Ken Schrader to retire at season’s end


Homestead-Miami Speedway will be the last race for veteran race car driver Ken Schrader, as he plans to retire at season’s end. Schrader broke the news to Allen Bestwick of on Sunday during race coverage from Martinsville Speedway.

Schrader, 58, has raced in all of NASCAR’s leading series. He has competed in 763 Sprint Cup races to date and has compiled 184 top-tens, 64 top-fives and four wins in his 29 year career in the series.

He raced in the Nationwide Series from 1987-2010 partaking in 116 races, scoring 39 top-tens, 18 top-fives and two wins. In the Truck Series, where Schrader raced in 101 races between 1995-2013, he earned 36 top-tens, 11 top-fives, and one win.

Schrader raced in the K&N Pro West Series from 1993-98, scoring 11 wins in 28 races. He has ran 63 races in the ARCA Series between 1991-2013, compiling 16 wins over the 21-year span.

Schrader began his racing career in Missouri and was the sportsmens champ in 1971 at Lake Hill Speedway in Valley Park, Missouri. Schrader began racing sprint cars in 1971, racing in various locations across the Midwest. In 1980 he started racing in USAC’s stock car division, where he earned the series Rookie of the Year honors.

Schrader returned to USAC’s Stock Car division in 1981, finishing third in points. In the early 1980s, Schrader moved to the USAC series, competing in its various sprint car competitions. In the USAC series, he won four USAC sprint car races, six Silver Crown races, 21 in USAC midgets, and 24 midget races in other divisions.

Schrader has also competed in IROC, Champ car, Whelen, K&N Pro Series East, and CASCAR.