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November 19, 2014 - News & Notes from Schrader Racing, Inc.
Concord, N.C. (November 19, 2014) -- Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. would like to thank everyone who donated to our annual PINK Campaign.  With everyone’s contributions we raised just at $6,000!  We very much appreciate the support from KSR friends and family!

With Christmas just around the corner, KSR, Inc. will be collecting toys and donations for TOYS FOR TOTS.  Please visit the KSR Facebook page to see how you can help make a difference in a child’s life this holiday season!  The Concord, North Carolina shop is serving as a drop-off location for TOYS FOR TOTS. We are open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will be collecting toys from Nov. 19 – Dec. 10.

Happy Thanksgiving! The KSR NC shop will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 30.  We will re-open on Monday, December 1.

Finally, the KSR ARCA team will be testing in Daytona in December, and the crew is working on preparing race cars right now!


September 26, 2014 - Federated Racing Team Goes Pink in October
STAUNTON, Virginia, Sept. 26, 2014 – Federated Auto Parts and Ken Schrader Racing have teamed up again this year in the battle against breast cancer. In its annual PINK campaign, the team is selling pink ribbons that will be placed on the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts car driven by Matt Tifft in the Oct. 3 ARCA race at Kansas Speedway. Now in its fourth year, the ribbon campaign will benefit the Breast Health Center at CMC Northeast in Concord, N.C.

“When Ann Schrader first called us about the PINK campaign, we knew this was a worthy cause that our members would support,” said J.R. Bishop, motorsports and event marketing director for Federated. “Now, for four straight years, we have gone all out with special PINK car wraps and PINK racing merchandise to raise funds for CMC Northeast. Ken and the entire Federated team are extremely visible in the racing community and we believe that through the PINK campaign, we will continue to raise awareness.”

Ken Schrader Racing and Federated Auto Parts fans can purchase a PINK ribbon ($10 each) by visiting http://givenortheastfoundation.org/donate. Just follow the prompts and in the designation section, select Ken Schrader Racing. The name of the donator’s choice will be placed on a PINK ribbon that with be displayed on the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts ARCA car on Oct. 3.

“I’m very proud to be running a PINK Federated car in the ARCA race,” said Tifft. “When I learned the significance behind the PINK ribbons on the car, it became clear that the Schrader team and Federated Auto Parts are truly dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. I know my family, fans and friends will all get behind the Federated team’s PINK fundraising efforts in October.”

In addition to the PINK ribbon campaign, Schrader Racing will offer a variety of merchandise via “Annie’s Attic” on the Ken Schrader Racing Facebook page to raise funds for the PINK campaign. “Annie’s Attic” was created by Ken’s wife, Ann, as a way to fundraise for charities and friends in need, including their dear friend Lisa Meloni, who lost her battle with cancer in September 2011. Meloni worked within the motorsports community and had may friends in racing, who continue the battle against cancer in her memory.

About Federated
Federated Auto Parts, headquartered in Staunton, Virginia, is one of the largest auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in North America.  Federated is dedicated to supporting its customers with quality name brand parts, programs designed to grow their businesses, and experienced counterpeople who are knowledgeable in today’s evolving automotive technology.  For more information, visit www.federatedautoparts.com.


September 16, 2014 - Ken Schrader Racing Fall 2014 Update
1Concord, N.C. (September 16, 2014) -The fall season will see Ken in the Midwest as he races at three Indiana tracks in September and then heads to Kansas in early October.  Meanwhile, on the ARCA circuit, Matt Tifft will compete at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 19 and Kansas Speedway on October 3 in the #52 Federated Auto Parts entry.   Tifft will test at both tracks.

Schrader’s fall calendar is sprinkled with charity events, Federated Auto Parts appearances and the AAPEX Show in Las Vegas.

On Saturday October 18, the KSR, Inc. shop in North Carolina will host a car show along with the Harrisburg Cruisers.  Proceeds from the event, the Dennis Peskir Memorial Car Show, will benefit The Wounded Warrior Fund.

As we wind done the 2014 racing season, we’re  thankful for a productive season and lots of action on the track!


September 1, 2014 - Ken Schrader Romps to DuQuoin Modified Win
1Concord, N.C. (September 1, 2014) - Ken Schrader was a busy man on Monday as he competed in both his #52 Federated Auto Parts entry in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Mendards event and his #9 Federated Auto Parts Modified at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in the 61st Southern Illinois 100.

In the UMP Modified class Schrader stormed to the victory! In ARCA presented by Menards competition Ken started third on the grid before registering a sixth place finish in the 100 lap affair.


