Ken Schrader

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Ken Schrader
KenSchraderTexas2007.jpg
Schrader in 2007
Born(1955-05-29) May 29, 1955 (age 58)
Fenton, Missouri, United States
Achievements1982 USAC Silver Crown Champion
1983 USAC Sprint Car Champion
1989, 1990 Busch Clash Winner
1988, 1989, 1990 Daytona 500 pole winner
Awards1985 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
1980 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year
National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Sportsman Award (2009)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
756 race(s) run over 29 year(s)
Car no., teamNo. 32 (FAS Lane Racing)
2012 position40th
Best finish4th (1994)
First race1984 Pepsi 420 (Nashville)
Last race2013 STP Gas Booster 500 (Martinsville)
First win1988 Talladega DieHard 500 (Talladega)
Last win1991 Budweiser 500 (Dover)
WinsTop tensPoles
418423
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
116 race(s) run over 17 year(s)
Best finish29th (1992)
First race1987 AC-Delco 200 (Rockingham)
Last race2010 Subway Jalapeño 250 (Daytona)
First win1989 Ames/Peak 200 (Dover)
Last win1994 Fram Filter 500K (Talladega)
WinsTop tensPoles
2395
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
99 race(s) run over 14 year(s)
Truck no., teamNo. 52 (Ken Schrader Racing)
Best finish19th (2007)
First race1995 Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race2010 Mountain Dew 250 (Talladega)
First win1995 Scott Irvan Chevy 200 (Saugus)
WinsTop tensPoles
1361
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best finish67th (2002)
First race2002 Canada Day Shootout (Hamilton)
Last race2002 Canada Day Shootout (Hamilton)
WinsTop tensPoles
010
Statistics current as of April 20, 2013.
 
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Ken Schrader
KenSchraderTexas2007.jpg
Schrader in 2007
Born(1955-05-29) May 29, 1955 (age 58)
Fenton, Missouri, United States
Achievements1982 USAC Silver Crown Champion
1983 USAC Sprint Car Champion
1989, 1990 Busch Clash Winner
1988, 1989, 1990 Daytona 500 pole winner
Awards1985 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
1980 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year
National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Sportsman Award (2009)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
756 race(s) run over 29 year(s)
Car no., teamNo. 32 (FAS Lane Racing)
2012 position40th
Best finish4th (1994)
First race1984 Pepsi 420 (Nashville)
Last race2013 STP Gas Booster 500 (Martinsville)
First win1988 Talladega DieHard 500 (Talladega)
Last win1991 Budweiser 500 (Dover)
WinsTop tensPoles
418423
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
116 race(s) run over 17 year(s)
Best finish29th (1992)
First race1987 AC-Delco 200 (Rockingham)
Last race2010 Subway Jalapeño 250 (Daytona)
First win1989 Ames/Peak 200 (Dover)
Last win1994 Fram Filter 500K (Talladega)
WinsTop tensPoles
2395
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
99 race(s) run over 14 year(s)
Truck no., teamNo. 52 (Ken Schrader Racing)
Best finish19th (2007)
First race1995 Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race2010 Mountain Dew 250 (Talladega)
First win1995 Scott Irvan Chevy 200 (Saugus)
WinsTop tensPoles
1361
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best finish67th (2002)
First race2002 Canada Day Shootout (Hamilton)
Last race2002 Canada Day Shootout (Hamilton)
WinsTop tensPoles
010
Statistics current as of April 20, 2013.
Schrader putting on his HANS device

Kenneth "Ken" Schrader (born May 29, 1955, in Fenton, Missouri)[1] 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 and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He occasionally appeared as a television analyst on This Week in NASCAR on the Speed Channel. Schrader is also a reporter for ESPN's NASCAR Now. He is a first cousin once removed of fellow NASCAR driver Carl Edwards.

Despite having a full-time NASCAR ride for over twenty years, Schrader frequently races at local tracks between NASCAR and ARCA races. 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.[2]

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.

Schrader is married to Ann Schrader and they have two children, Dorothy and Sheldon. The family currently resides in Concord, North Carolina.

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Beginnings[edit]

Ken Schrader began his racing career in Missouri. Schrader was the sportsmens champ in 1971 at Lake Hill Speedway in Valley Park Mo. 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, Ken 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] Ken has also inked a deal to run at least 9 races in 2013 for FAS Lane Racing with Federated Auto Parts as the sponsor.

