Last weekend, veteran racer Ken Schrader confirmed to ESPN that he plans to retire from competition at the end of the 2013 race season. His final race will be the Nov. 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Schrader has competed in several racing series, including all three of NASCAR’s national touring divisions. To date, he has competed in 763 Sprint Cup Series races, 116 Nationwide Series events and 101 Camping World Truck Series races.
At the Sprint Cup level, he has four wins. He also has two Nationwide Series wins and two victories in the Truck Series to his credit.
Schrader competed in his first NASCAR Cup-level race in 1984, finishing 19th at Nashville Speedway. He made his debut in the Nationwide (then-Busch) Series in 1987, finishing fifth at North Carolina Speedway.
Schrader’s NASCAR career included a nine-year stint with Hendrick Motorsports from 1988 to 1996. In later years, he drove for teams including Andy Petree Racing, MB2 Motorsports, BAM Racing, Wood Brothers Racing and FAS Lane Racing, among others.
He has also raced in the K&N Pro Series, one of NASCAR’s regional divisions. In Pro Series West competition, he scored 11 wins in 28 races between 1993 and 1998. Schrader has also competed in K&N Pro Series East races. In addition, he has 16 wins in 63 races in the ARCA Racing Series.
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