July 31, 2014 - Schrader Racing into August
1Concord, N.C. (July 31, 2014) - Ken Schrader and the KSR team had a crazy July, and August looks as though we may have a repeat!  In July , Ken made the BST Tour through Colorado and Kansas, garnering a win at El Paso County Speedway, a second-place finish at Phillips County Speedway and a fourth at Thomas County Speedway.  He traveled back to his roots and drove a Silver Crown car at Lucas Oil Raceway to a tenth-place finish. 

The team celebrated a fourth-place finish with Ken in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the famed Eldora Speedway on July 23.

KSR, Inc. fielded two cars at Lucas Oil Raceway for the July 25 ARCA event.  Ken finished seventh in the #52 Federated Auto Parts car and Matt Tifft had a fifth-place finish in the #11 OTM Distributing-Federated Chevy.

To close out the month, Ken raced and WON at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 30.

Ken and the dirt team will race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway in Pevely, MO on August 1 and 2.  His schedule will be a mix of dirt and pavement for the remainder of the month.

The KSR ARCA team will race four consecutive weekends, beginning with Matt Tifft driving in Pocono (Long Pond, PA) on August 1, followed by Berlin Raceway, (Marne, MI) on August 9 with Schrader behind the wheel, then Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL) on August 17, again with Schrader driving,  and Matt Tifft finishing out the stretch at Madison International Speedway (Madison, WI) on August 24.

At the North Carolina shop, the crew is starting to prep for the fall races, the team’s annual fall fundraising campaign  and activities at the shop.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 18 when KSR, Inc. will co-host its annual car show with the Harrisburg Cruisers.


July 23, 2014 - Busy Month of July Rages on for Schrader Racing
1Concord, N.C. (July 23, 2014) - As we head into another BUSY week for KSR, Inc., let's recap last weekend.

Ken won on Saturday night at El Paso County Speedway in Calhan, CO, finished 4th at Thomas County Speedway (Colby, KS) on Sunday night, and 2nd at Phillips County Speedway (Holyoke, CO) on Monday night. Ken then had a great showing at Eldora Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck race with a fourth place finish.

Next up he will head to Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis, IN) to drive a Silver Crown car on Thursday night and his Federated Auto Parts #52 Chevy in the Friday night ARCA race!

Matt Tifft had a 3rd place finish in the Chicagoland ARCA race last Saturday -- way to go Matt! He will race a second KSR, Inc. car this Friday, July 25, in the ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway.


July 17, 2014 - Speed Sport Set to Producuce BostonLouie Seymour Memorial for Television
Concord, N.C. (July 17, 2014) - The “Boston” Louie Memorial midget race will be televised on MAVTV later this summer. The annual midget classic sanctioned by the Northeastern Midget Ass’n and held at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway will be taped and produced by SPEED SPORT Productions.

First run in 1997, the July 23 “Boston” Louie Memorial pays tribute to legendary car owner Louie Seymour. The event is presented by the Seymour family with the length of the event 29 laps of the quarter-mile asphalt oval in honor of Seymour’s popular No. 29 race cars. Louie Seymour’s son, Bobby, has been instrumental in bringing the “Boston” Louie Memorial presented by Acquia Software to television. He knows the importance of television to racers. <<MORE>>


July 15, 2014 - Schrader Racing Update
Concord, N.C. (July 15, 2014) - Ken Schrader finished 3rd at Bear Ridge Speedway last Saturday night in Bradford, Vermont.  Schrader will be heading to Colorado and Kansas to race in the Blood, Sweat & Tears (BST) Tour this weekend.

Matt Tifft started 14th and finished in the 12th position at New Hampshire Speedway (Loudon, New Hampshire) in the NASCAR K & N East race last Friday night.  This weekend, Tifft will be behind the wheel of the #52 ARCA car at Chicagoland Speedway.


July 9, 2014 - Busy July Rages on for Schrader Racing
Concord, N.C. (July 9, 2014) - Ken Schrader set a record when he sat on the pole for last Sunday’s ARCA race at Winchester Speedway (Indiana). After leading 88 laps, a late race pit stop cost him track position and Schrader finished the day in fourth position. Schrader will be back in the ARCA car at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 25.

Schrader has nine short track races scheduled for the remainder of July.  In addition to his #9 Federated Auto Parts dirt modified, he will compete in a midget at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont this weekend and in Tony Stewart’s Silver Crown car on July 24 at Lucas Oil Raceway. 

