5 $235,904 16th Donlavey Racing
1987 29 0 1 10 1 11.9 16.2 $375,918 10th Donlavey Racing
1988 29 1 4 17 2 9.7 11.7 $631,544 5th Hendrick Motorsports
1989 29 1 10 14 4 7.2 13.2 $1,037,941 5th Hendrick Motorsports
1990 29 0 7 14 3 9.7 15.0 $769,934 10th Hendrick Motorsports
1991 29 2 10 18 0 10.4 14.3 $772,434 9th Hendrick Motorsports
1992 29 0 4 11 1 12.3 16.2 $639,679 17th Hendrick Motorsports
1993 30 0 9 15 6 10.3 15.0 $952,748 9th Hendrick Motorsports
1994 31 0 9 18 0 14.2 12.4 $1,171,062 4th Hendrick Motorsports
1995 31 0 2 10 1 17.8 20.7 $886,566 17th Hendrick Motorsports
1996 31 0 3 10 0 16.2 17.2 $1,089,603 12th Hendrick Motorsports
1997 32 0 2 8 2 14.1 17.8 $1,355,292 10th Andy Petree Racing
1998 33 0 3 11 2 17.2 17.9 $1,887,399 12th Andy Petree Racing
1999 34 0 0 6 1 15.0 20.6 $1,939,147 15th Andy Petree Racing
2000 34 0 0 2 0 23.2 21.3 $1,711,476 18th MB2 Motorsports
2001 36 0 0 5 0 22.8 22.3 $2,418,181 19th MB2 Motorsports
2002 36 0 0 0 0 24.2 27.0 $2,460,140 30th MB2 Motorsports
2003 32 0 0 2 0 29.7 28.8 $2,007,424 36th BAM Racing
2004 36 0 0 1 0 29.7 26.6 $2,666,592 31st BAM Racing
2005 36 0 0 3 0 30.1 25.3 $3,057,533 31st BAM Racing
2006 36 0 0 2 0 25.6 26.2 $4,130,883 31st Wood Brothers Racing
2007 13 0 0 0 0 27.2 30.7 $1,519,346 49th Wood Brothers Racing
BAM Racing
2008 15 0 0 0 0 29.8 31.3 $1,366,539 43rd BAM Racing
Haas CNC Racing
Richard Childress Racing
Hall of Fame Racing
2010 1 0 0 0 0 38.0 18.0 $119,059 65th Latitude 43 Motorsports
2011 7 0 0 0 0 39.0 28.4 $605,615 38th FAS Lane Racing
2012 13 0 0 0 0 39.5 32.8 $1,192,015 40th FAS Lane Racing
2013 10 0 0 0 0 ? ? $852,106 39th FAS Lane Racing

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1987 1 0 1 1 0 21.0 5.0 $1,825 83rd Ken Schrader Racing
1988 10 0 2 3 0 16.3 20.1 $45,175 33rd Ken Schrader Racing
1989 11 1 1 6 1 14.3 17.6 $27,577 32nd Ken Schrader Racing
Hendrick Motorsports
1990 11 0 1 2 0 20.2 24.1 $22,860 37th Ken Schrader Racing
1991 10 0 4 5 0 14.0 16.3 $57,345 35th Ken Schrader Racing
Darrell Waltrip Motorsports
1992 10 0 2 6 0 18.8 11.9 $48,352 29th Ken Schrader Racing
Ernie Irvan Racing
1993 9 0 2 3 1 9.0 15.8 $65,628 35th Ken Schrader Racing
1994 10 1 3 3 0 20.5 18.2 $68,700 38th Ken Schrader Racing
1995 9 0 2 4 0 25.8 18.8 $66,605 40th Ken Schrader Racing
1998 10 0 0 3 0 20.7 22.0 $68,920 46th Andy Petree Racing
1999 12 0 0 3 3 12.1 19.8 $148,480 42nd Andy Petree Racing
2000 1 0 0 0 0 38.0 43.0 $15,000 117th Team Amick Motorsports
2001 1 0 0 0 0 11.0 39.0 $13,320 139th Ken Schrader Racing
2002 2 0 0 0 0 27.5 38.0 $31,000 98th Ken Schrader Racing
2006 8 0 0 0 0 21.5 26.8 $197,127 59th Brewco Motorsports
2010 1 0 0 0 0 21.0 25.0 $26,193 120th RAB Racing

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1995 7 1 3 3 0 8.3 16.7 $50,030 29th Ken Schrader Racing
1996 4 0 0 2 0 12.2 16.0 $29,250 46th Ken Schrader Racing
Darrell Waltrip Motorsports
1997 2 0 0 1 0 10.0 12.0 $21,125 69th Ken Schrader Racing
A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1999 1 0 0 0 0 11.0 36.0 $6,490 120th Ken Schrader Racing
2000 5 0 1 3 0 10.4 10.0 $52,595 35th Ken Schrader Racing
2001 8 0 1 5 0 12.4 11.5 $90,670 28th Ken Schrader Racing
2002 8 0 0 3 0 13.9 20.9 $64,010 27th Ken Schrader Racing
2003 11 0 0 3 0 13.6 15.7 $99,665 23rd Ken Schrader Racing
2004 12 0 1 4 1 17.3 18.6 $103,797 28th Ken Schrader Racing
2005 10 0 0 1 0 23.5 20.6 $82,348 31st Ken Schrader Racing
Darrell Waltrip Motorsports
2007 17 0 2 3 0 20.6 17.2 $245,584 19th Bobby Hamilton Racing
2008 3 0 1 1 0 25.7 16.7 $29,530 51st Ken Schrader Racing
2009 2 0 0 1 0 17.5 13.0 $18,935 60th Ken Schrader Racing
2010 9 0 2 6 0 10.9 12.7 $122,635 25th Ken Schrader Racing
Kevin Harvick Inc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Macon Speedway Under New Ownersh
  2. ^ Ken Schrader Career Statistics
  3. ^ a b "USAC Stock Car Championship History", ultimateracinghistory.com. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
  4. ^ 96 Team page at Jayski.com retrieved Aug-28-08.
  5. ^ Team Release (2010-01-07). "Schrader to run Red Bull's No. 82 in 2010 Shootout – Jan 7, 2010". Nascar.Com. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Ken Schrader: Part-Time Schedule Forming". RotoWire.com. Yahoo! Sports. January 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  7. ^ Caraviello, David (2013-07-22). "Track conditions may decide who wins Eldora". NASCAR. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (2013-07-24). "Schrader oldest pole winner in NASCAR series". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  9. ^ "2013 Inaugural Mudsummer Classic Results". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  10. ^ http://espn.go.com/racing/story/_/id/9293226/ken-schrader-becomes-oldest-arca-series-winner
  11. ^ DiZinno, Tony (2013-10-28). "NASCAR notes: McDowell switches teams, Schrader to retire from Cup". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  12. ^ Roberts, Ken (November 17, 2013). "Checkered flag looms for Ken Schrader's long Cup series racing career". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, MO. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  13. ^ Kekis, John (August 16, 2001). "Devoted to Driving". Rome News-Tribune (Rome, GA). p. 4B. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Rusty Wallace
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
1985
Succeeded by
Alan Kulwicki