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Schrader won't let age slow his racing days

July 24, 2014, Zack Albert,

The 59-year-old has run 14 races in just 23 days

ROSSBURG, Ohio -- Though the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway marked Ken Schrader's first race of the year in any NASCAR national series, he's quick to point out that he's far from retired.

"This is our 14th race in July," Schrader said Wednesday, the 23rd day of the month. "Yeah, so we've been keeping busy."


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Schrader, 59, looked right at home back in NASCAR, driving to a steady fourth-place finish in the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on the half-mile dirt track. It was his second straight impressive Eldora performance; he became the sport's oldest pole winner in any national series and led the first 15 laps before fading to a 14th-place effort in last season's inaugural running.

This year's version was a far steadier outing.

"We started 10th and I think that's the worst we ever were," Schrader said. "It was slow, and we got going when it was time." 

Schrader retired from a career in NASCAR's top division that spanned parts of four decades after last season, but he's stayed occupied with plenty of recreational racing at short tracks across the country. For now, he's content to dabble in trucks and occasionally chalk one up for the veterans, noting he wound up two spots behind spring chicken Ron Hornaday Jr., 56.

"I'm not running any more (Sprint) Cup," Schrader said. "I quit that last year. I kept walking around the garage area and didn't see a whole lot of 59-year-old Cup drivers, but Hornaday and I were in the top four today, so we'll stay here for a little bit."


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