Sandwiched between the short track and ARCA races, Schrader will see NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition at Eldora Speedway for the July 23 Midsummer Classic. Last year in this race he sat on the pole, breaking a NASCAR record.

Matt Tifft will compete in the #52 Federated Auto Parts Chevy at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11 in the NASCAR K & N East race.  He will then handle driving responsibilities for KSR, Inc. at the ARCA Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19. On July 25, Tifft will drive a second ARCA car for the KSR stable at Lucas Oil Raceway. 

July is shaping up to be busy for the entire KSR crew and its drivers.  Keep an eye on our facebook page and website for updates.


July 5, 2014 - Ken Schrader Schedules Four Race Tussle with BST
1Concord, N.C. (July 5, 2014) - Ken Schrader is always looking for the toughest competition in the country to go into war against in his #9 Federated Auto Parts Modified. Mid-July will find him hooking horns with some of the best Modified pilots in the country as he travels to Colorado to compete with the Blood Sweat & Tears (BST) Racing Series July 18th-21st.

Action opens on Friday, July 18th at Lamar Speedway (Lamar, Colorado) before moving to El Paso County Speedway (Calhan, Colorado) on Saturday night. Action then heads to Thomas County Speedway (Colby, Kansas) on Sunday evening before drawing to a close on Monday night at Phillips County Speedway (Holyoke, Colorado). For more information on the events please visit www.BSTRacing.com.


June 26, 2014 - Schrader Finishes Third at Clarksville
1Concord, N.C. (June 26, 2014) -Ken and the Federated dirt team finished third in Clarksville, TN last night with the UMP Summit Modified Nationals. Tonight the team will be racing at Clayhill Motorsports (Atwood, TN).  On Saturday night, (6/28) the team will be back at the Federated Auto Parts Raceway (Pevely, MO) with the tour.

June 24, 2014 - Ken Schrader Finishes Fifth in ARCA Action at Elko
1Concord, N.C. (June 24, 2014) - Ken Schrader finished 5th in the Akona 250 ARCA race at Elko Speedway (Elko, MN) on Saturday, June 21. 

Schrader now turns his attention to his next event, which will be the ARCA race will be Sunday, July 6 at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana. For more information on the event, please visit www.ARCARacing.com.


June 9, 2014 - Ken Schrader Racing Prepares for Toledo
Concord, N.C. June 9, 2014) - Matt Tifft finished 19th in the ARCA race at Pocono International Raceway (Pocono, Pennsylvania) on Saturday, June 7.  Tifft was running second in the race and was involved in an accident, which caused him to lose five laps in the pits. He did a great job in his debut at Pocono and will return there to race later this season.

Look for Tifft in the KSR, Inc. entry at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11 for the NASCAR K&N East race.   Before he races for the KSR stable again, Tifft will turn 18 on June 26.

Ken Schrader's weekend in the #9 Federated Auto Parts Modified began with the feature being rained out at Boone County Raceway (Albion, Nebraska) on Friday night. Schrader returned to the driver's seat to bag a 6th place finish at RPM Speedway (Hays, Kansas) on Saturday evening.

Ken will be driving in the ARCA race this Friday, June 13 at Michigan International Speedway. He will be displaying a Team Joseph logo on the #52 Federated Auto Parts Chevy to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Please say a prayer for Joseph and all the children with this disease.

Team Joseph is a 501c3 non-profit that funds cutting-edge research to find a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne is a progressive muscle wasting disease for which there is currently no treatment or cure, but we are going to change that! Formed around the fight of Joseph Penrod, Team Joseph makes a difference for all children battling Duchenne. It is our goal to make a difference for this generation of children as well as generations that aren't even born yet.


June 2, 2014 - Ken Schrader Racing June 2014 News
1Concord, N.C. (June 2, 2014) - School’s out, the days are getting longer, and we are heading into summer, which means lots of racing for the KSR teams.  ARCARacing.com Photo

The ARCA season is heating up as well!  Matt Tifft and Ken Schrader finished third and fourth, respectively, at Toledo Speedway (Toledo, Ohio) on May 18.  The race felt like a definite homecoming for Tifft. He had his own cheering section on hand for the race of about 200 friends, who made the trip from his hometown of Hinckley, Ohio to show support for the talented, young pilot.

This past weekend, Tifft  had a podium finish in the June 1 ARCA race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.  He drove the #52 Federated Auto Parts Chevy to an impressive third place finish!

