April 16, 2014 – By Don Radebaugh, ARCA PR — ARCA photo — SALEM, IN – With much focus on today and tomorrow’s open test at Talladega Superspeedway, Ken Schrader Racing, which finished third in the Daytona opener with Clay Campbell driving, opted out of the Talladega test and steered their rig north to test at another favorite stop on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour – the historic Salem Speedway.
With unseasonably cold temperatures Wednesday at Salem, Schrader is already making laps around the legendary half-mile, high-banked oval in southern Indiana.
Schrader is scheduled to test all day at Salem in preparation of the next event on tour – the Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch ‘N Nutter at Salem April 27.
Schrader finished fourth at Salem last year, behind winner/rookie Kyle Benjamin, rookie Kyle Weatherman and Frank Kimmel. Schrader, who has 17 career ARCA wins overall in 64 career starts, has just one win at Salem in 1999.
In standard Schrader style, the 58-year-old (he turns 59 May 29) Fenton, Missouri veteran is on tap to compete in as many 90 events in 2014 – the full ARCA Racing Series schedule, a wide mix of UMP dirt modified competition across the nation in his own No. 52 Federated Auto Parts car, and in a handful of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, including on the dirt at Eldora Speedway.
Schrader, who is sharing his ARCA seat with rookies Matt Tifft and Campbell in 2014, is slated to run both of ARCA’s mile dirt races at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Other ARCA events Schrader is scheduled to drive in include Toledo, Elko, Winchester, Lucas Oil, Berlin, Madison and Salem in the fall.