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Ryan Orion Hackett (born July 30, 1982) is an American stock car racing driver. He currently drives the #76 Ford F-150 for Ray Hackett Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Hackett started racing go-karts as a child at Stateline Speedway in King George, Virginia and by age 15 had won his first track championship. In 1998 at 16, he started racing dirt late model cars at Virginia Motor Speedway and Potomac Speedway. In most races, he was the youngest competitor in the field, racing against 30 to 40 year old men. He won his first dirt late model race in 1999 at the age of 17.
Ryan continued to race NASCAR late models and, in 2005, he competed in his first race in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, racing in the Hantz Group 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Hackett would start the race in 29th position and finish 12th, earning the race's "Hard Charger Award." He would race in another five ARCA events in the next three years, finishing 12th in the 2006 Pocono 200 at Pocono Raceway, 16th in the 2006 Hantz Group 200 at Michigan, and 14th at the 2008 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway.
In 2008 Hackett raced in his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the Lipton Tea 250,
Benjamin Stewart Parsons (July 12, 1941 – January 16, 2007) was an American NASCAR driver, and later an announcer/analyst on TBS, ESPN, NBC and TNT. He became famous as the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) champion.
He was nicknamed BP and The Professor, the latter in part because of his popular remarks and relaxed demeanor.
He was the founder of Rendezvous Ridge, a winery in North Carolina, which opened shortly after his death.
Parsons spent his childhood years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and played football for Millers Creek High School (now known as West Wilkes High School) in Wilkes County. Following high school, he moved to Detroit, Michigan where his father operated a taxicab company. Parsons worked at a gas station and drove cabs in Detroit before beginning his racing career. While working at the gas station one day, a couple of customers towing a race car invited him to a local race track. The driver of the car never showed up for that evening's race, and Parsons drove the car in a race for the first time later that night.
Parsons began his NASCAR career by running one race in 1964 for Holman-Moody with a young Cale Yarborough.
Parsons won the 1968
Gregory Jack "Greg" Biffle (born December 23, 1969 in Vancouver, Washington) is a NASCAR driver who drives the No. 16 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. After racing in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series in the mid-90s, he was recommended to Jack Roush by former announcer Benny Parsons. He subsequently became champion in NASCAR's other two national touring divisions, the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series.
Biffle grew up in Camas, Washington and began his racing career driving on short tracks around the Pacific Northwest. He first gained attention as a driver when he raced in the nationally televised Winter Heat Series in the winter of 1995–1996. Biffle dominated the series championship that winter, leading former ESPN announcer and NASCAR champion, Benny Parsons, to recommend the driver to Jack Roush.
Biffle entered the first two races of the 1996 Winston West Series, finishing 30th at Tucson and 4th at Altamont. His debut in one of NASCAR's national divisions came later that year when he ran the final two Busch Series races of the season. Driving a Chevrolet for Dick Bown, he finished 23rd at Rockingham but lost an engine the following race
Scott Lagasse Jr. (/ˈlæɡəseɪ/; born January 31, 1981 in St. Augustine, Florida) is a race car driver on the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit. He currently drives the #8 Hybrid Light/Boy Scouts of America Chevrolet for his own team. He is the son of former Sports Car & NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse Sr..
Scott Lagasse Jr. (also known as “Scotty”) was born and raised in St. Augustine, FL. He grew up in an early 1900’s historic home near the beach in the Nation’s Oldest City.
Lagasse attended high school at St. Joseph’s Academy where he played basketball and graduated with a Florida Academic Scholarship. He went on to graduate with his Associates Degree from the University of Central Florida while racing dirt and asphalt cars on the weekends for Scott Nelson.
Lagasse transferred to Flagler College. in St. Augustine, FL, and in 2004 he graduated with honors earning his Bachelors in Business Administration.
Lagasse currently splits his time between his hometown and Davidson, NC.
Lagasse entered his first auto race in 1998 at age 15, driving his dad’s NASCAR Florida Modified Car. Scott captured the pole, led every lap and won his first race. This made Lagasse the youngest driver to win a
Robert Richardson Jr. (born April 4, 1982) is an American stock car driver. He began driving at the Richard Petty Driving Experience and Team Texas Driving School at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002. He was runner-up in Rookie of the Year honors the following season in Romco Super Late Models. In 2004, he made his Auto Racing Club of America debut at Chicagoland Speedway. He is a former quarterback at Southern Methodist University. Richardson currently drives the #37 Mahindra Tractors Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing part-time in the Sprint Cup Series and the #23 Wildlife Conservations Society Dodge Challenger in the Nationwide Series
He made his NASCAR debut in 2005 Las Vegas 350, driving the #24 Chevrolet Silverado for Mighty Motorsports in the Craftsman Truck Series. He started 35th and finished 29th, seven laps down. He ran two more races that season. During the off-season, he purchased equipment from Ultra Motorsports and formed his own team to compete for NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors in the #1 WinYourMortgage.com Chevrolet. He failed to qualify for five races, had a best finish of 16th at Talladega Superspeedway and ended up 30th in season points. His
Steve Grissom (born June 26, 1963) is a NASCAR driver. Grissom was the 1993 Busch Series champion and has eleven Busch wins in 185 starts. He turned down a scholarship to play quarterback at the University of Alabama to focus a career on racing.
Grissom began his racing career as a youth, working on cars with his father Wayne, who was a sponsor of short track drivers in their homestate of Alabama. He soon began racing cars himself, balancing that with being captain of his high school football and basketball teams in 1981. He eventually joined the Winston All-Pro Series, and won the championship in 1985. The next season, he was nominated for Alabama Pro Athlete of the Year.
Grissom made his Busch Series debut in 1986 at the Freedlander 200, in the #31 Oldsmobile owned by his father. He started 16th but finished 30th due to engine failure. He ran three more races over the next two years, his best finish being an 11th. In 1988, he moved into the series full-time. Despite a lack of major sponsorship, Grissom had four top-tens and finished 13th in points. In 1989, he landed funding from Texas Pete Sauces, and moved to twelfth in points.
In 1990, Grissom won four races, including two
Stacy Compton (born May 26, 1967 in Hurt, Virginia) is a NASCAR team owner and former driver. He currently owns Turn One Racing, and competes in part-time in the Sprint Cup Series driving the No. 74 Chevrolet. He is a former co-owner of Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia in the Craftsman Truck Series, and is a former racing analyst for ESPN full-time. Before he ran in NASCAR, Compton was a successful short track racer in Virginia.
Compton grew up racing in Virginia, and began to focus on racing late models in local racing divisions. Eventually, he moved up to the NASCAR Winston Racing Series, and won 36 races in seven years of late model competition. During this time, Compton also hosted a TV show dedicated to covering Virginia races. In 1996, Compton made his debut in a major NASCAR series driving for Dean Monroe, when he qualified in 9th place for the Goody's Headache Powder 500 at Martinsville Speedway in the Winston Cup series. He finished 33rd that day after suffering brake failure. He ran one other race during his rookie season, the fall Martinsville event. He finished 33rd in that race as well.
In 1997, Compton signed up with a new team, Impact Motorsports, to run the #86
Sterling Marlin (born June 30, 1957) is a retired NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. He is the son of late NASCAR driver Coo Coo Marlin. He is married to Paula and has a daughter, Sutherlin, and a son, Steadman, who sometimes races in the Nationwide Series.
While he attended Spring Hill High School, Marlin played high school basketball and football, earning the captain status his senior year while he played quarterback and linebacker. He began his collection of civil war artifacts shortly after highschool. In 1976, he made his NASCAR debut at Nashville Speedway, filling in for his injured father in the #14 H.B. Cunningham Chevrolet. He started 30th and finished 29th after suffering oil pump failure early in the race. He made two more starts in 1978, finishing ninth at World 600 and twenty-fifth at Nashville for Cunningham. He ran Nashville again in 1979, finishing seventeenth. In 1980, he posted two top-tens, eighth in the Daytona 500 for Cunningham, and seventh at Nashville for D.K. Ulrich. From 1980 to 1982,Marlin was a three time track champion at the historic Nashville Speedway USA.
In 1983, Marlin was hired by Roger Hamby to drive his #17 Hesco Exhaust Chevrolet. He posted a
Stephen Park (born August 23, 1967) is a professional race car driver. Park is currently racing in the #35 Waste Management Recycle America Monte Carlo in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Park began racing not in an entry-level class, but in NASCAR Modifieds on Long Island as the son of longtime National Modified Championship contender Bob Park. After establishing himself in weekly Modified racing at Riverhead Raceway, he advanced to the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series. He won several races and became a championship contender before moving on to the Busch Series.
Steve Park was first hired by seven time Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt in 1996. Initially, Park refused to return Dale's phone messages, who was calling with interest to hire Park, thinking his friends were pranking him. After finally being convinced that the real Dale Earnhardt was calling him, Park made one start in the #31 Busch Series car in Charlotte in October that resulted in a 29th place finish. Park was then given a full-time ride in Dale's #3 AC-Delco car for the 1997 Busch Series season where he posted 3 wins and walked away with Rookie of the Year honors.
Park came to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series as
Casey James Mears (born March 12, 1978) is the driver of the #13 GEICO Ford for Germain Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. He is a former winner of the Coca-Cola 600.
Mears is the nephew of four time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears and the son of IndyCar and off-road veteran Roger Mears.
After racing in go-karts for a season in 1991, Mears began competing in the SuperLites Off-Road Series in 1992 where he posted several top-three finishes. He moved to sprint cars in 1994 and finished third in the Jim Russell USAC Triple Crown Championship, with a win at Mesa Marin Raceway. The next season, he won the championship in the USAC series.
In 1996, Mears made his CART's Indy Lights championship series debut at the Cleveland Grand Prix and finished eighth. The following year, he competed full-time in the Indy Lights championship and in 1999 finished second, losing by 14 points. He was also just the fourth driver in Indy Lights series history to complete every lap in a single season. Mears continued to compete in the Indy Lights in 2000 and won his first race at the Grand Prix of Houston meeting in October.
After testing Indy Cars for multiple teams in 2000, Mears was offered a chance to
Boston Reid (born on December 29, 1982), is a USAC and NASCAR driver.
Reid was born in Logansport, Indiana, where his father Lynn Reid was the Honda Motorcycle dealer; he later moved his shop to Kokomo, Indiana. Boston Reid is a 2001 Graduate of Taylor High School.
Boston began racing at the age of seven before moving on to the World Karting Association two years later. By the time he was twelve years old, he was racing 80cc go-karts and mini-sprint cars under the tutelage of his father Lynn Reid. In 1995, Boston won the Rookie of the Year division in the Mini Sprint 600cc division at Miami County Speedway. He won the track championship at that track over the next two years.
In 1999, Boston moved to the Great Lakes Outlaw Sprint Series, a sprint car division based in the MidWest. He drove the George K. Devine Special number 9 to several race wins over the next two years. Reid garnered more awards, the 2002 USAC Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Non-Wing Rookie of the Year. He got his first win that year at Eldora Speedway.
He would go on to race in France as part of the Red Bull Racing Formula One program, where he was signed to a sponsorship
Kevin Hamlin (born June 22, 1979 in Snohomish, Washington) is an American racecar driver who has competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series divisions.
Starting at Pikes Peak in 2005, he piloted the #4 Geico Dodge for the Biagi Brothers Racing team, scoring several top fifteen finishes, and was rumored to be in the car full time for the 2006 season, but was released in late November 2005, replaced by Mark Green when team owner Fred Biagi declined to renew his relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing. He remains under a driver development program contract with Chip Ganassi Racing. In 2006, he filled in for teammate Reed Sorenson in 5 non-companion Nextel Cup/Busch Series events, practicing and qualifying Reed's #41 Busch car which resulted in two top 5 finishes and three top 10 finishes for Sorenson.
Hamlin's driving career starting in the Pacific Northwest at the age of 3, racing dirt ovals on a 50cc 3-wheeler. By the age of 6, he had moved up to Quarter midgets where he won 8 regional and 1 national championship. At age 14, his family purchased a late model to pursue Kevin's career. In 1996 Hamlin began racing at the Super Stock division at
Robert W. "Robby" Gordon (born January 2, 1969) is an American racecar driver who currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as an owner-driver, driving the No. 7 Mapei Dodge Charger for Robby Gordon Motorsports, and also competes part-time in the Nationwide Series. He has also raced in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Champ Car, Indycar, Trans-Am, IMSA, IROC and Dakar Rally. Gordon is regarded as one of the best road course drivers in NASCAR. Along with Tony Stewart, Joe Nemechek and Michael Waltrip, Gordon participates in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as an owner/driver. Robby and his Robby Gordon Motorsports team are currently the stars of a reality TV series following the daily operations of his organization called SpeedFactory.tv, while he is also the founder of Speed Energy Drink.
Robby, the son of off-road legend "Baja Bob" Gordon, started out competing in off road racing. He won 5 consecutive SCORE International off-road class championships from 1986–1990, a sixth championship in 1996, and a seventh championship in 2009. Gordon also won two championships in the Mickey Thompson stadium series, three Baja 500's in 1989, 1990, and 2005, and three Baja 1000’s in
Anthony Wayne "Tony" Stewart (born May 20, 1971) is an American auto racing driver and owner. Throughout his racing career, Stewart has won titles in Indy cars and stock cars as well as midget, sprint and USAC Silver Crown cars, giving him the recognition of "one of the finest racers of his generation."
Stewart currently owns and drives the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1/Burger King Chevrolet Impala in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for his own team, Stewart-Haas Racing under crew chief Steve Addington. From 1999 until 2008, he drove the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car, under crew chief Greg Zipadelli, with The Home Depot as the primary sponsor. His ten year tenure with the same team, sponsor, and crew chief is a NASCAR record. Stewart is also the only driver to win both the Winston Cup under the old points system and the Nextel Cup under the chase playoff format, winning those championships in 2002 and 2005 respectively. In 2011, Stewart became the first owner-driver since Alan Kulwicki to win the Cup Series championship, which ended Jimmie Johnson's streak of consecutive championships at five. He is the only driver to win the NASCAR championship under three different sponsorship titles
Alan Dennis Kulwicki (December 14, 1954 – April 1, 1993), nicknamed "Special K" and the "Polish Prince", was an American NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) racecar driver. He started racing at local short tracks in Wisconsin before moving up to regional stock car touring series. Kulwicki arrived at NASCAR, the highest and most expensive level of stock car racing in the United States, with no sponsor, a limited budget, and only a racecar and a borrowed pickup truck. Despite starting with meager equipment and finances, he earned the 1986 NASCAR Rookie of the Year award over drivers racing for well-funded teams.
After Kulwicki won his first race at Phoenix International Raceway, he debuted what would become his trademark "Polish Victory Lap". Kulwicki won the 1992 Winston Cup championship by what was then the closest margin in NASCAR history. He died early in 1993 in a light aircraft accident, and therefore never defended his championship. He has been inducted into numerous racing halls of fame and was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
Kulwicki was known for being a perfectionist and doing things his own way. An engineer by trade, his scientific approach to
Chauncey T. Maggiacomo, Jr. (born November 30, 1947) known as "Jocko" or, in high school, as "Chant," was a racing car driver from Poughkeepsie, New York.
His father Chauncey T. Maggiacomo (also nicknamed Jocko) was a famous modified stock car racer in the northeast. Jocko Sr. won multiple championships at Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam, Mass., and won the track's biggest event, the Riverside 500. He is a member of the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame.
Jocko Jr., followed a different path, racing sportscars with the SCCA. He rose to the professional ranks, winning the 1976 SCCA Trans Am Series championship driving an ex-Roger Penske/Mark Donohue AMC Javelin..
Moving to NASCAR, Maggiacomo started 23 Winston Cup races in 10 seasons, primarily in the Northeastern United States.
Unable to avoid a spinning Bobby Allison in the 1988 Miller High Life 500 at Pocono, the t-bone crash with Maggiacomo ended Allison's driving career.
Scott Steckly (born March 2, 1972) is a Canadian auto racer and driver from Milverton, Ontario, Canada. He is a driver and owner in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. He drives the number 22 Canadian Tire Dodge Charger for Erb Racing, a team in which he is a partial owner. He preivously drove a Pontiac Grand Prix. He is the 2008 and 2011 Series Champion.
Since the formation of the Canadian Tire Series he has won seven times, four times in 2008 (Cayuga, Barrie, St. Eustache and Barrie 2) and once in the final race of 2007 (Kawartha) on his way to becoming the 2008 Series Champion. He was able to run in the Toyota Challenge but was taken out in a wreck early. He also has one Nationwide start in 2008 were he retired early at Montreal due to mechanical issues. He started off the 2009 season solid getting a win in the 3rd race at St. Eustache Tide 250 leading 39 of the final 40 laps as well as the first ever race at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. The veteran's car overturned at Montreal after being hit by another car at turn three. It flipped once fully, then rolled to its roof, coming to a stop upside-down, back end high in the air. He was unhurt.
In 2010 he picked up the win at MOTOPLEX
Janet Guthrie (born March 7, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa) is a retired professional race car driver and the first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.
Guthrie was originally an aerospace engineer and after graduating from the University of Michigan, she worked with Republic Aviation. She began racing in 1963 on the SCCA circuit in a Jaguar XK 140 and by 1972, she was racing on a full-time basis.
In the 1976 World 600, Guthrie finished 15th, becoming the first woman to compete in a NASCAR Winston Cup superspeedway race. Guthrie would go on to compete in four more races that season. The following season, she competed in her first Daytona 500, finishing 12th when her car's engine blew two cylinders with ten laps to go. For the race, though, she still earned the honor of Top Rookie. Overall, Guthrie went on to compete in 33 races in NASCAR over four seasons, finishing as high as sixth place.
Guthrie qualified for and competed in the 1977 Indianapolis 500, but finished 29th with engine troubles. She would compete in two more Indy 500s, finishing as high as ninth in the 1978 race. Overall, she competed in 11 IndyCar events finishing as high as
Robert "Red" Byron (March 12, 1915 – November 11, 1960) was a NASCAR driver who was successful in the sanctioning body's first years. He was NASCAR's first Modified champion (and its first champion in any division) in 1948 and its first Strictly Stock (predecessor to Sprint Cup) champion in 1949.
Born in Colorado he moved to Anniston, Alabama at an early age, Byron began racing in 1932 and was successful racing in Talladega by the start of the 1940s. His racing career was interrupted when he served in the United States Army Air Force as a flight engineer during World War II. Byron's B-24 was shot at (not down) during the war and he suffered a serious injury to his left leg. It took nearly two years for doctors to rebuild his leg but he managed to make a good recovery, although he was left with a limp.
When he returned from the war, Byron, limp and all, returned to racing, and was still successful. He won his first race following the war at Seminole Speedway, near Orlando, in 1946, beating Roy Hall and Bill France. In 1948, Byron became a part of the newly formed NASCAR Modified Series. In 1949, Byron began racing in NASCAR's newly formed Strictly Stock series, which became the
Burney Lamar (born August 21, 1980) is an American race car driver. He has driven in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series and is currently a free agent.
Lamar began racing go-karts at the age of 5, and won a total of twenty-five track championships and three International Karting Federation Regional titles. At the age of sixteen, Lamar started racing stock cars at Stockton 99 Speedway and finished eleventh in points. Over the next three years, he raced on many West Coast short tracks, and won the Shell Oil Tri-Track championship.
In the year 2000, Lamar began racing in the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series. He posted seven top-fives and finished third in points, winning Rookie of the Year. The following year, he joined the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southwest Series, and would win Rookie of The Year that year as well. He would go on to win two races and finish second in points in 2002 as well.
Lamar signed with Kevin Harvick Incorporated in 2005, competing in a limited number of NASCAR Busch Series, Craftsman Truck Series, and NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series races. In addition to two victories in the West Series, Lamar also won the
Richard "Dick" Brooks (April 14, 1942 – February 1, 2006) was an American NASCAR driver. Born in Porterville, California, he was the 1969 NASCAR Rookie of the Year, and went on to win the 1973 Talladega 500. Brooks held off veteran Buddy Baker by 7.2 seconds for the Talladega win. After he retired, he served as a NASCAR sportscaster for a brief period of time.
His Grand National Statistics include the win at Talladega Superspeedway, 57 top fives, 150 top tens, 4 top ten point finishes (1975 through 1978), and 358 career races.
Although Brooks only won one NASCAR race, he was a popular figure in that particular league of motorsports. Driving for the underfunded Junie Donlavey team, Brooks finished 10th in points in 1975 & 1976. A sixth place point finish in 1977 was the highest Brooks would finish. After finishing 8th in the points in 1978, Brooks left the Donlavey team and drove for others in 1979 & 1980.
Brooks only drove five races each season in 1981 and 1982 before reuniting with Donlavey for 1983. After finishing fifth in the Daytona 500, he had several other solid runs. After four races, Dick Brooks led the point standings for the only time in his NASCAR career. The rest of
Kenneth Dale Irwin, Jr. (August 5, 1969 – July 7, 2000) was an American stock car racing driver. He had driven in all three NASCAR national touring series, and had two total victories, both in the Craftsman Truck Series. Before that, he raced in the United States Auto Club against Tony Stewart, who was one of his fiercest rivals. He died as a result of injuries suffered in a crash during a practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Irwin grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was the third youngest of four children. He began racing quarter-midgets before he was in the second grade. He graduated from Lawrence North High School in 1988 where he played varsity soccer, while continuing his career as a driver. Between 1988 and 1991, he raced for his father in the IMSA American Challenge stock car series, all while he was still a teenager.
Irwin then went on to race in USAC. He began open wheel racing in 1991. He had 7 career USAC Sprint Car Series wins, and was the series Rookie of the Year in 1993. In 1994 he was the USAC Silver Crown Series Rookie of the Year and finished second in the 1995 USAC standings. In 1996 he was the USAC National Midget Series champ. After his
Nathan Haseleu (born November 24, 1977; pronounced HAWS-lie) is a racecar driver from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He competed in the Craftsman Truck Series, and now competes in the ASA Midwest Tour, the CRA Super Series, and the Wisconsin Challenge Series.
Haseleu began racing in a hobby stock at age 16 in 1994 at Columbus 151 Speedway and Jefferson Speedway in Wisconsin, and he won the Rookie of the Year at both tracks plus the championship at Columbus 151. He won hobby stock track championships both tracks in 1995. Haseleu moved up to the (limited) late model division at Columbus 151 Speedway in 1996. He was the division Rookie of the Year, finished third in points, and won the Hard Charger of the Year award for passing the most cars in feature races. He won the track late model championship in 1997 and repeated as Hard Charger. He started travelling in 1998. He won his first super late model race at Madison International Speedway in his second super late model start. He also competed in four NASCAR RE/MAX Challenge Series races. In 1999 had seven Top 10 finishes in the RE/MAX Challenge Series, one pole, and two Top 5 finishes. Also in 1999 he won the Miller Classic race at Madison,
Doug Heveron (born March 29, 1961) is an American race car driver from Liverpool, New York. He has driven supermodifieds, modifieds, Indy cars, NASCAR Winston Cup cars, NASCAR Busch Grand National cars, sprint cars, late models and midgets.
Doug Heveron is the son of Gail and Tom Heveron. Tom was an Oswego Speedway Hall of Famer. In 1969 Heveron began racing at the Syracuse Geddes Mic-Rod Track at the New York State Fairgrounds when he was 8 years old. When he was 13 years old, Heveron started racing quarter midgets. When he was in high school at Liverpool High School, he spent time helping regionally-known racer Jim Shampine at Shampine Auto Parts.
He entered the supermodified ranks in 1978 in one of Shampine's cars known as 8 ball. Heveron used the car to become the youngest winner at Oswego Speedway in the Alean 75 lapper. He won the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) Rookie of the Year award that year. Heveron became the dominant driver at Oswego. He won 13 races in 1981, the Oswego International Classic in 1981 and 1982, and track championships both years. Heveron was the champion of the ISMA tour series from 1978 until 1981.
In 1983 he drove in the CART
Aric A. Almirola (born March 14, 1984 on Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida) is a Cuban-American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar driver, currently driving the No. 43 Smithfield Foods/United States Air Force/STP Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports. Almirola attended the University of Central Florida working on a degree in mechanical engineering before leaving to pursue a career in racing. Almirola is nicknamed "The Cuban Missile" due to his Cuban heritage.
Almirola began racing when he was eight years old, racing go-karts. At 14, he began racing nationally. He won the pole position in his debut in the World Karting Association race and finished fourth in the standings that year. Two years later, he moved up into modifieds and won several Rookie of the Year awards.
In 2002, Almirola moved to the NASCAR Sun Belt Weekly Racing Division and finished second in the Rookie of the Year standings. He followed that up with five pole positions in 2003. In 2004, he became one of the first drivers to participate in NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program. He also signed with Joe Gibbs Racing as a development driver under a partnership with former NFL player Reggie White. Almirola
Buddy Arrington (born July 26, 1938 in Martsinville, Virginia, USA) is a retired NASCAR Grand National/Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup Series) driver.
He has the second most starts without a win, and managed to finished in the top 10 of NASCAR points twice; in 1978 (ninth) and 1982 (seventh). He was known as a stubborne Mopar (Chrysler vehicles) loyalist until 1985 (long after almost every other team moved to other makes, and when the cars became ineligible to compete) and finished his career driving a few FORD Thunderbirds. His best career race and finish was at Talledega in 1979, where he had a powerful enough car to lead a few laps towards the end, and finished third. The race was ironic for Buddy (and Richard Petty), as Buddy finished one lap up of Petty, driving one of Richard's cast-off Dodge Magnums (a car Petty considered uncompetitive on big tracks like Talledega) and several other top NASCAR drivers. Buddy; from day one, almost always ran his own car, and his operation was a very money conscious effort. His pit crew were almost always unpaid volunteers, and relied on used equipment; at first Dodge Magnums that he bought from Richard Petty team, and also Harry Hyde's defunct
David Gene Pearson (born December 22, 1934) is a former American stock car racer from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Pearson began his NASCAR career in 1960 and ended his first season by winning the 1960 NASCAR Rookie of the Year award. He won three championships (1966, 1968, and 1969) every year he ran the full schedule in NASCAR's Grand National Series (now Sprint Cup Series). NASCAR described his 1974 season as an indication of his "consistent greatness"; that season he finished third in the season points having competed in only 19 of 30 races.
At his finalist nomination for NASCAR Hall of Fame's inaugural 2010 class, NASCAR described Pearson as "... the model of NASCAR efficiency during his career. With little exaggeration, when Pearson showed up at a race track, he won." Pearson ended his career in 1986, and currently holds the second position on NASCAR's all-time win list with 105 victories; as well as achieving 113 pole positions. Pearson was successful in different venues of racing; he won three times on road courses, 48 times on superspeedways, 54 time on Short tracks, and had 23 dirt track wins. Pearson finished with at least one Top 10 finish in each of his 27 seasons.
Wally Dallenbach, Jr. (born May 23, 1963) is an American former NASCAR Winston Cup driver. He competed in 226 Winston Cup races from 1991 to 2001 and had 23 top 10 finishes. The son of open wheel racer and former CART chief steward, Wally Dallenbach, Sr., Wally Jr. is also a road racer. Aside from NASCAR, Wally has raced in SCCA Trans-Am, IMSA Camel GT, CART, and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Largely retired from full-time driving, Dallenbach is now a race commentator for NBC Sports and Turner Sports. His primary responsibilities are for TNT's NASCAR coverage, a position he has held since 2001, and NBC Sports Network's IndyCar Series coverage, which he has been a part of since NBC was bought by Comcast in 2010. Dallenbach works with Adam Alexander and Kyle Petty on TNT and with Bob Jenkins and Jon Beekhuis on NBC Sports Network. In addition to these duties Dallenbach works on NBC's motorsports telecasts, usually paired with his former NBC and TNT partner Bill Weber.
Dallenbach was born in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey. He began his pro racing career in the SCCA Trans-Am Series. Immediately he won the Rookie-of-the Year title in 1984, and followed that up with two
Jerry Glanville (born October 14, 1941) is a former American football player and coach, former NASCAR driver and owner, and sportscaster in the United States. He served as Head Football Coach of the Houston Oilers from 1986 to 1990 and the Atlanta Falcons from 1990 to 1994, compiling a career NFL record of 63–73. From 2007 to 2009, he was the Head Football Coach at Portland State University, tallying a mark of 9–24. Glanville has worked as an analyst on HBO's Inside the NFL, CBS's The NFL Today/NFL on CBS and Fox's coverage of the NFL. He has also raced on the Automobile Racing Club of America circuit. Glanville also briefly served as a consultant and liaison for the United Football League in 2011.
Glanville played college football as a middle linebacker at Northern Michigan University where he graduated in 1964 with a bachelors degree. He also holds a masters degree from Western Kentucky University where he worked as an assistant football coach on campus and was roommates with a former NFL coach, Joe Bugel. The two were known for drawing football plays on pizza boxes.
During Glanville's time in the National Football League he was the special teams/defensive assistant for the
Jimmy Spencer (born February 15, 1957) is a current television commentator, and a former NASCAR driver. He formerly hosted the NASCAR inspired talk show, “What’s the Deal?”, on SPEED. He is the former co-host, with John Roberts and Kenny Wallace, of the SPEED's pre-race and post-race NASCAR shows NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane. Spencer now has a segment on SPEED's NASCAR Race Hub offering commentary and answering viewer questions (Tuesdays & Thursdays). During his days racing modifieds, he was nicknamed "Mr. Excitement", for his aggressive racing style. Spencer is one of the few drivers to have won a race in all three of NASCAR's top series: Sprint Cup, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series.
Jimmy Spencer followed his father, Ed Spencer Sr. (Fast Eddie), in racing. Spencer started in Late Models in Pennsylvania. He captured his first racing win in the Late Model division at Port Royal Speedway in 1976. He moved to NASCAR Modifieds at Shangri-La Speedway (Owego, New York), then branched out to bigger events throughout the Northeast.
In 1984, Spencer was one of the top contenders for NASCAR's National Modified Championship, at a time when all sanctioned
Stanton Thomas Barrett (born December 1, 1972 in Bishop, California) is a NASCAR driver and Hollywood stuntman. He has driven in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series, as well in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Barrett made his NASCAR debut in the Busch Series at the 1992 Food City 250 at the age of 19, finishing 26th out of 29 cars following an accident on lap 39. He made a few limited starts with his own small team in the Busch Series for several years, finishing a career best 5th at the spring race at Atlanta in 1996 with Petro Express along with a successful finish in IMSA GT1 event at Road Atlanta finishing 4th, after running as high as 3rd with 2 laps to go and being run off course by a lapped car.
In 1999, he ran several races replacing Kerry Earnhardt in the Channellock Chevy for Darwin Oordt but left the team and replaced by Butch Miller after 15 races. He finished out the year for Steve Coulter, competing in the final three races of the season for him. 1999 was also the year he made his Winston Cup debut, at the Las Vegas 400 for Junie Donlavey, starting 42nd and finished 30th in the #90 Nestle Ford Taurus. After only qualifying for two of the several races he
Jim Rathmann (July 16, 1928 – November 23, 2011), born Royal Richard Rathmann, was an American race car driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1960.