Career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

YearStartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesAvg. StartAvg. FinishWinningsPositionTeam(s)
19845000028.824.4$16,42553rdLangley Racing
198528003021.318.4$211,52216thDonlavey Racing
198629004023.519.5$235,90416thDonlavey Racing
1987290110111.916.2$375,91810thDonlavey Racing
198829141729.711.7$631,5445thHendrick Motorsports
1989291101447.213.2$1,037,9415thHendrick Motorsports
199029071439.715.0$769,93410thHendrick Motorsports
19912921018010.414.3$772,4349thHendrick Motorsports
1992290411112.316.2$639,67917thHendrick Motorsports
1993300915610.315.0$952,7489thHendrick Motorsports
1994310918014.212.4$1,171,0624thHendrick Motorsports
1995310210117.820.7$886,56617thHendrick Motorsports
1996310310016.217.2$1,089,60312thHendrick Motorsports
199732028214.117.8$1,355,29210thAndy Petree Racing
1998330311217.217.9$1,887,39912thAndy Petree Racing
199934006115.020.6$1,939,14715thAndy Petree Racing
200034002023.221.3$1,711,47618thMB2 Motorsports
200136005022.822.3$2,418,18119thMB2 Motorsports
200236000024.227.0$2,460,14030thMB2 Motorsports
200332002029.728.8$2,007,42436thBAM Racing
200436001029.726.6$2,666,59231stBAM Racing
200536003030.125.3$3,057,53331stBAM Racing
200636002025.626.2$4,130,88331stWood Brothers Racing
200713000027.230.7$1,519,34649thWood Brothers Racing
BAM Racing
200815000029.831.3$1,366,53943rdBAM Racing
Haas CNC Racing
Richard Childress Racing
Hall of Fame Racing
20101000038.018.0$119,05965thLatitude 43 Motorsports
20117000039.028.4$605,61538thFAS Lane Racing
201213000039.532.8$1,192,01540thFAS Lane Racing

2013* 1 0 0 0 0 36 32  ? 41st

FAS Lane Racing

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

YearStartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesAvg. StartAvg. FinishWinningsPositionTeam(s)
19871011021.05.0$1,82583rdKen Schrader Racing
198810023016.320.1$45,17533rdKen Schrader Racing
198911116114.317.6$27,57732ndKen Schrader Racing
Hendrick Motorsports
199011012020.224.1$22,86037thKen Schrader Racing
199110045014.016.3$57,34535thKen Schrader Racing
Darrell Waltrip Motorsports
199210026018.811.9$48,35229thKen Schrader Racing
Ernie Irvan Racing
1993902319.015.8$65,62835thKen Schrader Racing
199410133020.518.2$68,70038thKen Schrader Racing
19959024025.818.8$66,60540thKen Schrader Racing
199810003020.722.0$68,92046thAndy Petree Racing
199912003312.119.8$148,48042ndAndy Petree Racing
20001000038.043.0$15,000117thTeam Amick Motorsports
20011000011.039.0$13,320139thKen Schrader Racing
20022000027.538.0$31,00098thKen Schrader Racing
20068000021.526.8$197,12759thBrewco Motorsports
20101000021.025.0$26,193120thRAB Racing

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit]

YearStartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesAvg. StartAvg. FinishWinningsPositionTeam(s)
1995713308.316.7$50,03029thKen Schrader Racing
19964002012.216.0$29,25046thKen Schrader Racing
Darrell Waltrip Motorsports
19972001010.012.0$21,12569thKen Schrader Racing
A.J. Foyt Enterprises
19991000011.036.0$6,490120thKen Schrader Racing
20005013010.410.0$52,59535thKen Schrader Racing
20018015012.411.5$90,67028thKen Schrader Racing
20028003013.920.9$64,01027thKen Schrader Racing
200311003013.615.7$99,66523rdKen Schrader Racing
200412014117.318.6$103,79728thKen Schrader Racing
200510001023.520.6$82,34831stKen Schrader Racing
Darrell Waltrip Motorsports
200717023020.617.2$245,58419thBobby Hamilton Racing
20083011025.716.7$29,53051stKen Schrader Racing
20092001017.513.0$18,93560thKen Schrader Racing
20109026010.912.7$122,63525thKen Schrader Racing
Kevin Harvick Inc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ken Schrader Career Statistics
  2. ^ Macon Speedway Under New Ownersh
  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. 

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