Ken Schrader Enters Salem ARCA RE/MAX Series Race SALEM IN (3-21-08) -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader has filed an entry for the April 13th running of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts at...
Ken Schrader Enters Salem ARCA RE/MAX Series Race
SALEM IN (3-21-08) -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader has filed an entry for the April 13th running of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts at Salem Speedway. The event will mark his 47th career ARCA RE/MAX Series start.
Although the Fenton, Missouri native has 15 career ARCA RE/MAX Series victories over the years, only one of his wins came at Salem, and that was nearly 10 years ago in the fall of 1999.
"Anyone who thinks they can just drop in on an ARCA race and clean up, had better re-think that one," said Schrader. "It's flat tough to win over there....not just because of Frank (Kimmel), but because of the other 60 teams you need to concern yourself with. Missing qualifying on Saturday won't help either."
Schrader will be competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix Int'l Raceway the day before. As a result, he'll miss SIM Factory Pole Award Qualifying Saturday at Salem, and start from the tail-end for the start of the race on Sunday.
"We had to do the same thing there last year. It took us all day to gain track position. We busted our tails all day and ended up fifth. There was a time when you could pick your way through an ARCA field, but not anymore. It's hard enough to stay on the lead lap at Salem, let alone win there.
"But we'll give it our best. We love the track, and we love the series. The competition is more intense than many people realize."
In all, Schrader has 15 career ARCA RE/MAX Series wins, 13 SIM Factory Pole Awards, 31 top-5 finishes and 35 top-10s.
Not only will Schrader have to battle from the rear of the field, he'll also have to battle the likes of eight-time Salem winner Frank Kimmel, the most recent Salem winner Justin Allgaier, Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Formula 1 veteran Scott Speed, five-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart, Dexter Bean, Matt Carter, Ken Butler, III and Tom Hessert, III.
The race will mark the 83rd appearance of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Salem since 1955. In fact, no track has appeared more on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule over the years than Salem.
Past RE/MAX Series winners at Salem include NASCAR Cup champion Bobby Allison, six-time ARCA national champ Iggy Katona, three-time series champs Jack Bowsher and Tim Steele, '52 Indy 500 winner Troy Ruttman and USAC stock car veteran/champion Don White. 27 RE/MAX Series races have been won from the pole at Salem.