He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series in the 1949–1950 and 1952–1963 seasons with 42 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in each of those seasons. Rathmann also participated in the two runnings of the Race of Two Worlds at Monza, Italy, winning the 1958 event. He had 6 victories in addition to his Indy 500 win. He also drove in 3 races in the NASCAR series from 1949 to 1951.
Rathmann and his older brother notably swapped names while teenagers. As a 16-year old going by the name of "Dick Rathmann," he wanted to start racing. In order to enter races, he borrowed his older brother's I.D. and assumed the identity of "Jim Rathmann." The name change stuck for life in public circles.
On August 15, 2007, Rathmann was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. The ceremony took place in Detroit. He died in 2011 after a seizure.
Rathmann drove in 3 NASCAR Strictly Stock/Grand National races from 1949 to 1951, competing in one race in each of those years. He debuted in 1949 at Langhorne. Starting 13th in the race,
Joseph Frank Nemechek III (born September 26, 1963) is a NASCAR driver and owner of NEMCO Motorsports. He won the 1992 Busch Series championship. He was born in Lakeland, Florida, the older brother of John Nemechek, and is nicknamed "Front Row Joe", a nickname given him by former teammate Wally Dallenbach for his tendency in the late 1990s to be a regular contender for a front row starting position. He is the brother of the late John Nemechek and the father of John Hunter Nemechek.
Nemechek began racing at the age of thirteen in motocross, and won three hundred career races over the next six years. After winning various awards in different short track series around the country, Nemechek made his Busch Series debut at North Carolina Speedway in 1989, where he started 40th and finishing 33rd after suffering engine failure in his #88 Buick.
Nemechek moved up to the Busch Series in 1990, running the #87 with sponsorship from Master Machine & Tool, posting two top-fives and finishing seventeenth in points, winning Rookie of the Year honors. He had sixteen top-ten finishes and finished sixth in points the following year. In 1992, Nemechek got full-time sponsorship from Texas Pete sauce,
Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is a former NASCAR driver who raced in the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. "The King", as he is nicknamed, is most well known for winning the NASCAR Championship seven times (Dale Earnhardt is the only other driver to accomplish this feat), winning a record 200 races during his career, winning the Daytona 500 a record seven times, and winning a record 27 races (ten of them consecutively) in the 1967 season alone. (A 1972 rule change eliminated races under 250 miles (400 km) in length, reducing the schedule to 30 [now 36] races.) Statistically he is the greatest driver the sport has ever seen and is one of the most respected figures in motorsports as a whole. He also collected a record number of poles (127) and over 700 top-ten finishes in his 1,185 starts, including 513 consecutive starts from 1971–1989. Petty is a member of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Hall in 2010.
Petty is a second generation driver. His father, Lee Petty, won the first Daytona 500 in 1959 and was also a 3 time NASCAR champion. Richard's son, Kyle Petty, is also a well-known NASCAR driver.
Julius Timothy Flock (May 11, 1924 – March 31, 1998) was one of NASCAR's early pioneers, and a two time series champion. He was a brother to NASCAR's second female driver Ethel Mobley and NASCAR pioneers Bob Flock and Fonty Flock.
Tim Flock finished 5th in NASCAR’s inaugural Strictly Stock race at Charlotte, North Carolina in 1949. NASCAR's first official season ended with Tim in eighth, Tim's brother Fonty Flock in fifth, and Tim's other brother Bob Flock in third in the overall points standing. Tim sat out the 1950 NASCAR season recovering from a four car pile up at Charlotte.
Returning to racing in 1951, Tim won seven races. 1952 brought eight wins and four poles. At the end of the 1952 NASCAR season, Tim Flock had 106 more points than Herb Thomas, earning Flock his first Grand National Championship title, despite flipping in the final race at West Palm Beach. Flock later joked, "I was the only driver to ever win a championship upside-down."
1955 was a record setting year for Flock as well as NASCAR. On the way to Flock's second Grand National Championship title, Flock had 19 poles and 18 victories in 45 races. The 18 victories stood as a record until broken by “The King”,
A.J. Fike is an American racecar driver. He was born on December 29, 1980 and resides in Galesburg, Illinois. He is the older brother of NASCAR driver Aaron Fike. Fike won the 1999 United States Auto Club (USAC) Midget Car rookie of the year title and his younger brother Aaron Fike won the award the following season making them the first brothers to win the award in back to back season. He later drove in several NASCAR races.
In Chevrolets and Pontiacs fielded by former ARCA RE/MAX Series driving champion Andy Hillenburg, he finished 7th in ARCA RE/MAX Series points in his first season on tour . In 22 career RE/MAX Series starts, he has 3 top-5 finishes and 9 top-10s with a career-best finish of second at Berlin, Illinois. He also finished third at Gateway, fifth at Nashville, sixth at Toledo & Lake Erie, eighth at Chicagoland, eighth at Salem, ninth at South Boston & tenth at Speedway.
He finished tenth in the Indianapolis Speedrome midget points in 1997. In 1998 he finished second in NAMARS Midgets points with three feature event victories. He joined the USAC National Midget Tour in 1999 and was the Rookie of the Year. Fike finished a career-best second in USAC Midget points in
Boris Said III (born September 18, 1962) is an American race car driver from Carlsbad, California but considers his hometown to be Stamford, Connecticut and was born in New York City. His father, Bob Said, was a Formula One race driver and US Olympic bobsled driver in 1968 and 1972. His NASCAR career began in 1995 as a "Road course ringer" primarily due to his extensive road-racing experience.
Said's early interest was in motorcycle racing. In 1985 while attending the Detroit Grand Prix as a spectator he met SCCA Champion, Bob Sharp.
He began racing with the SCCA in 1987. Boris was named SCCA rookie of the year in 1988. In 1991 he began driving for Baer Racing, later to become Baer Brake Systems. Upon Baer's withdrawal from the series to focus on the manufacture of brakes in 1992, Boris got another big ride driving in the IMSA series in 1993 driving a BMW M3. He won the 1997 and 1998 24 Hours of Daytona and 1998 12 Hours of Sebring in IMSA. He also became the first American to win the 24 Hours Nürburgring in 2005 driving a BMW Motorsport-entered BMW M3 GTR with co-drivers Pedro Lamy, Duncan Huisman and Andy Priaulx.
Boris was also invited as an "At-Large" Rally Car Racing entry for
Jeffrey "Jeff" Burton (born June 29, 1967), also referred to as JB or The Mayor, is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver who drives the No. 31 Caterpillar/Wheaties Chevrolet Impala for Richard Childress Racing. Burton is the younger brother of Ward Burton, who is a former Sprint Cup driver. Married to wife Kim, they have two children: Paige and Harrison.
Burton began driving a handful of races in the Busch Series in 1988 in car number 69 owned by his father John Burton. He competed in the full season for Busch Series Rookie of the Year in 1989 in the #12 Burton Autosports Pontiac In 1990, he drove the #12 Armour Lower Salt Bacon Buick for Sam Ard, where he won his first career race. He moved to J&J Racing's #99 Armour / Food Lion Chevrolet in 1991 for one year before moving on to FILMAR Racing owned by Filbert Martocci where he would drive an Oldsmobile sponsored by TIC Financial Systems in 1992, and a Ford sponsored by Baby Ruth in 1993. Burton would later make his first Winston Cup start in 1993 in car #0 owned by Martocci.
Burton ran his first Winston Cup race in 1993 in the #0 TIC Financial Ford Thunderbird for Fil Martocci. 1994 was Burton's rookie year in the Winston Cup Series,
Lennie Pond (born August 11, 1940 in Ettrick, Virginia) is a former NASCAR driver. He won NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors in 1973, and won his only race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1978 for Ronnie Elder and Harry Ranier. Pond set a then world record speed of 174.700 miles per hour (281.152 km/h) in winning the caution free 500-mile race.
Lennie W. Pond grew up in the Village of Ettrick, Virginia and had a couple cars that he used to race on his parents farm, which is where he got his taste for cars going fast. Ettrick has been home to Lennie all his life. Pond started being involved in racing probably in the mid-1950s. Lennie started racing modifieds on dirt tracks, then went to asphalt tracks, then to late-model tracks. In 1973, Pond started to run Winston Cup races, his last race with Winston Cup was in 1989 at Richmond International Raceway for Junie Donlavey. Lennie got to run all three tracks here—dirt, asphalt and the new track.
His career totals include 234 career stars, one win, 39 top fives, 88 top tens, five poles, and a best championship finish of 5th in 1976. He beat out Darrell Waltrip for rookie of the year honors in 1973. Before retiring Lennie raced
Marc Davis (born June 23, 1990), is a former NASCAR developmental driver for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). Davis graduated from Mooresville Christian Academy in May 2008.
Davis grew up in Colesville, Maryland as the son of a F-1 boat racer. He began competing in BMX, achieving US-2 and Gold Cup #1 rankings. He moved to quarter midgets at age 8, followed by Junior Dragsters. He spent three years racing Bandoleros before moving to legends. At age 13 he was in this third year racing legends when he won two 2003 national legends car championships in the Dirt and Road Course Young Lion divisions, becoming the first champion to win both championships in the same season. He moved to Mooresville, North Carolina to pursuit a career in racing. He won six of twelve limited late model races for JGR at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2006. His March 25, 2006 victory at the track was the track's second victory by an African American.
In 2007 he recorded a season best second place finish, five top fives, and seven top 10 finishes in thirteen events. He finished ninth in points. He also competed in his first ARCA event, finishing fourth for veteran Bill Venturini. He is scheduled to racing the Camping World
Lawrence Neil Bonnett (July 30, 1946 - February 11, 1994) was a NASCAR driver who compiled 18 victories and 20 poles over his 18-year career. The Alabama native currently ranks 35th in all-time NASCAR Cup victories. He appeared in the 1983 film Stroker Ace and the 1990 film Days of Thunder. He was a color commentator in the years up until his death.
Neil Bonnett began his NASCAR career as a protégé of 1983 Winston Cup champion Bobby Allison, working on the team's cars. He later became part of the famous "Alabama Gang" that included himself, Red Farmer and the Allison family: father Bobby, brother Donnie and, later, son Davey. He began driving in NASCAR in 1974 and earned his first victory in 1977 at the Capital City 400 in Richmond, Virginia driving for Harry Hyde/Jim Stacy Racing. He had another victory in 1977 at the Los Angeles Times 500, which would be the last Dodge win in NASCAR until 2001. Many in racing circles thought 1978 would be his year to dominate, but troubles with his cars (the new for 78 Dodge Magnum) and financial problems between Hyde and Stacy caused his cars to fail and to drop out of many races. In 1979 he hooked up with the Wood Brothers Racing Team and got
Kertus Davis (born February 26, 1981 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is a NASCAR driver. He is currently the competition director for JD Motorsports.
Davis began racing in go-karts at the age of eight, competing in his hometown of Gaffney around various tracks. He raced in the karts for a number of years, and finished 3rd in the World Karting Association finals at the age of 17. In 1998, Davis began racing Late Model Stock Cars in various Southeastern tracks, gaining experience and a handful of top-five finishes. He mostly competed at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and Timmonsville Speedway. During the 1999 season, he made three starts in the USAR ProCup Series.
He competed for Rookie of the Year in 2000 in the USAR Pro-Cup Competing in 20 events, Davis finished the season 17th in points with top ten finishes. In 2001, he finished 11th in the Southern Division points standing with eight top-ten finishes. After a part-time USAR run in 2002, he joined Premiere Motorsports to run a full-time schedule 2003. He won his first race at Smithton, Pennsylvania and finished third in the Northern Division points, thirteenth for the entire sanctioning body.
Davis made his
D. J. Kennington (born July 15, 1977) is a Canadian stock car racing driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, winning the 2010 and 2012 series championships.
During this time he drove #17 Castrol sponsored car in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. He won both the Barrie Speedway races in 2007 plus D. J. got a pole and ended up Second in the points. Kennington struggled in the 2008 season with no wins. In 2009, he won at Delaware from pole and had a solid season including the pole at Riverside Speedway and won the season finale at Kawartha Speedway, lead to him finishing second in points. He started off the 2010 season by defending his win at Delaware Speedway and picking up the pole for that event. Kennington won the third race of the year after leading only the last lap passing both Kerry Micks and Scott Steckly en route to victory at Autodrome Saint-Eustache. At Motoplex Speedway he started on the pole and lead the majority of the race but lost to Scott Steckly in the last few laps. D. J. picked up his third win from the pole at Saskatoon but after problems in Montreal D. J. fell back in the points. He won at Barrie Speedway and Riverside Speedway, retaking
Bradley Aaron "Brad" Keselowski (born February 12, 1984) is an American auto racing driver and team owner currently competing in the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger in the Sprint Cup Series and the #22 Discount Tire Company/Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger in the Nationwide Series for Penske Racing. He was previously a driver for JR Motorsports from 2007 to 2009 in the Nationwide Series and for Phoenix Racing and Hendrick Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series. He won his first championship in the 2010 Nationwide Series; the first championship for both Brad and Penske Racing. Keselowski also owns a Camping World Truck Series team, Brad Keselowski Racing.
He is the son of Bob Keselowski and the nephew of Ron Keselowski. His older brother Brian competes part-time in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the Nationwide Series, and the Sprint Cup Series.
Keselowski began his NASCAR career in the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series season, as the driver of the #29 for his family-owned K Automotive Racing team. He made his debut at Martinsville Speedway, where he started 26th and finished 33rd. He made seven more starts that season, his best finish coming at Mansfield, where he finished 16th.
In 2005, Keselowski
David Wishart Hobbs (born 9 June 1939 in Royal Leamington Spa, England) is a British former racing driver currently employed as a commentator for the Speed Channel. In 1969 Hobbs was included in the FIA list of graded drivers, an élite group of 27 drivers who by their achievements were rated the best in the world.
Hobbs currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, Margaret, with whom he has two sons, Gregory and Guy. In 1986, Hobbs opened a car dealership, David Hobbs Honda, in Glendale, Wisconsin, which continues to exist today, and who he personally voices advertisements on local radio for. His youngest son, Guy, worked for Speed as a pit reporter on their sports car coverage. Hobbs was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009.
Hobbs was born just months before the outbreak of World War II, and has a vast, 30-year history of international driving experience at all levels of motor sports, including sports cars, touring cars, Indy cars, IMSA, Can-Am and Formula One. He has participated in the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona. He made twenty starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, finishing in 8th place at the first attempt in 1962,
Mike Stefanik (born May 20, 1958, in Wilbraham, Massachusetts) is a NASCAR driver. He currently races in the Whelen Modified Tour, piloting the #66 Robert B. Our Co. sponsored Chevrolet. Stefanik was named the second greatest NASCAR Modified driver of all-time in 2003. His seven series championships are tied with Jerry Cook for second all-time, trailing only Richie Evans. In 2006, Stefanik tied the late Evans with nine overall championships in NASCAR-sanctioned competitions including the unique situation where in 1997 and 1998 where he won both the Modified and Busch North Series(now known as the Camping World East series) championships in the same year. He is also the career wins leader of the series with 69.
From 1989 to 1998, Stefanik won four championships in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and was also an accomplished Busch North driver, winning the 1997 and 1998 titles. In doing so, he became the first driver to win two NASCAR championships in consecutive years; Lee Petty is the only other person to have won two championships in one year. Following these seasons, Stefanik moved up to the Craftsman Truck Series, racing for Dale Phelon and finishing in the top-ten nine times
Alex García (born March 18, 1977) is a Venezuelan stock car racing driver, and a former competior in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. A road course ringer, he drove the 98 Dixien/OmniSource Chevrolet for Transnet Racing, a team which García owns. Alex García made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the 2007 Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 in Mexico City, where he became the first Venezuelan to race in one of NASCAR's top three series.
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, García immigrated to the United States with his family in 1988 at the age of 11. He and his family settled in Marietta, Georgia, where he still lives today.
At the age of 16, several years after his Argentine uncle sparked his interest in racing, García drove his first race car. After that, García decided to embark on a career in professional racing.
An owner of his equipment from the beginning of his racing career, García formed Transnet Racing, which began with a single mechanic in his parents' garage, and has now grown into an established organization with a 10,000-square-foot (930 m) shop in Morrow, GA, just south of Atlanta.
Alex García began his racing career in open wheel racing. In 1994 Alex raced at the amateur
For the Major League Baseball pitcher, see Johnny Rutherford (baseball). For other people with a similar name, see John Rutherford.
John Sherman Rutherford III (born March 12, 1938), better known as Johnny Rutherford, and also known as "Lone Star JR" is a former U.S. automobile racer known for being one of nine drivers to win the prestigious Indianapolis 500 mile race at least three times. Rutherford won that race in 1974, 1976, and 1980.
Rutherford began racing Modified stock cars in 1959 and he also dabbled in stock car racing, making 35 NASCAR Winston Cup starts from 1963 to 1988. Rutherford won in his first start, at Daytona International Speedway driving for Smokey Yunick. This made him one of the youngest drivers ever to win in NASCAR history, in a full points-paying NASCAR race.
In 1959, Rutherford started driving modified stock cars in Dallas. He joined the International Motor Contest Association sprint car circuit in 1961 leading it for most of 1962. Rutherford later joined the United States Auto Club (USAC) starting in the Hoosier Hundred and later winning his first championship.
Rutherford set a world record for speed in his first qualifying effort in a stock car during
Kyle Krisiloff (born March 3, 1986) is an American race car driver. He is the son of former Champ Car racer, Steve Krisiloff, the nephew of Tony George, and the grandson of Mari Hulman George. He became the youngest BMX rider in the United States, when he began racing BMX bicycles at just three years old. He raced quarter midgets from 1995 to 1999, winning over 320 features and nine Grand National Championships.
In 2000, Krisiloff raced in Superkarts USA competition, winning two races and two pole positions. In 2001, he competed in twenty-two SCCA Formula Ford events, winning six races, six poles, and national championship at the historic SCCA Runoffs(The youngest ever at 14 years of age). In 2002, he competed in Toyota Atlantic for the last six races of the year. He ran the full season in 2003, placing 10th in points. His best finish was a second at the Milwaukee Mile, which made him the youngest driver to score a podium finish in Toyota Atlantics as well as the fastest Toyota Atlantic driver ever setting a speed over 150 mph (240 km/h) at the Milwuakee Mile.
In 2004, Krisiloff signed a driver development contract with Hendrick Motorsports and ran three ARCA races with Bobby
P. J. Jones (born April 23, 1969) is a race car driver. He has raced in NASCAR, Indycar, IMSA GT, ALMS, and Champ Car. He is the son of racing legend Parnelli Jones, and brother of Page Jones.
He first ran in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1993 for Harry Melling. Driving the #9 Melling Auto Products Ford in six races, his best finish was an eighth at Watkins Glen. He again returned to the series in 1994 for two races with a best finish of 29th in the Ultra Motorsports' #06 Ultra Racing Wheels Ford. Jones returned to the series in 2000 with Chip Ganassi and Ganassi Racing. His best finish, a 21st, came at Watkins Glen in the #01 BellSouth Chevrolet. He raced again in 2002 for A.J. Foyt Racing at Watkins Glen where he would have his first career top five, a fourth place finish. In 2003, he drove the historic #4 Kodak Pontiac for Morgan-McClure Motorsports. Racing at Watkins Glen he would finish 24th. For the 2004 season, Jones would move to Arnold Motorsports for five races, where his best finish would be a 22nd at Pocono. Jones drove the road courses for Morgan-McClure Motorsports in 2005 and also competed in races for MACH 1 Motorsports and Front Row Motorsports. His best finish
William Clyde "Bill" Elliott (born October 8, 1955), also known as Awesome Bill from Dawsonville or Million Dollar Bill, is a part-time driver and former champion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Elliott was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on August 15, 2007. He won the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship and has garnered 44 wins in that series. He had two Daytona 500 victories, and a record four consecutive wins at Michigan International Speedway during 1985-86. He holds the track record for fastest qualifying speed at Talladega at 212.809 mph and Daytona International Speedway at 210.364 mph Both of these were set in 1987. The mark at Talladega is the fastest speed for any NASCAR event ever.
Elliott won NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award 16 times, a record. He withdrew his name from the ballot for that award after winning it in 2002. In 2005, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue declared October 8 as Bill Elliott Day in the state of Georgia. Elliott has also been honored by the state legislature, having a stretch of road in his native Dawsonville renamed Elliott Family Parkway. Elliott was born in Dawsonville, Georgia.
Bill Elliott grew up near Dawsonville,
Bradford Coleman (born February 26, 1988 in Houston, Texas) is an American stock car driver. He was a high school graduate of Carlisle School.
Coleman was discovered at an indoor karting center in Houston, TX by LeMans champion Price Cobb. He set a record at 16 years-old at the Rolex 24 at Daytona when he and his teammates finished 7th in the GT class driving a Porsche 911 GT3, making them the youngest team in history to drive and complete the famed race.
Following extensive training and racing in stock cars and formula cars, he made his big league stock car racing debut in the ARCA RE/MAX series at Nashville Superspeedway on April 15, 2006, where he finished second. In 9 starts, Coleman posted 8 top five finishes including 3 poles and 1 win. On June 10 of the same year, Coleman made his debut in the Busch Series the same week he graduated from high school. In 2007, Coleman ran 17 races for Joe Gibbs Racing in the #18 Carino’s Italian Grill Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series with Aric Almirola, Kevin Conway, and Tony Stewart filling in the remainder. He put together 3 top 5 finishes, 5 top 10 finishes, 7 top 15 finished and 9 top 20 finishes in only 14 races, including back to
Mark Green is a NASCAR driver. He currently drives the #49 Chevrolet for Jay Robinson Racing in the Nationwide Series on a part-time basis. He is the brother of drivers, Jeff Green and David Green.
Mark Green began his racing career in 1973, racing go-karts in the Southern Indiana Racing Association. During his tenure, he won six consecutive championships. He then moved on to the late model division at several local speedways. Among the tracks he competed on were Nashville Speedway USA, Beech Bend Raceway and Kentucky Motor Speedway. From 1988 to 1991, he also competed in the All-American Challenge Series. In 1993, he won 16 of 20 races at Beech Bend and won the track championships there, from 1991 to 1993.
Green made his Busch debut in 1995 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. He qualified the #41 Brewco Motorsports Chevrolet in twenty-eighth spot, and finished eighteenth. He signed to run ten more races in 1996, in the #37 Timber Wolf Chevy. He posted his first career top-ten at Myrtle Beach Speedway, where he finished tenth, in addition to qualifying on the outside pole. In 1997, Green and Brewco ran the full schedule, posting five top-tens including a career-best fifth-place finish at
Michel Jourdain Jr. (born September 2, 1976, Mexico City, Mexico) is an IndyCar driver. Jourdain Jr. started racing cars in the Mexican Formula Junior series at the age of 12. He then moved to the Mexican Formula K and Formula 2 series.
In 1996, Jourdain ran several races in the Indy Racing League (IRL) and the CART (now Champ Car) series, including the Indy 500. At the age of 19, he became one of the youngest drivers to race in both Champ Car and the Indy 500. Jourdain raced full time in Champ Car from 1997–2004. In his early years, he was largely considered a back marker; however, after joining the Rahal team in 2002, he became a championship contender. Jourdain ended his Champ Car career in 2004 with 1 pole, 2 wins, and 9 podium (top three) finishes.
Jourdain was supported by Mexican sponsors throughout his years in Champ Car. After losing his sponsorship following the 2004 season, Jourdain looked to the NASCAR Busch Series. At the time, NASCAR was trying to expand its fan base among Mexicans and Hispanic Americans.
Jourdain made 18 starts driving the number 10 ppc Racing Ford in 2005. He was able to notch one top ten finish, however in July ppc Racing announced that the team
Mike Harmon (born January 24, 1958) is an American race car driver. Currently, he drives the #74 Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In the past, he drove in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series, finishing 8th in points in 1997. He has also racked up 300 feature wins in short-track competition during his racing career.
Harmon made his NASCAR debut in 1996 driving the #24 MedPartners Chevrolet at South Boston Speedway, where he finished 31st after a transmission failure. He ran seven more races in the car that season, with a best finish of 23rd, but a sponsorship struggle caused his team to close down. He was scheduled to return to NASCAR in 1999, when he signed with Donlavey Racing to compete for NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors with Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce sponsoring. Unfortunately, Big Daddy's never paid, and Harmon was reportedly fired from the team during preparation for that year's Daytona 500 when he refused to let another driver try to get more speed out of the car.
In 2001, Harmon returned to the Busch Series, driving fourteen races for Mixon Motorsports in the #44 Pontiac Grand Prix. Driving mostly with sponsorship from Pegasus and
Ricky Rudd (born September 12, 1956) is a former American NASCAR driver. He is the uncle of actor Skeet Ulrich and former NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jason Rudd. Rudd is known as the "Iron Man" of NASCAR; holding the record for most consecutive starts in NASCAR racing. At the conclusion of the 2005 season, Rudd had made 788 consecutive starts. He retired in 2007 with 23 career wins under his belt. He was named the 2006 Virginian of the Year and was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. In October 2010, he was selected to the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame, which honors those who have contributed to sports in southeastern Virginia.
Ricky Rudd was born in Norfolk County, Virginia, now Chesapeake, the son of Margaret (née McMannen) and Alvin R. Rudd, Sr., the president of Al Rudd Auto Parts. He began racing as a teenager in karting and motocross, but did not attempt stock car racing until he was eighteen years old, when he made his NASCAR debut at North Carolina Speedway in 1975, driving the #10 Ford for family friend Bill Champion.
Qualifying twenty-sixth, he finished in eleventh place despite running fifty-six laps down. He ran an additional three races for
Anthony James "AJ" Allmendinger (born December 16, 1981), nicknamed The Dinger, is an American racecar driver. He is best known for his accomplishments in the Champ Car World Series. Allmendinger was indefinitely suspended for failing NASCAR's drug policy during the 2012 season. Before the suspension, Allmendinger drove the No. 22 Shell Oil Company/Pennzoil Dodge Charger for Penske Racing in the Sprint Cup Series; following the completion of the NASCAR Road to Recovery program, he was reinstated as a NASCAR competitor in September. He is married to Canadian model Lynne Kushnirenko.
He started his career in karts. He won two International Kart Federation Grand National championships.
He also raced in New Zealand in 2002 in the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship
Allmendinger won the Barber Dodge Pro Series championship in 2002, and the Champ Car Atlantic Championship in 2003 with Carl Russo's RuSport team.
In 2004, Allmendinger and RuSport entered the Champ Car World Series, with Michel Jourdain Jr. joining Allmendinger. He scored a run of 6 top-6 finishes towards the end of the season and won the Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year award ahead of Justin Wilson. Wilson joined the team
Kevin Michael Harvick (born December 8, 1975) is an American NASCAR driver. He drives the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet Impala for Richard Childress Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Harvick, until 2011, also owned a race team, Kevin Harvick Incorporated, that ran in the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series between 2004 and 2011.
Harvick began kart racing after his parents Mike and JoNell bought him a go-kart as a kindergarten graduation gift in 1980. For the next 10 years, Harvick became a highly successful driver on the go-kart circuit. He earned seven national championships and two Grand National championships. In 1992, he started racing late models part-time in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series and he competed there while still in high school. Harvick's father built him his first car to compete in the lower NASCAR Series by using the money he earned to run his own garage, Harvick Motorsports. When Harvick could not race, such as in the winter, he competed on his high school wrestling team at North High School in Bakersfield, California. He won a section title in his weight class his senior year. He then graduated and became a full-time driver and earned the
Tim Richmond (June 7, 1955 – August 13, 1989) was an American race car driver from Ashland, Ohio. He competed in IndyCar racing before transferring to NASCAR's Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series). Richmond was one of the first drivers to change from open wheel racing to NASCAR stock cars full-time, which has since become an industry trend. He won the 1980 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award and had 13 victories during eight NASCAR seasons.
Richmond achieved his top NASCAR season in 1986 when he finished third in points. He won seven races that season, more than any other driver on the tour. When he missed the season-opening Daytona 500 in February 1987, media reported that he had pneumonia. The infection most likely resulted from his compromised immune system, which was weakened by AIDS. The disease drastically shortened his life. Despite the state of his health, Richmond competed in eight races in 1987, winning two events and one pole position before his final race in August of that year. He attempted a comeback in 1988 before NASCAR banned him for testing positive for a banned substance; after NASCAR insisted on access to his entire medical record before reinstating
Roger Walker Evans (born December 3, 1938) is an Off-road Motorsports Hall of Famer . He was also a driver and owner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Walker Evans is nicknamed "the Legend". Walker is the father of off-road racer Evan Evans. Walker resides in Riverside, California.
He began his off-road career in cross-country events in SCORE International events, including the premier event: the Baja 500. His first sample of racing was in 1969, when he drove a Rambler American for the American Motors and actor James Garner sponsored team to a third place finish in the Baja 500. His first purpose built race truck was Ford F-100 donated by Marion Beaver at Parker Motor Company and built by Bill Stroppe. The truck won 16 of 17 races. He won the Baja 1000 five times in special built vehicles before he was the first driver to win the overall title in a Class 8 Trophy Truck.
He added the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group Stadium Series events to his schedule to enhance his horizons. The series featured indoor races inside a stadium. The Walker Evans Racing Team won the MTEG Grand National Championship in 1991.
He won his first SODA race in 1986 at the Lake Geneva Raceway in Lake
Daniel Sexton Gurney (born April 13, 1931) is an American racing driver, race car constructor, and team owner.
The son of a Metropolitan Opera star, he was born in Port Jefferson, New York, but moved to California as a teenager. He has been a driver, a car manufacturer, and a team owner at racing's highest levels since 1958.
Gurney also won races in the Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am Series. Gurney was the first driver to win races in Sports Cars (1958), Formula One (1962), NASCAR (1963), and Indy Car (1967) (the other two being Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya). In 1967, after winning the 24 hours of Le Mans together with A.J. Foyt, he spontaneously sprayed champagne while celebrating on the podium. Apart from starting this tradition, he also was the first to put a simple right-angle extension on the upper trailing edge of the rear wing. This device, called a Gurney flap, increases downforce and, if well designed, imposes only a relatively small increase in aerodynamic drag. At the 1968 German Grand Prix he became the first driver ever to use a full face helmet in Grand Prix racing.
Dan Gurney's father, John Gurney, was a prominent singer with the Metropolitan Opera
Derrike Cope (born November 3, 1958) is a NASCAR driver. He is best known for his win in the 1990 Daytona 500. He currently drives the #73 Chevrolet for CFK Motorsports, the #70 for ML Motorsports and the #28 Dodge for Robinson-Blakeney Racing in the Nationwide Series.
Cope was born in San Diego, California and reared in Spanaway, Washington. In high school, he enjoyed auto racing and baseball. He was a successful catcher on the Bethel High School baseball team, and later attended Whitman College to continue his baseball dreams. While being scouted by major league baseball teams, Cope suffered a knee injury that ended his hopes of a big-league career. He then devoted himself to racing full time.
