NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader will return to his racing roots Friday night, May 27, when the Fenton, Mo., native competes in the Jani-King Southern Showdown late model event at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A mainstay in NASCAR's premier division for more than 20 years, Schrader was a dominant force in Midwestern short-track racing prior to joining the stock car ranks. He won the USAC Silver Crown championship in 1982 and captured the USAC sprint car title in 1983. He also visited victory lane 21 times in USAC midget competition.

Schrader spends what little free time he has from the NASCAR circuit competing in short-track races across the country. His schedule normally dictates he fly between race tracks, but only a short golf-cart ride is required for this dirt-track/superspeedway doubleheader as the Jani-King Southern Showdown will run in conjunction with the May 29 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In addition to Schrader, the star-studded late model field is expected to include Southern All Star point leader Chris Madden, Donnie Moran, Earl Pearson Jr., Tim McCreadie, Mike Duvall, Mike Balzano and Steve Lucas

The Jani-King Southern Showdown on Friday night, May 27, includes a full slate of preliminary racing for the O'Reilly Southern All Star late models with a 50-lap finale rounding out the card. The CRASHCars, a new division that is revolutionizing entry-level racing, will also be in action.

Adult tickets are just $25 with children 12 and under admitted for $10. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS or visit