While Ken Schrader might not be the oldest active driver in NASCAR, he’s close to it. The Baby Boomer definitely earned high praise for his victory at this week’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada, just going to show that age doesn’t need to get in the way of doing what you love.
The 68-year-old driver began from the pole and took the lead during the final 20 laps at the Freestone Dirt Classic over in Canada. According to Schrader, he didn’t need any type of special accommodations or anything, he just needed to do his thing while his trusted crew did theirs.
“I just drove,” Schrader told reporters with NASCAR Canada. “These guys and Kyle [Steckly] my crew chief gave me an excellent car. They have their act together.”
Schrader executed a clever maneuver to bypass Pinty’s Series points leader, Treyten Lapcevich. But when the series’ top driver collided with a slower car, it provided Schrader the opportunity to seize the lead. He then successfully fended off the competition to secure the win.
“My teammate [Lapcevich] and I were working good together, and then he got into the lapped car,” he added. “I knew I had to go then. I definitely want to thank [my sponsor] APC for letting us do this. They’re the reason we’re up here.”
The last time Schrader won a NASCAR sanctioned race was all the way back at Phoenix Raceway during the Copper World Classic (later rebranded as the ARCA Menards Series West) in 2006.
Schrader continued to race for seven years until he stopped after participating in the 2013 NACAR Cup Series. What’s wild to consider is the last time he competed and won there, was in 1991 when he was just 36.