Kyle Fowler to Make Camping World East Debut with Schrader Racing at Tri-County; 16-Year-Old Making Next Step in Racing Career With Proven Team at a New Track CONCORD, NC (April 21, 2009) -- After numerous victories and championships in ...
Kyle Fowler to Make Camping World East Debut with Schrader Racing at Tri-County; 16-Year-Old Making Next Step in Racing Career With Proven Team at a New Track
CONCORD, NC (April 21, 2009) -- After numerous victories and championships in Quarter Midgets, Bandoleros, Legends Cars and, more recently, Late Models in the Southeast, 16-year-old Smyrna, Georgia, native Kyle Fowler is set to take the next step in his young racing career. Fowler will make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Series East on Saturday, April 25th, at Tri-County Motor Speedway in North Carolina in the #52 Chevrolet prepared by Ken Schrader Racing of Concord, North Carolina.
"I just can't believe the way things fell into place for this deal," said Fowler. "Mr. Schrader runs Hendrick equipment, so it can't get any better than that. He definitely has a lot of experience, but unfortunately he's not going to be able to be there this weekend for that race, but he told me I could give him a call if I need anything. It's going to be great being able to rely on the advice of a veteran like Mr. Schrader. They have a bunch of knowledgable people in the shop like Mike Fritts, the Crew Chief, who are going to help us out this weekend. We've got a lot of good people in place, and I think it's going to be a good deal."
Fowler made a name for himself racing in the Pro Late Model tours throughout the Southeast, but after the 2008 season, he and his family began to look at options for the young racer's career. That path led them towards the Camping World East Series and also led Fowler towards his Tri-County debut.
"We approached NASCAR about registering a number for the Camping World East Series over the winter and we wanted to register the number I've always run, #4. It turned out that Mr. Schrader owned the #4 last year when Ricky Carmichael was driving for him. They said they wouldn't mind giving the number up, but then after a few days Mr. Schrader decided he'd like to keep that number after all. He called us back and was wondering if we'd be willing to give it back to him.
"We're only going to be able to run one or two races, depending on sponsorship, anyway, so we were willing to do it. That made Mr. Schrader happy and he told me if I ever needed anything to give him a call.
"One day after school I decided to give him a call and ask him if he had anybody in a second car for Tri-County. He said no, so I asked if I could drive it for him. I sent some stats and info to him and they called the next morning and said to come up the next morning and put my seat in the car. On Thursday of last week, me and my mom drove up the four and a half hours to Concord and got everything fitted, then drove back down to get me back to school on Friday."
Instead of the #4 that Fowler and Schrader traded back-and-forth during the winter, Fowler will be piloting the #52 Chevrolet for Schrader at Tri-County, a track that the young racer has never visited before.
"I've never been to Tri-County before, but this is going to be the first time the Camping World East goes there too, so I think we'll be on a level playing field with everybody. A bunch of guys at the shop have raced at Tri-County in Late Models and things like that before, so that will be a big help. I've been told it's like Lanier, which is one of my favorite tracks. Hopefully that will play into my strong suit."
At just 16 years old, the young Fowler realizes the opportunity ahead of him, as he hopes to use the Tri-County race as a building block towards a sustained career in the NASCAR ranks.
"This is definitely going to be a great step for me and my career. We've been trying to make things click for a while now, so I'm very greatful that things were able to work out the way they did for this weekend. This hopefully will be the next step for me."