BUSCH: Ken Schrader To run Gateway Busch Race

ST. LOUIS, Mo. --- Ken Schrader will return to St. Louis, Mo., for the Gateway 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at Gateway International Raceway on July 31, 1999. He will pilot the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet owned by Andy Petree Racing. "I...

ST. LOUIS, Mo. --- Ken Schrader will return to St. Louis, Mo., for the Gateway 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at Gateway International Raceway on July 31, 1999. He will pilot the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet owned by Andy Petree Racing. "I am really looking forward to returning home," said Schrader. "My career started in St. Louis, and there is nothing like going back home to race. My mom still lives here and we promote I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., so we like to come back whenever we have a chance. We were supposed to run the Oakwood Homes car at Gateway last year, but we had to cancel our trip because of the postponement of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona." Schrader's career started by racing modifieds, stock cars, midgets and sprint cars at tracks like DuQuoin (Ill.), Springfield (Mo.), and Terre Haute (Ind.). Schrader's father Bill was an accomplished short track racer in the mid-west. "My earliest memories as a child are those of a race car and my father in St. Louis," said Schrader. "My daddy had an old go-kart in our backyard tied to a cable, which was tied to a post. My mom would put me in that go-kart and I'd go around in circles until I ran out of gas. Then they'd fill it up and I'd go some more. I've been going around in circles ever since. Racing is all I have ever done, so I don't know what I would be doing if my dad hadn't been a racer." "I was always around racing because my dad raced modifieds and late models. He eventually quit racing and became a track official and I just started racing when I turned 16. My first race was the day after my 16th birthday on May 30, 1971. It was a hobby division race at Lakeville Speedway in Valley Park, Mo. I wasn't able to run the first four races that year because I wasn't 16 yet, so my daddy and one of his friends ran the car the first four weeks of the season. They ran the car and won, so I figured I'd better also. My first race we had a great car, and I won the feature. We won the championship that year." Although Schrader has never actually competed at Gateway International Raceway, he runs several races in the mid-west every year. "Between Winston Cup, Busch, Winston West and numerous dirt track events, I run approximately 85 races a year," said Schrader. "I am looking forward to the opportunity to run at Gateway. Almost anytime I have a chance to run near home, I take it. It will be especially exciting getting to run with my Busch Series team there."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ken Schrader , Andy Petree