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Springfield, IL August 8, 2007-NASCAR Nextel Cup Star Ken Schrader added his name to a growing entry list of stellar drivers today for the 45th running of the Allen Crowe 100 Automobile Club of America RE/MAX Stock Car Series event August 19 at...

Springfield, IL August 8, 2007-NASCAR Nextel Cup Star Ken Schrader added his name to a growing entry list of stellar drivers today for the 45th running of the Allen Crowe 100 Automobile Club of America RE/MAX Stock Car Series event August 19 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Schrader is a fan favorite in Central Illinois having run many times at the Illinois State Fair mile and the now defunct "Little" Springfield Speedway and is part owner of the Macon Speedway just south of Decatur. The popular driver has aligned himself with a popular Central Illinois race team and if they can find victory lane the celebration could rival that of the 2006 race.

Schrader will be driving for the Normal, Illinois based Bill Hendren team in the Hendren Motorsports Ford as a substitute for Mokena, Illinois veteran Bob Strait who was injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. The Hendren team is familiar to many in the area having competed in USAC Stock Car competition in the early 1970's and fielding cars for many years for popular El Paso, Illinois native Ken Rowley. Together Hendren and Rowley won the 1974 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year title and narrowly missed winning the 1993 Allen Crowe 100. Hendren owned cars have one pole position at Springfield and have led over 100 laps of stock car competition on the 'World's Fastest One Mile Dirt Track'.

Schrader is one of at least four former Allen Crowe 100 winners on the preliminary ARCA RE/MAX entry list with Schrader's lone 100-mile Springfield triumph coming in the 1998 race. He joins defending winner Justin Allgaier, two-time winner Bill Baird and five time winner Frank Kimmel in search of another Springfield victory. Schrader owns two ARCA pole positions at Springfield, won the 1984 Rex Easton Memorial Midget race at the Illinois State Fair as well as a UMP Modified race in 1998 making the 52 year old Fenton, Missouri native the only man to ever win in three different types of race cars on the Springfield Mile.

In addition to his 1998 Allen Crowe 100 win and two ARCA pole positions (1997-98) the 1982 USAC Silver Crown Champion and 1983 USAC Sprint Car champion has led three times at the Springfield Mile in stock car competition for a total of 89 laps, 79 of them coming in ARCA competition. Schrader is also one of ten men in motorsports history to post a stock car win on each of the "Big 3" fairground miles of the Midwest, winning at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the ARCA Hoosier Lottery 100 in 1994, the Allen Crowe 100 in 1998 and the Southern Illinois 100 at DuQuoin last year.

Schrader joins an entry list that is beginning to overflow with open wheel racing stars. Schrader himself has 4 USAC Sprint wins, 6 USAC Silver Crown wins and 21 in the USAC Midget division. 1998 USAC Silver Crown champion and 2002 Hoosier Hundred winner Jason Leffler is on the entry list, 2006 Hoosier Hundred winner, 2006 USAC Sprint, 2005 USAC Midget champ and former Springfield USAC track record holder Josh Wise is also entered while Allgaier has extensive midget and Silver Crown experience. Schrader is just one of two drivers with a national open wheel championship to post a victory in the Allen Crowe 100, the other coming at the hands of A.J. Foyt in 1979.

The 45th Allen Crowe 100 is slated for Sunday August 19, tickets are now on sale at the Illinois State Fair Box Office, Ticketmaster or Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200.

-credit: isf

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Series ARCA
Drivers Jason Leffler , Ken Schrader , Frank Kimmel , Josh Wise , Justin Allgaier , Bill Baird , A.J. Foyt