|October 1, 2015 - Federated Auto Parts Race Team Goes PINK
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
|Concord, N.C. – October 1, 2015 -- Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. and its primary race team sponsor, Federated Auto Parts, will, for the fifth consecutive year, support the Breast Health Center at CHS Northeast in Concord, North Carolina during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
“Our Federated Auto Parts team has supported the local hospital and its Breast Health Center for the last four years and we look forward to carrying on the annual campaign again this October,” said Ken Schrader, team owner. “The generous support from our fans, friends and families has been amazing. Each year, our PINK campaign helps women who are battling breast cancer while honoring the many lives that have been affected by this disease.”
The Federated Auto Parts team, both the #52 ARCA car and the #9 Modified, will be adorned in PINK decals for races including the ARCA 98.9 at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 16, 2015. Matt Tifft will be driving the #52 for a second time at Kansas. PINK ribbons will be available on the ARCA car and Schrader’s Modified, which he will be driving at various tracks throughout October. <<MORE>>
|September 28, 2015 - Ross Kenseth Finishes Fourth at Kentucky
Ross Kenseth finished fourth in the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts/Boyne Machine Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway in Saturday's Crosley Brands 150 ARCA Racing Series event.
Kenseth qualified sixth on Friday, but rain delayed the start of the event 17 hours, to a 1:19 p.m. green flag on Saturday.
Rain again plagued the event, causing an extended caution flag only 10 laps shy of halfway. Most teams elected to stay out during the caution, afraid that rain would set in and prematurely end the event at the halfway point. Kenseth, running fifth at the time was among those who elected to stay out, but when it became apparent the race would resume, those leaders who stayed out came to pit road for gas and tires at the end of the 18-lap caution period.
Restarting 12th, Kenseth wasted no time making up for lost track position, aggressively racing his way back up the seventh in the matter of one-and-a-half laps. After a lap 69 caution, Kenseth and the No. 52 team elected to stay out and restarted sixth.
Over the course of the final 25 lap run to the checkers, Kenseth was able to make up two positions while fighting a tight-handling race car, which was only made worse by traffic.
The fourth-place finish was Kenseth's third straight top five in ARCA--a series, where he's yet to finish worse than six in four career starts.
"It was a good day overall," said Kenseth. "We just missed it a little on short runs and we were too tight in traffic. Hats off to these guys who worked really hard on it all week. Restarts were good in the outside lane, but we just got real tight on the bottom. Huge thanks to Boyne and Federated for giving me the chance to come back and work with these guys at Schrader Racing. It's always a lot of fun."
|September 22, 2015 - Ross Kenseth & Ken Schrader Racing Team Up Again
|MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 22, 2015) – Ross Kenseth climbs back into the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts car this week at Kentucky Speedway for his second ARCA Racing Series start of 2015.
Friday’s Crosley Brands 150 marks Kenseth’s first ARCA start since winning the June race at Michigan International Speedway earlier this season, and only the fourth series start of his young career. Kenseth will team with Ken Schrader Racing for the third time in the ARCA Racing Series and once again with sponsorship support from Boyne Machine Company of Jenison, Mich.
“Schrader Racing is a great team and we had a lot of fun at Michigan together,” said Kenseth. “I’ve tested before at Kentucky so hopefully that can help give us a jumpstart this week. I’m excited to get back to a mile-and-a-half speedway. It’ll be cool having Boyne and Federated back on the car as we’ve enjoyed some success with them this year. Hopefully we can continue that and have a good run at Kentucky.” <<MORE>>
|September 19, 2015 - Ken Schrader Schools Field at Terre Haute Action Track
(Terre Haute, IN - 09-19-15)The UMP Modifieds were back at it in Terre Haute, for the season finale at The Action Track. In total, a solid field of 21 competitors were pitside in conjunction with the Jim Hurtubise/Tony Hulman Classic for the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars.
In preliminary action, Robinson, IL driver and Modified hotshoe, Brian Shaw, raced to the victory in heat #1 to earn him the pole position for the feature event. In heat #2, it was Fenton, MO veteran and former NASCAR campaigner, Ken Schrader claiming the checkered.
When the green dropped on the feature event, it was Schrader racing out front with Shaw following. At DuQuoin a couple of weeks ago, it was role reversal, where Shaw had the dominant car and led most of the way. Even a one spot penalty didn't keep him from the top prize.
At Terre Haute, however, Schrader was hooked up. As lap-after-lap clicked off, Schrader was stretching his lead, while racing throughout the pack was dicey. There were several battles going on from 3rd on back, but for the most part the race was very clean and a great show for the fans.
