Ken Schrader Headlines Will McGary Foundation Night At I-30 Speedway

On Saturday, April 13 at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway the third annual Will McGary Foundation night will be held. On this much anticipated night, racers and fans will join together to celebrate the life and prestige of fallen police officer, Will McGary.

McGary tragically lost his life in the line of duty on February 1, 2013. The hard-working young man was fatally struck by an impaired driver, while protecting and serving the citizens of Conway, Arkansas. He was only 26 years old.

While Will’s life may have been unfairly taken away far too soon on that fateful February day, his generosity and his spirit continue to live on. He was an organ donor.  In fact, three recipients received his heart and organs. They continue to live healthy lives because of Will’s generosity.

Jack Sullivan competing in a Will McGary tribute car in 2018. (Woody Hampton photo)

Those who knew McGary are quick to tell you just how special his giving nature truly was. With this in mind, it led to the formation of the Will McGary Foundation. The Foundation was created in honor of Will to continue his legacy by benefiting both the youth and law enforcement in Central Arkansas.

A talented field of COMP Cams Super Dirt Series Super Late Model racers from across the region will converge on the ¼-mile oval to chase the $5,000 top prize. In addition, former NASCAR star Ken Schrader will be on hand to compete in the IMCA Modified class. He’ll also be signing autographs in the grandstand area from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Schrader last raced at I-30 Speedway in 2017 and came away with a victory that night. When asked about what it takes to win at tricky clay oval, the Missouri native was straight to the point.

Ken Schrader in action. (Addison Blair photo)

“You gotta get to the checkered flag before everybody else,” Schrader laughed. “I remember a lot about I-30 Speedway. The first time there, I ran second in a Midget show in the 1970s. Then I caught on fire in an NDRA Late Model race on the parade lap a few years later. Another time there I broke my shoulder in a Sprint Car wreck, when Doug Wolfgang’s right-front tire flew off and hit me in the shoulder.

“We won at I-30 back in 2017, the last time we were there. I remember that it’s an elbow up kind of place. It’s a really racy joint and there’s a lot of tough competition. While I haven’t raced there just a ton, I definitely have a lot of memories of the place.”

Schrader is also proud to be part of a night that pays honor to the late officer McGary.

The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series will sanction the Will McGary Memorial.

“We’re very happy to be able to support this event,” Schrader noted. “One of my sponsors, Hawkeye Truck Sales from Arkansas, told me about the event back in December, and we put it on the schedule instantly.

“The job that these men and women of law enforcement do is amazing. It’s terrifying to think about what these officers face on a daily basis. When you step out of your squad car on the side of the road, you never know what you’ll encounter these days. It takes special people to do that job, and we’ll do anything to support this cause.”


On Saturday, April 13 the third annual Will McGary Tribute will be held at Tracey Clay’s I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, Arkansas. The CCSDS Super Late Model feature posts a $5,000 top prize.  Billy Moyer picked up the inaugural event win in 2017, while Jack Sullivan scored an emotional victory in the race in 2018.

IMCA Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Mod Lights will also be part of the show.

About the author

Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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