Concord, N.C. --- Ken Schrader Racing has a lot of starts under its belt at Heartland Park Topeka. Ken Schrader drove in the track's very first stock car race and liked the track so much that he's found a way to send his team there every year for the past nine seasons. Scott Hansen, driver of the No. 52 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet, will be the latest member of Ken Schrader Racing to take the green flag at the 2.1-mile road course when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visits Kansas on August 28th.
"Heartland Park Topeka is a very special place for us," said Ken Schrader, owner of the No. 52 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "Its smooth surface and well planned design makes for really good racing. I have enjoyed the opportunities the track has provided us and feel fortunate to be racing there for the ninth consecutive year."
Schrader jumped at the opportunity to race along side Dale Earnhardt in the very first stock car race at Topeka in August of 1991. It was an ARCA race and Schrader went on to win the inaugural event as well as capture the pole. Schrader's next outing at the Kansas track came the following year when he once again won the pole in an ARCA car.
ASA came to Topeka in 1993 and Schrader was on the course again. Schrader finished sixth that year then repeated that performance in 1994, also earning a sixth-place finish.
Ken Schrader Racing was once again part of history at Topeka as the team competed in the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event in 1995. Darrell Waltrip piloted the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish.
Schrader pulled double duty at Topeka in 1996, wheeling an entry in both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the inaugural Slim Jim All Pro event. Schrader finished seventh in the truck and got the pole in the All Pro car.
Mike Wallace took over the wheel of the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry and competed at the truck series events there in 1997 and 1998. In addition, Schrader competed at Heartland Park Topeka last year for the Winston West event.
All together, Ken Schrader Racing has ten starts in eight years at Topeka. But in 1999, Hansen gets driving privileges for the Oakwood Homes Racing team this year at Topeka. Hansen is no stranger to the track where he won the inaugural ASA event in 1993, six spots ahead of his current owner. "The win at Topeka was one of the most memorable wins of my career," Hansen said. "I was victorious against some fierce competitors such as Ken Schrader, Mark Martin, Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip and Johnny Benson. It feels great when you can beat competitors that are as accomplished as they are."