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May 3, 2016 - Momentum Building for Kurzejewski
1May 3, 2016 (Talladega, Alabama) – Going into the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team were looking for a second straight top-10 finish.  The team accomplished that goal with an eighth-place finish after battling back through the field late in the event.

With a single practice session for the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards, the Ansell-Menards team focused on getting its Chevrolet fast in the draft.  Kurzejewski and the No.52 team ended the practice session with the 12th fastest time.

Since the ARCA Racing Series utilizes the group qualifying procedure on the super speedways, Kurzejewski lined up third in line for group 5.  The 24-year-old qualified fifth for the afternoon’s General Tire 200.

Once the green flag fell, Kurzejewski stuck to the game plan of riding in the inside line for the first half of the race.  He kept his Ansell-Menards Chevy within the top-six until a caution with 26 laps remaining brought the No.52 team to pit road for fuel.

Kurzejewski exited pit road in the third position but this would be short lived as the ARCA Racing Series official would deem him too fast entering pit road.  Restarting deep in the pack with fewer than 25 laps remaining, Kurzejewski battled his way back into the top-ten to finish in eighth place. <<MORE>>


May 2, 2016 - ARCA Winner, USAC Champ Don White Passes Away
KEOKUK, Iowa – It is with great sadness that we report that Keokuk, Iowa stock car legend and ARCA winner Don White has died. White, just shy of his 88th birthday, died at home in Keokuk Friday morning, April 29.

ARCAracing.com interviewed White in July of 2015 from his home in Keokuk. The former USAC and IMCA national stock car champion still loved recollecting his long career in stock car racing and the friendship he had with ARCA founder John Marcum.
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April 25, 2016 - Matt Kurzejewski Brings Home Top Ten in Salem Debut
1 Concord, North Carolina (April 25, 2016)  -- Contact with the turn four wall late in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 while battling inside the top-5, resulted in a ninth place finish for Matt Kurzejewski and the No. 52 Ansell-Menards Toyota.

Kurzejewski, who made his debut on the high banks of Salem Speedway during the 99th running of the ARCA Racing Series event at the famed track, was 10th fastest during Saturday’s practice sessions.

“Salem takes a lot of patience while on the edge of your seat each lap,” said Kurzejewski following Saturday’s practices.  The 24-year-old qualified 15th for the race during Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell.

“I’ve never had to drive a racecar like I had to drive this Ansell-Menards Toyota during qualifying,” Kurzejewski continued. “You literally hold your breath and are completely out of control for two solid laps.”

When the green flag fell for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200, Kurzejewski would quickly get in a rhythm and work his way up to the ninth position by lap 60.

“Once I got the hang of the track, I felt the car was really good.  Donnie (Richeson) and the Ken Schrader Racing guys worked hard and found what we needed to be fast here.  We could get off turn two better than anyone else and that was a tremendous help when passing cars.” <<MORE>>


March 28, 2016 - Jimmy Fallon: Profile
1TOLEDO, Ohio (March 28, 2016) – He’s not a late night talk show host, but we’re betting he could be…that is if he wasn’t a key component on Ken Schrader Racing's Ansell-Menards Toyota team. At 54 years young, the other Jimmy Fallon still loves what he does, still goes over the wall on raceday, and if need be, can belt out the National Anthem with the best of ‘em, and better than most. He can play a mean guitar too. But it’s the racing gig, through all its twists and turns, that keeps it all together.

“I love it more than ever,” said Fallon. “Out of everyone I’ve worked for, this is the best place I’ve ever worked. They (Schrader Racing) are such good people. I’m proud to be here. To be able to come back to Schrader Racing and not burn any bridges is pretty cool…to still do what you love.”

Fallon’s journey through motorsports has indeed taken a lot twists and turns, but you might expect that from a kid who six days out of high school packed his bags and signed up with the United States Navy. But before he signed on the military dotted line, he developed a passion for music and racing growing up as a boy in Avon, New York, just south of Rochester. <<MORE>>


March 22, 2016 - Donnie Richeson Readies KSR for Busy Week
1 TOLEDO, Ohio (March 22, 2016) – After the relatively long pause between Daytona and Nashville, it’s finally time for Ken Schrader Racing’s (KSR) ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team to hit the road.

“We all wish we were at the race track,” said longtime KSR crew chief Donnie Richeson. “We’ve been at the shop way too long…this is getting old. We gotta get out of here and go.”

In fact, the team has just rolled two fresh Composite Body cars up into the trailer for two days of testing Tuesday and Wednesday. Ironically, they are not heading to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville first, but on the way back.

“We’re loading two in the trailer as we speak. Salem tomorrow (Tuesday) and Nashville Wednesday. If we’re going to go up the road that far, we might as well do both. It also depended on Schrader’s schedule. He’s able to be at Salem tomorrow.” <<MORE>>


February 15, 2016 - Matt Kurzejewski Battles Highs and Lows
1 (Daytona Beach, FL - Feb 15th, 2016) - Matt Kurzejewski, who came into the weekend, as a favorite to win the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway was ready to tackle the season opening race in his Ken Schrader Racing prepared Ansell Protects - Menards Toyota.

With veteran crew chief Donnie Richeson calling the shots on the No.52 machine, Kurzejewski was quick in both practice sessions and felt this car was the best car he has had for his fourth race at the prestigious Daytona International Speedway.

“We showed speed all weekend and this team gave me the best opportunity I’ve had to win at Daytona.”  stated Kurzejewski.

