February 4th, 2006
KIRKWOOD, NY - Ken Schrader has a score to settle.
Some 16 seasons ago, the Fenton, Mo., native invaded Five Mile Point Speedway and almost landed in the historic quarter-mile oval's Victory Lane.
Emphasis on almost. On that 1990 evening, "Irish" Joe Donahue Jr. outdueled Schrader in a Modified feature event. Driving a back-up Chuck Akulis car, Schrader came up one spot short when the checkered waved.
This summer he'll be back to do one better.
Five Mile Point owner/promoter and Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour administrative director Andrew Harpell confirmed that Schrader would return to FMP on Wed., Aug. 9 for a 75-lap RoC Dirt Modified Tour South Region event.
Schrader will strap into a big-block Modified for the evening. He'll also be available for a "meet and greet" session.
"Ken Schrader is a talented racer, but all around he is a great guy," Harpell said, adding that Schrader also competed at FMP in a USAC Midget during the 1980s. "I know the last time he was at Five Mile, he ran a line that nobody else used, all the way around the top of the track.
"To him it was common sense; no one else was up there."
A regular on the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit since 1984, Schrader has amassed over 640 starts, $25 million in earnings, four victories and 23 poles. Schrader has been victorious in every division he's attempted over the years; he's won on everything from quarter-mile dirt tracks to road courses to 2.66-mile superspeedways.
For the 2006 season, Schrader will compete on NASCAR's top circuit for the famed Wood Bros. in the No. 21 Ford Fusion.
He's known as a true "racer's racer," competing in over 90 events per year at 50 years of age.
Schrader, who owns I-55 Speedway in Pevely, Mo., loves to race; he has since his days as a three-year-old when his dad Bill tied a cable to his go-kart and a post in the backyard of their Midwestern home. Schrader would go around in circles until the go-kart ran out of gas.
"I want to spend my time racing," Schrader said on his website, www.schraderracing.com. "It's not only my job, but it's also my hobby. I love the time that I get to spend behind the wheel, and as long as I can, I'm going to race whenever I get the chance."
More information on Five Mile Point Speedway can be obtained by calling the track office at (607) 775-5555 or visiting the website: www.fivemilepointspeedway.net. The official website of the RoC Dirt Tour is www.rocdirt.com.