On Saturday, June 7, Tifft will test his driving skills at the uniquely configured, Pocono Raceway (Pocono, Pennsylvania) for the first time in his racing career in the ARCA Pocono 200, which starts at 1 p.m eastern.  The race will be televised.

Although Schrader had plans to race last weekend, the weather did not cooperate with the veteran. Both dirt races on his schedule were nixed by Mother Nature.  He will be behind the wheel of the Federated Auto Parts Modified this week, making a sweep through Nebraska and Kansas.  Schrader will return to ARCA competition on June 13, at Michigan International Speedway (Brooklyn, Michigan).  He will race in Elko, Minnesota in the Akona 250 Presented by Federated Car Care, on June 21, making it two ARCA appearances in as many weeks.

In other KSR family news we want to congratulate Matt Tifft on his high school graduation and the awards he received!  Sheldon Schrader will also be graduating from high school in a few weeks.  Both young men will be attending college in the fall.  Good luck to our grads!

May 14, 2014 - Ken Schrader Racing Prepares for Toledo
1Concord, N.C. (May 14, 2014) - Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. will be well represented at Toledo Speedway (Toledo, Ohio) this Sunday, May 18 for the Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care.  (ARCARacing.com Photo)

Ken Schrader will be driving the #52 Federated Auto Parts Chevy and Matt Tifft will be behind the wheel of the #10 Crunch N’ Nutter/Federated Auto Parts Chevy.  Both drivers recently tested at Toledo Speedway with Schrader sharing knowledge with Tifft about the particulars of the famed track.

Schrader will also be competing in his dirt modified this week, with a race at Limaland Motorsports Park, in Lima, Ohio on May 16 and at the Upper Peninsula Int’l Raceway in Escanaba, Michigan  on May 17.

The KSR, Inc. shop in Concord, North Carolina will be open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for race fans visiting the region for the NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  We welcome visitors and tour groups.


April 28, 2014 - Ken Schrader & Matt Tifft Have Busy Weekend
Concord, N.C. (April 28, 2014) - The Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. team was busy this weekend! 

Matt Tifft, in the #52 Federated Auto Parts Dodge, finished 13th in the NASCAR K&N East race at Richmond International Raceway (Richmond, Virgina).  The race was postponed from Friday night until Saturday morning due to weather.  This was Tifft’s third K & N East race for the Concord, N.C.-based team.

Ken Schrader qualified 6th for the ARCA race at Salem Speedway (Salem, Indiana) on Sunday, April 27, and led 54 laps of the race.  While leading at the end, Schrader cut a right front tire, which caused him to finish 8th in the Federated Auto Parts entry.


April 21, 2014 - Ken Schrader Wins at Clay County
Concord, N.C. (April 21, 2014) - Ken Schrader and the dirt team had an up and down weekend.  On Friday, April 18 at Tri-City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, Illinois) the team tried some new stuff with the modified and it didn't work so well!  On Saturday, April 19 at Clay County Speedway (Flora, Illinois) the team had a terrific night and won the feature! The victory was Ken's fourth of 2014.

The KSR teams are busy prepping today – Matt Tifft races in the NASCAR K & N race at Richmond on Friday, April 25, and Ken and the ARCA team race on Sunday, April 27, at Salem Speedway.  Good luck to our teams!


April 15, 2014 - Ken Schrader Competes in USRA Action at Lucas Oil Speedway
Concord, N.C. (April 15, 2014) - Ken Schrader raced at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. in his #9 KSR Open Wheel Modified last weekend, netting a 20th place finish on Friday, April 11 and a 5th place finish on Saturday, April 12. 

The dirt team will compete in Illinois this coming weekend – Friday, April 18 they will be at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill while on Saturday, April 19 the team will race at Clay County Speedway in Flora, Ill.  Good luck to Ken and the team!


April 10, 2014 - Fuse5 Partners with Ken Schrader Racing for 2014 Season
Concord, N.C. (April 10, 2014) - Fuse5, the first-to-market cloud-based software for the automotive aftermarket, announced today that it has partnered with veteran racer Ken Schrader and his team as an associate sponsor for the 2014 season.

Gabe Davis, CEO of the Iowa-based company, developed Fuse5 for all levels of the supply chain including installers, jobbers, 2-steppers, WD’s and manufacturers.  Fuse5 comes complete with Point of Sale, Inventory Management, Customer Relationship Management and Back Office. Since Fuse5 is a cloud solution, there is no onsite hardware and subscribers have no need to install software in order to access the business solution.  Fuse5 works on any web-enabled device including smart-phones, tablets, ultrabooks, laptops, PCs and thin-clients.

