Ken Schrader has been driving race cars for nearly 50 years and he has no plans on slowing down soon.
The St. Louis native entered 65 dirt-track events in 2017, including two nights of the Spring Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.
Proud of his Midwestern racing roots, Schrader said he's humbled to be part of the 10-person induction class for the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame on Jan. 6. Former NASCAR driver and fellow Missourian Carl Edwards along with St. Louis' Mike Mittler are among those joining Schrader as honorees at the event, at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex in Springfield.
Joining Schrader and Edwards in the "Legend" or driving category are Jim Campbell of Harrison, Ark., James Taylor of Fair Grove and the late Daryl Williams of Springfield. Inductees in the "Pioneer" division (for non-drivers) along with NASCAR Truck Series team owner Mittler include former Springfieldian Bob Aton, businessman and racing booster Chris Davis, and mechanics Lonnie Snodgrass and Dan Williams of Springfield.
Tickets to the 31st annual Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Reunion and Hall of Fame event are $20 at the door or $15 in advance at area O'Reilly Auto Parts locations. Doors open at 4 p.m. with an autograph session from 5-6:30 p.m. with a separate question-and-answer forum that will include past Hall of Fame inductees. The Salute to Area Track Champions and the induction program will begin shortly after 6:30.
Race cars and other racing memorabilia will be on display and a silent auction will be held during the evening.
The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks also will hold a blood drive from 2-5 p.m. that day in the Darr Family Lobby between the East and West Rooms at the E-Plex in honor of Mike Mittler and Brandon Riddle.
Mittler, the popular owner of MB Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is battling Multiple Myeloma and will undergo an autologous stem cell transplant in February. Riddle, 33, is a four-time transplant recipient of three livers and a kidney. He pits for Ricky Icenhower, Rod Icenhower and his dad, Mark Riddle, at I-44 Speedway.
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