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Carlos Contreras (born June 8, 1970) is a Mexican professional stock car racing driver and crew chief. He was the first Mexican-born driver racing full-time in any NASCAR national series.[1] He has competed in the Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series) and Busch Series (now Xfinity Series).[2]

Carlos Contreras
Carlos Contreras (racing driver) 2014 Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.jpg
Contreras at Road America in 2014
Born (1970-06-08) June 8, 1970 (age 48)
Mexico City, Mexico
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
35 races run over 6 years
2015 position56th
Best finish30th (2014)
First race2003 1-800-Pitshop.com 300 (California)
Last race2015 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
75 races run over 6 years
2016 position59th
Best finish14th (2011)
First race1999 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (California)
Last race2016 DC Solar 350 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 5 0
NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series career
76 races run over 6 years
Best finish16th (2010)
First race2008 Race No. 1 (Querétaro)
Last race2013 Mexico Final 200 (Mexico City)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 23 1
Statistics current as of October 1, 2016.

Contents

NASCAR careerEdit

Xfinity SeriesEdit

 
Contreras racing in the Nationwide Series at Road America in 2014

Contreras made his first Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) attempt in 2002 with the Hispanic Racing Team. Driving the No. 09 Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami he was unable to break into the field.[2] He would his debut in 2003 with Jay Robinson Racing. At California Speedway, Contreras put the No. 49 Ford in the field and finished in the 26th position. He also made one start for Innovative Motorsports at Homestead-Miami. He drove the No. 48 Chevrolet to a 17th-place finish. In 2005 he would return to the Busch Series with Fitz Motorsports. He drove the No. 40 Dodge in five races and the No. 12 Dodge in one race. His best finish would come at Homestead-Miami, where he would finish 25th. For the 2006 season, Contreras has again returned to Fitz Motorsports where he has competed in races with the No. 12 team and the No. 14 team. He best finish on the season is an 11th at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

In 2014, Contreras returned to the Nationwide Series, competing in a limited number of races for Rick Ware Racing.[3]

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

He debuted at the 1999 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at California Speedway with the No. 68 Dodge. Contreras would drive the car to a 14th-place finish in his first race. In 2000, he competed in the full season for Impact Motorsports in No. 12 Dodge. He has two top tens during the season and finished 17th in points. He moved to Petty Enterprises in 2001. He would again post two top tens on the season and move up to 14th in the overall points standings. For the 2002 season, Contreras returned with to the series with Petty Enterprises and again turned in another solid season. He would post one top ten on the season and would rank 16th in the overall point standings. He made his return to the Truck Series in 2010 after it was renamed the Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 00 Chevy for the 2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 for the first time since 2002, finishing 14th.[2]

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.)

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity 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 NXSC Pts
2002 Hispanic Racing Team 09 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL CAR PHO HOM
DNQ
NA -
2003 Jay Robinson Racing 49 Ford DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH CAL
26
RCH GTY NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL PHO CAR 92nd 197
Innovative Motorsports 48 Chevy HOM
17
2005 FitzBradshaw Racing 40 Dodge DAY CAL MXC
36
LVS ATL NSH BRI TEX PHO TAL DAR RCH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR GTY IRP GLN
32
MCH BRI RCH DOV KAN
38
CLT MEM TEX PHO
30
HOM
25
77th 396
12 CAL
33
2006 14 DAY CAL MXC
11
HOM
33
69th 437
12 LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA MAR
29
GTY IRP GLN
32
MCH BRI CAL
38
RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM
39
TEX PHO
2007 22 DAY CAL MXC
35
LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH 129th 97
44 KEN
43
MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM
2014 Rick Ware Racing 15 Ford DAY
DNQ
30th 204
23 Chevy PHO
29
LVS BRI CAL
29
TEX DAR
24
RCH TAL IOW
33
CLT
33
DOV MCH NHA
35
CHI IND IOW ATL
37
RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT
29
HOM
32
TriStar Motorsports 44 Toyota ROA
15
KEN GLN
23
MOH
21
BRI
Rick Ware Racing 87 Chevy DAY
34
TEX
38
PHO
2015 15 DAY
DNQ
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI
36
RCH
34
TAL
DNQ
IOW CLT DOV MCH CHI DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH
36
BRI ROA DAR
37
RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
36
56th 41

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World 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 NCWTC Pts
1999 Impact Motorsports 68 Dodge HOM PHO EVG MMR MAR MEM PPR I70 BRI TEX PIR GLN MLW NSV NZH MCH NHA IRP GTY HPT RCH LVS LVL TEX CAL
14
84th 121
2000 12 DAY
13
HOM
33
PHO
21
MMR
27
MAR
22
PIR
18
GTY
18
MEM
18
PPR
30
EVG
19
TEX
20
KEN GLN
8
MLW
11
NHA
21
NZH
18
MCH
20
IRP
27
NSV
19
CIC
15
RCH
19
DOV
10
TEX
15
CAL
26
17th 2414
2001 Petty Enterprises 43 Dodge DAY
20
HOM
7
MMR
22
MAR
11
GTY
21
DAR
27
PPR
29
DOV
12
TEX
9
MEM
27
MLW
22
KAN
12
KEN
16
NHA
21
IRP
14
NSH
17
CIC
15
NZH
16
RCH
23
SBO
17
TEX
23
LVS
20
PHO
21
CAL
22
14th 2586
2002 DAY
8
DAR
17
MAR
28
GTY
16
PPR
13
DOV
23
TEX
18
MEM
15
MLW
22
KAN
16
KEN
22
NHA
15
MCH
17
IRP
31
NSH
13
RCH
19
TEX
30
SBO
23
LVS
13
CAL
18
PHO
19
HOM
24
16th 2334
2010 Daisy Ramirez Motorsports 00 Chevy DAY
14
ATL MAR NSH KAN DOV CLT TEX MCH IOW GTY IRP POC NSH DAR BRI CHI KEN NHA LVS MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 89th 126
2016 Contreras Motorsports 71 Chevy DAY
DNQ
ATL
27
MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX
31
IOW GTW KEN ELD POC
27
BRI MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS
30
TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 59th 17

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NASCAR Making Strides in Drive for Hispanic Diversity". University of Central Florida. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "NASCAR Drivers Statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Carlos Contreras, NASCAR's Original Diversity Driver and Rick Ware Racing Team Up for Daytona". Catchfence.com. Rick Ware Racing. February 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-17.

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