Ken Schrader Returns to 'The Rock' ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (April 8, 2009) -- Ken Schrader has narrowly missed driving into Rockingham Speedway's Victory Lane on several occasions but he will be back in just over a week to try once again. During the...
Ken Schrader Returns to 'The Rock'
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (April 8, 2009) -- Ken Schrader has narrowly missed driving into Rockingham Speedway's Victory Lane on several occasions but he will be back in just over a week to try once again.
During the 2008 Carolina 200, Schrader led the race with only five laps left in the race only to get passed by Joey Logano who was the most dominant car of the day and also happened to have fresh tires.
"I always did like it [racing at Rockingham] just because of the way the track would work on the tires and to do well you really had to use your foot there a lot," said Schrader.
During the 1991 running of the Cup race at Rockingham, Schrader was leading until a caution came out with 10-laps to go in the race. At the time, NASCAR was trying some different pit road rules to make pit road safer, but it meant Schrader could not pit with the first group of cars and came out of the pits behind eventual winner, Kyle Petty.
"I was leading and the yellow came out and it was when they had you come in at different times and they divided the field up by which yellow you could come in," said Schrader. "We lost the race on that late yellow and we ran second but I just always really liked the place."
This year's Carolina 200 will have extra meaning to Schrader as he not only tries to get his elusive win at the track but every lap he makes he will be driving by the turn-four grandstand which has been renamed the Ken Schrader Grandstand.
"I am honored but a little bit surprised," said Schrader. t just means "Iyou are getting old, I guess."
Carolina 200 race weekend kicks off on Friday April 17th with Thunderfest in downtown Rockingham from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. There will be a hauler parade through downtown Rockingham at noon on Friday for the day-long celebration as well as most of the drivers signing autographs at 6:00 p.m.
On track activities begin Friday as well with UARA practice and qualifying. Saturday April 18th will feature the UARA race and practice and qualifying for the ARCA cars. The Carolina 200 is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday April 19th.
Reserved seat tickets for the Carolina 200 start at $20 with kids 12 and under admitted for only $15 in any section with paid adult but with the Buy For Sunday, Bonus For Saturday ticket promotion that runs until April 10th, fans will receive a free UARA race ticket.
After April 10th, tickets for the UARA race and ARCA practice and qualifying are only $15 in advance or $20 the day of the race with kids 12 and under free with a paid adult for general admission seating. Friday is free grandstand admission for everyone.
For more information about the Carolina 200 or to order tickets, please contact the speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit our website at www.rockinghamspeedway.com.