For the second time this summer, a Kenny of NASCAR fame visited the Albion Speedway Friday, August 9.
Earlier, the fairgrounds track had hosted a promotional apperance by Kenny Wallace, who spoke to the Speedway crowd and drove back-up cars owned by local racers Tyler Iverson and Mark Lueken.
Friday, another NASCAR veteran – Kenny Schrader – pulled his own #9 Federated Auto Parts open wheel modified race car into Albion and competed against regular Speedway drivers in heat and feature events.
Schrader, 58, is certainly a familiar name to racing fans, having fashioned a very successful NASCAR career over a span of 29 years. He currently races on dirt and asphalt tracks around the country, while also competing part-time in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Schrader appears frequently on This Week in NASCAR on the SPEED Channel and on ESPN’s NASCAR Now.
Schrader made his NASCAR debut in 1984, then races full-time in 1985, winning Rookie of the Year honors. Driving for Hendricks Motorsports, he scored his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in 1988 in the Talladega DieHard 500. He won at Charlotte in 1989 and posted his final two NASCAR wins at Atlanta and Dover in 1990.
Schrader’s best overall season was in 1994 when he finished fourth in the series point standings. He had his final Top 10 points finish for Andy Petree Racing in 1997, but continued to compete and drove a partial Cup schedule as recently as 2012.
Schrader’s appearance added some spice to the August 7 card at the Albion Speedway.
The veteran driver wheeled the #9 to second in his Modified heat after challenging Albion’s Tyler Iverson throughout the race, then placed third in the A Feature event behind Jared Hoefelman of Columbus and Osceola’s Dylan Smith.
Further race results in Print & Online editions of Albion News