“Having Ken Schrader as part of the Fuse5 family has been very exciting for our team,” said John Bunting, Fuse5 COO.  “Aligning ourselves with Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. and its reputation of integrity and sportsmanship in the automotive world is a privilege for us.  Ken gets it -- he truly understands the value that Fuse5 offers to the automotive aftermarket.”

The North Liberty, Iowa-based company employs more than 30 team members and has doubled in size within the last year due to its explosive growth.  Fuse5 technology has expanded to markets around the globe, including the United States, Canada, Ireland, Guam, Angola, Mexico and the Bahamas.  Fuse5 is accessible from anywhere on any device with internet access.

“We are very pleased to include Fuse5 as an associate sponsor for our Federated Auto Parts cars and trucks,” said Ken Schrader, from his North Carolina race shop. “The Fuse5 logo will be seen on our cars at the dirt races, ARCA races, NASCAR K & N and Camping World Truck races.  We are running an ambitious schedule this year with three drivers and we hope to offer Fuse5 and all of our KSR partners great exposure both on and off the track.”

Schrader will share ARCA driving duties with Clay Campbell, the president of Martinsville Speedway and Matt Tifft, a high school senior from Hinckley, Ohio.  The three drivers combined will compete in more than 75 races in 2014.  Schrader’s dirt modified schedule accounts for the majority of the races, with Campbell handling the superspeedways and Tifft expanding his resume within the ARCA and K & N series.

“Having the Fuse5 logo on Ken’s race cars will give us valuable exposure to our target market.  Not to mention the added credibility of being associated with such a historic team,” Bunting continued. “Our customers are race fans and so are we -- having our name on the KSR cars really positions Fuse5 as a legitimate contender in a highly competitive market.”


April 7, 2014 - Schrader Races to Victory at Terre Haute
1Concord, N.C. (April 7, 2014) - Congratulations to Ken Schrader and the Federated dirt team for the win at Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, Ind.), on Saturday night in his #9 Open Wheel Modified. 

The team will head to Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Mo.) to race on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 to compete in the United States Racing Association (USRA) sanctioned events. 

Schrader’s schedule for the next few weeks will keep him busy in the Midwest, so please keep your browsers locked in here to www.SchraderRacing.com.


March 25, 2014 - Tiff & Schrader Enjoy Strong Weekend Runs
1Concord, N.C. (March 25, 2014) - Congratulations to Matt Tifft and our ARCA team for a 6th place finish in Mobile, Ala. on Saturday, March 22.  Tifft’s next race for Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. will be the NASCAR K&N East race at Richmond International Speedway on April 25.

Ken Schrader had two Top 5 finishes last week.  Schrader finished second at the USCS Modified race at Batesville Motor Speedway, in Batesville, Ark., on March 20.  In his second race of the weekend, at Poplar Bluff Speedway, Poplar Bluff,  Mo., Schrader earned a third place finish.

In early April, Schrader travels to Iowa for four straight nights of the IMCA Frost Buster Tour, beginning April 3 at Southern Iowa Speedway and wrapping up at Benton County Speedway on April 6.

The KSR team will return to ARCA competition at the end of April with Schrader at the wheel of the #52 Federated Auto Parts Car at Salem Speedway in Salem, Ind.


March 17, 2014 - Another Great Weekend for Ken Schrader Racing, Inc.
1Concord, N.C. (March 17, 2014) - The KSR teams had a great weekend!  Ken won the USCS Modified race at Tennessee National Raceway (Hohenwald, Tennessee) and Matt Tifft finished ninth in the K & N East race at Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, Tennessee).

Ken and the dirt team will be at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove, Arkansas) on March 20, while Matt Tifft will run the ARCA race at Mobile International Speedway (Mobile, Alabama) on March 22.

Ken moves on to Poplar Bluff Speedway (Poplar Bluff, Missouri) for the weekend, March 21 and 22 to compete with the USCS Modified tour.


February 17, 2014 - Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. Starts 2014 on High Note
Concord, N.C. (February 17, 2014) - Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. drivers Clay Campbell and Matt Tifft earned third and twelfth place finishes, respectively, at the season-opening races in Florida this past weekend.

Campbell drove the #52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet to a third-place finish in the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway on February 15. 

Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway, had his best-ever ARCA finish.  He is making two starts this season for Ken Schrader Racing, Inc.  A long-time racer and instrument rated multi-engine pilot, Campbell had no problem being patient as the 80-lap race played out on the famed 2.5-mile track. <<MORE>>