Cope soon progressed through the short-track ranks in the Northwest, and later made his Winston Cup debut at Riverside International Raceway in 1982. Cope's #95 car finished 36th there after developing an oil leak, and he won $625.
He ran part-time in the Winston Cup series after that, making a brief attempt at Rookie of the Year in 1987. In 1989, he signed with Bob Whitcomb to drive the #10 Purolator Pontiac and later Chevrolet, posting four top-10 finishes.
During the last lap of the 1990
Jimmy Kite (born February 18, 1976, in Effingham, Illinois) is an American race car driver. He debuted in the Indy Racing League in 1997 and has competed in over 30 IRL races, including five Indianapolis 500s. In 2005, he intended to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and he made four starts before being called to replace the injured Paul Dana for Hemelgarn Racing in the IRL, where he completed the season after the Indy 500.
Largely out of racing since the end of the 2005 season, Kite founded JK Hobby World in November 2006. He failed in his attempt to qualify for the 2007 Indianapolis 500 in the PDM Racing #18 Panoz and failed to secure a ride for the 2008 race.
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Theodore Musgrave (born December 18, 1955 in Waukegan, Illinois) is a retired American race car driver.
Musgrave's father, Elmer, was a famous short-track racer in the Midwest who raced for over 25 years at Soldier Field, O'Hare, Waukegan, and Wilmot, Wisconsin before moving into asphalt late models in the American Speed Association (ASA) and ARCA. "I was really young at the time," Musgrave said. "But I can still remember sitting in the infield at Milwaukee and watching him race against drivers like Paul Goldsmith. He finally retired so he could help my older brother, Tom, and I get started." He began racing in 1977 at age 18 at Waukegan in a 1967 Ford Galaxy that he inherited from his brother. He immediately rebuilt the car into a 1967 Ford Torino and won the track's Rookie of the Year title. He and his father built a Ford Mustang using some tips from Dick Trickle to race the next season.
By 1979 he was a regular driver on the Central Wisconsin (CWRA) circuit, finishing seventh in the season points. Originally from Illinois, Ted moved across the nearby state line so that he could race five nights per week in the CWRA. He raced at LaCrosse, State Park Speedway in Wausau, Grundy
Tim Sauter (born October 13, 1964, in Necedah, Wisconsin) is an American race car driver. He has competed in the American Speed Association, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the NASCAR Busch Series, and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He is the son of Jim Sauter, and the brother of NASCAR drivers Jay and Johnny Sauter.
Sauter made his NASCAR debut in 2000, at Memphis. Driving the #61 Stoops Freightliner car for Xpress Motorsports, he finished 29th. He ran an additional two races that season with a best finish of fifteenth at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He joined the team for a full-time run in 2001, and posted two top-ten finishes before the team suddenly closed up due to a lack of funding. He ended the season driving for the #19 AP Performance Racing team. He returned to the 19 team full-time in 2002 and posted seven top-ten finishes. He also ran a pair of Cup races for Dave Marcis, his best finish 34th at Dover International Speedway. A lack of sponsorship forced AP to close its doors at the end of season.
In 2003, he joined Mac Hill Motorsports for a part-time schedule of twelve races. His best finish came at New Hampshire International Speedway, where he finished seventeenth. He
David Ragan, (born December 24, 1985), is an American stock car driver. Residing in Huntersville, North Carolina, he currently drives the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Ragan was born in Unadilla, Georgia, the son of former racer Ken Ragan, and began his racing career racing in the Bandolero Series at age 12. Four years later, he began competing in the Goody’s Dash Series with Cam Strader. After one year, he moved to the Legends Pro-Division to race for Mark Martin. He concluded the season by finishing fourth in the point standings. At age 18, Ragan began racing in the Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and the ARCA Racing Series.
In 2007, he moved the Sprint Cup Series, driving for Roush Fenway Racing. Between 2007 and 2011, he has recorded 30 top-tens in the series.
On July 2, 2011, David Ragan won his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup series race, the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Ragan was born in Unadilla, Georgia in December 1985, the son of former racer, Ken Ragan. Ragan started his racing career in the Bandolero Series at age 12. During the following year, he managed to win twelve races and the National
Jimmie Kenneth Johnson (born September 17, 1975) is an American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car driver. He currently drives the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
Johnson was born in El Cajon, California, and began racing motorcycles at the age of five. After graduating from Granite Hills High School he competed in off-road series. He raced in Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group (MTEG), Short-course Off-road Drivers Association (SODA) and SCORE International, winning rookie of the year in each series. In 1998, Johnson and his team began stock car racing. He moved to the national American Speed Association (ASA) series for late model touring cars, and won another rookie of the year title. In 2000, he switched to the NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series).
He moved to Hendrick Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series in 2002. After finishing fifth in the points in his first full season, he was second in 2003 and 2004 and fifth in 2005. Johnson won his first Cup series championship in 2006 and with further wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and in 2010 became the only driver in NASCAR history to win five consecutive championships. During the 2011 season, Johnson finished sixth
Landon Douglas Cassill (born July 7, 1989 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is an American stock car driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 83 Toyota for BK Racing.
Cassill began racing in a quad when he was 3 years old. Cassill moved to go-karts. He finished second in the Pro Kart Tour at Atlanta Motor Speedway at age 10. The following year, he earned his first of two Kart Series national championships. Cassill won four International Kart Federation (IKF) championships, some on dirt and some on asphalt.
In 2000, Cassill competed in three different classes: two karting and a midget class. He won all three state championships on the same night. Cassill won four more state championships at the Newton Kart Klub in Newton, Iowa in 2001. He then started racing in a modified at the half mile Hawkeye Downs.
He was racing in the ASA Late Model Series (ASALMS) in 2003 while he was in high school at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids. He has also raced in legend, modified, and late model racecars. Other series include the American Speed Association and the CRA Super Series.
At age 16, he became the youngest winner in ASALMS history when he won at Lake Erie
Paul Menard (born August 21, 1980) is a NASCAR driver. He currently drives the No. 27 Menard's/NIBCO Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing. He is the son of Menards founder John Menard, Jr., whose company is his sponsor. Menard was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and he attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Menard's racing career began at the age of eight when he won the Briggs Junior Karting Class Championship in his native Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He later won the Briggs Medium Class Champion before working his way up to higher level racing. He began ice racing at the age of 15 and won 10 International Ice Racing Association events in his career. He continues to compete in IIRA events in and around Wisconsin. In the summers he raced legends cars on short tracks in Wisconsin. He borrowed Bryan Reffner's Late Model for a week winning his heat race and placing around fourth in the feature. He decided to build his own late model and raced the car three to four times per week. In an interview with Motorsports Minute, Menard said he chose stock cars over Indy Cars because there was no feeder series for Indy Car in his native Wisconsin.
In 2000, he
Bradley Reed Sorenson (born February 5, 1986, in Peachtree City, Georgia) is an American NASCAR driver. He currently drives a limited schedule in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series.
Sorenson's career started at age six when he began racing quarter-midgets. He won the national championship in 1997. He moved up to Legends cars the following year, winning 13 out of 25 races, southeastern championships and breaking track records in the process. In 1999 he won 30 out of the 50 races in which he competed. He raced in Legends for the next two years and won 84 events.
In 2002, Sorenson began racing in the American Speed Association (ASA), finishing in the top-ten seven out of his eight starts. He became a full-time driver in 2003 and won the highly coveted ASA Pat Schauer Memorial Rookies of the Year award at age 17. He caught his big break by signing a driver development contract with Chip Ganassi Racing.
In 2004, he won his first ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway, in the #77 Sherwin Williams Dodge. He finished in the top-five in all three of his ARCA starts Sorenson also ran in 5 NASCAR Busch Series events for Chip Ganassi Racing, and had 3 top ten finishes,
Andy Belmont (born November 20, 1957 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania) is a retired stock car driver and team owner. Belmont began racing at an early age before moving south. In 1987, he was named the NASCAR Dash Series Rookie of the Year, then he won the championship the next year as a car owner. Andy posted three wins in the DASH Series (Currently known as ISCARS DASH Touring since 2005). Hickory Motor Speedway - 10/18/87; Myrtle Beach Speedway - 5/20/88; Southside Speedway 7/8/88.
In 1989, Belmont made his Winston Cup debut at the Peak Performance 500, starting 35th and finishing 29th after his #04 Ford Thunderbird suffered braking failure. The next year, he finished runner-up for Winston Cup Rookie of the Year despite running just eight races. His best NASCAR finish came in a Busch Series race in 1995 at Darlington Speedway.
Running in only five ARCA events in 1995, Andy earned three top five finishes. Three years later he became a regular competitor on the circuit, finishing the 1998 campaign in 5th place in the final point standings. He backed that up with a 6th place finish in 1999. The following season resulted in another top ten finish in the final point standings. Andy finished
Brent Sherman (born May 24, 1974), a resident of Wauconda, Illinois, is a former driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series who later competed in the Firestone Indy Lights Series.
Sherman’s route to the NASCAR was not like that of most drivers. After high school, he completed a six-year enlistment in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Surveillance Technician on the E-3 AWACS. It was during his last year in the Air Force that racing caught Sherman’s attention. After a trip to the Jim Russell Racing School in Sonoma, California, Sherman was asked to compete for a racing scholarship in the Russell Champ Series. He won the scholarship and his racing career began.
During the next few years Sherman competed in several different racing series including the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Grand American Road Racing Association and the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
In 2003, driving a Ford sponsored by Serta Mattresses, he collected six top-5 and 11 top-10 finishes in ARCA competition and finished fourth in the final point standings. The following year he posted nine top- 5 and 14 top-10 finishes, which placed him second in the series’ point standings. He also received the prestigious Bill France Triple Crown honor
Chet Fillip (born April 4, 1957, San Angelo, Texas), is a former driver in the CART Championship Car series. Fillip raced stock cars and a modified during his teens and early twenties at Arena Park Raceway in Lubbock, Texas. His father Marvin Fillip also raced at this track. Chet raced in the CART series in the 1982-1985 seasons, with 9 career starts, and started in the Indianapolis 500 in 1982 and 1983. His best CART finish was in 10th position in 1985 at Milwaukee. At the end of the 1985 season, he switched to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, where he continued racing through 1987, making 24 starts with a best finish of 15th. After NASCAR, Fillip raced several years in USAC sprint car, with 8 victories and also winning the prestigious Little 500 in 1999.
2006 saw the formation of a new racing series, the Premier Racing Association (PRA) utilizing the former pavement racing cars of the USAC Silver Crown Series which had switched to a different type of car more suitable for faster, larger tracks a mile or more in length. Chet Fillip won the first championship of this series driving a car of his own design and manufacture. Though he won no races he finished no lower than 6th in any
Christian Fittipaldi (born January 18, 1971 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian racing driver who has competed in various forms of motorsport including Formula One, Champ Car and NASCAR. Named after the less known Brazilian driver Christian "Bino" Heinz (killed at Le Mans in 1963), he was a highly rated young racing driver in the early 1990s, and participated in 43 Formula One Grand Prix for Minardi and Footwork between 1992 and 1994.
He is the son of former Grand Prix driver and team owner Wilson Fittipaldi, and the nephew of two-time Formula One Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi.
Fittipaldi graduated to Formula One following a Formula 3000 championship winning season in 1991. Opportunities to test and impress were limited at Minardi though, and despite a number of points scoring positions early in 1993, Christian fell out with the team management and was dropped with two GPs to go. He had a final attempt at F1 in the 1994 season driving for the Footwork team, scoring two 4th places. Disillusioned with GP racing however, Fittipaldi moved to America to race where he has been ever since. He scored a total of 12 F1 championship points.
Competing mainly in CART,
Dale Arnold Jarrett (born November 26, 1956) is a former American race car driver and current sports commentator known for winning the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship. He is the son of two-time Grand National Champion Ned Jarrett, younger brother of Glenn Jarrett; a former NASCAR driver himself and pit commentator, father of former driver Jason Jarrett, and cousin of Todd Jarrett. Beginning in 2007, Jarrett joined the ESPN/ABC broadcasting team as an announcer in select Nationwide Series races. In 2008, after retiring from driving following the 2008 Food City 500, Jarrett joined ESPN permanently as the lead racing analyst replacing Rusty Wallace. Jarrett was born in Conover, North Carolina.
Upon graduation from Newton-Conover High School in 1975, Jarrett was offered a full golf scholarship from the University of South Carolina, which he declined. Jarrett began racing in 1977 at Hickory Motor Speedway, a track his father owned and operated. In his first race, he started in last place but finished in the ninth position. He competed in the Limited Sportsman Division at Hickory, before moving up to the NASCAR Busch Series.
Jarrett began racing in 1982 in the #24 Ford for
James Dennis Alan "Denny" Hamlin (born November 18, 1980) is an American NASCAR race car driver. He currently drives the No. 11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Sprint Cup Series and the No. 18 Toyota in the Nationwide Series.
Hamlin was born in Tampa, Florida, but lived in Chesterfield, Virginia for most of his childhood. He began racing go-karts at the age of 7. Afterward, he worked his way up to Late Models by 2004 and signed a development contract with Joe Gibbs Racing. After running briefly in the Craftsman Truck Series, Hamlin drove a full season in the Busch Series in 2005, while running a few Nextel Cup races. After having great race finishes, Hamlin was given a full-time ride with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Hamlin began his racing career in 1988, at the age of 7 years old, racing go-karts. By 1997 at 15 he won the WKA manufacturers cup at the age of 16, he was racing Ministocks. In his first stock car race, at Langley Speedway, Hamlin won the pole position, and won the race. He then progressed to the Grand Stock division in 1998, and moved on to Late Model Stock Cars in 2000. In 2002, he won ten Late Model races, and surpassed that in 2003 with 25 wins, and 30 poles, out of
Geoffrey Eli Bodine (born April 18, 1949) is an American motorsport driver and bobsled builder. He is the oldest of the three Bodine brothers (with Brett Bodine and Todd Bodine). Bodine currently lives in West Melbourne, Florida.
Bodine's racing career seemed to be on track right from the start as his father and grandfather, Eli Bodine Jr. and Sr. built Chemung Speedrome just a year after he was born. He began learning his racing skills at this track in the micro-midget division when he was only five years old. He had such an itch to race that he disguised himself as a lady and entered a Powderpuff Division Race when he was 15. In 2011, he drove for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, alternating between the #35 and #36 teams, with sponsorship from Luke & Associates.
Bodine was quite an accomplished driver before he hit the big-time in NASCAR's premier division, the Winston Cup series (now Sprint Cup series) with his first start in 1979. By this time, Bodine was well known as a Modified driver in the Northeast, racing against popular drivers like Richie Evans, Jerry Cook, Jimmy Spencer, Ron Bouchard, and others. Bodine had earned Modified championships at Stafford
Glenn Jarrett (born August 11, 1950) is a former NASCAR driver from Conover, North Carolina and the oldest son of Ned Jarrett and older brother of Dale Jarrett. He made 10 Winston Cup starts from 1978 to 1983 with a best finish of 12th at Ontario Motor Speedway. He then drove in the Busch Series where he made 67 starts from 1982 to 1993 with a best finish of 4th and finished 13th in 1984 series points. He was then a pit reporter for TNN's coverage of NASCAR. After TNN's coverage ceased he became a pit reporter for Speed Channel and is used when Speed Channel needs to cover multiple NASCAR races at different facilities on the same day.
In 1982, Jarrett was a technical advisor to the Kenny Rogers movie Six Pack.
During the 2009 Watkins Glen Sprint Cup race, he was a pit reporter for MRN radio coverage.
James Harvey Hylton (born August 26, 1934) is a part-time race car driver. He is a two-time winner in NASCAR and competes in the ARCA RE/MAX Series,finishing 16th in points in 2006. He made headlines while attempting to qualify for the 2007 Daytona 500 at age 72. He was to also attempt to qualify for the 2009 Daytona 500 at age 74 in the #60 Dodge for Carter/Simo Racing, an alliance with E&M Motorsports and Simo Racing for at least the Daytona 500, with Boris Said in the #08 car but after carburetor and ignition problems and without any track practice he was forced to withdraw.
James Hylton was born on August 26, 1934 to a Roanoke, Virginia family and was one of thirteen children. Hylton's early years centered primarily around farming but he soon found himself, like many other southern teenagers, immersed in the world of stock car auto racing.
Hylton's career in auto racing began in the late fifties when he began working as a mechanic for the legendary Rex White. James, Rex and Louis Clements teamed to win 26 races and most importantly the 1960 NASCAR Grand National championship. In 1964, White scaled back his driving duties and James began his tenure as crew chief for the Ned
Joseph Clanton (born November 1, 1972) is an American race car driver and businessman. He was the 2002 champion in the now-defunct American Speed Association stock car series. He is also the owner of two Zaxby's franchises.
Clanton made his debut in the then-NASCAR Busch Series in the 2003 Hardee's 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Driving the #27 Trim Spa Pontiac for Brewco Motorsports, he started and finished 22nd. Clanton would drive in seventeen more races and earn one top 10 finish, a career-best 5th at Pikes Peak. After the Stacker 200, Clanton was replaced in the car by Chase Montgomery, whom he had replaced earlier in the season. He has not returned to the series since then.
In 2004, Clanton made his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, driving the #40 Chevrolet for Key Motorsports. In his first race at Daytona International Speedway, he crashed and finished 32nd. He also crashed the next race, finishing 31st at Atlanta. Clanton would not return to the series until 2007, when he brought Zaxby's sponsorship to the #09 Ford of JTG Racing. Sharing the ride with Stacy Compton, he ran in 16 of the 25 series events and earned five top 10s, including a career best of
Kevin Schwantz (born (1964-06-19)June 19, 1964 in Houston, Texas) is an American former World Champion motorcycle road racer during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Schwantz, whose parents owned a motorcycle shop, learned to ride at the age of four. He began his competitive career as a trials rider, following his father in that sport. From trials, he progressed to motocross in his teens, becoming a top regional MX racer. After a serious crash in qualifying for the Houston Supercross in 1983, he decided to quit motocross.
At the end of the 1984 season, he was offered a test ride with the Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike team, who promptly signed the Texan to a contract. In his first race for Yoshimura, he won both legs of the 1985 Willow Springs AMA Superbike National. He would finish seventh overall in the championship despite only competing in half the races. He finished second to Eddie Lawson in the 1986 Daytona 200 on the new Suzuki GSX-R750. Then, in what would become an all too common occurrence throughout his career, he broke his collarbone in a qualifying crash and missed several races. Once again he finished seventh overall in the Championship.
The 1987 Superbike National
William "Willy" Theodore Ribbs, Jr. (born January 3, 1955 in San Jose, California) is a racecar driver who competed in many forms of auto racing. After retiring, he became a sport shooter in the National Sporting Clays Association.
Following his graduation from high school in 1975, Ribbs moved to Europe to compete in the Formula Ford Series. He won the Dunlop Championship in his first year of competition, then returned to the United States.
Charlotte Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler entered Ribbs to drive a Winston Cup car owned by Will Cronkite in the 1978 World 600 at the Charlotte track. After Ribbs skipped two practice sessions and was arrested for evading police when he drove the wrong way down a one way street, Cronkite replaced him with Dale Earnhardt.
Ribbs went on to race Formula Atlantic cars, winning the pole in the Long Beach Formula Atlantic race in 1982. The following year, Ribbs won five races in the SCCA Trans-Am Series and was honored as Pro Rookie of the Year. Ribbs would attempt NASCAR again in 1986, running three races in the #30 Red Roof Inns car owned by DiGard Motorsports. His best finish came at his debut, a 22nd at North Wilkesboro Speedway.
Carl Michael Edwards II (born August 15, 1979) is a NASCAR driver. He currently drives the #99 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing. He won the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship and nearly won the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, but lost by a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart.
Edwards' big break came in 2002, when he competed in 7 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events for MB Motorsports. His best finish in the seven races was 8th at Kansas Speedway. He also ran one Busch Series race for Bost Motorsports, finishing 38th at Gateway International Raceway. However, it was enough to impress Jack Roush, and Edwards became a full-time Truck Series competitor in 2003, driving the #99 Ford F-150 sponsored by Superchips. He won Rookie-of-the-Year honors in addition, to three race wins, eventually finishing 8th in the points standings at the end of the season. In 2004, he notched three more race wins, including the season-opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at the Daytona International Speedway. At season's end, Edwards finished 4th in the points. In August 2004, he made his NEXTEL Cup Series debut, replacing Jeff Burton, who left the team, in the No. 99 Ford Taurus for
Ted Christopher (Born June 5, 1958)(age 53), from Plainville, CT is an American racing driver who has raced and won in many different types of race cars, including Modifieds, SK Modifieds, Camping World East Series, Late Models, Pro Stocks, Midgets, and Supermodifieds. He has also raced in NASCAR's Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, and Craftsman Truck Series. He is best known for competing on the Whelen Modified Tour. He is also well known for his success on the 1.058 mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway where Christopher has won 5 Camping World East Series events and 5 Whelen Modified Tour events.
Christopher won the 2001 NASCAR Weekly Series national championship in 2001 by winning 15 of the 18 races that he entered at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut.
In 2008, Christopher won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship for the first time. Christopher, who is known as one of the most accomplished drivers in the Northeast, had never won the Whelen Modified Tour championship. He did so in fashion, winning both the championship and the final race of the season, at Thompson International Speedway. It came in his 12th full-time year of competing on the tour. It was
Ashton Lewis,Jr. (born January 22, 1972 in Chesapeake, Virginia) was a NASCAR driver. He was educated at the Sears Point Raceway road racing school as well as obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Lewis was a driver who was especially good on road courses. He started out in the IMSA Barber Saab Championship for the 1992 Season. He won the championship in that series and was offered a scholarship to race in the British Formula Ford championship.
Lewis Jr. made his Busch debut in 1993, long before he became known to most Busch fans. Driving the #36 Parkway Pontiac at Watkins Glen, Lewis started the race in 29th place. The team had mechanical issues partway through the race, but Lewis got back on track and finished the race in 27th place.
Lewis returned once again to the series in 1994. This time, Lewis drove the #80 Commerce Bank Chevy at Milwaukee Mile. Lewis was able to top his debut with a 24th-place effort, despite a 38th place start.
Lewis again made a one-off start in 1995. He had his best weekend at that point in his career, this time back at Watkins Glen. He started the race solidily in 22nd position, and stayed on the
Kasey Kenneth Kahne ( /ˈkeɪn/; born April 10, 1980) is a NASCAR driver. He drives the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Group/Quaker State Chevrolet Impala for Hendrick Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series and drives a limited schedule for Turner Motorsports in the Nationwide Series, driving their #38 Great Clips Chevrolet Impala.
Off the track, Kahne is active in charitable work and is a member of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. He also owns his own race team, Kasey Kahne Racing, that competes in the World of Outlaws series, fielding two cars, one for Joey Saldana, and the other for Cody Darrah. His team also fields a car in the USAC Sprint Car Series for Brady Bacon, and in USAC midgets for Brad Sweet. Kahne is a two-time Skagit Speedway winner of the Annual Jim Raper memorial Dirt Cup (2002 and 2003), and holds the current record for the fastest lap at Skagit.
Kahne began racing open wheel sprint cars at Deming Speedway at 17 in Deming, Washington, before moving up to Skagit speedway in Alger, Washington, and then he moved to USAC. In 2001, Kahne made a trip to Pennsylvania where he won the season opener at the historic Williams Grove Speedway. He was hired by
Robert Alan "Bobby" Labonte (born May 8, 1964) is an American race car driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He currently drives the No. #47 Toyota Camry for JTG Daugherty Racing. He currently resides in Trinity, North Carolina. He is married to his wife Donna and they have two children: Robert Tyler and Madison. He and his older brother, Terry Labonte, are the only brothers to have both won the Cup series championship. He is also the uncle of former Nationwide Series winner Justin Labonte.
As of 2011, Labonte is the only driver to have won both the Winston Cup championship (2000) and the Busch Series championship (1991). He also won the IROC title in 2001.
Labonte was born on May 8, 1964 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He began racing in 1969 in quarter midgets in his homestate of Texas, winning his first feature race one year later. From then until 1977, he drove in quarter-midgets throughout the United States, winning many races. In 1978, he advanced to the go-kart ranks, but moved to North Carolina with his family following his older brother Terry's advancement to the Cup series. After competing in several different divisions, Labonte made his Busch Series debut in 1982 at
Cale Gale (born March 5, 1985 in Mobile, Alabama) is an American NASCAR driver. He currently drives the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado for Eddie Sharp Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and the No. 6 in the ARCA Racing Series.
His racing career began when his father placed him on a go-kart at age 4. In 1989 at five years old, he began racing competitively at Mobile Motorsports Park in Kushla, Alabama, winning five features in his first year. The following season, Cale raced a full schedule, winning 25 feature races and the track championship.
In 1991, Cale started competing at tracks other than Mobile Motorsports Park, racing at three different go-kart facilities winning a total of 12 feature races. From 1992 through 1994 he went on the road watching his father, Bubba Gale, compete in the NASCAR All-Pro touring series. After a three-year break, Cale resumed his go-kart career at Gulf Oaks Speedway in Saucier, Mississippi, winning ten features, the track championship, and also capturing his first state championship. He won his second state championship the following year, and he won seven features at Gulf Oaks.
Gale spent 1997 and 1998 working on his Dad's crew at
Casey Lee Atwood (born August 25, 1980 in Antioch, Tennessee) is an American race car driver. Atwood is currently a free agent in NASCAR. He married his longtime girlfriend, Laura, in 2005. Atwood and Laura have two daughters, Kaylee (born 2005) and Emma (born 2007). As of 2012, he is the youngest pole winner in NASCAR Busch Series history.
At a young age, he became interested in racing. By the age of ten, Atwood was racing go-karts. His early passion for racing later progressed to Late Model Stock racing by the age of 15. He was the 1996 rookie of the year at Nashville Speedway USA. Casey attended John Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee until he dropped out in 1999 to pursue his racing career.
In 1999, he joined the Brewco Motorsports #27 Castrol GTX Chevy team for his first full season in the NASCAR Busch Series. Atwood flipped at Daytona after he got tapped by Andy Hillenburg coming to the white flag and almost got a top 5 finish that race. He became the youngest driver ever to win a Busch Series pole, taking pole position at Nashville Speedway USA. He went on to finish second in what was only his second Busch Series race. By the end of 1998 he had won two poles and 5
Chad Little (born April 29, 1963 in Spokane, Washington) is a former NASCAR driver. He holds a degree in marketing from Washington State University, and a law degree from Gonzaga University. While attending Washington State University he joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
Little currently works as NASCAR Director of Racing Development for Mexico, and oversees the NASCAR Mexico organization. He keeps regular office hours in the sanctioning body's research and development center in Concord, N.C. He also was a part-time studio analyst for Speed Channel.
In 1989, he missed United Airlines Flight 232. About a third of the passengers aboard the flight perished during its emergency landing in Iowa.
Little began racing the short tracks in Washington in the mid-1980s. He soon began American Speed Association West Late Model series, the NASCAR Northwest Tour Series and the NASCAR Winston West Series. One year after being named the NASCAR Winston West Rookie of the Year, Little clinched that series' championship in 1987.
Little made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut in 1986 at Riverside International Raceway, driving the #28 Ford owned by George Jefferson. He started 25th and finished 13th. He
Clint Bowyer (born May 30, 1979) is an American stock car racing driver. He drives the No. 15 Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Prior to driving for MWR, he drove for Richard Childress Racing for eight years and won the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
Bowyer began racing at the age of five in motocross. He went on to capture over 200 wins and numerous championships over the next eight years. In 1996, he began racing street stocks at Thunderhill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas, and won the Modified championship there in 2000. Bowyer racked up 18 wins and 32 top-five finishes on his way to capturing the 2001 Modified championships at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas and Heartland Park Topeka. In 2002, he began racing in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, posting 9 poles, 12 wins and 32 top-five finishes en route to a second place finish in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national point standings. He was also crowned the 2002 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Midwest Champion after another Modified championship at Lakeside Speedway and a Late Model championship at the famed I-70 Speedway in Odessa, MO, his first attempt at racing on
Robert Pressley (born April 8, 1959 in Asheville, North Carolina) is a former NASCAR driver who is now the promoter at Kingsport (TN) Speedway.
Because his father, Bob, was a short track racer in Asheville, the younger Pressley naturally followed his father into the sport. In fact, his brother Charley, has been a long-time crew chief in the NASCAR level. Pressley began running at New Asheville Speedway and Greenville-Pickens Speedway and won championships at both tracks. He also put together 150 wins in various Late Model Series in the Southeast. In 1984, Pressley made his NASCAR debut in the Busch Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway, finishing 26th. Five years later, Pressley ran a limited schedule in the Busch Series, and won in just his twelfth series start at Orange County Speedway. He ran full seasons from 1991–1994, his best year coming in 1992 when he won races and finished fifth in points. In 1994, he ran three races in the Winston Cup Series in a car sponsored by Manheim Auctions, his best finish being a 31st at Charlotte.
In 1995, Pressley took over for the retired Harry Gant in the #33 car owned by Leo Jackson Motorsports in Cup. He posted one top-ten finish and was
Russell Scott Riggs (born January 1, 1971 in Bahama, North Carolina) is a NASCAR driver. He currently drives the No. 23 Chevrolet Impala for R3 Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Riggs began his racing career at the age of fourteen in the American Motorcycle Association, where he won the State Championship in North Carolina two years in a row. At the age of seventeen, he began racing the NASCAR mini stock division, and won twelve races over his first three seasons. He continued to race in that series over the next decade, and was a two-time champion at Southern National Speedway.
In 1999, Riggs made his major-league NASCAR debut in the Craftsman Truck Series at Indianapolis Raceway Park, driving the #84 for Long Brothers Racing. He started seventh and finished nineteenth. He also competed at Richmond International Raceway, where he finished 23rd. In 2000, he finished ninth at Martinsville Speedway for Long, when he was hired to drive the #86 RC Cola Dodge Ram for Impact Motorsports, where he had seven top-tens. Towards the end of the season, he was released from Impact, and competed in one final race at California Speedway for Brevak Racing, finishing sixteenth. The
Frank James Kimmel (born April 30, 1962 in Clarksville, Indiana) is an American stock car driver/owner. He drives the #44 Ansell Gloves/Menards Toyota in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Kimmel has won the ARCA championship nine times, including eight consecutive. He won the championship in 1998 and also won the 2000 through 2007 championships.
Frank Kimmel was born in Clarksville, Indiana on April 30, 1962. His father Bill Kimmel Sr. was 3 time ARCA race winner. Frank resides in Borden, Indiana with his wife Donna. He has 2 children Holly, Frank II He also has 2 years of college education. Frank likes to be involved in the community he participates in school events and he coaches youth sports.
Kimmel made his first career start racing street stock at the age of 15. Seven years later he moved to late models Before racing in ARCA, Kimmel won three championships racing Late Models.
Frank's first ARCA race came in 1990. His first full season was 1992, driving the #02 Indiana Steel Co. Pontiac. Kimmel was consistent and was able to claim Rookie of the Year honors. Frank won his first race at Toledo Speedway in 1994.
