ON THE ROAD AGAIN WITH THE SCHRADERS Concord, N.C. -- In the hustle and bustle of NASCAR Winston Cup racing, an off week of racing is typically spent relaxing at home. But Ken and Ann Schrader don't do much of that. They spend the majority of...
ON THE ROAD AGAIN WITH THE SCHRADERS
Concord, N.C. -- In the hustle and bustle of NASCAR Winston Cup racing, an off week of racing is typically spent relaxing at home. But Ken and Ann Schrader don't do much of that. They spend the majority of their spare time on the road, and it will be no different the week following the California 500 at California Speedway.
The Schraders' road trip for the week...the 1999 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.
"Last year was our first year riding on the charity ride and we absolutely loved every minute of it," said Schrader, driver of the No. 33 Skoal Racing Monte Carlo. "The weather was terrible. We rode through rain, sleet and snow, but still had the time of our lives. We decided that we would continue to participate in the ride. We figured that it was for charity and it was also a lot of fun."
Last year the Schraders shared the seat on their Honda Goldwing, but this year Ann decided to take a shot at the controls. She enjoyed the ride so much that she got her motorcycle license and a bike of her own.
"I couldn't believe how much fun it was," admitted Ann Schrader. "I thought it would be boring riding 300-400 miles a day, but it actually went by very quickly and the scenery was incredible. I told Kenny that I was going to make sure I could drive my own bike in this year's ride."
True to her word, Ann enrolled in the North Carolina Motorcycle Rider Course offered through Central Piedmont Community College of North Carolina. Without surprise, she passed her course with flying colors and received her motorcycle license.
"Once I got my license, Kenny ordered a Honda Shadow 750 for me," said Ann. "We picked up the motorcycle and I have been riding it around town with my instructor getting ready for the big ride. A couple of weeks ago, Gina Pressley (wife of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Robert Pressley) and I rode our motorcycles to Bristol. It was truly a lot of fun."
While Ann is spending her free time practicing on her sharp, new Honda Shadow, Kenny is geared up and ready to roll.
"I have been looking forward to this trip since last year's ride," said Schrader. "I am just disappointed I can't ride the entire trip."
Schrader will have to make an early departure from the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America to test his No. 33 Skoal Racing Monte Carlo at Lowe's Motor Speedway in preparation for the Winston and Coca-Cola 600. Ann will head back to Charlotte with Ken, but they will travel approximately 1,000 miles before they depart.
So when the caravan of over 200 people leave the California Speedway on May 2, Ken and Ann Schrader will be ready to take to the pavement with their motorcycles for a little quality time together on the open road.