A. J. Fike

A. J. Fike (born December 29, 1980) is an American professional racing driver.[1] 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[1] 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 seasons. He later drove in several NASCAR races.

A. J. Fike
AJFikeMidget2008DodgeCounty.jpg
Fike's midget car in 2008
Born (1980-12-29) December 29, 1980 (age 39)
Galesburg, Illinois
Awards1999 USAC National Midget Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
7 races run over 1 year
Best finish68th (2005)
First race2005 Hershey's Take 5 300 (Daytona)
Last race2005 Sam's Town 250 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career
2 races run over 2 years
Best finish108th (2004)
First race2003 Chevy Silverado 150 (Phoenix)
Last race2004 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of June 18, 2008.

Racing careerEdit

ARCAEdit

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 50 career ARCA Series starts, he has 8 top-5 finishes and 19 top-10s with a career-best finish of second at Berlin Raceway in 2004.[2] He scored his first career win in the ARCA series in 2015 when he led the most laps and won on a green-white-checkered finish at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Fike competed 15 of 20 ARCA Series events in 2016; he finished 9th in points with eight Top 10 and three Top 5 finishes.[3]

Open-wheelEdit

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 2001[1] with two victories at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas and at the Belleville Midget Nationals, also in Kansas. He finished runner-up in USAC Midget Copper World Classic at Phoenix in 2001. He also finished sixth in USAC Midget national points in 2002; posting a win at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio. His career-best Silver Crown finish was a third in the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway in 2002. Fike also posted three top-10 Silver Crown finishes in 5 starts in 2002. He finished 11th in USAC Sprint national points in 2002 with two runner-up finishes.

He was the Pork Pole winner at the Springfield mile-dirt track. Fike also qualified second at DuQuoin & Berlin. His best superspeedway qualifying effort was tenth at Gateway. Fike led for 48 laps in two races. A veteran of USAC Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown Series competition, NAMARS, Badger and ARCA Midgets and go-karts.

After racing in NASCAR, he resumed racing in ARCA and Open Wheel. In 2009, he finished second in the USAC Silver Crown points.[4]

NASCAREdit

Truck SeriesEdit

Fike made two career starts in the Craftsman Truck Series.[5] In 2003, Fike drove the #82 Ninetynine Racing Chevy at Phoenix. He started last in his debut, 36th in the field and finished 27th in the race, 6 laps off the pace.[5] The next year, Fike would compete again for one race. He drove the #08 1-800-For-A-Phone Chevy at Bristol Motor Speedway for Green Light Racing. He once again started 36th and finished 33rd.[5]

Busch SeriesEdit

Fike began running the Busch Series part-time in 2005, splitting time with his brother Aaron in the #43 fielded by Curb Racing.[6] He made his debut at the season opener at Daytona, starting 25th and finishing 30th. At Phoenix, A.J. made the field in 36th, but finished in 30th, one lap off the pace. He would race again at Nashville in June, securing his best career finish at that time of 28th. He was 32nd at Milwaukee Mile, 30th at Pikes Peak International Raceway and 33rd at IRP. A.J. started his last race of the season at Memphis Motorsports Park, finishing on the lead lap for the second time that season and finished 21st in his Liberty Village Dodge.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Busch SeriesEdit

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NBSC Pts
2005 Curb Agajanian Performance Group 43 Dodge DAY
30
CAL MXC LVS ATL NSH BRI TEX PHO
30
TAL DAR RCH CLT DOV NSH
28
KEN MLW
32
DAY CHI NHA PPR
30
GTY
DNQ
IRP
33
GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM
21
TEX PHO HOM 68th 529

Craftsman Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTC Pts
2003 Ninetynine Racing 82 Chevy DAY DAR MMR MAR CLT DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN GTW MCH IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA CAL LVS SBO TEX MAR PHO
27
HOM 116th 82
2004 Green Light Racing 08 Chevy DAY ATL MAR MFD CLT DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN GTW MCH IRP NSH BRI
33
RCH NHA LVS CAL TEX MAR PHO DAR HOM 108th 64

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "A.J. Fike Biography". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 6 April 2010.[dead link]
  2. ^ "A.J. Fike Career Statistics". racing-reference.info. 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  3. ^ "2016 Driver Point Standings". ARCA Racing Series. October 17, 2016. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ "24th Annual Chili Bowl". Chili Bowl. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Craftsman Truck Series results". NASCAR. Archived from the original on 2 March 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  6. ^ "NASCAR Nationwide Series results". NASCAR. Retrieved 6 April 2010.

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