He is the only nine-time champion in the Re/Max Series and the only driver to
Peyton Sellers (born October 20, 1983 in Danville, Virginia) is an American race car driver, competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He won the 2005 national championship of NASCAR's Weekly Racing Series. He is currently driving the #25 Chevrolet for Sellers Racing.
Sellers started his racing career in karting, beginning at age 7. By age 13, Sellers was driving open wheel sprint cars, collecting 11 feature wins in his first 20 races. After competing for several years in sprints, Sellers decided to try his hand in stock car racing on asphalt ovals. He ran the 2001 season in the Limited Sportsman division at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina. He competed at South Boston Speedway in Virginia as a rookie in 2002, winning Rookie of the Year honors in the Late Model Stock Car division.
In 2005, Sellers won 14 of his 16 starts at South Boston, winning the Dodge Weekly Series national championship.
In 2006 Sellers raced in the NASCAR West Division, where he drove the #16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, his only win coming at Douglas County Speedway on July 1, 2006. He was a member of the Richard Childress Racing driver development program during that season. Sellers also
Rick Mast (born March 4, 1957, in Rockbridge Baths, Virginia) is a former NASCAR driver. He competed in both the Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup Series) and Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) before retiring in 2002. He holds a business administration degree from Blue Ridge Community College.
Mast grew up in racing as his father and uncle were both race team owners. He began racing at age 16 at Natural Bridge Speedway and Eastside Speedway, after he traded an Angus cattle for his first car. After racing at the local track level for the decade, Mast began running the Busch Series in 1982, and had four top-ten finishes in 11 eleven starts in his #22. Mast's first full-time season came in 1985, where he had fifteen top-ten finishes and seventh in the season points. Two years later, he would win his first NASCAR race at the Grand National 200, then followed it up with another win the next week. He finished 11th in points that year. He improved to eighth positions in 1988 the same year he made his Winston Cup debut for Buddy Baker at the Busch 500, finishing 28th at that race. Mast won five Busch races while running full-time the next two years, before focusing his efforts on Cup.
Steve Kinser (born June 2, 1954, Bloomington, Indiana), is a professional sprint car racer. He has won 20 championships in the World of Outlaws (WoO) series, and currently drives the #11 Bass Pro Shops car. Kinser left the World of Outlaws in 2006 to compete with the National Sprint Tour series, but returned to the World of Outlaws for the 2007 season. ESPN named him the 25th on their top drivers of all-time in 2008.
Kinser was a high school wrestler and kung fu expert. He finished second in state as a junior, and won state as a senior. Both of his sons wrestled in high school, the youngest Kurt also won state as a senior, capping off the Bloomington High School South team's excellent season. In 2008, Kurt was a redshirt sophomore at Indiana University, competing at the 149 and 157-pound weight classes. With his win on Saturday May 12, 2012 at the Williams Grove Speedway, Steve became the oldest driver ever to win a World of Outlaws main event at the age of 57.
He became a World of Outlaws driver in 1978. In 1987 he won 46 features, including 12 in a row, and 24 of the last 26 events. He has won the Knoxville Nationals a record 12 times. He had won twenty WoO championships and 513
Terry Cook (born February 26, 1968 in Sylvania, Ohio) is an American former stock car driver. He is married to former Craftsman Truck pit reporter Amy East, and brother-in-law to driver Bobby East. He is currently the competition director for Red Horse Racing.
Cook began racing on a professional level in 1987 at Flat Rock Speedway and Toledo Speedway, collecting eleven wins in his first year of competition. Cook doubled his win total in 1988 before he moved up to super late models. He won the track championship in 1989 and 1990 at Flat Rock Speedway. Cook then went on to win the Super Late Model Championship at Toledo Speedway in 1992 and again at Sandusky Speedway in 1995.
In 1996, Cook made his NASCAR Truck Series debut at The Milwaukee Mile. Qualifying the #88 Sealmaster Racing Chevrolet Silverado 24th, he finished 24th, three laps down. He ran two additional races that season for Sealmaster, finishing 23rd at Phoenix International Raceway. In 1997, Cook ran fifteen races during the season, with sponsorship from the PBA Tour. He won his first career pole at Flemington Speedway and posted a best finish of fifteenth twice.
Cook ran the full schedule in 1998. He won his first
Andy Ponstein (born May 2, 1976 in Jenison, Michigan) is a race car driver. Ponstein, a longtime veteran on the ARCA circuit, won the CRA Sunoco Super Series Rookie of the Year award in 2002, and also ran some NASCAR races in 2003 and 2004. He now races a Sunoco Super Series Template Late Model.
Ponstein got his feet wet in NASCAR beginning in 2003, when he ran two races for the #70 Bailey Racing Ford. He started in his first 15th at IRP and finished that race in 24th. His next race came at Richmond, where he finished 22nd despite a blown engine.
Ponstein started 2004 off with a deal to drive the #39 Yahoo Ford for Jay Robinson Racing. After sitting out Daytona, Ponstein started 30th and would finish 25th in his debut at Rockingham. His debut would turn out to be his best run of the year, as he could only manage two other top-30s at Darlington (29th) and Nazareth (27th). Ponstein asked for his release from the team after nine races into 2004. He spent several years out of NASCAR, before returning in 2008 to drive for Corrie Stott. In 2010, he raced in the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America.
Paul Poulter is a racing driver. He has raced the #74 pickup since 2005 in the UK Pickup Truck Racing series. In 2008, he signed a contract to drive the #40 Chevrolet Silverado in the Craftsman Truck Series for Key Motorsports, making his debut on 20 June 2008 at the Milwaukee Mile.
Poulter was the Pickup Truck Racing Rockingham Superspeedway Champion and Rookie Champion in 2005, with a total of eight race wins. He is also a past multiple World, European and British Superstox champion.
Floyd Anthony Raines (born April 14, 1964, in LaPorte, Indiana) is an American race car driver. He is a former National Touring Series champion in the now defunct American Speed Association and 1999 Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Raines competes part-time for various teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
In 1988, Raines competed in five ASA races, and then returned for his rookie year in 1989. In 1990, Raines moved to NASCAR's All Pro Series, where he won Rookie of the Year and finished fourth in the final standings.
He returned to ASA in 1991 for a four-year stint as driver of a new team formed by Ernie Roselli. In 1995, he joined veteran crew chief Howie Lettow and Baker Motorsports. That in turn led to the 1996 championship and Raines' first major NASCAR ride.
Raines entered the 1997 season with a full-time ride, running for Rookie of the Year honors in the #19 Pennzoil Ford F-150 for Kurt Roehrig. After failing to qualify for the first race of the season, Raines came back to win the seventh race of the season at I-70 Speedway. He finished 15th in points and ended the season with two top-5 and seven top-10 finishes, as well as two outside-pole positions. In
James "Jimmy" Means (born May 29, 1950 in Huntsville, Alabama) is a former Winston Cup/Nextel Cup owner/driver. Currently, he is an adviser for Front Row Motorsports and owns his own team, Means Racing. He competed in NASCAR for eighteen years in mostly his own equipment, posting seventeen career top-tens. He made three career Busch Series starts in 1989, finishing 10th at Darlington Raceway. Following his retirement, Means worked as a crew chief in NASCAR, working for Bud Moore Engineering and Moy Racing. Means was part the Alabama Gang which included Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, Red Farmer, and Donnie Allison and later Steve Grissom and Mike Alexander. He is the father of Brad Means
Means won dozens of late model races in Alabama and Tennessee in the early 70's, including track championships at Huntsville Speedway and the historic Nashville Speedway USA.
Means made his Cup debut in 1976 at the Daytona 500, driving the #5 Chevy for Bill Gray. He led one lap but finished 40th after an engine failure. He ran an additional eighteen races for Gray in the #52 car with sponsorship from WIXC, finishing in eleventh place twice. The following season, Means drove twenty-six races and had a
Justin Allgaier (born June 6, 1986, in Riverton, Illinois), is an American stock car driver. He drives the No. 31 Brandt Chevrolet Impala for Turner Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He was the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion and the 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year. Justin is nicknamed 'Little Gator'. He is so named for his size and ferociousness behind the wheel.
Allgaier began his racing career at the age of five in quarter midgets, and won over one hundred races and five championships. He began stock car racing at thirteen in the UMP Late Model Series, where he competed for three seasons. At the age of sixteen, he made his debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack, driving the #99 Hoosier Tire Midwest/Law Automotive Chevrolet for Ken Schrader; he qualified twenty-ninth and finished seventeenth. He ran two additional races for Kerry Scherer and Bob Schacht, with a best finish of eleventh.
Allgaier ran additional ARCA races in 2003, making six starts in the #86 owned by his father. He had a sixth-place finish in his second start at Toledo Speedway, and later a best finish of third at Salem Speedway. The next season, he made
Lake Chambers Speed (born on January 17, 1948) is a former NASCAR driver.
Lake was named after the best friend of his father, Bob Lake. Lake's father Leland L. Speed took office as the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi in 1948, the same year that he was born. He started his racing career at the age of thirteen racing karts, much to the displeasure of his family. Over the years, Speed won the International Karting Federation (IKF) National Championship six times and in 1978 he won the prestigious Karting World Championship over among others, future Formula One legend and icon Ayrton Senna. As of 2010, Speed is the only American to win the championship.
In 1980 after considering racing in other series such as Formula One, CART, and IMSA, and getting advice from current Lowe's Motor Speedway promoter, Humpy Wheeler, Speed chose to go NASCAR racing. According to Speed, "It was the highest mountain to climb." Speed's relative unfamiliarity with the NASCAR scene led him to buy his first car from someone in Chicago. Speed started nineteen races in his rookie year scoring an eighth at Darlington Speedway in his third career start. Speed also scored finishes of seventh at the spring Talladega
Lance Allen Hooper (born June 1, 1967 in Palmdale, California) is a race car driver in NASCAR as well as several touring divisions. Hooper attended his first race when he was just two weeks old, and also came from a long line of racing champions, including his uncle, father, and brother. Hooper currently serves as the driver and crew chief of the #44 Key Motorsports Chevy in the Craftsman Truck Series.
Hooper first began racing in 1990 in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and was named Rookie of the Year at Saugus Speedway. He went on to win the track championship there the next two years. Following that stint, Hooper moved up to the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series, and won seven races in his first year on the circuit, then won the championship in 1995. In addition to his success on Raceday, he won the pole award sixteen times, the Most Popular Driver award as well as breaking many track records.
After that, he moved to the NASCAR Winston West Series. In 1996, he won five races, as well as both the championship and the Rookie of the Year points title. That year, he made his Winston Cup debut as well, running the Dura Lube 500 and finishing 33rd in his own Pontiac. He soon
Mark Neary Donohue, Jr. (March 18, 1937 – August 19, 1975), nicknamed "Captain Nice", and later "Dark Monohue", was an American racecar driver known for his ability to set up his own race car as well as driving it to victories. Donohue is probably best known as the driver of the 1500+ bhp “Can-Am Killer” Porsche 917-30 and as the winner of the 1972 Indianapolis 500. Cars that Donohue raced include: AMC Javelin, AMC Matador, Chevrolet Camaro, Eagle-Offy, Elva Courier, Ford GT-40 MK IV, Ferrari 250LM, Ferrari 512, Lola T70, Lola T330, Lotus 20, McLaren M16, Porsche 911, Porsche 917/10, Porsche 917/30, Shelby Cobra, and Shelby Mustang GT350R.
Donohue was born in Haddon Township, New Jersey and grew up in Summit, New Jersey. He attended the Pingry School in Hillside, New Jersey and, upon graduation, he entered Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. At the age of twenty-two, while a senior at Brown, Donohue began racing his 1957 Corvette. He won the first event he entered, a hillclimb in Belknap County, New Hampshire. He graduated from Brown in 1959 with a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering.
Donohue won the SCCA national championship in an Elva Courier in 1961. An
Pete Hamilton (born July 20, 1942 in Newton, Massachusetts) is a retired American NASCAR racer. He won four times in his career (including the 1970 Daytona 500), three times driving for Petty Enterprises. His father was a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Hamilton began racing in the street division in 1962 at Norwood Arena. In 1965 he was the Thompson World Series Twin 50s champion. He won the 1967 NASCAR National Sportsman division in 1967.
After that season he moved south to race in NASCAR. He started racing in the NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) division in 1968, and was the series Rookie of the Year. In 1969 he competed in NASCAR's Grand American division, a division of smaller pony cars. He won 12 of 26 races that year and won the series championship.
He had three wins in 1970 for Petty Enterprises in the #40 Superbird with Maurice Petty as his crew-chief. He won the 1970 Daytona 500 and both races at Talladega Superspeedway. He won his fourth race of the season at the July Daytona race in Cotton Owens' car. Hamilton won his Twin 125 mile qualifying race for the 1971 Daytona 500. He retired from full-time racing in 1971 because of a neck injury suffered in a Grand
Tommy Houston, (born on January 29, 1945) is a retired NASCAR Busch Series' drivers. Over his career, Houston and Jack Ingram became known as the pair journeymen drivers that helped that series grow throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.
Houston was born in Hickory, North Carolina, and was in the NASCAR Late Model Sportsmen division, winning nearly 150 races before the series was formed into the Busch Series.
Houston made the inaugural race of the Busch Series at the 1982 Daytona race. Driving the #27 Kings Inn Chevy for Mike Day, Houston started 23rd and finished the race in 9th position. The very next week, Houston started 15th at the series first ever short track race Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in Richmond ,Va.. From there, Houston moved solidly through the field and held off Bubba Nissen for the win. After problems at Bristol, Houston put together a run of 5 top-10 finishes. However, inconsistency through the year cost him. He did not finish the last 3 races as well as 7 others. That cost him any shot at the title. At Hickory Speedway in August, however, Houston held off Tommy Ellis for his second career win after starting 4th. All told, he finished 4th in the 1982 Busch
Charles Robert Hamilton, Jr. (born January 8, 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a NASCAR driver and owner, and current track promoter. He is currently a free agent. He currently resides in White House, Tennessee, with his wife Stephanie and a daughter.
When he was 15 years old, he found a Ford Pinto in his driveway as a gift from his father (2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Bobby Hamilton). They fixed up the car, and Hamilton began racing it on weekends at the local speedway. In 1998, he moved to the ARCA series where he earned four top-5 finishes in five races.
In 1998, Hamilton Jr. began to run some Busch Series races for the Sadler Brothers Racing #95 team. He made his debut at Rockingham in October, where he started in 27th position. He led four laps and finished 37th, three laps off the lead. He also made the race at Atlanta, had a 19th place start and 20th place finish. Hamilton and the #95 Shoney's Inn team entered 1999 with a part-time schedule. In four races with the team, his best finish was 27th at Rockingham and Darlington. His best start was sixth at Daytona. He did not race again until the Hensley Motorsports #63 Exxon Superflo team had an opening. He ran
Jim Sauter (born June 1, 1943) is a former NASCAR race car driver from Necedah, Wisconsin.
Sauter started racing in 1964 in a modified at Raceway Park in Savage, Minnesota. He moved up to late models the following year. Sauter moved to Wisconsin, and his career took off after he won the North Star 500 at the Minnesota State Fair in a Dave Marcis Chevelle. Sauter said "The funny thing about that race was the fact that we had a barn full of various brands of tires that we wanted to use up and ended up with Goodyear on the outside and Firestone on the inside for no other reason than that. Everyone thought it must be the hot tip." Marcis called Sauter in 1978 and asked him to drive his racecar in the ARCA 200. Sauter battled Bruce Hill for the win on the last lap. They crashed, with Hill ending his race along the wall and Sauter won.
Sauter returned to Wisconsin to win the 1981 track championship at Wisconsin International Raceway. He also drove part-time in the Winston Cup series, posting four top ten finishes in 76 starts.
His sons Tim, Jay, and Johnny have followed his footsteps by racing on the NASCAR circuit.
Jim is also well known for preparing the setups and testing IROC cars
Robert Arthur "Bobby" Allison (born December 3, 1937) is a former NASCAR Winston Cup driver and was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers. His two sons, Clifford and Davey Allison, followed him into racing, and both died within a year of each other.
Allison was born December 3, 1937 in Miami, Florida. He entered his first race as a senior at Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School in Miami, but was asked to quit by his father. After high school in 1955, Allison took his brother, Donnie, and some friends along on a quest for more lucrative racing than was available in south Florida. His searching led him to the Montgomery Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama, where he was told of a race that very night in Midfield, Alabama near Birmingham. Allison entered and won that race, along with two other races that week. He had found his lucrative racing. The brothers set up shop in Hueytown, Alabama with another friend (Red Farmer), and they began answering to the name Alabama Gang. Bobby Allison worked as a mechanic and an engine tester, but eventually became a driver and won the national championship in the modified special division in 1962.
He moved to the Grand National circuit in 1965
Emil David Reutimann (born March 2, 1970) is an American NASCAR driver from Zephyrhills, Florida. He currently drives for Tommy Baldwin Racing, and BK Racing. In 2004, he won NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors in the Craftsman Truck Series. He is the son of Buzzie Reutimann, who made one NASCAR start in 1963.
He began his racing career in dirt-track modifieds and late models. In 1997, Reutimann moved into the NASCAR regional series before moving to the Busch Series in 2002. He started racing the Sprint Cup Series in 2007, driving for Michael Waltrip Racing. He remained with the team over the next four years until being released after the 2011 season. On January 3, 2012, he signed a one-year contract to race for Tommy Baldwin Racing. Between the 2007 and 2011 Sprint Cup seasons, Reutimann has recorded two wins, 23 top-tens, and three pole positions.
Reutimann lives in Mooresville, North Carolina, with his wife Lisa and daughter Emilia (born 2001). They are members of Berea Baptist Church in Mooresville.
Before he was a full-time race car driver, Reutimann worked briefly for United Parcel Service, which in 2008 became his primary sponsor for the rest of that season.
Reutimann owns a
Jerry Nadeau (born September 9, 1970) is a retired race car driver from Danbury, Connecticut. Nadeau competed in the 1994 Barber Dodge Pro Series and the 1996 Formula Opel Euroseries.
Nadeau's NASCAR career began in 1995 in the Busch Series. He made his debut at Hickory Motor Speedway in the #15 Buss Fuses Ford Thunderbird and ran five races that season with a best finish of nineteenth at Myrtle Beach Speedway. He ran a pair of Busch races the following season in the #59 Winmiser Chevy, but finished 39th in both races.
After returning from racing in Europe in 1997, Nadeau moved to the Winston Cup Series, and signed a five-race contract with Precision Products Racing to replace Morgan Shepherd in the #1 R+L Carriers/Cruisin' America Pontiac Grand Prix. He made all five races, including a ninth-place qualification at New Hampshire International Speedway, but failed to finish higher than thirtieth and was let go at the end of his contract. In 1998, he signed up to drive a full schedule in Winston Cup with Bill Elliott Racing to drive the #13 FirstPlus Financial Ford for a car owned by Dan Marino. He failed to qualify for two of the first seven races, and was let go from the team
Kraig Kinser (born October 8, 1984, Bloomington, Indiana) is an American race car driver. He was previously a member of the Ginn Racing driver development program.
He is the son of the champion World of Outlaws sprint car racer Steve Kinser, as well as the cousin of WoO competitor Mark Kinser.
In 2005, he won the Knoxville Nationals, the most prestigious sprint car race in the world. The same year, he won his ARCA debut at Talladega Superspeedway, in his second career start.
In 2006, he has driven the #47 and #46 truck for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports in the Craftsman Truck Series and also the #29 Chevy, which Morgan-Dollar was using under Bob Keselowski's team to make the field. Kinser was pulled from the ride towards the end of 2006, and spent the balance of the season competing in ARCA. He returned to the Trucks in 2007, driving the 47. He was originally stated to share ride with Ginn teammate Jesus Hernandez but he never did. After the Dale Earnhardt Inc. merger with Ginn racing he was replaced by Regan Smith.
In 2008, he is back running Sprint cars for Tony Stewart's prestigious team. He raced with them until the end of the 2009 World of Outlaws season. In 2010 he drove for his
Loy Allen Jr. (born April 7, 1966, in Raleigh, North Carolina), is a former NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series driver. He found his best results however in the ARCA series, with a win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1992 and two second place finishes at Talladega and Daytona in 1993.
Allen Jr. made his Cup Debut at Daytona in July 1993. Driving his father's #37 Naturally Fresh Ford which was an old Robert Yates Racing Car, Allen Jr. started 40th and finished 29th. He ran three other races for his father's team in 1993, the best being a 26th at Talladega. In addition, Allen Jr. made his first start for Tri-Star at Phoenix, matching that 26th in the #68 Country Time Ford.
Allen was hired for Tri-Star's #19 Hooters Ford in 1994. He won the pole position for the season-opening Daytona 500 (the first rookie to ever do so), finishing 22nd. He won two more poles at Atlanta and the Michigan, as well as the outside pole for that year's running of the Pepsi 400. However, Allen's team missed twelve races due to a tight budget. He only had a best finish of 11th at Charlotte. In addition, he only had two more top-20 finishes, and had a DNF count of seven. It kept the team from making a serious
Roger McCluskey (August 24, 1930 – August 29, 1993) was an American race car driver. He was from Tucson, Arizona.
He won championship titles in three divisions of USAC -Sprints, Stocks, and Champ Cars. He won the USAC Sprint Car title in 1963 and 1966, the USAC Stock car title in 1969 and 1970. The Champ Car title in 1973. His first USAC Stock Car start resulted in a runner-up finish in Phoenix, Arizona in January 1968, when he drove as a substitute driver for Norm Nelson.
McCluskey earned four USAC Midget Car wins, 23 USAC Sprint Car wins, 23 USAC Stock Car wins and five USAC Championship Car (national championship) wins. He was the USAC national champion in 1973. He started every Indianapolis 500 race from 1961 to 1979 except 1964, with a best finish of 3rd in 1973.
He also made four NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) starts from 1969 to 1977 with a best finish of second in 1970 at Riverside International Raceway.
He represented the USAC series in the 1974 International Race of Champions.
McCluskey raced for the Holman and Moody team in a Ford GT40 Mk.IIB at the 1967 LeMans 24hrs of Endurance, France. During this event, McCluskey is credited with pulling Mario Andretti
Charles Robert Hamilton, Sr. (May 29, 1957 – January 7, 2007) was a driver and owner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit and the winner of the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series) championship. Hamilton owned Bobby Hamilton Racing, which fielded three entries in each NCWTS event. Hamilton's son, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., is currently a driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and owns Bobby Hamilton Racing, yet he has disavowed his relationship with the team. Bobby's team shut down after the 2008 season due to the slumping economy.
Hamilton may be best remembered for two of his Winston Cup wins. His first career victory at the 1996 Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix was the first win for the #43 Petty car since Richard Petty's last win in 1984. He also had a memorable win at the Talladega 500 in April 2001 driving the #55 car for owner Andy Petree. The entire 500-mile race was run caution-free and was under intense scrutiny from both NASCAR and the media at large, being the first superspeedway race run since the death of Dale Earnhardt at the 2001 Daytona 500 two months earlier. A physically and mentally exhausted Hamilton slumped to the ground after exiting
Gary Bettenhausen (born November 18, 1941) is a retired American auto racing driver. He was born in Blue Island, Illinois, raised in Tinley Park, Illinois, and currently resides in Monrovia, Indiana.
His father was Indianapolis 500 and sprint car legend Tony Bettenhausen, and his brother was former Champ Car team owner Tony Bettenhausen Jr. Another brother, Merle Bettenhausen, was maimed in a fiery crash.
He began as a midget car driver. He finished third in the midget car national points in 1967. He won the first leg of the Astro Grand Prix in 1969, which was held in the Astrodome. He won the 1967 and 1970 Turkey Night Grand Prix, the 1972 Astro Grand Prix, and the 1976 Hut Hundred. He has 27 career USAC midget wins.
He won the 1969 and 1971 sprint car championships.
He won the 1980 and 1983 USAC Dirt Track champions in Silver Crown car.
A crash at a sprint car race in Syracuse, New York on July 2, 1974 crushed Gary's left arm and left it paralyzed. He regained enough mobility to drive but has never fully recovered from the injury.
He competed in Indy style cars from the mid-'1960s until 1996. During this time he won six USAC Indy Car races. Gary made 21 starts in the Indy '500,
Matthew "Matt" Crafton (born June 11, 1976 in Tulare, California) is an American race car driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He currently drives the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing.
Before turning to NASCAR racing in 2000, Crafton raced go-karts, midgets, and mini sprints. Crafton began his go-kart career at the age of seven after receiving a kart as a present for graduating from kindergarten. He won multiple national and regional championships before moving to midgets at the age of 15, winning twenty main events.
He joined the Featherlite Southwest Series as a substitute for his injured father, Danny Crafton, in 1996, filling in as driver of the No. 46 entry for the final three races of the season. Crafton took over the No. 46 full-time in 1997. His career went national when he became involved in the 1998 Winter Heat Series shown on ESPN at Tucson Raceway Park, during which he raced against other current NASCAR drivers Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Ron Hornaday.
After four full-time seasons in the Featherlite Southwest Series, Crafton won the championship in 2000 on the strength of four wins that year. His success in the Featherlite
Mike Potter is a NASCAR veteran. He was born on July 4, 1949 and currently resides in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Over the course of his Winston Cup Series career, Potter raced 60 races. Every season he raced was part-time. The most races he ran in a season was 11 in both 1983 and 1992. 1983 was his official year as a rookie, because he ran more than 8 races. His best career finish was a 15th at Nashville Speedway in 1981.
In the early 2000s he ran a few races in the Busch Series, primarily for Means Racing during 2003. Potter attempted five races in 2004 for Johnny Davis Motorsports but only made two of them.
Potter returned to the NASCAR Busch Series in 2007. He attempted two races in the #00 Chevrolet. The car was a third entry from DDL Motorsports, a team co-owned by Johnny Davis. Mike made the field for Milwaukee, his first race back, but missed the other race he attempted at Watkins Glen.
In 2008, Mike ran a variety of races for Johnny Davis Motorsports. His first race in 2008 was at his home track of Bristol. He ended up finishing last in the #0 Chevrolet, a Johnny Davis Motorsports secondary car. After Kertus Davis left the team, Potter took over the reins of the #01
Terrance Lee Labonte (born November 16, 1956) is a semi-retired NASCAR driver who occasionally drives in the Sprint Cup Series when called upon and is a two-time Winston Cup and IROC champion. He currently drives the #32 U.S. Chrome Ford for FAS Lane Racing. Labonte was introduced to the sport through his father, who had worked on race cars as a hobby for his friends. He is the older brother of 2000 Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte, and the father of former Nationwide Series driver Justin Labonte. Labonte was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. He co-owns a Chevrolet dealership in North Carolina with Rick Hendrick.
Terry Labonte started racing quarter-midgets when he was 7 and won a national championship at nine before moving onto the local short tracks in a stock car as a teenager. Driving on both dirt and asphalt, he won track championships in his hometown, in Houston, and in San Antonio from 1975 to 1977. During this time he also met Louisiana businessman Billy Hagan.
Labonte’s first NASCAR start came in 1978 at Darlington Raceway. He qualified nineteenth in the #92 Duck Industries Chevrolet and finished fourth that weekend. He ran four more races that season and had an additional
Alvah Robert "Al" Holbert (November 11, 1946 at Abington, Pennsylvania – September 30, 1988) was an American automobile racing driver who was a five-time champion of the IMSA Camel GT series.
The son of racecar driver Bob Holbert, who also ran a Volkswagen-Porsche dealership in Warrington, PA, near Philadelphia, Holbert worked for Roger Penske while studying at Lehigh University. Holbert began racing Porsches in the northeast division of the SCCA, racing a C-production Porsche 914/6 against, among others, Bob Tullius (Triumph TR6) and Bob Sharp (Datsun 240Z). In 1971, Holbert scored his first race win in a Porsche and would turn professional in 1974. He would score his first of his two IMSA titles in 1976 and 1977 in a Dekon Monza. Being a Porsche supporter, Holbert allowed Porsche technicians to inspect his Monza, which would eventually lead to Porsche entering the series with turbocharged cars such as the 934 that led to a Porsche dominance for the following years. During that time Holbert jumped ship to the Stuttgart marque.
From 1976-1979 Holbert raced 19 career races in NASCAR. In those 19 races, in which he drove primarily for James Hylton, Holbert scored 4 top ten finishes.
James Christopher "Jamie" McMurray (born June 3, 1976) is a NASCAR driver. He is best known for winning the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 as a substitute driver in his second Cup start, and is one of only three drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year. He currently drives the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/McDonald's Chevrolet Impala in the Sprint Cup Series for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with crew chief Kevin Manion.
In 1999, McMurray made four starts in the Craftsman Truck Series. In 2000, he ran 15 Truck races and posted one top-five and four top-ten finishes. During 2001 and 2002, he competed full-time in the Busch Series; driving the #27 Williams Travel Centers Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Brewco Motorsports. The latter year was better for McMurray, as he won two races and finished sixth in the overall points standings.
Before the fall race at Richmond in 2002, Chip Ganassi announced McMurray would be the driver of a Texaco-Havoline Dodge in 2003. Ganassi planned to have Jamie drive the #42 Dodge for seven races in 2002.
McMurray substituted for an injured Sterling Marlin, who fractured a vertebra at the Winston Cup race at Kansas Speedway. He made his Cup debut,
John Mickel (born January 28, 1971, in Cambridge, England), is a stock car racer and commentator. He has raced in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Pickup Truck Racing with TorqueSpeed. He was also a commentator for Sky Sports' coverage of NASCAR racing through 2008-9.
Mickel, a second-generation driver, began racing at the age of ten in Ministox and won his first championship two years later. He soon moved to Superstox where he was named both World and European champion. He joined the SCSA-Europe tour in its inaugural year in 2001, where he won the series' first championship.
In 2002, he began racing part-time in the United States. After failing to qualify for two races in the Craftsman Truck Series, he began racing in the American Speed Association in 2004. He also planned to drive the 66 car part-time for Travis Carter Motorsports in the NEXTEL Cup Series that season, but the deal fell through. In 2005, he made his NASCAR debut in the Truck Series at Texas Motor Speedway, driving the #4 Dodge Ram for Bobby Hamilton Racing, starting 35th and finishing 29th. The next season, he ran the final five races of the Truck Series schedule leasing owner's points and equipment from the #07
Mike Skinner (born June 28, 1957) is an American stock car racing driver, who competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series, currently driving the No. 52 in the Sprint Cup Series for Hamilton Means Racing He is the father of former NASCAR drivers Jamie Skinner and Dustin Skinner. He was born in Susanville, California.
