Schrader Racing goes "home" to Nazareth NAZARETH, Pa. (July 6, 1998) When the No 52 Purolator PureONE Chevrolet racing team leaves for Nazareth Speedway this week for Sunday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series NAPA AutoCare 200, it will be like...
Schrader Racing goes "home" to Nazareth
NAZARETH, Pa. (July 6, 1998) When the No 52 Purolator PureONE Chevrolet racing team leaves for Nazareth Speedway this week for Sunday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series NAPA AutoCare 200, it will be like going home for more than half the team.
Tim Kohuth, crew chief for the No. 52 Chevrolet, grew up around racing in Allentown. Kohuth began racing Late Models at Dorney Park Speedway where he was the owner and crew chief for everything he raced. This is where he built his strong ability to lead and delegate, two valuable skills for a crew chief. Kohuth also raced at Nazareth; Evergreen Raceway in St. Johns, Pa.; and Grandview Speedway in Bechelsville, Pa.
In 1985, Kohuth moved to Richmond, Va., to work for Junie Donlavey and driver Ken Schrader. Kohuth was the only full-time employee at the time and Schrader realized just how valuable he was. Schrader asked Kohuth to work for him at Ken Schrader Racing. Kohuth has built many different types of machines at Ken Schrader Racing, including racers for the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series and American Speed Association.
Most recently, Kohuth is overseeing production of race trucks for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with driver Mike Wallace.
When Kohuth travels to Nazareth, he doesn't stay in a motel, he stays with his family in Emmaus, Pa.
Donald "Huffy" Hoffman, mechanic and gas man on the No. 52 Chevrolet team, was born and raised in Wescosville, Pa., a small town near Allentown. Hoffman, oldest of three brothers, began racing Late Models in 1978 at Dorney Park Speedway, just outside of Allentown. Hoffman graduated to driving sprint cars and then to the four-cylinder division at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa. Hoffman made the move to Ken Schrader Racing in 1993 and has been there ever since.
Dale Hoffman, truck driver and gas catch can man on the crew, is the younger brother of Donald. Dale began racing with his two brothers in 1978. The three of them would do everything to prepare for the races each week. The youngest Hoffman would travel to the races part-time from 1993-96 on a volunteer basis.
"It was the Atlanta race in the fall," Dale said. "Ken Schrader offered me a job to come work full-time for him. I moved down in January of 1997."
Charlene Hoffman, manager of the Ken Schrader Fan Club and scorer for the team, followed her husband in May of 1997. Charlene was born and raised in Walnutport, Pa., a small town near Allentown. Charlene grew up around racing. She can remember her father and uncle racing since when she was five years old. Charlene was also a regular face at Dorney Park Speedway and Mahoning Valley Speedway. Charlene met Dale in August of 1990 and married him in August of 1993.
Walter "Wally" Brown Jr. is the most recent Pennsylvania migrant to Schrader Racing. Wally is the engineer for the No. 52 Chevrolet. Wally grew up in Bethlehem, Pa., and graduated from Widener College in Chester, Pa. After he graduated from college, Brown spent about three years racing at various tracks including Grandview Speedway, Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, Pa., Penn National Speedway. His fourth and last year as a driver was spent driving asphalt late models at Clearfield (Pa.) Mountain Speedway. It was in June of 1997 that Brown was offered a job at Schrader Racing. When Brown travels back to Nazareth he will stay with his sister who lives only a few miles from the track.
The No. 52 crew travels from coast to coast to compete. When you ask the team about traveling to Pennsylvania to race, you can see in their faces the excitement of returning home.
Hometown racing has always carried a certain pride for racers and is one of those topics that they could tell you stories about all night. That's the feeling for these Pennsylvania racers on the No. 52 team.
Source: NASCAR Online