TOLEDO, Ohio – official release — ARCA photo — NASCAR and ARCA veteran Ken Schrader has unquestionably raced at more tracks across America than most, and that tally includes Berlin Raceway.
But it’s what he remembers about the renowned Marne, Mich. short track that’s interesting.
“I remember it being slick and, overall, challenging. Seemed like it didn’t have a wall on the back straightaway either,” Schrader recalled of Berlin.
“I’m sure I drove it, maybe twice in late models about 15 years ago. Had a blast each time, I can tell you that. Every race is a special event.”
Schrader will drive it again Saturday, Aug. 9 in the ARCA Racing Series Federated Auto Parts 200 in his own No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet.
For Schrader, there’s a lot on the line at Berlin, not only because he’s still got the intense desire to win, but for what the race represents.
This year’s Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin is the third leg of ARCA’s 2014 Bill France Four Crown championship, an annual honor that reaches back to 1984 when Davey Allison became the inaugural recipient.
“That would be high, high on our list of accomplishments if we’re able to pull it off,” Schrader said.
“That’s always been one of my favorite parts of the banquet each year when that award is given out. More than anything, it says a lot about the depth of a race team. That would really be special to me if we could accomplish this. Matt Tifft would be a big part of it. I would have driven two, and he’ll have driven two.”
Schrader also slated Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell for two races.
All-time ARCA winner Frank Kimmel is the all-time Bill France Four Crown champion with seven titles (2013, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1998).
Schrader, who has logged more than 700 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, will make his 71st career ARCA start at Berlin. Schrader has 17 ARCA victories and 18 Menards Pole awards.
Schrader will already have more than 60 races in the books this year prior to landing at Berlin. He’s won seven times so far this year, all in dirt modifieds and all over the country. In mid-July, he raced seven nights in eight days across Colorado, Kansas, Ohio and Indiana in dirt modifieds, NASCAR Camping World Trucks and the ARCA Racing Series.
In addition to racing at Federated Auto Parts Raceway in Pevely, Mo. this weekend, he’ll set off on another typical whirlwind week of racing that will culminate with the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin.
“We’ve got a ton of races on our schedule next week,” he said. “I don’t know exactly where yet, but it’ll be a bunch, I can tell you that.”