Skinner began racing at Susanville Speedway in the 1970s in a Plymouth Road Runner at various California dirt tracks, winning three championships. He soon moved to North Carolina and worked as a crew member for Rusty Wallace and at Petty Enterprises. In 1986, he made his NASCAR debut in the Winston Cup Series, driving the #19 Pontiac for the Zanworth Racing Team, and had a best finish of 22nd in three starts. The following year, he made his Busch Series debut at Darlington Raceway, finishing 27th in the #0 Hunt Tire Oldsmobile. He did not compete in NASCAR again until 1990, when he drove the #13 Glidden Paints Buick for Mansion Motorsports at North Carolina Speedway, finishing 35th with rear end failure. He ran four races for Dixon over the next two years, before running one race in 1993 for Jimmy Means.
In 1994, Skinner began racing late
Regan Smith (born September 23, 1983) is an American stock car racing driver. A competitor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he currently drives the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, substituting for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as the latter recovers from a concussion.
Smith grew up in Cato, New York and began his racing career at the age of four, when he began racing go-karts and microds. Over the next several years, he won numerous regional and state championships. In 1995, he and his family moved to Mooresville, North Carolina to allow Smith to advance his career. He joined the World Karting Association and continued to win, joining the factory-supported team owned by Enzo Chiovitti in 1998. That same year, he began competing in the Allison Legacy Series.
In 2001, he began driving in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, winning four consecutive poles.
Smith began his NASCAR career racing in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2002. He made his debut at the age of 18 driving the #63 Ford F-150 for MB Motorsports at South Boston Speedway. He qualified 28th and finished 29th at South Boston and finished 30th at Phoenix after starting 12th in that race. He also made his Busch Series debut at
Tony Ave (born November 10, 1968) is a race car driver born in Hurley, Wisconsin, U.S.. He competed in the Grand-Am Series from 2000 until 2002, in Formula Atlantic from 1996 until 2001, and in the Trans-Am in 2002. He also made three Indy Lights starts in 1993 and one Indy Pro Series start in 2003. In 2004, Tony raced one race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series at Watkins Glen finishing 31st.
In 2009,he was a regular competitor in the revived SCCA Trans-Am Series, driving a Chevrolet Corvette. In 2010, he brought Chevrolet its first Trans Am championship since Paul Gentilozzi in 1998.
He is currently the defending champion of the Trans Am Series.
Ave competed at Watkins Glen on August 10, 2009 in the rain-delayed Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. Ave completed eight laps and finished 43rd in his #37 Long John Silver's Dodge owned by Brad Jenkins. Ave will also participate in the Nationwide NAPA Parts D'Auto 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as a road course ringer.
Ave participated in the #35 car owned by Tri Star Motorsports in the 2010 Bucyrus 200 at Road America in his home state of Wisconsin. After racing in the Top 10 for most of the race, he spun out
Mario Gosselin (born October 20, 1971 in Sainte-Marie, Quebec) is a Canadian professional race car driver and crew chief. In 2004, he became the second native of the Province of Quebec to start in a Sprint Cup race after Superbike legend Yvon Duhamel.
Mario Gosselin is a native of Sainte-Marie, Quebec. He lived there before moving with his family to Florida in 1981. He settled in Lake Wales, Florida a few years ago.
Gosselin is a multiple winner on the ARCA Racing Series and 2-time CARS Pro Cup Series Champion. He began his racing career in 1990 at Hialeah, Florida by winning the Pure Stock Division Championship.
He moved into Late Models the very next year and has multiple championships and many wins to his credit at various speedways. In 1998, Gosselin made his NASCAR debut at Myrtle Beach Speedway in his #71 Chevrolet, finishing sixteenth. He also qualified on the pole and won his very first ARCA RE/MAX start in 1999. That first ARCA victory came at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.. He has since competed in several part-time ARCA schedules since then, and has won two additional races.
In 2004, Gosselin ran a two-race schedule late in the Nextel Cup season in the #80
Bobby Hillin, Jr. (born June 5, 1964 in Midland, Texas), is an American stock car racecar driver. Hillin's love for racing began when he was a young boy watching his father's USAC Sprint and Indy cars race across the Midwest. At the age of 13, after a short period of racing go-karts and motocross, Hillin drove his first race car in Abilene, Texas. Two years later, Hillin won 17 out of 22 featured races to become the track Champion at his hometown track of Odessa, Texas. In the early years, Hillin had aspirations of racing Indy and Formula One, but after attending the Buck Baker Driving School at the age of 16, Hillin was hooked on NASCAR.
With the help of sponsorship from his Grandfather, Hillin teamed with legendary crew chief Harry Hyde and entered his first Winston Cup race in 1982. This would give Hillin the distinction of becoming the youngest driver in 25 years to enter and compete in a Winston Cup event since Cale Yarbrough. Hillin competed in 5 events that year and then returned to finish his senior year at Midland High School.
The next year, before High School Graduation, Hillin moved to North Carolina full time to pursue his career. "I would knock on doors and dial for
Greg Sacks (born November 3, 1952, in Mattituck, Long Island, New York) is a NASCAR driver. He is married to his wife Vicky and lives in Ormond Beach, Florida. Together they had three children: Paul, Brian, and Rachel. He and his sons are partners in Grand Touring Vodka.
Sacks has spent most of his career as a Research & Development driver for many NASCAR teams. He won the 1985 Firecracker 400 at Daytona acting as an R&D driver for DiGard Motorsports.
Early in his racing career, Sacks was a successful driver in what is now the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series. Competing from 1980 to 1983, he won 17 races at Stafford Motor Speedway. 1982 was an especially good year to him, as he won the track championship that year, as well as the [Spring Sizzler, The Ferrera 100 and the Fall Final]. Greg also won The "Dogwood Classic [Martinsville Speedway], the Bud Classic [Oswego Speedway], The Thompson 300 [ Thompson In't Speedway], The World Series of Asphalt (Thompson Speedway) and the Race of Champions at Pocono Raceway.
In 1983, he made his NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut at the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in the #5 car owned sponsored by his father Arnie. He only completed nineteen laps until
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Jason Keller (born April 23, 1970) is a NASCAR racing driver who currently has no ride. A mainstay in NASCAR's second-tier series, competing in 519 Nationwide Series races between 1991 and 2010. On May 15, 2010 Keller made his 500th career start, the first driver in series history to do so.
Keller was born in Greenville, South Carolina and began his racing career on kart tracks, moving up to Late-Model Sportsman dirt-track racing at the age of 16. He drove the #57 Chevy owned by Jack Finley of Easley, South Carolina.
Keller made his Busch series debut in the 1991 May race at Lanier Speedway. He piloted the #54 Air Products Buick home in 29th after starting 8th.
Air Products would sponsor his family-owned team from 1991–1994, during that time using the numbers 54 and 45, before finally settling on the #57, a number Jason would use until the end of the 2003 season. Keller grabbed his first top-10 finish in his 7th start at the North Carolina Speedway in February 1993.
His first top-5 would come one year later in the fall race of 1994 at Dover Downs. 1994 would be his first full season, and he finished 17th that year in the
Cecil Gordon (June 21, 1941 – September 19, 2012) was an American stock car racing driver. A competitor in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series between 1968 and 1985, he competed in 449 events without winning a race.
Gordon drove in the NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series, for 17 years and drove in a total of 449 races. He never won and never got a pole, but got 25 top fives, 111 top tens. He finished third in points in 1971 and 1973. He completed 112,908 laps and only led 23 of them. By the end of his career, he had earned $940,000. His average finish for his entire career was 17.3. Racing Champions released a replica of 1969 Mercury Cyclone in 1992 and later in 1998 in honor of NASCAR's 50th anniversary.
He started racing in Henley Gray and Bill Seifert cars. He generally raced in his own car beginning in 1970. He had a few other racers make an occasional start for him. He raced GM products (mostly Chevrolet vehicles) until the end of 1982 when he crashed out his Buick Regal. He purchased a Chrysler Imperial at the beginning of 1983 from the defunct Negre Bros. Racing team and managed to qualify for eight races during that season, though he only finished five of them. His best
Ryan Joseph Newman (born December 8, 1977, in South Bend, Indiana) is a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He drives the No. 39 Chevrolet Impala for Stewart Haas Racing under crew chief Tony Gibson. Newman graduated from Purdue University in 2001 with a B.S. in engineering. In 2002, he was the Raybestos Rookie of the Year.
He enjoys driving and working on vintage cars, particularly 1950s Chryslers. Newman's car was featured on the cover of the 2005 EA Sports computer game NASCAR SimRacing, and he was actively involved in its development. Brooklyn Sage Newman, first child of Ryan and wife Krissie, arrived on Thursday, November 18, 2010. Ashlyn Olivia Newman, Ryan and wife Krissie's second child, arrived on Monday, July 16, 2012.
Newman began working for legendary racing icon Roger Penske in 2000, winning 3 of the five ARCA RE/MAX Series races he entered, and making his Winston Cup debut at Phoenix International Raceway. In 2001, Newman continued in both ARCA and NASCAR, while attending Purdue. Newman ran 15 Busch Series races that season, winning poles in his 2nd and 3rd career starts and scoring his first career win at Michigan International Speedway in just his 9th career
Tom Sneva (born Thomas E. Sneva: June 1, 1948) is a former Indy Car driver who was named to the prestigious Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005. Sneva is best remembered for winning the 1983 Indianapolis 500. Nicknamed "The Gas Man," Sneva was an outstanding qualifier, winning the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 three times (1977, 1978, 1984). He was also the fastest qualifier on a fourth occasion in 1981, but because of qualifying rules did not start the race from the pole position. Sneva's unique abilities to get the most out of his car also led to him winning two consecutive USAC National Championships for Indycars in 1977 and 1978.
Sneva was born in Spokane, Washington, and worked as a school principal before becoming an auto racer. His brother, driver Jerry Sneva, also competed at Indy.
On May 14, 1977, Sneva drove his famed Norton Spirit McLaren M24/Cosworth racer for car owner Roger Penske, becoming the first driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 at a speed more than 200 mph (320 km/h). His one-lap track record was 200.535 mph (322.730 km/h).
On May 12, 1984, Sneva became the first driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 over 210 mph (340 km/h) in his
Bobby Gerhart (born July 21, 1958, in Lebanon, Pennsylvania) is a driver on the ARCA Re/Max Series. He has won nine times on the circuit, Eight of those victories coming in the season-opening ARCA Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway (2012, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2002 and 1999). Presently, he drives the #5 Lucas Oil Chevrolet owned by his brother on a part-time basis. Gerhart owns Bobby Gerhart's Truck World, a used truck dealership in his hometown.
Gerhart began racing at Linda's Speedway, where he won his first feature race. He eventually competed in many dirt modified series throughout his home state of Pennsylvania, often competing at Penn National and Susquehanna Speedway. He eventually moved to ashpalt racing and competed at Pocono Raceway. He made his NASCAR debut in 1983 at Pocono, finishing thirty-eighth in the Henley Gray-owned Buick. He ran Winston Cup races at Pocono, Dover International Speedway, North Wilkesboro Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, and Daytona International Speedway over the next five years in the #71, #85, #25, and #59 Chevrolets with a best finish of 19th.
In 1988, Gerhart began competing in the ARCA series and was named Rookie of the Year
Jeffrey Earnhardt (born June 22, 1989) is an American stock car driver. He is the grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt and son of former NASCAR driver Kerry Earnhardt. He currently competes for Rick Ware Racing in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Jeffrey Earnhardt is the middle child of Kerry Earnhardt, grandson of Dale Earnhardt and the great-grandson of Ralph Earnhardt and nephew to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt's first race came in the Hornet Division at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia. He scored 3 feature wins and finished in the top 5 in division points, winning Rookie of the Year. The following year he moved up to the Sportsman division at the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia, finishing the season in the top 10 of the division standings. He also competed in the late model season finale at the track as a teammate to RCR developmental driver Allison Duncan.
In 2006, General Motors created a driver developmental search program wherein they looked for individuals they believed to be the stars of the future and invited them to test a late model and a Busch car at 2 different tracks with the best moving on. Jeffrey made the final
Jonathan Joseph "Johnny" Sauter (born May 1, 1978, in Necedah, Wisconsin) is a NASCAR driver from Wisconsin. Sauter is the son of former NASCAR driver Jim Sauter, and the brother of NASCAR drivers Tim Sauter and Jay Sauter. He currently drives the #13 Hot Honeys/Curb Records Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
After graduating high school in 1996, Sauter began competing in various amateur series throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. By the end of 1997, Sauter had collected three wins in the Sportsman Division at Dells Raceway Park and a win in the Late Model Division at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. Emboldened by his success, Sauter joined the American Speed Association Series in 1998. By 2001, he was the ASA Series Champion.
In 2001, following Sauter's ASA Championship, Richard Childress Racing invited him to drive the #21 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet in five Busch Series races. Sauter finished in the top 15 in three of his five Busch starts, including a 5th-place finish at AutoLite Fram 250 in Richmond, his first start.
In 2002, Childress hired Sauter to run a full Busch Series schedule in the #2 AC Delco Chevrolet. He notched five
Richard "Rich" Bickle, Jr. (born May 13, 1961 in Edgerton, Wisconsin) is a journeyman NASCAR driver. Bickle, who has never completed a full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has a long history in short track racing. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel described him in 2012 as a "stud on the short tracks in the late 1980s and early '90s and a journeyman who rarely caught a break in NASCAR." He won three NASCAR truck races, had a career-best fourth place finish in NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup Series) in 218 career NASCAR starts.
Bickle was brought into the sport as a child, when he watched his father, Rich Sr., race throughout Wisconsin. The younger Bickle began racing motocross at the age of five. While winning the 250cc championship on Sunday nights when he was 16, he raced stock cars at Jefferson Speedway on Saturday nights in 1977. He went behind his father's barn to pick out one of his father's old racecars and selected a beat up 1968 Pontiac GTO. "It was so beat up you could hardly tell what it was." Bickle started racing a 1974 Pontiac as a sportsman at Jefferson for the second half of the 1977 season and the whole 1978 season. Bickle stopped racing motorcycles after he
Richard Childress (born September 21, 1945) is a former NASCAR driver and the current team owner of Richard Childress Racing (RCR). As a business entrepreneur, Childress became one of the wealthiest men in North Carolina. A 2003/2004 business venture was the opening of a vineyard in the Yadkin Valley AVA, an American Viticultural Area located in North Carolina. Childress was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Childress' career in NASCAR's top levels started auspiciously as a drivers' strike at Talladega Superspeedway left NASCAR President William France Sr. looking for replacement drivers. Childress was such a driver, and started his first race as a replacement.
By 1971, Childress began racing on the top level as an independent driver, using the number 96. He changed to number 3 in 1976 as a tribute to Junior Johnson's past as a driver. Although he never won as a driver, he proved to be average behind the wheel registering six top-5, seventy-six top-10 finishes, with a career-best of third in 1978.
He retired from driving in 1981 after Rod Osterlund sold his NASCAR team to J.D. Stacy, and Osterlund's driver, Dale Earnhardt, did not want to drive for Stacy. Childress, with
Blake Feese (born February 8, 1982, in Saybrook, Illinois), is a second generation American racecar driver. Previously he had won races in ARCA and USAC, before running the NASCAR Busch Series on a part-time schedule with Hendrick Motorsports in 2005 as part of their driver development program, before he was released.
Feese began racing at the age of ten in quarter midgets, where he won his first two starts, moving up to Mini-sprints two years later. He won the 600cc track championship at Jacksonville Raceway in the mini-sprint division in 1998, before moving up to main Sprint Cars, where he won once, and was named Rookie of the Year.
In 2000, he drove in the International Racing Association, winning three races. In 2001, he competed in his first World of Outlaws race at Bristol Motor Speedway, finishing ninth. Later, he won a WoO sanctioned event at Knoxville Raceway, then won again at the All-Star sprint at Eldora Speedway the following season.
Late in the season, he met NASCAR winner Jimmy Spencer, who would help Feese get a NASCAR driving contract.
After going through 2003 without a major ride, Feese met Rick Hendrick and signed to drive two races for him that season in the
Richard Ernest Evans (July 23, 1941 – October 24, 1985), was an American racing driver who won nine NASCAR National Modified Championships, including eight in a row from 1978 to 1985. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame lists this achievement as "one of the supreme accomplishments in motorsports". Evans won virtually every major race for asphalt modifieds, most of them more than once, including winning the Race of Champions three times. Evans was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on June 14, 2011. As one of the Class of 2012, Richie will be one of the Hall's first 15 inductees, and is the first Hall of Famer from outside NASCAR's premier series.
Evans left his family's farm at age 16 to work at a local garage in Rome, New York. After he found early success in street racing, then became a winner in drag racing, an associate suggested he try building a car to race at the nearby Utica-Rome Speedway. He ran his first oval-track car, a 1954 Ford Hobby Stock numbered PT-109 (after John F. Kennedy's torpedo boat in World War II), in 1962. He advanced to the Modifieds, the premier division, in 1965, winning his first feature in the season's final night.
In 1973, Evans became the
Joseph Riddick Hendrick IV (April 2, 1980 – October 24, 2004), also known as Ricky Hendrick, was an American NASCAR stock car driver and partial owner at Hendrick Motorsports, a team that his father Rick Hendrick founded. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 2, 1980, and began his career in racing at the age of fifteen. He competed in both the Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series before his death from an airplane accident on October 24, 2004. He was killed with seven other family members and friends during the accident.
Ricky Hendrick began his career in auto racing at the age of 15 by racing in the Legends Series Summer Shootout. In 1998, he received his first win on May 23, and earned his first pole position on July 18. One year later, he entered the NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) at Myrtle Beach Speedway, where he qualified fifth and finished 20th.
He continued to run the series in 2000, with the addition of competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series). During Busch series season he was involved in two accidents, and received a mild concussion in one of them.
In 2001, he started to compete in all the Truck races. He
Tommy Ellis was a NASCAR Short track ace of the 1970s and 1980s. Often referred to as "Terrible" Tommy Ellis for his rough tactics, he won the National Late Model Sportsman championship in 1981 and was one of six drivers enrolled in the Winner's Circle plan at the formation of the Busch Series in 1982.
His success (12 poles and 8 wins) in the first two seasons of the Busch Series earned him a shot at a Winston Cup ride. Driving for most of three seasons in the Chevrolet camp, his best finish was an 8th at Dover in 1986. He was also considered an ace sub-driver in Cup, filling in for Neil Bonnett in 1989 and replacing a suspended Geoff Bodine at Junior Johnson Motorsports two years later.
After his release from Freedlander Racing in 1986, Ellis returned to the Busch Series with J&J Racing. Between 1988 and 1990 Ellis won an additional 9 poles and 7 races. He was the Busch Series champion in 1988 in an unsponsored Buick. In 1991, he competed in The Winston in Charlotte Motor Speedway, replacing Geoff Bodine.
His Busch Series career totals are 28 poles (2nd all-time behind Mark Martin) and 22 wins (tied for 5th all-time with Sam Ard).
Ellis' last Busch Series start was in 1995.
Jeffery Green (born September 6, 1962 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is an American stock car driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He currently drives in the Nationwide Series for Tri-Star Motorsports in the No. 10 and No. 14.
Green's 1990 Nashville Speedway USA championship led to his first foray in NASCAR. For several years, he raced part-time in the Nationwide Series before thriving as a full-time driver in 1995 and 1996. He then went through a two-year Sprint Cup stint with Diamond Ridge Motorsports and Felix Sabates.
Green returned to the Busch Series in 1999. In three seasons, he won the 2000 championship by 616 points, a series record which stood until 2006, and finished second twice. Green participated in IROC's 25th season in 2001, and has raced with four different Sprint Cup teams since 2002.
Green was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on September 6, 1962, as the youngest of three brothers; Mark and David Green would also become NASCAR drivers. He currently resides in Davidson, North Carolina with his wife Michelle. In 2002, he and Mark founded The Green Foundation, a non-profit charity assisting people with severe injuries and life-threatening illnesses.
Green dominated the field
Tighe Scott (born June 2, 1949) is a retired American racecar driver from Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania. He competed in dirt modified racing before moving up into the NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup Series). He had 18 Top 10 finishes in 89 races, with a career best 13th place finish in the 1978 Winston Cup.
Scott began as a dirt modified and sportsman driver in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey at tracks like Bridgeport, New Jersey and Middletown, New York.
Scott was given the opportunity to race in the 1976 Daytona 500 by car owner Walter Ballard. He started 18th in the race and finished 35th after crashing on the 58th lap. Scott described the experience, "That was the first time I had ever raced on asphalt. My first time on the track, I had no idea what I was up against. It took me a couple days to get myself up to speed." He competed in five more NASCAR races that season. After a sixth place finish at Talladega Superspeedway, Ballard offered him a full-time ride.
Scott ran 26 of 30 races that season to finish 20th in season points. In 1978, Scott had his highest points finish when he finished 13th in season points.
Scott's father, owner of Scotty's Fashions, hired Harry Hyde to
Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr., or as he is universally known as in motorsports circles, A. J. Foyt (born January 16, 1935), is a retired American automobile racing driver. He raced in numerous genres of motorsports. His open wheel racing includes USAC Champ cars and midget cars. He raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC. He won several major sports car racing events. He holds the all-time USAC career wins record with 159 victories, and the all-time American championship racing career wins record with 67.
He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Foyt won the International Race of Champions all-star racing series in 1976 and 1977. Foyt's success has led to induction in numerous motorsports halls of fame.
Since his retirement from active racing, he has owned A. J. Foyt Enterprises, which has fielded teams in the CART, IRL, and NASCAR.
Foyt was born in Houston, Texas. He attended Pershing and Hamilton middle schools and Lamar and San Jacinto high schools, but he dropped out to become a mechanic.
He started his USAC career in a midget car at the 1956 Night before the 500 in Anderson,
Brad Teague (born December 9, 1947) is an American stock car racing driver. A veteran of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series, he currently drives in the Nationwide Series for JD Motorsports on a part-time basis in the No. 4 Chevrolet.
Teague was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, growing up in the town; he remains a resident of Johnson City.
Teague has competed in NASCAR's top series since 1982, when he made his debut in both the Winston Cup Series (currently the Sprint Cup Series) and the Busch Series (now the Nationwide Series). He has also competed in the Sportsman Series during the 1980s, and the Craftsman Truck Series, now the Camping World Truck Series, in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Teague's best career finish in the Winston Cup Series came at Martinsville Speedway in 1982, where he finished eleventh. In 1989 he posted the fastest time in third-day qualifying for the Daytona 500, but did not compete in the race or in the Twin 125 qualifying races. Teague attempted to qualify for the 1994 Brickyard 400 but was not fast enough to make the race.
As one of the few remaining drivers who has competed in the Nationwide Series since its
Elzie Wylie Baker Sr. (March 4, 1919 - April 14, 2002), better known as Buck Baker, was an American racing driver. Born in Richburg, South Carolina, Baker began his NASCAR career in 1949 and won his first race three years later at Columbia Speedway. Twenty-three years later, Baker retired after the 1976 National 500. He died in Charlotte, North Carolina at the age of 83.
During his NASCAR Strictly Stock (now Sprint Cup Series) career, Baker won two championships, 46 races and 45 pole positions, as well as recorded 372 top-tens. In 1957, he became the first driver to win two consecutive championships in the series. From 1972 to 1973, he competed in the Grand National East Series, where he recorded five top-tens in twelve races. On May 23, 2012, it was announced that he would be inducted into the 2013 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fameon February 8, 2013.
Baker entered his first race in 1939 in Greenville, South Carolina, He entered his first NASCAR race in 1949 at Charlotte Speedway., Baker went on to become one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR's history. He was the first back-to-back winner of the Grand National (now Sprint Cup) Championship in 1956 and 1957. He was second twice
Dave Marcis (born March 1, 1941 in Wausau, Wisconsin) is a retired driver on the NASCAR Winston Cup (now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup) circuit whose career spanned five decades. Marcis won five times over this tenure, twice at Richmond, including his final win in 1982. He was most famous for two things: racing for his own team and racing while wearing wingtip shoes to absorb the heat in the car. He made the Daytona 500 every year from 1968 until 1999. The 2002 Daytona 500 was the last time Marcis raced in NASCAR.
Marcis' career is notable in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. While he is best known as the last of the non-factory supported independent owner drivers, he is also known as one of the top drivers of the 1970s. During his career, he drove for series championship car owners Nord Krauskopf and Rod Osterlund. Marcis retired in second place on the all time starts list with 883 behind Richard Petty. Ricky Rudd has since passed him for second on the list. Marcis often owned/drove the #71 car. He finished 8 times in the Top 10 season long driver's points.
Marcis finished as high as second in the season standing in 1975 driving Nord Krauskopf's K & K Dodge Charger in
David Andrew Stremme (born June 19, 1977) is an American stock car driver. He is most notable as the 2003 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, winning the award while running a part-time for several different teams. He currently drives the No. 30 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Inception Motorsports.
Stremme was born in South Bend, Indiana. His racing roots can be traced back to Midwestern short track racing, where he followed in the footsteps originally cast by his Great Uncle in the 1950s. Stremme’s first stock car victory came in the early 1990s at New Paris Speedway, while behind the wheel of his mother’s street stock ride. Once track officials realized that he was only 15 years old however, he was forced to temporarily give up driving.
Once he reached legal driving age, David moved to the Midwestern short tracks scene. David is an avid race car builder and has a great understanding of the cars he races. Being part of a racing family (father, mother, and brother) racing is his life. During his career, he earned 24 feature wins, two Rookie of the Year titles and two track championships in just four years. From the local tracks, Stremme became a winner in
Larry Joseph Roberds Foyt is a semi-retired NASCAR and IndyCar driver. He is the biological grandson and adopted son of A. J. Foyt, and a biological cousin (and uncle by adoption) of A. J. Foyt IV. His biological mother (and half-sister by adoption) is Terry Lynn Foyt, daughter of A. J. Foyt, who divorced his biological father Larry Gene Roberds when he was an infant. He also drove in the 2004, 2005, and the 2006 Indianapolis 500 for A. J. Foyt Enterprises.
Foyt began racing in 1993 in the go-kart ranks, and won his first race two years later. He would win the state championship in his first year in 125cc competition one year later. In 1997, he began running USAC's Formula 2000 series. He won two races in the SCCA series in 1999. The next year, he made his stock car racing debut in the American Speed Association, where he won a pole at Winchester Speedway and had four top-tens. In addition, he made his first attempt at a Winston Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his father's backup car, but missed the field. The same year, he graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in communications.
In 2001, Foyt moved to the Busch Series, driving the #14 Harrah's Chevrolet
Ned Jarrett (born October 12, 1932) is a retired race car driver and two-time NASCAR champion.
Jarrett was best known for his calm demeanor, and he became known as "Gentleman Ned Jarrett", yet he was an intense competitor when he put his two hands on the steering wheel of a NASCAR Grand National stock car. He is the father of Dale Jarrett.
Jarrett was introduced to cars early in life: his father let him drive the family car to church on Sunday mornings when he was nine years old. Ned started working for his father in the sawmill by the time he was 12, but racing was what he wanted.
Ned drove in his first race in 1952 at Hickory Motor Speedway (North Carolina). He drove a Sportsman Ford that he co-owned with his brother-in-law, and finished tenth. This did not go over well with his father. His father told him he could work on cars but not drive them. Once, his brother-in-law was sick for a race and asked Ned to fill in for him. Ned used his brother-in-law's name and came in second in that race. That worked out so smoothly that Ned drove in a few more races under an assumed name, but was finally caught by his father after winning a race. His father told him if he was going to drive
Rufus Parnell "Parnelli" Jones (born August 12, 1933 in Texarkana, Arkansas), is a retired American racing driver and racecar owner. He is most remembered for his 1963 Indianapolis 500 win, and almost winning the 1967 Indy 500 in a turbine car. He is also remembered for bringing the stock block engine to USAC Sprint car racing as one of the "Chevy Twins" with Jim Hurtubise.
In his career, Parnelli Jones won races in many types of vehicles: sports cars, IndyCars, sprint cars, midget cars, off-road vehicles, and stock cars. He is associated with the famous Boss 302 Mustang with his wins using the engine in the 1970s. Jones' son P. J. Jones was also a diverse driver, with IndyCar and NASCAR starts and a championship in IMSA prototype sports cars. His other son Page Jones was an up-and-coming driver before suffering career ending (and life-threatening) injuries in a sprint car at the 4-Crown Nationals, and has been in rehabilitation, working with his father-in-law. Following the death of 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann, Jones is now the oldest living "500" winner.
Jones' family moved to Torrance, California, where he grew up (and still lives). He was nicknamed Parnelli by his
Stephen Leicht (born January 9, 1987 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American stock car driver. He has over 150 feature event wins in quarter midgets and go-karts; he currently drives the No. 33 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Circle Sport Racing.
When he was seven years old, he began racing quarter midgets, and began advancing into go-karts. At the age of 11, Leicht was participating in the Go Kart Nationals, when he collided with the flag stand and was sent flying from his racecar. He suffered a burst spleen as a result of the accident, and was kept out of racing for six months.
At the age of 12, he began racing stock cars, and got his GED to focus full-time on racing, and was named Motorsports Magazine's Rising Star of the Year in 2000. At the age of 15, he ran his first full year in the American Racing Association, and was named Rookie of the Year.
In 2005, he moved to Wisconsin to work with veteran American Speed Association crew chief Howie Lettow. Leicht collected five wins en route to winning the national championship in the American Speed Association Late Model series for WalTom Racing. He won both races that he attempted in the American StockCar League. He
Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001) was an American race car driver, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. Born to race car driver Ralph Lee Earnhardt, Earnhardt began his career in 1975 when he drove in the 1975 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of the Winston Cup Series (later the Sprint Cup Series).
Considered one of the best NASCAR drivers of all time, Earnhardt won a total of 76 races over the course of his career, including one Daytona 500 victory in 1998. He earned seven championships, which is tied for the most all time with Richard Petty. His aggressive driving style earned him the nickname "The Intimidator".
While driving in the 2001 Daytona 500, Earnhardt died of basilar skull fracture in a last-lap crash at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2001. He has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Earnhardt was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, on April 29, 1951, to Martha Coleman and Ralph Lee Earnhardt, who was then one of the best short-track drivers in North Carolina. Ralph won his one and only NASCAR Sportsman Championship in 1956
Manabu "MAX" Orido (Shinjitai: 織戸 学, Orido Manabu, alternative nickname Monkichi) is a Japanese racing driver who currently competes in the Super GT series for Toyota Team Tsuchiya in a Lexus SC 430 sponsored by Eclipse and Advan
Orido began his racing career as a street racer and then progressed to touge racing. After years of one make series, he first appeared in the JGTC series in 1996 and won the GT300 title for the following year, up until the 2000 season when he moved up to GT500 he took three wins altogether and has since taken two GT500 wins to date. Orido competed in two Grand National Division, West Series races in 1999. He finished eighteenth at Irwindale Speedway, and thirtieth at Twin Ring Motegi. He was also the D1 Grand Prix judge from the start of the series to the end of the 2004, when he became driver for that following season until his drifting driver career ended when his Toyota Supra was destroyed in a transportation accident en route to Advan Drift Meeting when it was hit from behind driven by a sleeping truck driver. Orido currently teaches safety driving at NATS (Nihon Automobile High Technical School). Because of his appearance in video series such as Video
Michael McLaughlin (born October 6, 1956 in Waterloo, New York) is a retired NASCAR Busch Series driver. Nicknamed Magic Shoes, McLaughlin was a perennial fan favorite, winning the Most Popular Driver award in 1997. He also scored several wins and top-5 points finishes in the points standings in the NASCAR Busch Series
McLaughlin grew up in New York State and began his professional career at a later stage than most other drivers, competing in his first race at age 20 in a dirt modified he built. He then ran regularly at his home track, Maple Grove Speedway, before moving up into the DIRT Modified series.