Schrader's only scare came after a late-race yellow bunched the field. Once back to green, Shaw drove to the inside and looked like he was going to pull off the pass for the win. However, Schrader stepped it up a notch and scooted back out front.
At the checkered, it was the Federated Auto Parts #9 of Ken Schrader claiming his first Terre Haute win of the season. Schrader was followed by Shaw, Tyler Nicely, Richie Lex, and David Shain. Curt Rhodes, Danny Schwartz, Dave Baldwin, Collen Goodman, and Roger Mills completed the top ten.
UMP Modified Feature
1) 9 Ken Schrader
2) 1s Brian Shaw
3) 25 Tyler Nicely
4) 7 Richie Lex
5) 87 David Shain
6) 10 Curt Rhodes
7) 21 Danny Schwartz
8) X Dave Baldwin
9) 14 Collen Goodman
10) 42 Roger Mills
11) 74 Rory Riley
12) x04 Roy Bruce, Jr.
13) 92 Kenny Carmichael, Sr.
14) 89w Rick Weitekamp
15) 133 Gary Ricketts
16) 16 Joe Godsey
17) 11m Josh McDaniel
18) 98z Jason Perry
19) 73F Fred Grayless
DNS) 2m Mike Peterson
DNS) 77c Jason Cox
|September 7, 2015 - Schrader Finishes 2nd at DuQuoin
DuQuoin, IL (September 9, 2015) By Jay Hardin Track Enterprises Staff
Brian Shaw of Robinson, Illinois nearly gave up a sure win in the UMP Modified Bill Oldani Memorial when he received a penalty for jumping the start Monday, however Shaw took the penalty on the first caution flag of the 20-mile feature event and re-passed leader Ken Schrader to take a record fifth win in the Oldani Memorial. Fenton, Missouri ace Ken Schrader was in search of a fourth consecutive victory in the Oldani but had to hold off David Shain of Humboldt, Illinois for second. Shain finished third with two-time race winner Jeff Parks of Marion fourth and Mike Galloway of Scheller fifth. Parks had the greatest advance of any driver on the day, coming from 18th to the 4th slot.
Shaw initially got the lead at the start but a yellow came out and the race was started once again. On the restart Shaw apparently hit the accelerator too quick and thus was issued a penalty of one spot to be served at the end of the race. However, he chose to give up the position under the first caution on lap 13 for the stalled car of Danny Ems of Barnhart, Missouri. Schrader led the next circuit before Shaw sailed by and was never challenged again. The caution for Ems was the only one during the feature event.
Schrader, Shaw and Shain were heat race winners in the 5 mile events held Sunday night with Shaw setting a new track record for 5 miles of 2:47.93 (107.188) in the second heat. Schrader set a new one lap track record of 32.362 (111.242) in group qualifying Sunday night. Complete results will be available at www.trackenterprises.com.
1. Brian Shaw
2. Ken Schrader
3. David Shain
4. Jeff Parks
5. Mike Galloway
6. Joe Giesler
7. Steve Adams
8. Steve Stephenson
9. Charles Baker
10. Zach Rhodes
11. Rick Pauley
12. Rick Weitekamp
13. Michael Jones
14. Nick Macklin
15. Danny Ems
16. Tom Sample
17. Curt Rhodes
18. Josh Sissom
|March 12, 2015 - Federated Auto Parts and Ken Schrader Announce '15 Schedule
| Concord, N.C. (March 12, 2015) – Federated Auto Parts and Ken Schrader Racing have teamed up for 2015. This season marks the 16th year that Federated Auto Parts has served as the primary sponsor for Schrader’s dirt and ARCA cars. Schrader will continue to compete in both his dirt modified and in select ARCA races throughout the season.
“We are looking forward to another exciting season as the sponsor of Kenny and his racing teams,” said J.R. Bishop, director of motorsports and event marketing for Federated. “Kenny has become synonymous with Federated. He is very popular with our members and their customers, and he does a tremendous job representing Federated across the country, whether at the Federated 400, an ARCA race or a local dirt track event.”
Schrader will handle driving duties for his team in seven ARCA races, including two title-sponsorship races at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway, the Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 on April 26 and the Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic on Sept. 19. He will also drive at Toledo Speedway, Winchester Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Illinois State Fairgrounds and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
In addition, the team’s drivers will include Matt Tifft, Clay Campbell, and Ross Kenseth. Tifft, an Ohio native who attends the University of North Carolina At Charlotte, will be making his return to KSR, Inc. at the March 14 ARCA race at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway. Tifft will also drive the Federated entry in ARCA competition at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Pocono Raceway, Iowa Speedway, Berlin Raceway, Kentucky Speedway, and Kansas Speedway.
