TOLEDO, Ohio — Ken Schrader was already the oldest winner in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history after winning at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt in 2013. Then, just prior to the ARCA race at Salem Speedway earlier this year, he said, “that only means we want to be an older winner when we get to Salem.”
Mission accomplished. Schrader, who at the time was just a month shy of his 60th birthday, dominated the 200-lap event at Salem in his own No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet, earning his 18th career ARCA victory.
As is commonly understood among the ARCA troops, Salem is often regarded as one of the most challenging tracks on the ARCA circuit. However, Schrader, in classic Schrader style, breaks it down to its simplest form.
“It’s really no different than anywhere else. You have this circle and you have a steering wheel. You get in your car and try and go as fast as you can without hitting anything.”
He did, however, manage to sneak in a helpful tip regarding rhythm.
“Salem’s all about rhythm. If your car’s working good, you get in a rhythm. It’s the same with Winchester, Toledo, Berlin…all those tracks. You get in a happy rhythm. Our car was very good (at Salem) which is also a tremendous help.”
Schrader, who was on his way to Paducah, Kentucky to race his dirt modified, said he had no idea if he’d be driving the same car at Salem that he won in back in April.
“I never ask. I just get there and find out. They all have my name on ’em, so I always know where to go.”
At any rate, Schrader’s always ready for his next Salem ARCA adventure. He won’t have to wait long. The Federated Car Care Fall Classic 200 is coming Saturday night, September 19.
“I’m ready. I’m always ready for Salem. One of the things I like about that place is that no matter how much you improve it, there are certain characteristics about the track that you won’t change. It takes a ridiculous amount of money to repave the entire track, but what they did last year…the repaving of three and four…that was a really good thing. You’re not going to change the line through there (three and four)…the radius and banking is going to keep the car right at the top, no matter what you do down there. But what they did was widen the groove…really improved it. They fixed what they needed to. Hopefully, it’s good to go for another 10 years.”
The Fall Classic weekend also coincides with Salem’s Old Settlers Days festival, which kicks off with Friday Night on the Square in downtown Salem. ARCA and Salem officials, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, are planning an ARCA driver autograph session Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the town square to accompany the festival.
Salem Discount Tickets on Sale at Menards
Discount tickets for the Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic 200 at The Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery are now on sale at five Menards locations in Indiana and Kentucky. Advance ticket sales are available for $15, a savings of $12 from the gate price, at Menards stores in the following locations: Bloomington, Ind., Columbus, Ind., Princeton, Ind., Evansville, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky. The discounted tickets are on sale through Sept. 18.
Salem Raceday Schedule
ARCA Racing Series practice for the Federated Car Care Fall Classic at Salem will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19 with final practice to follow at 1:45. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is set for 4:00. A driver autograph session follows at 4:45 with driver introductions at 6:45. The race is scheduled to get the green flag at approximately 7:15.
ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on track activities, as well as live audio, including flag-to-flag coverage of the Federated Car Care Fall Classic 200.
For ticket info, visit SalemSpeedway.com.
-ARCA Racing Series Press Release. Photo credit: ARCA