Former NASCAR driver Kenny Schrader took some time Friday afternoon to take pictures and sign some autographs for the employees of Schwan’s in Salina.
Schrader, 60, has been involved in auto racing since 1971. He drove in what is now NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series from 1984-2008 and from 2010-2013, with four career wins to his credit. He was the series’ Rookie of the Year in 1985. He was also the pole position winner at the Daytona 500 for three consecutive years from 1988-1990.
On Friday evening, Schrader, a dirt track enthuisiast, will be driving at Salina Speedway in the 1st Class Chassis IMCA Modified division, where he will compete against a local contingent of drivers. If 30 or more drivers sign in to face off against Schrader, the Main Event for the division will pay a $1,000 to the winner.
Schrader says has been involved with Schwan’s for more than two decades, dating back to 1986. He wanted to visit with the employees at Schwan’s today. “We wanted to stop in and say hi,” he said.
He said he wasn’t too concerning with winning at the speedway on Friday. “I just hope it goes well,” he said.
Races start at the speedway following hot laps, which begin at 7:15 p.m.