McLaughlin lived a few blocks from Maple Grove Speedway and built his first car in the garage at home. According to his mother, he drove the car to the track on his first night of racing.
In 1984, McLaughlin made his Busch Series debut at the Mello Yello 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driving the #73 Pontiac home to a 14th place finish. He ran one more race that season, the October Charlotte race. Unfortunately, mechanical problems ended his day early. He raced twice more the next season, posting an eleventh place run.
He then advanced into the NASCAR Modified ranks for Sherwood
Ronald Hornaday, Jr. (born in Palmdale, California on June 20, 1958) is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver. He is the father of former NASCAR driver Ronnie Hornaday, and son of the late Ron Hornaday, Sr., a two-time Winston West Champion. Adding on to the family legacy, Ron is a four-time champion in the Truck Series, his most recent coming in 2009. He currently drives the #9 Chevrolet Silverado for Joe Denette Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series.
He was a long-time driver in NASCAR's Winston West Series, and also is a Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion. He was noticed by Dale Earnhardt while participating in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series on ESPN2.
Hornaday began racing in go-karts and motorcycles early in his career. Eventually, he moved up to race stock cars at Saugus Speedway. In 1992, he won his first championship in the Southwest Series as well as winning the Most Popular Driver award. He won the Southwest championship the next year as well, becoming the only driver to do so in series history.
He made his Winston Cup debut in 1992 at the Save Mart 300K, where he started seventeenth but finished 32nd in Bob Fisher's #92 Chevrolet. He made another start later
Scott Sharp (born February 14, 1968 in Norwalk, Connecticut) is an American race car driver in the American Le Mans Series. He is the son of six-time SCCA champion Bob Sharp. Scott Sharp is best known for his years as a competitor in the Indy Racing League.
Sharp starting racing karts when he was only 8 years old, winning 50 out of 75 races. Sharp came from a road-racing background, earning several championships including: 1986 SCCA GT-2, 1987 and 1988 SCCA GT-1, and 1991 and 1993 SCCA Trans-Am. Sharp competed in one NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup) event, coming in 1992 at Watkins Glen. In 1993, Sharp made his CART debut with Bettenhausen Motorsports and became a full-time competitor in the series in 1994 with PacWest Racing. His first Indianapolis 500 start also came in 1994. In 1996, Sharp was part of Doyle Racing’s 24 Hours of Daytona winning team.
Scott Sharp is one of only two drivers (the other being Buddy Lazier) to have driven in at least one race in each of the first 12 seasons of IndyCar competition. His impressive IRL career has resulted in numerous records including: most career IndyCar Series starts (147); most consecutive IndyCar Series race starts (138);
Todd Bodine (born February 27, 1964) is a NASCAR driver. Todd is the younger brother of former racers Geoffrey and Brett Bodine. Bodine is known for his bald head, which has given him the nickname The Onion. He currently drives the #11 Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.
Bodine would make his Busch Series debut in 1986, for Pistone Racing at Martinsville. He qualified and finished 27th in the 30-car field, falling out of the race early with an engine problem.
Bodine went on a three year hiatus from the series until 1990, when he would drive eight races for Diamond Ridge Motorsports #42/#81 Ames Pontiac, making his season debut at Martinsville. He started 11th and finished in the 8th position. He then followed that up with finishes of 7th at Orange County and 3rd at Dover Downs.
In 1991, he signed to drive for Frank Cicci In his first full season in the series, he won his first career race, one of 15 top-10s in 1991. Bodine also won his first two poles: Back to back at Dublin and South Boston. He ended the year seventh in points.
Bodine's career in Cup started at Watkins Glen International Raceway on August 9, 1992 when he was 28 years old. He raced
Yvon Duhamel (born October 17, 1939 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a French-Canadian professional motorcycle racer and father to current AMA Superbike roadracer Miguel Duhamel. He won the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in 1970. He was also a very active ice racer, using hockey shin pads to allow him to lean over farther, scraping his knee on the ice rather than merely sliding his foot as did speedway racers.
Duhamel is best remembered as a member of the Kawasaki factory racing team during the 1970s along with team-mates Gary Nixon and Art Baumann. He made famous the #17 on the neon green factory Kawasaki, a number now honoured by his son Miguel.
Following in the footsteps of motorcycle legends Joe Weatherly and Paul Goldsmith, Duhamel raced a NASCAR Winston Cup race at the North Wilkesboro Speedway in 1973, finishing tenth for Junie Donlavey in the #90 Truxmore Ford after starting 15th, completing 381 laps of the 400-lap Gwyn Staley 400.
Never officially retired, Duhamel raced the 24-Hour World Championship in 1988 with his sons Miguel and Mario and continues to race in the Vintage series to this day. He is still open to offers of racing the Daytona 200. Duhamel was inducted
Elliott William Barnes Sadler (born April 30, 1975) is an American stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet Impala for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Sadler is one of twenty-three drivers who have at least one win each of NASCAR's top three series. Sadler was born in Emporia, Virginia, along with his older brother, Hermie Sadler, who is an announcer for Speed Channel.
Sadler began racing in go-karts at the age of seven, and moved up to the Late Model stock car division at the local race track. His accomplishments include over 200 total wins, the 1983–84 Virginia State Karting Championship, and the North Carolina Gold Cup in 1991–92. He was runner-up in 1989 for the World Karting Association national title.
When he turned 18, he moved to the Winston Racing Series and ran full-time beginning in 1993. That same year, he achieved his first victory. In 1995, he was crowned track champion at South Boston Speedway, winning 13 races including a 6-race winning streak.
Sadler attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he had a scholarship to play on the basketball team until he injured his knee,
Kelly Bires (born August 25, 1984 in Mauston, Wisconsin) is an American stock car driver. He currently drives part-time for Go Green Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series.
Bires began karting at Sugar River Raceway in Brodhead, Wisconsin at age 9 and began competing in national karting events at age 12. He won several regional titles and two national championships.
He became the Great Lakes Allison Legacy Series Rookie of the Year in 2000, and followed up the championship by winning the series in 2001. Bires next moved up to the Super Late Model race cars at Dells Motor Speedway, finishing fifth in points and named 2002 Rookie of the Year. The following year he finished second in championship points. Bires made his first start in ARCA in May 2004. In 2006, he joined up with veteran American Speed Association Late Model Series crew chief Howie Lettow and won the season championship that year.
In the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Bires was the driver of the #21 Wood Brothers Racing truck in 19 races, handing over driving duties for the other six races to veteran Mark Martin. He had a tenth place finish at Atlanta. After the departure of Jon Wood due to
Alex Kennedy (born February 2, 1992) is an American race car driver from Aztec, New Mexico. He made his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Road America in 2010, starting 15th and finishing 28th.
After starting in Legends car racing, Kennedy returned to win the 2009 Legends Road Course World Finals.
As 16-year-old in 2008, he ran occasional races in a variety of national touring series; ARCA, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. In 2009, he ran full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and finished tenth in the season points with three Top 10s and one Top 5 finish. He made his first Nationwide Series start in 2010, racing in six races, primarily on road courses. He raced in five Nationwide races in the following year with a top finish of 21st.
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)
* Season in progress
Ineligible for championship points in this series.
Elzie Wylie Baker, Jr. (born January 25, 1941 in Florence, South Carolina), nicknamed "Leadfoot" or more famously Buddy, is a former American NASCAR racecar driver.
Buddy Baker was born in Florence, South Carolina, the son of two time winner of the NASCAR Championship and a Hall of Fame member Buck Baker and brother of fellow racer Randy Baker. Baker began his NASCAR career in 1959. In 1970, he became the first driver to ever exceed 200 mph (320 km/h) on a closed course. This World Record feat was accomplished in the Chrysler Engineering blue #88 Charger Daytona, which is being restored in Detroit. The same year, with a victory at the Southern 500, he became the first NASCAR driver to win the same race at the same venue as his father. (Buck did it in 1953.)
During his career, Baker won nineteen races including the 1980 Daytona 500, NASCAR's most prestigious race. His victory remains the fastest Daytona 500 ever run, with an average speed of 177.602 mph (285.809 km/h).
Baker is one of eight drivers to have won a Career Grand Slam, by winning the sport's four majors – the Daytona 500, Aaron's 499, Coca-Cola 600, and the Southern 500.; Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison,
Erik Darnell (born December 2, 1982 in Beach Park, Illinois) is an American stock car racing driver. He is the grandson of former USAC and NASCAR driver Bay Darnell, who also started three NASCAR races (including one for Holman Moody). Darnell joined Roush Fenway in 2005 after being a co-winner on the Discovery Channel program Roush Racing: Driver X, along with David Ragan. Darnell currently drives for The Motorsports Group in the Nationwide Series.
Erik began racing at the age of 12 in the River Vally Kart Club. He won the championship in the purple plate class in his second year of competition, later racing Allison Legacy Series cars after go karts. His first year of super late models was at Illiana Motor Speedway, with Erik finishing 3rd in the final standings with 1 win. Erik beat the best Wisconsin super late model drivers to win the 2003 Wisconsin Challenge Series championship. At that time his five wins were the most in the series' history. He set the super late model track record at Lake Geneva Raceway in 2004.
Darnell drove in his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Milwaukee in 2004, finishing 26th. He also raced in numerous NASCAR touring series races.
Joe Ruttman (born October 28, 1944, in Upland, California), is an American former racecar driver. He currently lives in Franklin, Tenn. He actively competed in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series and is a 13 time winner in the Truck Series, the seventh most wins by any driver in the Truck Series.
He was the 1978 United States Automobile Club (USAC) Stock Car Rookie of the Year, and the 1980 series champion.
He made his Grand National debut in 1963 at Riverside International Raceway and ran a full Winston Cup schedule from 1982 through 1984, 1986, and 1991 and finished 12th in series points in 1983, his best cup season result. Ruttman almost won his first Cup race in the 1982 Richmond race, Ruttman was leading comfortably until his Rod Osterlund owned car's power steering went out and hit the wall ending his chances. The caution handed Dave Marcis the win when it rained and Marcis stayed out when all of the leaders pitted. He was one of the drivers in the first Craftsman Truck Series season and won 2 races that year on his way to finishing second in the inaugural championship. He continued to be a full time driver in the truck series until
Kenneth Schrader (born May 29, 1955, in Fenton, Missouri) is a second-generation race car driver. He currently races on local dirt and asphalt tracks around the country while driving part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Racing Series for his own Ken Schrader Racing. He also runs part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kevin Harvick Incorporated. He occasionally appeared as a television analyst on This Week in NASCAR on the Speed Channel. Schrader is also a reporter for ESPN's NASCAR Now. He is a first cousin once removed of fellow NASCAR driver Carl Edwards.
Despite having a full-time NASCAR ride for over twenty years, Schrader frequently races at local tracks between NASCAR races. He races in many racing divisions, and has been successful in any division he has stepped into. He owns a dirt late model and dirt open wheel modified car. Both of these cars, along with his Camping World Truck Series and ARCA series cars, are sponsored by Federated Auto Parts. He owns I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri, and is co-owner of Macon Speedway, near Macon, Illinois, along with Kenny Wallace, Tony Stewart, and local Promoter Bob Sargent.
During the 1990s
Trevor Boys (born November 3, 1957 in Calgary, Alberta), is a Canadian race car driver. He raced in 102 Winston Cup races from 1982 to 1993, posting two top-ten finishes, and ran six races in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2003, his best finish a 22nd at Memphis Motorsports Park. He returned in the Busch Series in 2007.
He has been racing in the IMCA Modified series in Canada, with his son Wheeler winning the championship in 2006.
In October 2006, he attempted to start racing again with a team called H&K Motorsports. H&K Motorsports is a co-owned business with Eddie Kucharski. Both Trevor and Eddie plan to run in the ARCA series in 2007.
Boys made two NASCAR Busch Series starts in 2007, both for Randy MacDonald. He started 40th at Milwaukee and finished nine laps down in 29th. His most recent NASCAR start is at the race in Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. He started 41st and finished 35th with transmission troubles on the road course.
Adam Kyler Petty (July 10, 1980 – May 12, 2000) was a professional racing driver. He was the first fourth-generation driver in NASCAR history.
Petty was raised in High Point, North Carolina into stock car racing "royalty". The son of Kyle Petty, he was widely expected to become the next great Petty, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather Richard, and great-grandfather Lee. He was the first known fourth-generation athlete in all of modern American motor sports to participate in the chosen profession of his generations.
Petty began his career in 1998, shortly after he turned 18. Like his father Kyle, he won his first ARCA RE/MAX Series race, in the #45 Sprint/Spree Pontiac at Lowe's Motor Speedway in that same year.
Petty drove a #45 Sprint Chevrolet in the Busch Series full-time in 1999 after a successful season in the Midwestern short track American Speed Association season in the #45 Spree Pontiac. He also finished sixth in his first Busch Series race at Daytona and had a best finish of fourth place that year. However, he failed to qualify for three races, and finished 20th overall in points.
Petty Enterprises planned to give Adam a Winston Cup ride in 2001 and to
Chad Blount (born September 4, 1979) is an American race car driver. He has raced in all three of NASCAR's major series and is currently a free agent.
Blount made his debut in the then-Nextel Cup Series during the 2004 season. Driving the #37 R&J Racing Dodge, he attempted two races and was able to make the Tropicana 400, but finished 43rd after a mechanical failure. He also made one start in the #06 Mobil 1 Dodge for Penske Racing at Talladega, however he finished 41st after an engine failure. Blount returned to the series in 2006 with plans to run the full season in the #37. After failing to qualify for the Daytona 500, he was released from the team. Beginning with the Golden Corral 500, he was hired by Front Row Motorsports to drive the #92 Dodge, which had previously been driven by Randy LaJoie. In 14 races between the team's #34, #61 and #92 cars, Blount was only able to qualify for two, finishing 42nd at both Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.
Blount began his Busch Series career with Braun Racing in 2003. He would drive the #19 APP Prepaid Gas Cards Dodge through the first 11 races, however sponsorship issues forced him to leave the car. During those
Frederick Lorenzen, Jr. (born December 30, 1934), nicknamed The Golden Boy, Fast Freddie, The Elmhurst Express and Flyin Freddy, is a former NASCAR driver active between 1958 and 1972. He won the 1965 Daytona 500. Lorenzen was born in Elmurst, Illinois.
Fred Lorenzen was 15 years of age when he and his Elmhurst, Illinois friends competed in a contest to see who could flip a 1937 Plymouth over first by cranking it around in circles. Lorenzen claimed to be the victor of that confrontation.
After graduating from high school, Lorenzen began racing modifieds and late models, and made his NASCAR debut in 1956 at Langhorne Speedway, finishing 26th after suffering a broken fuel pump, winning $25. He moved to a USAC stock car, and won the 1958 and 1959 championships driving his Talarico Bros. built Chevrolet.
On Christmas Eve 1960, Lorenzen received a phone call from team owner Ralph Moody that would change his career forever. Moody asked Lorenzen about becoming his team's lead driver. A surprised Lorenzen accepted, albeit curious as to what he'd done to fulfill Moody's criteria to be part of his team.
In 1961, Lorenzen began winning races in what would become a remarkable career. For five
Gordon Johncock (born 5 August 1937, Hastings, Michigan) is a former racing driver, best known as a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the 1976 USAC Marlboro Championship Trail champion. Johncock was most often simply referred to as "Gordy."
Johncock's first USAC victory was scored at the Milwaukee Mile in August 1965. He won six further races before winning the Indy 500 in 1973.
At the 1973 Indianapolis 500, Johncock was racing for the STP/Pat Patrick team. A major accident at the start involving Salt Walther, coupled with two days of rain, postponed the race until late Wednesday afternoon. When the race was held, Johncock's teammate Swede Savage was severely injured in a fiery crash on lap 58. A moment later, Armando Teran, a pit crew member on the same STP/Patrick team, was struck by a fire truck going northbound in the pits, and was fatally injured at the scene. When the race resumed, Johncock who had led the most laps, was leading when rain fell again on the 133rd lap. Nearing 6 p.m. in the evening, the race was red flagged and declared over. After a short and muted victory lane celebration, Johncock went to visit Savage at the hospital. Afterward, the celebratory
Lee Arnold Petty (March 14, 1914 – April 5, 2000) was an American stock car driver in the 1950s and 1960s. He was one of the pioneers of NASCAR, and one of its first superstars. He was born near Randleman, North Carolina.
Lee Arnold Petty was thirty-five years old before he began racing. He began his NASCAR career at NASCAR's first race at the three-quarter mile long dirt track, Charlotte Speedway. He finished in the Top 5 in season points for NASCAR's first eleven seasons. He won the NASCAR Championship on three occasions and the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959.
In the first race at Daytona International Speedway, Petty battled with Johnny Beauchamp during the final laps of the race. Petty, Beauchamp, and Joe Weatherly drove side by side by side across the finish line at the final lap for a photo finish. Petty drove a 1959 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 (#42), Beauchamp a 1959 Ford Thunderbird (#73) and Weatherly a 1959 Chevrolet (#48), all coupés. Beauchamp was declared the unofficial winner, and he drove to victory lane. Petty protested the results, saying "I had Beauchamp by a good two feet. In my own mind, I know I won." It took NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. three days to decide the
Tim Fedewa (born May 9, 1967 in Holt, Michigan) is a NASCAR driver and son of former race car driver Butch Fedewa. Tim is a spotter in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and currently spots for Marcos Ambrose.
Tim's father Butch was a veteran driver by the time he hung up his helmet for good having competed in late models, modifieds, Sportsman, Sprint and Stock cars (Butch competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series). Butch's Career highlights include a world record for speed at a 3/8 mile track which he set at Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1979. The record would go to stand for nine years before being broken. Butch won nine races during the season and later won the TRI-SAC championship in 1980. Butch was part of son Tim's crew during his American Speed Association (ASA) days.
He is married to model Kellee Meadows and they have one child that was born, Thursday, January 8, 2009. Her name is Willow Josephine Fedewa.
After winning Rookie of the Year award in the ARTGO Challenge Series Fedewa went on to join the American Speed Association. Fedewa scored one top five finish. A third place at Winchester (Indiana) Speedway, And five top 10's on his way to the ASA's Pat Schauer rookie of
Tracy Lee Hines (born May 1, 1972) is an American auto racing driver. He was the 2000 USAC Silver Crown Champion and 2002 USAC National Sprint Car Champion. He currently does not have a full-time ride in NASCAR as he competes for Tony Stewart Racing in three USAC series.
Hines made his first attempt at a Busch race in 2000, when he attempted to qualify for the Cheez-It 200 in a car owned by Jimmy Spencer. He did not make the field.
Hines began his NASCAR career in 2003, when he and NASCAR Craftsman Truck owner Jimb came to an agreement with Hines to run 5 truck races for him in the later portions of 2003.
His career started at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP). Hines qualified 30th in the #27 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Ram and had just made it into the top-10 when he wrecke and crashed into the wall, finishing 32nd. At the next race at Texas Motor Speedway, he qualified 4th, and ran in the top-15 all day, coming home with an eleventh place finish. Hines ran his last two races races that season at Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. At both races, Hines qualified the #7 in 22nd place, and finished 13th.
In 2004, Tommy Baldwin signed Hines to drive three races for the
Don Hume (born May 8, 1938) is a former NASCAR driver from Belvidere, New Jersey. In his limited NASCAR career, Hume competed in fifteen Winston Cup events.
Hume appeared in the series in 1964, completing two races late in the year. In his debut at Darlington, Hume started 28th but slid to 38th after an early crash. Hume would then barely improve at Charlotte, where Hume finished 35th due to overheating.
Hume had a significantly better season in 1965, when he competed in four events. Hume only managed to finish one of the four races. That race, which came at Charlotte, Hume finished 18th. The good news for Hume were that all of his DNFs were due to mechanical issues.
Hume returned to the series after a sixteen-year absence in 1981, completing one race for D.K. Ulrich. He started the race at Rockingham in 33rd position and would finish there after an early race crash.
Another multiple year absence ended in 1984, when Hume ran a race for Bahari Racing. After starting 23rd at Atlanta, Hume came home with a 26th place finish. He would finish that event twenty-nine laps down.
Hume ended his career with a seven-race swan song in 1985. It was a decent season, driving for James Hylton. In
Jack Sprague (born August 8, 1964, in Spring Lake, Michigan) is a NASCAR driver. Sprague has finished in the top-ten in the points standings almost every year he has raced in the trucks, and won three championships in 1997, 1999, and 2001 while driving for Hendrick Motorsports. He is currently a free agent.
Sprague began street stock cars at local short tracks. After winning the track championships at Thunderbird Raceway and later Winston Raceway, Sprague began racing in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series, in its North Carolina Late Model Division competition. He won the Big Ten Championship at Concord Motorsports Park, and won more than 30 Late Model Races. Eventually, he won the NASCAR Winston Racing Series championship at Concord Motorsports Park.
Sprague won the inaugural race in the NASCAR Sportsman Division at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1989.
Sprague made his Busch Series debut in 1989 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Driving the #78 Griffin Racing Chevrolet, he qualified 28th but finished 41st after suffering engine failure early in the race. After a 40th-place finish at the Goody's 300 for Pucci & Associaties, Sprague moved up to drive the #34 Keystone Beer car for Frank Cicci
Travis Kvapil (/ˈkwɑːpəl/ KWAH-pəl) (born March 1, 1976 in Janesville, Wisconsin) is an American race car driver. He currently drives the No. 93 Toyota for BK Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Travis Kvapil is currently married to his wife Jennifer, and has three children: Kelsey, Carson and Caden. The Kvapils reside in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Kvapil competed against fellow Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth at Madison International Speedway. Kvapil, like Kenseth, is an avid Green Bay Packers fan. During the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, Kvapil and his No. 32 Tide from PPI Motorsports appeared on an episode of Guiding Light.
Kvapil grew up working on cars in his dad’s garage, and racing was a natural progression for the Wisconsin native. Kvapil began racing in 1992 at the age of 16 at Rockford Speedway, competing in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. He went on to win the American Short Tracker division track championship in 1994 at Rockford. In 1995, he moved up to super late models at Madison International Speedway, ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile,” and was named the track Rookie of the Year. He also became the track’s Late Model Champion a year later in 1996. This honor made
Roy "Buckshot" Jones (born July 23, 1970 in Monticello, Georgia), is an auto racing driver who has competed in NASCAR and sprint cars. He most recently ran in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series.
Jones earned the nickname "Buckshot" from his grandfather after he ran into a table and showed no signs of pain or agony. His racing career began as a hobby during his studies at the University of Georgia, where he earned a business degree. Jones originally wanted to race motocross, but his dad suggested stock cars since they were safer.
After his sixth race Jones went out to dinner with his father, where he told him that he wanted to be a NASCAR champion. He and his father then developed a six-year plan that would allow Jones to move up the ladder and begin to fulfill his dream.
In 1995, Jones moved to the NASCAR Busch Series with his own team called Buckshot Racing. After a disappointing rookie campaign where his best finish was a ninth at South Boston Speedway, Jones hired Ricky Pearson, son of the legendary David Pearson, as his crew chief. Jones won two races over the next three years, winning the Most Popular Driver award in 1998. In 1999, after marrying his longtime girlfriend Jina, he
James Carlyle Long (born September 20, 1967) is a NASCAR race car driver and mechanic who is currently driving the #75 Ford Mustang for Rick Ware Racing in the Nationwide Series. In the past, he served as a mechanic for Black Cat Racing, Spears Motorsports and Travis Carter Motorsports. He has a total of 49 career wins in racing.
Long began racing in 1983 at Orange County and South Boston Speedway. He won the track championship at South Boston in 1987 and the Street Stock championship at Orange County in 1990. In 1992, he raced in NASCAR-sanctioned competition for the first time, earning Rookie of the Year honors at Orange County in the Winston Racing Series, and was awarded the Best Sportsmanship award the following season. After competing at various Winston Racing tracks in the 90's, he moved up to the Slim Jim All Pro Series in 1997, grabbing a win at Bristol Motor Speedway in the #15 Austin Foods Chevy. In 1998, he began running ARCA and Craftsman Truck races for Mansion Motorsports. Most recently, he won the championship race at Orange County Speedway on November 12, 2006.
Long made his NASCAR debut in 1998 in the Craftsman Truck Series. at Bristol, starting 21st but finishing
Patrick Carpentier (born August 13, 1971) is a retired Canadian race car driver. He is best known for his career in the Champ Car World Series and the IndyCar Series. In 2009, he shared the #36 of Tommy Baldwin Racing with Mike Skinner and ran Michael Waltrip's #55 Toyota Camry in the road course races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He drove a number of races for Latitude 43 Motorsports during the 2010 season.
In 2005, Carpentier drove for the Red Bull-sponsored team run by Eddie Cheever in the Indy Racing League. Prior to this he spent nearly a decade in the rival Champ Car series with Bettenhausen as a rookie, but subsequently in the team owned by Gerry Forsythe. In his early years he was prone to missing races through injuries, some of which originated off-track.
His first Champ Car victory came in 2001 at Michigan and he then took third in the championship in 2002. Carpentier was 5th overall in a disappointing 2003 season (compared to title-winning team-mate Paul Tracy). This weakened his position within the team and he was briefly fired in 2004, later being reinstated in a third team car, allegedly because of his marketing popularity in his homeland. (Team boss Gerry
Samuel Alan "Sammy" Swindell (born October 26, 1955 in Bartlett, Tennessee) is a three-time World of Outlaws champion, winning the title in 1981, 1982, and 1997, with hundreds of A-main victories to his credit. He also competed in the CART series in 1985 and 1986 and failed to qualify for the 1987 Indianapolis 500 in a March-Pontiac. Swindell also competed in a full season of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1995, finishing 12th in points with 1 pole and 5 top-tens in the series' inaugural season. He also counts 10 Busch Series and 2 Winston Cup starts among his NASCAR accomplishments. Swindell competes in the World of Outlaws. He competed in the rival National Sprint Tour for the 2006 season, winning three events.
In his career he has 280 WoO feature wins. 2007 was his 35th consecutive year as a race car driver, racing beside his 18-year-old son Kevin. He's a five-time winner of the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, the only driver to win it more than two times. During the 2008 season he raced in northern California winning a main event in the California Civil War Series in Placerville and also at the famed Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.
His father, Sam,
Tim McCreadie (born April 12, 1974) is an American Dirt Modified dracing driver. He currently drives the #39 Sweeteners Plus Late Model. In 2007 he ran a partial schedule in NASCAR West Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series, NASCAR Busch Series, and World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
As a youth, McCreadie raced go karts in the Thousand Island region of New York, and advanced to small block modifieds. McCreadie was 59-time DIRT Big-Block feature winner prior to moving on to the Late Models. McCreadie was voted the 2006 Al Holbert Memorial National Driver of the Year by the Eastern Motorsport Press Association.
McCreadie won the 2006 Chili Bowl as well as the 2006 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship. McCreadie signed a development deal with Richard Childress Racing in 2007, racing six events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He earned top-15s at Gateway International Raceway and O'Reilly Raceway Park as was thought by many to be one of the next up-and-comers in the sport. He tested the RCR NNS car at Daytona International Speedway and topped the speed charts early on. Despite these successes, however, sponsorship could not be found for his team and he and Richard Childress Racing
DeWayne Louis "Tiny" Lund (November 14, 1929 – August 17, 1975) was a NASCAR driver. He was ironically nicknamed "Tiny" due to his rather large and imposing size.
Lund started racing at a young age on a motorcycle, then moved up to midget cars and sprint cars. He served in the Korean War in the United States Air Force, and in 1955 decided to try stock car racing.
It is also noted that as an adult, Lund stood 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighed about 270 lbs.
Lund went south with a 1955 Chevrolet and competed in the Lehi, Arkansas, event, with sponsorship from Carl Rupert and his safety belt company. The race was dominated by Speedy Thompson and his Pete DePaolo-owned Ford. Lund qualified mid-pack but his event ended in an accident on lap 65. Lund's flipped end over end and his safety belt broke. He was bruised and had a broken arm.
For 1956, Lund teamed up with Gus Holzmueller, and their best result was a fourth-place finish at Columbia, South Carolina. Lund also ran a few events for A.L. Bumgarner. In 1957 Lund split between Bumgarner's Pontiacs and a Petty Enterprises Oldsmobile. With Bumgarner Lund nearly won an event at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. He won the pole position,
David A. Green (born in Owensboro, Kentucky on January 28, 1958) is a NASCAR driver. He won the Nationwide Series championship in 1994. His two younger brothers, Jeff and Mark have also competed in the NASCAR circuit. Green is currently the spotter for Bobby Labonte.
Green made his debut in 1989 at Hickory Motor Speedway for Day Enterprise Racing, starting 15th but finishing 30th after suffering an engine failure. He ran two more races the next year, suffering transmission failure in both races. In 1991, Green signed up with FILMAR Racing to drive the #8, and made an immediate impact, winning the pole position at the season-opening Goody's 300. Despite failing to qualify for two of the first seven races, Green won in just his 12th start at Lanier Raceway. He would finish runner-up to Jeff Gordon for Rookie of the Year. Surprisingly, Green was fired from the ride, and spent the 1992 season working as a member of Bobby Labonte's pit crew. When Labonte moved to Winston Cup in 1993, Green took over the team's #44 ride. Although he did not win, he finished in the top ten 16 times and finished third in the points. The next year, he won the Goody's 250, nine poles, as well as the Busch
Jeffery Michael "Jeff" Gordon (born August 4, 1971) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He drives the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger/DuPont Chevrolet Impala for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is a four-time series champion and a three-time Daytona 500 winner. He is third on the all-time wins list, with 86 career wins, and has the most wins in NASCAR's modern era (1972–present). In 2009, Gordon became the first driver to reach $100 million USD in career winnings in the Cup series.
Gordon, along with Rick Hendrick, are the co-owners of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, driven by Jimmie Johnson, who won five consecutive Cup championships from 2006 to 2010. Gordon also has an equity stake in his own No. 24 team. He was born in Vallejo, California, raised in Pittsboro, Indiana, and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Gordon began racing at the age of five, racing quarter midgets. Before, he originally rode a BMX bike that his stepfather bought for him. The Roy Hayer Memorial Race Track (Previously the Cracker Jack Track) in Rio Linda, California is noted as the first track Gordon ever competed on. By the age of six Gordon had won 35 main
John Andretti (born March 12, 1963) is an American race car driver. He has won in CART, IMSA GTP, Rolex Sports Car Series and NASCAR. He was the last NASCAR driver to win a Cup race for the famous Petty Enterprises team.