“We are pleased with Matt’s return to the Federated car,” said team owner Ken Schrader. “He is a talented young driver and has proven race after race that he has what it takes to run up front and make key decisions while behind the wheel.”
“I am excited to be back in the Federated car this season,” Tifft said. “Last year, I learned a great deal about the tracks we visited and I’m looking forward to returning to those places with the Schrader team to capitalize on that knowledge. We had a number of great finishes in 2014 and I hope to better those this year!”
Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell is scheduled to race with Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. in the #52 Federated Chevy at Talladega Superspeedway on May 1. Campbell is making his second appearance at Talladega for the Federated team.
“I’m really looking forward to going to Talladega. We had a really strong car there last year but weren’t around at the end to show it,” Campbell said. “Obviously we are excited to be going with the same car we had a Daytona which was really fast but again, we had issues that kept us from being there at the end. I can think of nothing better than for our Federated Auto Parts Team to go to victory lane at Talladega!”
Ross Kenseth will drive at Michigan International Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway for the team. In 2013, Kenseth made his ARCA debut in a Ken Schrader Racing car at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway, winning the pole and leading 51 laps before finishing sixth.
“With the drivers we have on board for this season, it looks as though we will have some exciting finishes and experience some great racing within the ARCA ranks,” Schrader said. “I’m looking forward to working with Matt, Clay, and Ross.”
Federated will also sponsor Schrader in more than 50 dirt track races in the coming season and will host hospitality events for its members and customers at several of these races.
“Our dirt track sponsorship of Schrader Racing continues to grow each year,” said Bishop. “Kenny has a great time interacting with our members and customers at the track and his enthusiasm is contagious. Our guests really enjoy spending time with him and cheering him on as he competes in the Federated car.”
2015 KSR ARCA Schedule
DATE TRACK LOCATION
2/14 Daytona Int’l Speedway Daytona Beach, FL
3/14 Mobile Int’l Speedway Mobile, AL
4/11 Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Nashville, TN
4/26 Salem Speedway Salem, IN
5/1 Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, AL
5/17 Toledo Speedway Toledo, OH
5/24 NJ Motorsports Park Millville, NJ
6/6 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, PA
6/12 Michigan Int’l Speedway Brooklyn, MI
6/20 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, IL
6/28 Winchester Speedway Winchester, IN
7/17 Iowa Speedway Newton, IA
7/24 Lucas Oil Raceway Brownsburg, IN
8/1 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, PA
8/8 Berlin Raceway Marne, MI
8/23 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, IL
9/7 DuQuoin State Fairgrounds DuQuoin, IL
9/19 Salem Speedway Salem, IN
9/25 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, KY
10/16 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, KS
|January 27, 2015 - Ken Schrader to Tackle the Dirt with a New Approach
| Concord, N.C. (January 27, 2015) On the heels of a very successful 2014 campaign on dirt tracks across the United States in his Federated Auto Parts #9 Modified, Ken Schrader is preparing for an even bigger season in 2015. With determination to far exceed the accomplishments he attained a year ago, Schrader has also made some changes within his program to streamline the team’s efficiency.
“Last year we raced with four different sanctions, and it seemed like my team was constantly having to change our cars to meet the various specs,” said Schrader. “It’s really hard on my guys to be focusing on changing specs on the car, when they need to be using that time during the week to prepare the car and its components for the actual race. Plain and simple it just became aggravating to us all.”
As a result for 2015 Ken made the decision to expand his arsenal with more chassis options. In addition to his new Impressive Chassis he has also purchased a new GRT by Phillips and a Victory by Moyer Chassis.
“Impressive Chassis has just been incredible to me over the years, and I look forward to continuing my great relationship with them,” notes Schrader. “Now with adding the GRT by Phillips and Victory by Moyer Chassis to the fold, our team will have much more flexibility, when it comes to competing with the different sanctions.”
The team plans to utilize the Impressive Chassis and GRT by Phillips Chassis in USRA, UMP, and USCS competition, while putting the Victory by Moyer Chassis into IMCA competition.
Schrader concludes by saying, “I couldn’t be more excited about the potential that this season holds with all of these new racecars. Furthermore it will be awesome to be able to continue to work with the excellent folks at Impressive Chassis, and it will be a true honor to get to work hand-in-hand with racing legends like Joe Garrison, Terry Phillips, and Billy Moyer.”
Schrader Racing will lift the lid on their 2015 Dirt Modified campaign with nine nights of UMP Modified racing, spanning eleven days at two different tracks, February 7th-17th. Action will include a pair of events at North Florida Speedway (Lake City, Florida) on February 7th-8th before traveling to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) on February 10th-17th.