Kurzejewski, who came into the weekend with a best start of fifteenth, qualified seventh on Friday afternoon for the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire. <<MORE>>


January 21, 2016 - Matt Kurzejewski Hits the Ground Running with KSR
1(TOLEDO, Ohio – January 21, 2016) – Defending General Tire Superspeedway Challenge champion Matt Kurzejewski got reacquainted with Daytona Int’l Speedway during the recent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test last Saturday. The Mansfield, Pennsylvania driver also had the opportunity to get to know his new Ken Schrader Racing teammates.

“The whole team is just phenomenal,” Kurzejewski said. “Ken Schrader Racing has assembled an amazing group of people. Donnie Richeson (crew chief) and I just clicked immediately…it was right off the bat. The amount of confidence I had around me was unexplainable.”

Kurzejewski, who recently announced a full season in Schrader’s No. 52 Ansell-Menards Toyota, spent about four hours on and off the track last Saturday, got what they needed, and headed for the hills. He ended up 34th overall on the speed charts among 64 drivers. <<MORE>>


January 13, 2016 - Ansell and Menards to Sponsor Schrader Racing
(CONCORD, N.C. - January 13, 2016) - Officials from Ansell Protective Products and Menards have jointly announced that they will become co-primary sponsors for the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing (KSR) entries in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2016. The announcement coincides with Ansell's continued sponsorship as an ARCA Official Sponsor.

Matt Kurzejewski, the 2015 General Tire Superspeedway Challenge Series champion, will drive the Ansell-Menards car out of the Schrader Racing stable. The 24-year-old Mansfield, Pennsylvania driver has 14 career ARCA starts, with seven top-10 finishes.

"Ansell is proud to continue its co-sponsorship with Menards for the eighth year," said Kevin Brennan, Ansell's Marketing Manager, Retail & Automotive Aftermarket - North America. "We're excited to begin the new season, with an experienced racing team, like Ken Schrader Racing and an "up and comer" like Kurzejewski. Ansell is confident that this is a recipe for success and we're looking forward to kicking off the season strong, this February in Daytona." <<MORE>>


October 29, 2015 - Ken Schrader Racing Goes Old School to Staunton
Concord, N.C. (October 29, 2015) -- Ken, our crew chief Donnie, and the Federated Auto Parts race car on the way to Staunton for an open house!  Safe travels.

October 21, 2015 - Ken Schrader Racing And Harrisburg Cruisers Host Annual Car Show To Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation
Concord, N.C. (October 21, 2015) -- Ken Schrader Racing, Inc., the Harrisburg Cruisers Car Club and the Bank of North Carolina are hosting the 3rd Annual Dennis Peskir Memorial Car Show on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Schrader’s race shop located at 4403 Stough Road in Concord, North Carolina. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The show is open to the public and begins at 8 a.m.

This year’s show features two-time ARCA champion (1987 and 1991) and team owner Bill Venturini, who will serve as a celebrity judge for Saturday’s show. Dedicating his life to motorsports, Venturini holds personal qualifying records at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Since 2007, along with his son Billy, Venturini has helped many a young racer develop skills and transition from the ARCA Series to the ranks of NASCAR. He has also been a TV commentator. A Q&A session with Venturini will be a highlight of the event.

"What a pleasant surprise being asked to be a judge and speaker for the Harrisburg Cruisers Car Show at Ken Schrader's race shop,” Bill Venturini said. “Knowing Kenny & Ann for over 38 years, seeing his big car collection, and being a small car collector myself, it's nice to share the passion of cars with others. Especially when we're not having to worry if our cars are going to win or get wrecked on the race track!"

Federated Auto Parts, Schrader’s longtime sponsor and several associate sponsors for his team, are providing products for all entrant’s goody bags and door prizes. Martinsville Speedway has contributed race tickets for its October NASCAR weekend. Local merchants, including Mack’s Auto Repair, Aldi, Ray Helms Auto Body, Idle Time Designs, Food Lion, and Morrison Motors have donated product and services for the show.

The Concord Fire Department will have an engine on display and will be performing safety demonstrations. The Schrader family is a long-time supporter of the fire department.
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“The Harrisburg Cruisers organization was founded in 2009, when a few car lovers from Harrisburg started talking and decided to form a club. We wanted to preserve the American muscle car while helping our community,” said Harrisburg Cruisers president Stan Cavaness. “Since its inception, the club has raised and contributed thousands of dollars to many local charities. Our members are dedicated to the club’s mission and, with the support of local businesses, we believe we have made a positive impact in our community through car shows, our monthly cruise-ins and other fundraisers. Our annual show at Ken Schrader Racing is a fall highlight and we hope to continue the momentum into 2016.”

The Schrader shop will be open for tours and crew members will be on hand to answer questions. At 9 a.m. there will be a demonstration for the DIY car enthusiast by Greg Purkey, owner of Purkey Motorsports. Purkey-built cars have been visiting Victory Lane for more than a decade.

Registration deadline for the show is 10:30 a.m. on the day of the show and the awards ceremony, sponsored by Hughes Automotive and Streetside Classics will start at 12:30 p.m. Trophies for “Best of Show” and “Charity’s Choice” among others will be presented.

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Harrisburg Cruisers is a car club located in Harrisburg, North Carolina. Our club is open to all types of American classic cars as well as the newer muscle cars, and car enthusiasts. We are committed to supporting charities in the Harrisburg Community as well as getting together and having fun.

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