Andretti has one win (Australia, '91) and 61 top-10s in 74 career races in CART. He joined the PPG Indy Car World Series (CART) in 1987, winning the Rookie of the Year award. In 1988, Andretti made his debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, racing as high as seventh before mechanical problems forced him to finish 21st. The Andretti family became the first family to have four relatives (Michael, Mario, Jeff, and John) compete in the same series (CART). In 1990, 1991 and 1992, they had four family members competing in the Indy 500.
In 1991 he won the only race of his CART career, winning the Gold Coast Grand Prix in Surfer's Paradise, Australia. That same year he finished a career-best fifth in the Indianapolis 500. A week later at the Milwaukee Mile, Michael, John and Mario became the only known family in motorsports history to finish first, second and third respectively in a major auto race. In 1994, he became the first driver to attempt the "double," racing in
Martin David Robinson (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982), known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. One of the most popular and successful country and Western singers of his era, for most of his nearly four-decade career, Robbins was rarely far from the country music charts, and several of his songs also became pop hits.
Robbins was born in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix, in Maricopa County, Arizona. He was reared in a difficult family situation. His father took odd jobs to support the family of ten children. His father's drinking led to divorce in 1937. Among his warmer memories of his childhood, Robbins recalled having listened to stories of the American West told by his maternal grandfather, Texas Bob Heckle. Robbins left the troubled home at the age of 17 to serve in the United States Navy as an LCT coxswain during World War II. He was stationed in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. To pass the time during the war, he learned to play the guitar, started writing songs, and came to love Hawaiian music.
After his discharge from the military in 1945, he began to play at local venues in Phoenix, then moved on to host
Ricky Carmichael (born November 27, 1979 in Clearwater, Florida) is a racer known for his success in Motocross. He is currently competing in NASCAR. He is currently a free agent. His unrivaled successes in the sport of Motocross have given him the nickname "The GOAT"; standing for Greatest of All Time.
1997-2002 After a dominant amateur career, Carmichael made his pro debut for the (Splitfire Pro Circuit) Kawasaki team in 1997. He was fast but erratic in Supercross; winning several main events. Crashes and inconsistency cost him the title to Suzuki's Tim Ferry. Outdoors, Carmichael was much more in his element, and he beat defending champion Steve Lamson for the win at the first round. Carmichael was very dominant and won the overall title in his rookie year.
He more than made amends for his rookie-season loss in Supercross by winning all 8 main events of the 1998 125cc East Region. He won the East/West shootout as well. Outdoors, he defended his title easily despite early challenges from Lamson, John Dowd, and Mike Brown.
Carmichael jumped to the 250 class for Supercross in 1999 with the Factory Kawasaki team. It started off reasonably well with some top 5 finishes, but had a
Billy Pauch (born March 1, 1957 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, U.S.) is an American racecar driver. He currently resides in Frenchtown, New Jersey where he runs the Bill Pauch Driving School.
Known for racing Modifieds, dirt small-block and big-block Modifieds, and dirt sprint cars throughout the eastern United States, Billy had over 600 career feature wins. Pauch was the 1999, 2000, 2002, 2008 and 2011 New Egypt Speedway Modified division champion claiming over 100 wins at the track (the second place only has 29), among many other track championships. Pauch has also made 4 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts, with his best finish coming in 1998 at Flemington Speedway where he finished in sixth place in the #06 Dick Greenfield Dodge. In 1988, Pauch won 42 feature races and earned three track championships.
His son Billy Pauch Jr. is racing the full schedule of the Whelen Modified Tour in 2007.
George Dario Marino Franchitti (born 19 May 1973) is a Scottish racing driver. He formerly competed in the CART series before switching to the IndyCar Series where he was 2007 champion, and won the rain-shortened 2007 Indianapolis 500. Franchitti is also a former NASCAR driver for Chip Ganassi Racing, competing until mid-2008 when his team shut down. Franchitti returned to the IndyCar Series for the 2009 season, driving the #10 Target Honda/Dallara for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. He is the current, four-time IndyCar Series champion after claiming a third title in 2010 and fourth title in 2011 in addition to his 2007 and 2009 titles. On 30 May 2010, he won his second Indianapolis 500 race. He is the second driver in IndyCar Series history to take four titles in four consecutive series of racing, after Sébastien Bourdais, after accounting for his 2008 absence from the series. On 27 May 2012, he won his third Indianapolis 500 race.
He also competed in the American Le Mans Series for Andretti Green Racing with his brother Marino and former IndyCar Series teammate Bryan Herta. He won the 2007 BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year award. Franchitti was born in Bathgate, West
Gary Bradberry is an American stock car racing driver. He raced in the NASCAR All-Pro Series, and had top-ten points finishes from 1990-1993. After that, Bradberry made the jump to major NASCAR leagues. His younger brother was fellow NASCAR driver Charlie Bradberry, who died in an automobile accident in 2006.
Bradberry made his Winston Cup debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1994, starting 12th and finishing 30th in a Ford owned by Jimmy Means.
Bradberry ran four races in 1995, with the first two for his own team. However, he struggled, with a 41st at Michigan and 43rd at Charlotte. Then, for the other two races, Bradberry replaced Ward Burton in the #31 Hardee's Chevy, with finishes of 35th and 29th.
Bradberry's next job was at Sadler Bros. Racing, driving the #95 Shoney's Chevy in nine 1996 races, with a 23rd place finish at Talladega Superspeedway being his best finish, albeit his best career finish to that point.
Bradberry's largest season was in 1997, when he ran a career-high 16 races. At first, he was running for Tri-Star Motorsports. However, in eight races, all Bradberry could manage was a 31st at Charlotte, causing him to lose his ride Bradberry moved to Triad Motorsports
Herman Marion Sadler III (born April 24, 1969) is an American race car driver/announcer and professional wrestling promoter from Emporia, Virginia. He is also an advocate for autism research, as his daughter Hailie Dru, was diagnosed with the disorder in 2001. His younger brother Elliott Sadler is also a NASCAR driver.
Sadler graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1991 with a BA in Industrial Relations, serving as an equipment manager for the school's lacrosse team. He also was a roommate at the school with Benny Parsons' son Keith.
Sadler began racing in go-karts alongside younger brother Elliott in their hometown of Emporia. He then began running late models in Virginia. In 1992, Sadler made his debut in the NASCAR Busch Series at Orange County Speedway. He started 19th but finished 25th after wrecking his #32 Oldsmobile. He would run four more races that season, with a best finish of 20th at Dover International Speedway.
Sadler began running the Busch Series full-time in 1993. Driving the #25 Shell Oil/Virginia is for Lovers Oldsmobile for Don Beverly, Sadler picked a win at Orange County, finished tenth in points, and was named Rookie of the Year. He followed that
J. R. Patton (born September 12, 1983 in Las Cruces, New Mexico) is a current part-time Craftsman Truck Series driver. He drives the #63 MB Motorsports Ford. Patton is currently a senior at New Mexico State University, where he is majoring in business marketing. He has run in the Buck Baker Driving School. He is the only known Native American driver to compete in NASCAR.
Patton made seven starts late in 2004 for Fiddleback Racing. In his debut, Patton ran a second Fiddleback truck (#66) to a fifteenth place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Patton drove for the rest of 2004, but the 15th at Vegas would prove to be Patton's best. He also finished all but one of his starts.
In 2006, MB Motorsports announced Patton would take over its #63 Ford entry for a limited schedule. Despite five attempts, Patton missed every race he tried to make.
Jimmy Horton (born July 3, 1956) is a racecar driver from Folsom, New Jersey. He raced in 48 NASCAR Winston Cup races in eight seasons. He was a regular on the ARCA circuit in the 1980s and 1990s. Horton has won many of the most noted races for dirt track modifieds in the Northeastern United States.
Horton first became known as a modified racecar driver in the Northeastern United States. He began racing in a small block sportsman in his father's racecar in the early 1970s. He won the sportsman championship at Orange County Speedway in 1974.
He won modified track championships at numerous tracks. He was the 1976 Modified champion at Orange County driving his dad's #43. That season, he was involved in one of the rare dead heat modified feature wins along with fellow future NASCAR racer Tighe Scott. It was the first race of a twin 50 feature and it was too close to call. Scott and Horton's cars collided after the race. After 1976 he started racing in the #3 Statewide dirt modified. He won track championships at Bridgeport Speedway (NJ) in 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1997, 1998 and 2003. He won the Eastern States 200 in his later career. He won modified track championships at New
Kurt Thomas Busch (born August 4, 1978) is a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He drives the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet Impala for Furniture Row Racing in the Sprint Cup Series and the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Nationwide Series.
Busch has also driven for Phoenix Racing, Penske Racing, and Roush Fenway Racing in his Sprint Cup career, which began in 2001.
Busch, winner of 24 Cup races and the 2004 championship, also races on an "opportunity permitting" basis in the Pro Stock division of NHRA.
He is a second-generation racing driver; his father, Tom, won several NASCAR sanctioned events. He is the older brother of Kyle Busch, who is also a NASCAR driver.
Busch won the Cup Series Championship in 2004, the first ever season using the "Chase for the Cup" points format, finishing just eight points ahead of Jimmie Johnson. With a 2006 win in the Nationwide Series, Busch became one of only 23 drivers with a win in all three of NASCAR's top divisions: the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series.
At the age of six, Busch was accompanying his father to the track and driving go-carts himself. As an
Olivier Beretta (born November 23, 1969 in Monte Carlo) is a racing driver from Monaco who raced in Formula One in 1994 for the Larrousse team, partnering Érik Comas. He participated in 10 grands prix, debuting on March 27, 1994. He scored no championship points, and was replaced when his sponsorship money ran out. During 2003 and 2004, he tested for the Williams team.
Beretta has seen more success in sportscar racing, taking class wins at the 24 Heures du Mans with Viper GTS-Rs in 1999 (10th overall) and 2000 (7th overall), Corvettes in 2004 (C5-R, 6th overall), 2005 (C5-R, 5th overall) and 2006 (C6-R, 4th overall) and driving LMP900 class cars to 6th (2001), 4th (2002) and 3rd (2003) place class finishes.
He made a single NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Heartland Park Topeka in 1999 for Bobby Hamilton Racing, qualifying 10th and finishing 17th.
For 2012, Beretta has made the move from Corvette to Ferrari and started the season at the 2012 Daytona 24 Hours with Risi Competizione's Ferrari F458 Italia Grand Am. He will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship in a GTE-Pro class Ferrari F458 Italia for AF Corse.
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Phil Parsons (born June 21, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan), is a former NASCAR driver and owner of MSRP Motorsports . He is also the younger brother of the late 1973 Winston Cup champion and former NBC/TNT commentator Benny Parsons. Years later, he returned to the Busch Series, where he enjoyed modest success. During his racing career, he also embarked on a career as a racing TV commentator, providing color analysis for the Mizlou Television Network. Many of these shows can be seen on TV4U.Com. He is now a commentator for Speed Channel's coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He can also be heard as commentator for the DirecTV NASCAR Hot Pass during Sprint Cup races. He was the starter waving the green flag for the 2007 Daytona 500. In 2008, he along with his wife Marcia became part owners of a new Nationwide Series team, MSRP Motorsports.
Parsons began racing in the Late Model Series and the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series. When the Late Model Series became the Busch Series in 1982, Parsons joined the circuit full-time, driving the #28 Skoal Pontiac for Johnny Hayes. He won his first career race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and led the championship points early in the season. He
Ron Fellows (born September 28, 1959 in Windsor, Ontario) is an accomplished Canadian SCCA Trans-Am, IMSA, and American Le Mans Series driver, and a NASCAR "road course ringer".
He began his career in Karts, which lead to Formula Ford 1600 and Formula Ford 2000. When funds for these projects ran low, he left racing for a 9 year stint as gas pipeline worker. Fellows returned to the track in the 1980s with help from driving school instructor Richard Spenard. He made his professional debut in 1986 in the Player's GM Challenge, driving a showroom stock Chevrolet Camaro.
He had a dominant 1989 season, capturing both the title at Mosport Park and his first SCCA Trans-Am Series race during the same weekend. His career skyrocketed as he became one of the most successful drivers in the history of Trans Am, with 19 wins in 95 starts.
Fellows then had 2 starts in the legendary Ferrari 333SP, including a 1997 win at Mosport Park in the IMSA GT Championship.
In 1998, Ron Fellows began his long association with GM's Corvette Racing program, with the historic Chevrolet Corvette C5.R. He was also briefly involved with the development of the Cadillac LMP program. At the 2000 Rolex 24 at Daytona, he
Ruben Garcia (born April 1, 1946) is an American NASCAR racer from South El Monte, California. He started out in the Winston West Series. He is best remembered for hitting the wall at the Riverside International Raceway on June 12, 1988, when he came off turn 9 and hit the wall near the grandstands. He wasn't injured, but did not race in the Winston West again.
Shelby Dean Howard IV (born July 25, 1985 in Greenwood, Indiana) is a NASCAR driver. He is currently a free agent.
Howard began racing in 1996 in Junior Sprints. In his first season in the National Series, he finished fifth in points. He competed in various racing series. He won the points championship in the Mini Cup Series, as well as winning the Mini Cup championship at the Jefferson Speedrome, and the 250cc Mini Sprints Rookie of the Year at Miami County Speedway. In 1998, he moved up to the 600cc Adult Class at Miami County, and simultaneously won the championship and Rookie of the Year honors. He also became the youngest driver to win a feature race at the Indianapolis Speedrome.
In 1999, Howard joined the Jasper Modified Series, and won the Rookie of the Year award and finished fifth in the points standings. He also raced at Anderson Speedway, winning two feature races and the Rookie of the Year award. He won his first Jasper Modified feature race in 2000 at Winchester Speedway, becoming the youngest driver since Jeff Gordon to win a race in that series. He finished fifteenth in the Kendall Late Model Series points standings as well. He moved up to the ARCA RE/MAX Series in
Juan Pablo Montoya Roldán (born September 20, 1975) is a Colombian race car driver known internationally for participating in and winning Formula One and CART race competitions. Currently, he competes in NASCAR, driving the No. 42 Target Chevrolet Impala for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. He and wife Connie have three children: son Sebastian and daughters Paulina and Manuela.
The highlights of his career include winning the International F3000 championship in 1998, and the CART Championship Series in 1999, as well as victories in some of the most prestigious races in the world. He is the only driver to have won the premier North American open-wheel CART title, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona, all at the first attempt. Montoya is one of two drivers to have won the CART title in his rookie year, the first being Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell in 1993. He has also equalled Graham Hill's feat of being a Monaco Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 race winner; Montoya is currently one of only two active drivers (along with Jacques Villeneuve) who has won two legs of the Triple Crown of Motorsport.
Montoya has also become a crossover race winner
Edward Glenn Roberts, Jr. (January 20, 1929 – July 2, 1964), nicknamed "Fireball", was one of the pioneering race car drivers of NASCAR.
Roberts was born in Tavares, Florida, and raised in Apopka, Florida where he was interested in both auto racing and baseball. He was a pitcher for the Zellwood Mud Hens, an American Legion baseball team, where he earned the nickname "Fireball" because of his fast ball, not his driving style, which is sometimes disputed. He enlisted with the Army Air Corps in 1945, but was discharged after basic training because of asthma.
He attended the University of Florida and raced on dirt tracks on weekends. In 1947, at the age of 18, he raced on the Daytona Beach Road Course at Daytona for the first time. He won a 150-mile race at Daytona Beach the following year. Roberts also competed in local stock and modified races at Florida tracks such as Seminole Speedway.
Roberts continued to amass victories on the circuit, despite the changes in NASCAR as it moved away from shorter dirt tracks to superspeedways in the 1950s and 1960s. In his 206 career NASCAR Grand National races, he won 33 times and had 32 poles. He finished in the top five 45 percent of the time.
Frankie Schneider (born August 11, 1926) of Lambertville, New Jersey was a stock car, modified, midget, and sprint car racer. He had one NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) victory at Old Dominion Speedway in 1958 driving a 1957 Chevrolet. He also won the 1952 NASCAR modified title, where it is suspected that he scored at least 100 wins. Frankie Schneider earned his nickname "The Old Master" through his ability to master anything with wheels.
Schneider began his career in 1947 by winning $70 ($728.58 in today's money) for driving his street car to a seventh place at Flemington Speedway. Schneider is believed to have won at least 750 races in the next thirty years. He routinely raced in several classes at eight races per week. He reportedly scored at least 100 wins again in 1958. Schneider won the Langhorne National Open, the country's top event for Sportsman and Modified racers, in 1954 and 1962. He scored his last feature win in 1977 at the 1/2-mile dirt track Nazareth Speedway. He has competed in almost all 50 states as well as other countries. He still occasionally races at Orange County Fair in a Modified. He was recently voted driver of the century by Area Auto Racing
Jason Leffler (born September 16, 1975) is a NASCAR driver from Long Beach, California. Leffler began racing in the open-wheel ranks before moving to NASCAR's three major series. Leffler currently drives the No. 49 Toyota for Robinson-Blakeney Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Leffler began his career racing midget cars in the USAC series, where he won 3 consecutive Midget championships from 1997 and 1999, as well as the Silver Crown series championship in 1998. He was the third driver to win three consecutive midget car championships. He won the Hut 100 and Belleville Nationals in 1997, and the Turkey Night Grand Prix and Copper Classic in 1999. He won his second Turkey Night Grand Prix in 2005.
Roger Penske met Leffler at the 1998 Hut 100. Leffler's success also caught the attention of Joe Gibbs Racing, a team who had previous signed Tony Stewart from the USAC ranks. Leffler joined the team in 1999 and made 4 starts in the Busch Series during the season with moderate success. At the same time, he also started a race in the Indy Racing League at Walt Disney World Speedway in the #5 Treadway Racing machine, but finished last after wrecking early in the race.
Leffler made his
Kyle Thomas Busch (born May 2, 1985) is an American NASCAR driver and team owner. He currently drives the No. 18 Mars, Inc./Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Sprint Cup Series and owns Kyle Busch Motorsports, which runs the #54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry for Kyle and his brother Kurt in the Nationwide Series and the #18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra for Jason Leffler in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
He currently holds the modern-era record for most race wins in a season across the top three NASCAR series with twenty-four wins, which he accomplished in 2010. On August 21, 2010, Busch became the first driver to win in all three of NASCAR's top three touring series in the same weekend (Bristol). Busch became the first driver in Nationwide series history to lead more than 10,000 laps. Busch also holds the record for the most NASCAR Nationwide Series wins with 51, surpassing Mark Martin's 49.
Busch is also the only active driver to win on his birthday and the second overall, winning the 2009 Crown Royal Presents the Russell Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway, which was run on his 24th birthday. Cale Yarborough was the first. He is the
Mark McFarland (February 1, 1978) of Winchester, Virginia) Currently works as a crew chief for Matt DiBenedetto in the K&N Pro East Series. McFarland won the NASCAR Weekly Series national championship in 2003.
At the age of eight, he began his racing career, racing go-karts. He earned a factory ride after his first year of racing. In 1994, his karting career ended with 10 National Championships and 14 State Championships to his name.
At the end of 1995, he started racing late models at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Virginia. He was rookie of the year in 1996, and finished third in points. In the 1997 season, he captured 9 wins, and 27 top 10 finishes, at several tracks throughout the south. He finished second at points at Old Dominion.
In 2003, driving an asphalt Late Model Stock Car McFarland won 16 of his 18 starts at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Virginia. This earned him the national championship of the NASCAR Weekly Series, as well as the track championship" Mark gives all the credit for his success to Ken Barlow. " It was Ken's leadership that guided me to our championships.
In 1998, he ran select NASCAR Busch Series events, along with 15 late model races throughout
Richard Allen Craven (born May 24, 1966, in Newburgh, Maine) is an ESPN broadcaster who works ESPN2's NASCAR Now and a race analyst for the network. Prior to his ESPN duties, he was a NASCAR driver who won in four different series—the K&N Pro Series, and the three national series. He occasionally served as a pit reporter when NASCAR aired on TBS in the mid-1990s. Craven is perhaps most well known for winning in the closest finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
Craven began racing at the age of 15 at Unity Raceway, winning twice as well as the Rookie of the Year award. The next year, he won 12 feature events and the track championship. In 1984 Craven raced at Wiscasset Raceway in the Late Model Division; in this year he won the track championship along with the Rookie of the Year title. After that, he began running in the American - Canadian Tour (ACTTOUR.COM), where he had rampant success. In 1986, he made his NASCAR debut at Oxford Plains Speedway in his own #12, finishing 25th after suffering engine failure. Four years later, he began running the Busch North Series, winning the Rookie of the Year award. In 1991, he was named the champion in that series, winning ten times in
Tom Bigelow (born October 31, 1939, in Whitewater, Wisconsin), USA, is a former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series.
He began his racing career at the Badger Midget Racing Association at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. His first attempt at the National Championship was in 1967, and he finished eighteenth. He had 1968 midget wins at Hales Corners Speedway in Hales Corners, Wisconsin and at the Sycamore, Illinois track. He won the first Astro Grand Prix in the Houston Astrodome in 1969. His come back in Midgets started in 1981 driving for Sandy Racing. In 1984 he was National USAC Midget Champion, two years in a roll, 1982 and 1983 he was USAC Spreedrome Champ.
He raced in USAC and CART in 17 seasons (1968–1983 and 1985), with 104 combined career starts, and started in the Indianapolis 500 every year during 1974-1982. He finished in the top ten 39 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in consecutive races in 1978 at Texas World Speedway and Milwaukee.
Bigelow was also the 1978 USAC Sprint Car Series Champion. He became the leader in USAC Sprint car wins with 52.
He returned to his roots won the 1984 USAC National Midget Series Champion. He
Eric McClure (born December 11, 1978) is an American NASCAR race car driver. He currently drives the No. 14 Hefty Toyota for TriStar Motorsports in the Nationwide Series. Born in Chilhowie, Virginia, he is a graduate of Emory and Henry College. His family owned the Sprint Cup Series team Morgan-McClure Motorsports.
McClure's home in Abingdon, Virginia suffered major damage in an April 27, 2011 tornado (part of a major outbreak of tornadoes that hit across the South April 27-28); McClure, his wife and three children sat out the storm in their basement and were uninjured.
McClure has made two Cup career starts in his career. His debut came at Talladega, driving the No. 04 I Can Learn Chevy in 2004. He made the field in 35th position, and went on to finish 26th. McClure then attempted to make the July race at Daytona, but did not qualify.
McClure then landed a ride with the No. 73 Raabe Racing Enterprises Chevy for 2005. McClure did not qualify for the first two races, but did make the race at Las Vegas, starting 41st. His engine blew mid-way through the race and relegated McClure to 32nd. McClure left the team that week and did not run until August, when he attempted three races with
Jeremy Allen Mayfield (born May 27, 1969) is a former NASCAR driver who last competed in 2009 due to legal troubles and an indefinite suspension by NASCAR. Prior to 2009, Mayfield drove cars for the Sadler Brothers, T.W. Taylor, Cale Yarborough, Michael Kranefuss, Roger Penske, Ray Evernham, Bill Davis, and Gene Haas. He last drove for his own team, Mayfield Motorsports, before his suspension.
On May 9, 2009, Mayfield was suspended indefinitely as both owner and driver by NASCAR following what NASCAR said was a positive test for methamphetamine. A federal judge weighing the respective harms and evidence lifted the suspension temporarily on July 1, 2009. On July 15, 2009, it was revealed by NASCAR that Mayfield again tested positive for the second time of using methamphetamine. He allegedly failed a random drug test on July 6. On July 24, a federal appeals court overturned the previous injunction Mayfield had been awarded; leaving him suspended from the sport again.
Mayfield began racing in his hometown of Owensboro, racing BMX bicycles. He then proceeded to race go-karts at local Short tracks; moving to Nashville Speedway USA at the age of 19. He soon went to work for Sadler Bros.
Ron Bouchard (born November 23, 1948 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA) is a former NASCAR driver who was the 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. His brother Ken Bouchard was the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year.
Ron began racing career at Brookline Speedway as a substitute driver in 1963 by replacing the ill driver for his father's car. After high school he began racing in his father's car, and he rapidly moved up the ranks to late models at Seekonk Speedway. He claimed five consecutive track championships from 1967 to 1971. He began racing at other local tracks in the Camaro, and he was noticed by Bob Johnson.
Johnson quickly put Bouchard in his Modified car at the famous Stafford Speedway, and he won his first of his 35 career victories at Stafford in April 1972. He won the 1973 and 1979 track Modified championships.Bouchard also drove for Legendary car owners Bob Judkins (#2)and also Len Boehler (#3)where he won numerous races at Stafford Speedway,Thompson Speedway,Seekonk Speedway,Waterford Speedbowl and Westboro Speedway.One of Bouchard's biggest modified victories came at Thompson Speedway driving Dick Armstrong's #1 in the Thompson 300 in 1980.
William Alexander Lester III (born February 6, 1961) is a racing driver who competes in the Grand Touring category in the Rolex Sports Car Series for Autohaus Motorsports. In 1984, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley. Fresh out of college, he worked at Hewlett-Packard for a few years before deciding he wanted to focus on auto racing.
Until 2007, he competed full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, being at the time the only African-American competing full-time in a NASCAR circuit. He also participated in a number of Sprint Cup races. From 2008 - 2010, he competed in the Daytona Prototype category in the Rolex Sports Car Series.
He began racing in the road course circuits, running in the SCCA and IMSA series. He made his IMSA debut in 1989 at Sears Point International Raceway, qualifying ninth and finishing 12th in a Chevrolet Camaro. He also picked up a victory that year in an endurance race at Sears Point. In 1990, he began running the SCCA, running an unsponsored Oldsmobile Cutlass for Rocketsports at Portland, and one race for Tom Gloy at Mid-Ohio. He did not race professionally again until 1996, running SCCA events
Brian Joseph Scott (born January 12, 1988 in Boise, Idaho) is an American race car driver. He currently drives the #11 Dollar General Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the No. 18 Shore Lodge Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports on a limited schedule in the Camping World Truck Series.
An avid outdoorsman, Scott enjoys hunting, fishing and skiing when he is away from the track. He has been known to take some of those sports to the “extreme” level to include helicopter skiing. Although a born athlete, Scott also graduated from high school as an honor student with a 4.0 GPA.
Scott has been racing competitively since the age of 12. One of his early career highlights came at the 360 Nationals at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington, when he competed against an elite field of dirt racers and brought home an impressive second place finish. It was a moment that affirmed his and his family’s belief that Scott had the talent to compete at the highest levels of racing.
While splitting time between USAR and Late Models, Scott's father, JB, announced he had purchased the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team Xpress Motorsports. Scott then made his NASCAR
Chase Austin (born October 3, 1989) is an American race-car driver. He is a former development driver with Hendrick Motorsports and Rusty Wallace Racing. He is currently a part-time driver in the Firestone Indy Lights series.
Austin started racing when he was 8, in an old worn out go kart he built with his Dad. He earned over 60 wins while racing karts in the late 1990s to early 2000s. In 2001, he raced in micro sprint cars and won 16 features in two years. Then he moved up to full size sprint cars, dirt track racing modifieds, and late models on dirt and asphalt. While competing in the Kansas area, he won over 100 features in karts, sprint cars and stock cars. He won the "Future Dirt Track World Championship", a dirt late model race for around a dozen of the United States' top teenaged drivers.
In late 2004, at age 14, he signed a driver development deal with Hendrick Motorsports. Hendrick assigned him to race for the team's ally SS Racing in the ASA Late Model Series.
In 2005, he won two races, with one top five, six top ten finishes and a pole position.
Hendrick dissolved its driver development program in 2006. Originally backed by the new STAR Motorsports team, the deal fell
David George MacDonald (July 23, 1936 – May 30, 1964) was an American road racing champion noted for his successes driving Corvettes and Shelby Cobras in the early 1960s. His promising career ended abruptly after a crash in the 1964 Indianapolis 500 in which he was killed along with fellow driver Eddie Sachs in a fiery inferno that directly led to a change in fuel type from gasoline to methanol. MacDonald was born in El Monte, California and died at the age of 27.
In a brilliant but all too brief career, MacDonald competed in 110 races with 47 victories and 69 top 3 finishes. In a 2008 interview with Hot Rod Magazine, legendary auto racer and designer Carroll Shelby said "I think Dave had more raw talent probably than any race driver I ever saw".
MacDonald, dubbed the "Master of Oversteer" for his drifting skills, was a well-known Chevrolet Corvette racer on the West Coast when Carroll Shelby hired him to drive his new Ford-powered Cobra Roadster in the 1963 season.
His first race for Shelby American was at Riverside International Raceway on February 2, 1963 and MacDonald recorded the Cobra Roadster 260's first-ever victory. The following month he drove the Cobra Roadster 289 to
Harry Phil Gant (born January 10, 1940), better known as Handsome Harry, is a retired American racecar driver best known for driving the #33 Skoal Bandit car on the NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup Series) circuit during the 1980s and 1990s.
He was known as Handsome Harry Gant due to his Hollywood-style good looks, The Bandit after his longtime sponsor Skoal Bandit, Mr. September after winning four consecutive Winston Cup races and two Busch Series races in September 1991, and High Groove Harry after the high line he often took through the corner. A humble man, Gant often stated that he was a good race car driver, but a great carpenter. Another nickname that was given to him by Darrell Waltrip was "The Answer To Every Trivia Question" because he holds many Busch Series records. Prior to his wins, Gant was sometimes referred to as the "bridesmaid" for always coming in second, which was also given to Kasey Kahne in the earlier years of his career.
The North Carolina native began his racing career at the old dirt track in Hickory. He built a hobby class car with his friends, and took turns behind the wheel. Gant became the full-time driver and won the track championship. Hickory
Jonathan Benson, Jr. (born June 27, 1963 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American NASCAR driver and the son of former Michigan modified driver John Benson, Sr. His career highlights include the 1993 American Speed Association AC-Delco Challenge series championship, the 1995 Busch Series championship, the 1996 Winston Cup NASCAR Rookie of the Year award, and the 2008 Craftsman Truck Series championship.
Johnny Benson, Jr. was late model champion at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan before joining the American Speed Association (ASA) in 1990, During Benson Jr's rookie season in the ASA he captured one pole position, led 174 laps and scored eight top 10 finishes to blitz the competition for the ASA"s Pat Schauer rookie of the Year award . In 1991 Benson compiled 13 top 10's including four second place finishes. Benson ranked fourth in the ASA AC-Delco Challenge Series in 1991. Benson later went on to win the 1993 American Speed Association (ASA) champion. During his time in the ASA series he drove the # 21 Valvoline Chevrolet for Throop Motorsports.
In 1993, Benson made his Busch Series debut at Michigan International Speedway, driving the #41 Delco Remy Chevrolet for Ernie Irvan. He
Michael Bliss (born April 5, 1965) is a NASCAR driver who has run in all three major series. He currently drives the #44 Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He began racing at age 10. 1993 marked his first major victory when he captured the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.
