Local NASCAR legend Ken Schrader, owner of the No. 52 Drydene Performance Products Ford is jumping behind the wheel of his own car at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on Friday 22 to compete in the Papa Nicholas Coffee 150 for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. This will be the Fenton, Missouri native’s first visit to his home track in more than 10 years.
Schrader has one previous ARCA Racing Series race in 2005 at Gateway Motorsports Park, the track closest to his Fenton, MO home and started on the pole and finished third. Schrader has competed in six NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races at the 1.25-mile oval, just over the bridge from the city of St. Louis.
“I am looking forward to returning to Gateway Motorsports Park with my ARCA team this week. The team has prepared a great race car which we will test on Thursday in preparation for Friday’s race. We are excited to be carrying the Drydene colors and hope to give them a great finish!” said Schrader.
“Seeing Ken Schrader behind the wheel of the No. 52 Drydene Ford at his hometown track is going to be a thrill not only for our customers and employees, but for race fans everywhere,” said Dave Klinger, president of Drydene Performance Products. “Team Drydene is very proud to be aligned with Ken and the entire Schrader Racing organization, and looks forward to a great race at Gateway Motorsports Park.”
Schrader has competed in 81 ARCA Racing Series races in 26 years as a driver, amassing 18 wins, 52 top-five, 65 top-ten and 21 poles. Ken Schrader Racing is the defending 2017 ARCA Racing Series Championship team.
- Raced in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) from 1984-2013.
- Four NASCAR Cup Series victories.
- Two NASCAR Xfinity Series victories.
- One NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.
- 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year.
- Three-time Daytona 500 pole winner.
- Two-time Daytona Busch Clash winner.
- Drove for prestigious team owners Rick Hendrick and Junie Donlavey.
- 18 wins in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
- As an ARCA team owner, Schrader won the 2017 championship with driver Austin Theriault.
- 1980 USAC Stock Car Series Rookie of the Year.
- 1982 USAC Silver Crown Series champion.
- 1983 USAC Sprint Car Series champion.
To purchase tickets or obtain additional information, please call Gateway Motorsports Park at (618) 215-8888. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
Friday, June 22
10 a.m. — Spectator gates open.
Noon-1 p.m. — ARCA Papa Nicholas 150 practice.
1:30-2:30 p.m. — Final ARCA Papa Nicholas 150 practice.
2:35-3:25 p.m. — NASCAR Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power practice.
4:35-5:25 p.m. — Second NASCAR Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power practice.
5:30-6:30 p.m. — ARCA Papa Nicholas 150 qualifying.
6:35-7:25 p.m. — Final NASCAR Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power practice.
7:30 p.m. — ARCA Papa Nicholas 150 driver introductions.
8 p.m. — ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Papa Nicholas 150 (120 laps, 150 miles).
Saturday, June 23
11:30 a.m. — Parking lots open.
Noon — Spectator gates open, Gateway Kartplex open.
3 p.m. — Rumble Before the Roar opens: $20 pre-race party.
3-3:45 p.m. — NASCAR Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power autograph session.
3:30-3:45 p.m. — Vintage Indy car hot laps.
4:45-5:30 p.m. — NASCAR Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power qualifying.
6 p.m. — Vintage Indy car exhibition.
7 p.m. — Last call at Rumble Before the Roar.
7 p.m. — NASCAR Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power driver introductions.
7:30 p.m. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power (160 laps, 200 miles). Hashtag: #VillaEaton200
About Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. Gateway Motorsports Park was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from St. Louis Attractions Association.