Ken Schrader Racing announces new driver for full season in '17

CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 10, 2017) – Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. (KSR) is preparing for this week’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards test at Daytona International Speedway. The North Carolina-based team will run all 20 ARCA races in 2017 with driver Austin Theriault and crew chief Donnie Richeson. 

“It’s a huge opportunity for me to be able to run my first-ever full season at a national level with KSR,” said Theriault. “With the support of Kenny and Donnie, I believe we can challenge for wins race-to-race and be in contention for a championship. Returning to tracks such as Daytona, Iowa, and Michigan will allow me to build on my previous experiences. Driving at historic places like Salem and DuQuoin for the first time will be fun. Let’s go.” 

Ken Schrader Racing will again campaign its fleet of No. 52 race cars for the upcoming ARCA season. While primary sponsorship is not yet confirmed, long-time partner Federated Auto Parts will continue to support the team’s effort. Cross Insurance Agency, based in Bangor, Maine, will also lend its support. 

“We are looking forward to an exciting season with Austin," said team owner Ken Schrader. "He has proven to be a fierce competitor at every level of racing since his first mini stock race at the age of 13. I see a great deal of potential for the 2017 season. Austin has competed at a number of the tracks on the ARCA schedule and his previous success offers a great boost for our team.” 

Veteran crew Donnie Richeson, who has led KSR to numerous victories, with a variety of drivers during his 15-year tenure, will continue to oversee the team and call the races from the pit box.  

Theriault, a native of Fort Kent, Maine, comes to the team with an ARCA victory (Michigan International Speedway, 2014) and a fifth-place finish (Pocono Raceway, 2015) to his credit. In addition, Theriault has experience behind the wheel in NASCAR’s K & N East Series, Camping World Truck and the Xfinity Series.  Theriault’s experience in the Xfinity Series includes two races in 2016 with Rick Ware Racing, when he competed at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway and a handful of races in 2014 with JR Motorsports (JRM), owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 

Driving for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World Truck Series, Theriault’s best finish was a fourth-place in 2015 at Daytona, in his first Truck series and superspeedway start. Later in the 2015 season, Theriault had a major setback when he crashed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and suffered two compressed vertebrae in his back. After weeks of therapy, he returned to race at Homestead-Miami Speedway for BKR and finished 11th

Susan Russo
Ken Schrader Racing, Inc.

Ken Schrader Racing, Inc., established in 1982, is a family owned business specializing in motorsports with locations in Concord, North Carolina and Dittmer, Missouri.  Its North Carolina operation houses the KSR, Inc., ARCA and Truck Series teams, showcases a selection of Schrader’s race cars and employees 10 people.  Schrader’s dirt car program is managed from the Missouri location.  Schrader has driven race cars since the 1970s, including more than 29 years at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level.  He has also competed with the ARCA, IMCA, UMP, USAC, USMTS, WoO sanctioning bodies and is co-owner of race tracks in Macon, Ill. and Pevely, Mo.  For more information call KSR, Inc. at (704) 788-8315. 

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