Bliss began racing in NASCAR in 1995, driving the #08/2 Ford F-150 for Ultra Motorsports in the new Craftsman Truck Series. Competing in 19 out of 20 races, Bliss picked up a win at North Wilkesboro Speedway and finished eighth in points. The next year, with sponsorship from Team ASE Racing, he won at Evergreen and I-70 and finished fifth in points. In 1998, he made his debut in the upper-NASCAR ranks. First, he finished 26th at the Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 driving a car owned by Kevin Schwantz, then two weeks later, finished seventh at Indianapolis Raceway Park for Michael Waltrip Racing. He also ran a pair of Winston Cup races that season, finishing 25th at Martinsville Speedway in the #96 for American Equipment Racing.
After winning six poles and finishing fourth in points in 1998, Bliss announced he would not return to the team after 1998, and signed with Roush
"Tiger" Tom Pistone (born March 17, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is a former NASCAR Grand National driver from Chicago. He made his Grand National debut in 1955. He won two races and finished 6th in championship points in the 1959 season for Carl Rupert, his best season statistically. He was away from NASCAR in 1963 and 1964, but returned in 1965 to drive in 33 races for Glen Sweet and Emory Gilliam, a career high, but only 8 top tens and a 32nd place points finish came of it. His final and 130th cup race came in 1968. He won two NASCAR Convertible Division races.
In 1960, he wore a life preserver and an oxygen tube in his car while racing at Daytona for fear of running into the lake in the middle of the speedway and drowning. This happened after Tommy Irwin ran into the lake in the first qualifying race. Irwin did not drown, however.
On October 17, 2010, Pistone was one of the year's 15 inductees to the Racers' Reunion Hall of Fame, located at Memory Lane Museum in Mooresville NC.
Still active in racing at age 81, Pistone has a thriving race car parts business in Charlotte, NC, and can often be found mentoring young drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He prepares and crews for
Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (born October 10, 1974), better known simply as Dale Earnhardt, Jr., is an American stock car racing driver and team owner, who currently drives the No. 88 Chevrolet Impala in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports, and drives the No. 5 Chevrolet Impala for his own team, JR Motorsports, in selected events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He is the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, Sr., and the grandson of both NASCAR driver Ralph Earnhardt and stock car fabricator Robert Gee. Earnhardt, Jr. is also the half-brother of former driver Kerry Earnhardt, the uncle of driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, and the stepson of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team co-owner Teresa Earnhardt. Earnhardt, Jr. has won the Most Popular Driver Award nine times. He has an estimated net worth of $300 million.
Earnhardt, Jr. was raised in Kannapolis, North Carolina, the son of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Brenda Lorraine (née Gee; born January 2, 1952). His maternal grandfather, Robert Gee, Sr., was a NASCAR car builder. Dale Earnhardt Jr. attended college and earned a 2 year automotive degree in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Earnhardt, Jr. began his racing career at the late
Waymond Lane "Hut" Stricklin (born June 24, 1961) is a former NASCAR race car driver. He grew up in Calera, Alabama. He married Pam Allison, the daughter of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison after they were introduced by her cousin Davey. Hut was the last member of the Alabama Gang.
In 1987, Stricklin won NASCAR's Dash Series Championship. The next year, he made his debut in NASCAR Winston Cup.
Two years later he finished second to Dick Trickle in the NASCAR Rookie of the Year championship with car owner Rod Osterlund. In his sophomore season, he competed in only three events before taking over the driving chores of Bobby Allison's #12 Raybestos Brakes Buick. 1991 turned out to be one of his best seasons yet, as he finished 16th in the championship point standings as well as a career high 2nd place at Michigan International Speedway. With eight races left in the 1992 season, Hut left Allison's team and, after a few races driving for Junie Donlavey, he picked up a ride for 1993 with Junior Johnson, driving the #27 McDonald's Ford. In 1994, Stricklin paired with owner Travis Carter to form a new team, the Number 23 Camel Cigarettes Ford. It was a disappointing year with Hut finishing 26th
Ralph Lee Earnhardt (February 23, 1928 – September 26, 1973) was a NASCAR driver. He was the father of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.; the grandfather of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kelly Earnhardt, Nicole Earnhardt, and Kerry Earnhardt, and great grandfather of Jeffrey Earnhardt. Earnhardt helped get Bobby Isaac his start in racing.
Ralph was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina to Effie Mae Barber (August 30, 1895 - September 1979) and John Henderson Earnhardt (23 Mar 1875 - 05 Oct 1953). John Henderson Earnhardt's first wife was Florence Phillips (7 Oct 1877 - 18 Nov 1922). John and Florence had four daughters: Mary, Ulah, Margie, and Octa Vayne. Ralph spent many years working in a cotton mill in North Carolina. One of the only ways out of this poor living was racing. Ralph started his racing career on dirt tracks where he was famous for keeping his car in top condition throughout each race. Ralph died of a heart attack and was found on the kitchen floor by his wife, Martha.
Earnhardt began racing in 1949, and in 1953 it became his full-time occupation.
In 1956, he won the NASCAR Sportsman Championship, and was runner-up in 1955 and third in 1957. In 1967, he was the reigning South Carolina state
Samuel Jon Hornish, Jr. (born July 2, 1979) is an American auto racing driver. He currently drives the No. 22 Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts/Würth Group Dodge Challenger for Penske Racing in the Nationwide Series.
Born in Defiance, Ohio, Hornish began racing at the age of 11 in go-kart. After competing in junior leagues for various seasons, he joined the World Karting Association in 1993, winning seven races and posting twenty-nine top-five finishes. The following season, he won several championships in WKA, including the U.S. and Canadian Grand Championships, as well as the U.S. Junior Class Grand Championship. In 1995, he repeated his U.S. Grand National title and won nine races. He would move up to the United States F2000 Series, driving six races for his family-owned team, and had one top-ten finish at Watkins Glen International. He joined Bordin Racing in 1997 and had two eleventh-place finishes, before signing with Primus Racing. He had a second-place run at Pikes Peak International Raceway and finished seventh in points.
In 1999, Hornish moved to the Toyota Atlantic Series to drive for Shank Racing. He won Rookie of the Year
Shane Huffman (born December 30, 1973 in Hickory, North Carolina) is a former NASCAR and USAR driver. He drove the #40 Key Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado in the Craftsman Truck Series. In 2006 and 2007, he drove the #88 NAVY "Accelerate Your Life" Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS for JR Motorsports in the Busch Series.
Shane Huffman returned to NASCAR Nationwide Racing, July 4, 2008. He drove the #31 car for Stanton Barrett Motorsports during the Nationwide Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway. He started 21st and was able to lead 2 laps ( 17 & 18 ) when he remained on the track after a lap 14 caution caused by the spinning #22 car driven by Josh Wise. When the green flag dropped on lap 17 Shane was able to hold off a charge by his ex-boss, Dale Earnhardt Jr. After 2 laps he was passed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and remained in the top 10 for one more lap before falling back in the pack. Shane, in the #31 car, eventually finished in 41st position, 82 laps down.
While attending St. Stephens High School in Hickory, North Carolina, Huffman was a three year starter for the well respected high school wrestling team (1989–1990, 1990–1991, 1991–1992). He was instrumental in helping with
Brett Bodine (born January 11, 1959) is a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and is the current driver of the pace car in Sprint Cup events. Brett is the younger brother of 1986 Daytona 500 winner Geoff Bodine and the older brother of 2006 Craftsman Truck Series champion Todd Bodine. He was born in Chemung, New York.
Bodine attended Alfred State College and received an associate's degree in mechanical engineering before he became a professional race car driver. Growing up watching his brother Geoff race in the modifieds, Brett decided to embark on a racing career on his own. He began in hobby stock races at the track owned by his parents in 1977 before moving up to the modifieds in 1979. That year he finished 33rd in the season long points race. In the 1980 season he moved up to 24th overall. The 1983 season was Brett’s most successful in the modifieds as he recorded 56 starts, 6 wins, 20 top fives, and 30 top tens in route to 7th in the overall standings. He also won his first NASCAR Modified National Championship event, the Stafford 200. 1984 was the last full season of modified driving duties for Bodine. He started 39 events, winning 3 with 19 top fives and 29 top tens
John Delphus McDuffie (December 5, 1938 – August 11, 1991) was a NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) driver. He raced in the top division of NASCAR from 1963 to 1991. McDuffie had 106 top-tens in his Cup Series career. His death was a result of a crash at Watkins Glen International in 1991.
After attending his first race in Bowman Gray Stadium at the age of ten, McDuffie was inspired by racers Curtis Turner, Glenn Wood, Billy Myers, and others to become a race car driver.
He won several small races throughout the Carolinas including a track championship at a small dirt track near Rockingham, North Carolina. McDuffie made his NASCAR Winston (Sprint) Cup debut in 1963 at the Rambi Speedway near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina driving Curtis Turner’s old 1961 Ford. Though McDuffie was an expert dirt track racer, he never met with much success on asphalt tracks. His best NASCAR finish came at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in 1971 where he managed to finish 3rd. Meanwhile, his first last-place finish came at the 1963 Pickens 200. In 1978 McDuffie won the pole position for the Delaware 500. In the 1988 Daytona 500 qualifying race, McDuffie received second and third-degree burns in an accident
Kyle Eugene Petty (born June 2, 1960) is a former American NASCAR driver and is currently a co-host for NASCAR RaceDay and panel member for NASCAR Smarts which are both on SPEED. He also commentates for TNT in the summer. He is the son of racer Richard Petty, grandson of racer Lee Petty, and father of Adam Petty. He and his wife Pattie have two other children: Austin and Montgomery Lee. He last drove the #45 Dodge Charger for Petty Enterprises, where he formerly served as CEO. He appeared in the 1983 Burt Reynolds movie Stroker Ace. Petty was born in Randleman, North Carolina.
Petty began racing at a young age and made his major-league stock car debut at the age of 18. He won the very first race he entered: the 1979 Daytona ARCA 200, in one of his father's mothballed 1978 Dodge Magnum race cars; at the time becoming the youngest driver to win a major-league stock car race. Later in the season, he made his Winston Cup Series debut; again driving a passed down STP Dodge Magnum numbered #42 (a number used by his grandfather Lee Petty) for his family's team. He ran five races and had a ninth-place finish in his first series race at Talladega. In 1980, he made a total of fifteen starts
Matthew Roy "Matt" Kenseth (born March 10, 1972) is a NASCAR driver. He currently drives the No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing.
Kenseth started racing on several short tracks in Wisconsin and he won track championships at Madison International Speedway, Slinger Super Speedway and Wisconsin International Raceway. He moved to the ARTGO, American Speed Association, and Hooters Late Model touring series before getting a full-time ride in the NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) for his former Wisconsin short track rival Robbie Reiser. After finishing second and third in the Busch Series (now Nationwide Series), he moved up in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series (later NEXTEL Cup Series and now Sprint Cup Series). He won the series' Rookie of the Year title in 2000 and the championship in 2003. The International Race of Champions invited Kenseth to race in their 2004 season as the reigning champion and he won the season championship. In 2009, he won a rain-shortened Daytona 500. He repeated as Daytona 500 winner in 2012.
Kenseth was born in Cambridge, Wisconsin. He made an agreement with his father, Roy, that Roy should buy a car and race, and
Morgan Shepherd (born October 12, 1941) has been a NASCAR driver since 1977. He had raced in the Sprint Cup series from 1977-2006 and the Camping World Truck Series off and on from 1997-2008 . He is a born again Christian who serves as a lay minister to the racing community. At age 70, he runs a full-time schedule in the Nationwide Series, driving the #89 Racing With Jesus Chevrolet for Shepherd Racing Ventures.
Shepherd became the second-oldest race winner (after Harry Gant) in 1993, when he won the spring race at Atlanta at the age of 51 years, 4 months, and 27 days.
Shepherd became the oldest driver to lead a Nationwide Series race at the age of 70 when he led four laps at the 2012 Richmond Nationwide Series event.
Shepherd's racing career began when he used his souped-up moonshine car to earn extra money on the weekends. He won 21 of 29 races to win the North Carolina title. In 1973, Shepherd finished second in the championship to Jack Ingram in NASCAR's Late Model Sportsman division, driving in 17 different cars. In 1980, he won the series title. He is also a well known rollerskater, dancer, and car collector.
Shepherd made his Winston Cup debut in 1970 at Hickory Motor
Scott Donald Pruett (born March 24, 1960 in Roseville, California) is an American race car driver who has competed in NASCAR, Champ Car, IMSA, Trans-Am and Grand-Am. He and his wife Judy have three children, and are children's book authors.
Pruett started racing go karts at the age of eight, and went on to win ten professional karting championships. In the 1980s, he established himself as a top American sports car racer, eventually winning two IMSA GTO Championships and three Trans-Am Series Championships.
In the 1990s, Pruett was a regular in the CART series. From 1988 to 1999, he made 145 starts with two wins, five poles and fifteen podiums (top three finishes). In a pre-season testing in 1990, Pruett was involved in a serious crash at West Palm Beach, Florida, where he seriously injured both his legs. Pruett spent the 1990 season recovering & on certain occasions calling ESPN Indycar telecasts as color commentator with Paul Page doing the play by play.
In 1994 he joined the reformed Pat Patrick team in CART series testing Firestone tires. Later that same year he won the Trans-Am Series Championship. In 1995 he drove full time for Patrick racing using Firestone tires in
Todd Alan Kluever (pronounced KLEE-ver) (born July 6, 1978 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin) is a NASCAR driver. He currently is a free agent.
Kluever began his career by racing motorcycles for over nine years before he moved into full-bodied stock cars at a local track. He raced stock cars in the summer and snowmobiles during the Wisconsin winters. Kluever was the 2000 Rookie of the Year at Dells Motor Speedway in Wisconsin. In 2001, he won the Madison International Speedway Late Model Track Champion, and the Midwest All Racing Series (MARS) Championship and Rookie of the Year. He began racing in the American Speed Association in 2002, and finished 10th in the final points standings. He finished seventh in the 2003 final points standings. In 2004, he had four Top 10 finishes in 13 races, but the series' existence ended during the season. In October 2004, he was given the opportunity to participate in the Race for the Ride at North Wilkesboro Speedway. He beat out 25 drivers to make the final round at Darlington Speedway. He beat out nine other drivers to win the seat in a Roush truck.
In 2006, Kluever was slated to race in six NASCAR Nextel Cup events in the No. 06 car during the season
Aaron Fike (born November 24, 1982) is a former NASCAR and USAC driver from Galesburg, Illinois. Prior to a drug arrest, he was the driver of the #1 Toyota Tundra Craftsman Truck Series truck.
He is the younger brother of former NASCAR driver A. J. Fike.
Fike began racing in 2001 in the USAC Silver Crown Series, where he became the youngest driver to win a Silver Crown race (breaking Jeff Gordon's record). He finished tenth in points, earning him the Rookie of the Year award.
In 2002, he won seven midget feature races in addition to winning the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association championship. He also won a race in the IRL Infiniti Pro Series.
In 2003, Fike won the World Championship Midget Feature in Auckland, New Zealand, and the USAC Night Before the 500 race.
Fike made his stock car debut in an ARCA RE/MAX Series race at South Boston Speedway, where he finished 9th.
He began racing part-time in the Busch Series in 2004 in the #43 Curb Agajanian Performance Group car, and for GIC-Mixon Motorsports. His best finish that year came at the Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger, where he finished 17th.
For 2005, Fike signed a driver development contract with Brewco Motorsports, and
Brendan Gaughan (born July 10, 1975 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American stock car driver. Gaughan is the grandson of Vegas gaming pioneer Jackie Gaughan and son of Michael Gaughan, a hotel and casino magnate. Gaughan currently drives the No. 33 South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa Chevrolet Impala in the Nationwide Series and the No. 2 South Point Chevrolet Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series part-time for Richard Childress Racing
Gaughan attended Georgetown University and played collegiate basketball as a walk-on for the Hoyas with friend and former Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson.
Gaughan earned All-Conference honors as a placekicker on Georgetown's NCAA Division I-AA football team where he became known as an extra point specialist, converting 39 of 40 extra point attempts during the 1994 season for the highest extra point percentage in Hoya history. He was primarily a role player on the basketball team whose job were mostly practice related but did see action in 25 games.
A unique individual, he even sported corn rows in honor of his Hoyas teammate during a race at Dover International Speedway during the 2002 Craftsman Truck Series season.
In 2011, Gaughan appeared as
Eldon Chase Miller (born January 28, 1987, in Canton, Georgia) is an American stock car racing driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the No.46 Chevrolet for The Motorsports Group.
Chase graduated from Sequoyah High School.
Miller joined this series in 2005 at the age of 18 made his ARCA debut at Nashville Superspeedway. In that race he moved to the top-five before running out of gas. Then, at Gateway International Raceway,Miller led multiple laps before falling out due to transmission trouble. Miller was then tapped by Dodge Motorsports to drive their Cunningham Motorsports #4 Driver Development Dodge in six ARCA races in 2006. After an 11th place finish at Nashville,Miller charged to the win at Pocono Raceway. He set the record as the youngest driver to ever win an ARCA race at Pocono. He then backed up his win with a dominating performance at the second annual ARCA Pocono event before a cylinder failure took him from the lead, with only eight laps remaining, and forced him to a fifth place finish. He also qualified on the pole at Gateway and was leading the race when more mechanical problems plagued him. His outstanding performance won him the
David Blaney (born October 24, 1962 in Hartford Township, Trumbull County, Ohio, United States) is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. He currently drives the #36 Chevrolet Impala for Tommy Baldwin Racing. Blaney was a successful sprint car driver before he started racing in NASCAR. For many years, he was a regular in the Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse, New York, although he never won that event. He owns Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. His son, Ryan Blaney, is also a NASCAR competitor.
Blaney was awarded the 1983 All-Star Sprint Circuit Rookie-of-the-Year. He raced in the United States Automobile Club (USAC) Silver Crown Series in 1984 and won the national touring series' championship. Blaney won his first World of Outlaws (WoO) race at Tri-City Speedway in 1985 and won the Championship in 1995. He also made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut in the #80 Daffron's Body Shop Ford for Hover Motorsports in the 1992 AC Delco 500, finishing 31st. In the 1997 season, he won the Gold Cup, the Eldora Speedway event, and the Knoxville Nationals, which is considered the premiere event in sprint car racing. He was the first driver who did not defend his Knoxville win, when he moved into NASCAR.
David Carl "Davey" Allison (February 25, 1961 – July 13, 1993) was a NASCAR driver. He was best known for driving the #28 Texaco-Havoline Ford for Robert Yates Racing in the Winston Cup Series. Born in Hollywood, Florida, he was the eldest of four children born to Bobby Allison and wife Judy. The family moved to Hueytown, Alabama and along with Bobby's brother Donnie Allison, family friend Red Farmer, and Neil Bonnett, became known in racing circles as the Alabama Gang.
Growing up, Davey participated in athletics, preferring football, but was destined, like many children of racers, to become a racer himself. He began working for his father's Winston Cup team after graduating high school, and would work after-hours on his own race car, a Chevy Nova built by Davey and a group of his friends affectionately known as the "Peach Fuzz Gang". He began his career in 1979 at Birmingham International Raceway and notched his first win in just his sixth start. He became a regular winner at BIR and by 1983, was racing in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) series. Davey won both ARCA events at his "home track", Talladega Superspeedway in 1983, and was named ARCA Rookie of the Year in
Dennis Setzer (born February 27, 1960) is an American stock car racing driver. He has driven in all three of NASCAR's top series. He currently drives for RSS Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.
Setzer made his NASCAR debut in the Busch Series in 1991 in the All Pro 300. He started 5th in his own #4 Ford Thunderbird, but crashed on lap nine and finished 40th. He ran another race the following year, at Hickory Motor Speedway in a car owned by Bill Davis. He wrecked in that race as well but still managed to finish 26th. In 1993, he ran four races for Daniel Welch, and had a top-ten run in the Advance Auto Parts 500.
Setzer made his first full-time run in 1994, driving the #59 Alliance Training Centers Chevrolet for Welch once again. Setzer won in his 23rd career start at South Boston Speedway, then won again two races later at Indianapolis Raceway Park. By the end of the year, he was 9th in points and was runner-up to Johnny Benson for Rookie of the Year. In 1995, the team switched to Fords; Setzer struggled in the adjustment. After he won the pole at the Milwaukee Mile, he was released from the ride, and spent the rest of the season making fill-in starts. At the same time, he
Virgil Earnest Irvan, more commonly known as Ernie Irvan (born January 13, 1959) is a former race driver in NASCAR. He is best remembered for his comeback after a serious head injury at Michigan International Speedway which earned him numerous awards and respect from his fellow drivers. He is inducted in numerous halls of fame and was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.
Irvan began his racing career driving karts in California in 1968 at the age of nine. He won the California Championship at the age of 15. In 1974, Irvan finished second in the country in his class at the national kart championship races. In 1975, Irvan moved up to stock cars at the age of 16 at Stockton 99 Speedway and was victorious in his first race on asphalt in a semi-main event. From then until 1981 Ernie raced every weekend at Madera and Stockton, CA, winning numerous feature events. He missed his high school graduation ceremony to race at Riverside, CA. During this time, he lost best friend Tim Williamson in a racing accident at Riverside, just months before he was slated to test in Winston Cup.
In 1982, Irvan left California with $700 in his pocket and everything he owned loaded into his
Frank Kreyer (born May 8, 1970) is an American racecar driver from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. He has started in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series.
Kreyer began racing in half scale NASCAR cars in the Junior Cup series in 1995. He won four straight championships in 1995 to 1998. He competed in the series part-time in the 1999 season while working on the pit crew for NASCAR Midwest Series driver Jason Schuler.
Kreyer started racing Super Late Models at Madison International Speedway (MIS) and Wisconsin Dells Speedway (now Dells Raceway Park). Kreyer won his first Super Late Model feature at Wisconsin Dells, and was the track's Rookie of the Year.
Kreyer competed full-time at Wisconsin Dells in 2001, finishing third in the final points. He also competed part-time in the Wisconsin Challenge Series that season. Kreyer competed at several tracks in Wisconsin in 2002.
In 2003, Kreyer competed at full-time in the Wisconsin Challenge Series, and at Wisconsin Dells. He finished fourth at both the track and the roaming series. Kreyer competed in the Wisconsin Challenge Series and CRA Super Series in 2004.
Kreyer competed in the Wisconsin Challenge Series for the entire 2005
John Ryan "J. R." Fitzpatrick (born May 9, 1988 in Cambridge, Ontario) is a Canadian stock car driver. He is currently the youngest driver to win the CASCAR Super Series championship. He drives the No. 84 Chevrolet for Fitzpatrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the No. 60 Chevrolet for Turn One Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.
John Ryan (J. R.) Fitzpatrick got his first taste of racing in karts at the age of six, moving quickly to the Canadian Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (CASCAR) junior ranks and then on to Late Model stock cars by the time he was 13 years old.
Racing in the CASCAR Super Series what is now the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at age 16, Fitzpatrick finished 11th in the point standings and second in the Rookie of the Year standings in 2004. Then at 17, he achieved three top-five and five top-10 finishes, scoring his first win. At age 18, he became the youngest driver to become a Canadian Tire Series National Champion with one win, five podium finishes and two pole awards.
He remained in his fathers #84 Chevrolet after CASCAR was acquired by NASCAR; In 2007, Fitzpatrick earned two wins, four top-fives, seven top-10s and three pole
Robert Glenn Johnson, Jr. (born June 28, 1931), better known as Junior Johnson, is one of the early superstars of NASCAR in the 1950s and 1960s. He won 50 NASCAR races in his career before retiring in 1966. In the 1970s and 1980s, he became a NASCAR racing team owner; he sponsored such NASCAR champions as Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. He now produces a line of fried pork skins and country ham. He is credited with discovering drafting. He is nicknamed "The Last American Hero" and his autobiography is of the same name.
Johnson was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, the fourth of seven children of Lora Belle Money and Robert Glenn Johnson, Sr. His father, a lifelong bootlegger, spent nearly twenty of his sixty-three years in prison, as their house was frequently raided by revenue agents. Junior spent one year in prison in Ohio for having an illegal still, although he was never caught in his many years of transporting bootleg liquor at high speed.
In 1955, Johnson began his career as a NASCAR driver. In his first full season, he won five races and finished sixth in the 1955 NASCAR Grand National points standings.
In 1958 he won six races. In 1959, he won five more NASCAR
Kevin Lepage (born June 26, 1962) is an American stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Lepage spent the 1980s driving in both the Busch North series and the Vermont-based American-Canadian Tour series. He drove with occasional success in these series for the better part of 14 years.
Lepage made his Busch Series debut in 1986 at Oxford Plains Speedway, starting 41st and finishing 15th in the #09 Buick. He became a Busch Series regular in 1994, serving as an owner/driver in the #71 Vermont Teddy Bear Company car. He had a best finish of 9th at New Hampshire International Speedway, and finished 24th in points. The 1995 season resulted in five Top 10's and finishing 18th in points. At the end of the season, he lost his sponsorship and ran his own car unsponsored until April. Lepage then joined David Ridling and his #88 Ridling Motorports team with sponsorship from Ridling's own Farmer's Choice Fertilizer. He won his first career race at the season finale Jiffy Lube Miami 300. He finished eighth in points with 1 win, 3 Top 5's and 10 Top 10's. He ran most of the 1997 season driving for Ridling before leaving due to the team losing its
Marcos Ambrose (born 1 September 1976 in Launceston, Tasmania) is a championship winning Australian racing car driver. He currently drives the No. 9 Ford Fusion for Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ambrose is a dual Australian V8 Supercar champion in 2003 and 2004, having spearheaded Stone Brothers Racing's rise in the sport which saw the team dominate for three years after a five-year drought for Ford teams in the championship.
In 2006 Ambrose relocated to the USA to pursue racing in NASCAR, starting with the Camping World Truck Series; driving a Ford for JTG Daugherty Racing. He moved up to the Nationwide Series in 2007 with the same team; driving the #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion for JTG Daugherty Racing, before racing in the Sprint Cup Series with Wood Brothers Racing, first with Fords then Toyotas. Ambrose joined Richard Petty Motorsports in 2011 where after three years in the series he scored his first race win at Watkins Glen, becoming the first Australian driver to do so.
Marcos grew up in Launceston, in Tasmania, Australia, the son of another racing driver, Ross Ambrose and was educated at Scotch Oakburn College. He began racing karts at the
Mark Anthony Martin (born January 9, 1959) is an American stock car driver. He currently drives the #55 Aaron's Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a part-time basis. He has the second most wins in the Nationwide Series with 49. He has finished second in the Sprint Cup Series standings five times and has been described by ESPN as "The best driver to never win a championship."
Martin began his racing career as a young man on the dirt tracks of Arkansas. He moved on to asphalt racing and joined the ASA racing series. During his ASA career, Mark raced against Dick Trickle, Jim Sauter, Joe Shear and Bobby Allison. Mark went on to earn Rookie of the Year in 1977. Mark rounded out his ASA career winning twenty-two races and four championships (1978, 1979, 1980, and 1986).
Martin had a tumultuous beginning in NASCAR, driving for six different teams from 1981 to 1987. He made five starts in 1981 driving for Bud Reeder, earning two pole positions at Nashville and Richmond and finishing third in his final race at Martinsville.
The team went full-time in 1982 with Martin running for Rookie of the Year. The team struggled for consistency, posting just eight top
Massimiliano "Max" Papis (born October 3, 1969 in Como, Italy) is a racing driver who has competed in several top-level motorsports events such as Le Mans 24 Hours, Formula One and Champ Car. He has three Champ Car victories. He is the son-in-law of Emerson Fittipaldi. His son's godfather is fellow Italian Alex Zanardi. He currently drives the No. 33 Menards Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing on a part-time basis in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
After a spell as the Lotus team's test driver in 1994, Papis replaced Gianni Morbidelli in the Footwork team for seven races in the middle of the 1995 Formula One season, as he brought valuable sponsorship to the cash-strapped outfit. Despite being a race-winner in Formula 3000, he often struggled with the unfamiliar car, and was occasionally outpaced by his much-maligned team-mate, Taki Inoue. He also proved to be an unlucky driver, suffering a spectacular puncture and suspension failure on his début race at Silverstone due to clipping the pit lane wall after a tire change, being left on the grid at Hockenheim due to a transmission failure, and spinning on dust and oil kicked up by David Coulthard at the Ascari Chicane on the first lap
Rick Johnson (born July 6, 1964 in El Cajon, California) is a motorcycle racer who has competed in AMA motocross and Supercross. During the 1980s, he won seven AMA national championships. He later switched to off-road racing. In 2010, he won the Pro 2WD Trophy Truck championship in the Traxxas TORC Series. In September 2012, he won the 4x4 world championship race at Crandon International Off Road Raceway and later that day won the AMSOIL Cup pitting the two and four wheel drive trucks.
Johnson's father was an avid motorcyclist and he bought his son a mini-bike when he was 3 years old. When he turned 16 in 1980, he earned his pro license. He won his first national championship in 1984 for the Yamaha factory motocross team. For the 1986 season, he was offered a job with the Honda team by team manager and five time former world champion Roger De Coster. He battled his Honda team-mate David Bailey throughout the 1986 season, coming away with the 250 title and the Supercross crown. During this season Johnson and Bailey were part of one of the most epic battles in Supercross history at the Anaheim stadium. He finished second to Bailey in the 500 class. Unfortunately, the rivalry was
Scott Brian Autrey (born July 9, 1953 in Maywood, California) is a former international speedway rider with the Exeter Falcons - with whom he won the British League title in 1974, Swindon Robins and the Poole Pirates in England. In 1976, he became the first American rider to reach a world final since Ernie Roccio in 1951. He finished 3rd in the 1978 World Speedway Championship at Wembley and won the World Team Cup with the USA in 1982. He retired from the sport at the end of 1982 at a relatively young age.
After his two-wheeled racing career ended, he became a NASCAR driver who made one Nextel Cup start. He competed in the Winston West Series full-time. That Cup race came in came in 1985, when Autrey started 29th in the forty-one car field, where he dropped out late with transmission issues. He finished 34th as a result.
Scott Andrew Speed (born January 24, 1983) is an American race car driver. Formerly a driver for the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 team, he made his Formula One race debut at the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix; becoming the first American to race in F1 since Michael Andretti in 1993. Speed has currently turned his career towards stock car racing; specifically NASCAR, where he has driven for Red Bull Racing Team and Whitney Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series. He currently drives the No. 95 in the Sprint Cup Series for Leavine Family Racing.
Speed currently resides in Mt. Holly, NC, where he lives with his wife Amanda. On October 4, 2011, Scott and Amanda welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Juliet Leigh in Charlotte, North Carolina.
His brother Alex currently races karts in America and is a 3 time Stars of Karting champion and a 3 time SKUSA Supernationals winner.
Speed's career started at the age of 10 in karting, his stint there lasting from 1993 until 2001, winning the SKUSA Super Pro Title for JM Racing driving a Tony Kart Swedetech Honda in 2000 2 IKF Grand Nationals driving a 6 year old kart, and 3 IKF regional titles. He also won the 2002 Rock Island GP in 125cc Shifter