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Fillip (right) racing against Al Unser, Jr. in 1984
Fillip at the 1985 Indianapolis 500

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[1] 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 12th. 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 event while always running near the front. After at least 28 years driving everything from sports cars to Indy cars to stock cars, he won his first series championship.

With the reinstatement of the "classic" Silver Crown cars to all races on the schedule, Fillip now participates full-time in that series and won the race prior to the IndyCar Series event at Richmond International Raceway on June 28, 2008 at the age of 51. Chet Fillips lives in Avon, Indiana.[2]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

American open-wheel racingEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

CART PPG Indy Car World SeriesEdit

CART PPG Indy Car World Series results
Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos. Pts
1982 Circle Bar Racing Wildcat MK8 Cosworth DFX V8t PHX ATL MIL CLE MCH MIL POC RIV ROA MCH PHX
15
44th 1
1983 Circle Bar Racing Wildcat MK8 Cosworth DFX V8t ATL
19
MCH
18
CPL LAG PHX NC 0
Eagle CB1 INDY
33
MIL CLE MCH ROA POC RIV MDO
1984 Circle Bar Racing VDS Penske PC-10 Cosworth DFX V8t LBH PHX INDY
DNQ
MIL POR MEA CLE MCH
31
ROA POC
15
MDO
DNQ
SAN MCH
17
PHX LAG CPL NC 0
1985 Circle Bar Racing Lola T900 Cosworth DFX V8t LBH INDY
DNQ
MIL
10
POR MEA CLE
18
MCH
17
ROA POC MDO SAN MCH LAG PHX MIA 37th 3
Indianapolis 500Edit
Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1982 Wildcat Cosworth 29 24 Circle Bar Racing
1983 Wildcat Cosworth 32 33 Circle Bar Racing
1984 VDS Penske Cosworth DNQ Circle Bar Racing
1985 Lola Cosworth DNQ Circle Bar Racing

NASCAREdit

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

Winston Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Winston Cup 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 NWCC Pts Ref
1985 Circle Bar Racing 31 Ford DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL DOV CLT RSD POC MCH DAY POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL
25
RSD 81st 88 [3]
1986 81 DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR ATL
36
BRI
22
DAR NWS
23
MAR TAL
23
DOV CLT
37
RSD POC
20
MCH
26
DAY
40
POC
12
TAL
28
GLN
22
MCH
15
BRI
25
DAR
35
RCH DOV
23
MAR NWS
21
CLT
38
CAR ATL RSD 32nd 1433 [4]
1987 Fillip Racing DAY
39
CAR
24
RCH ATL DAR NWS BRI MAR TAL
41
CLT
DNQ
DOV POC DAY
21
POC 44th 480 [5]
Arrington Racing 67 Ford RSD
21
MCH TAL
20
GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR RSD ATL
Daytona 500Edit
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1986 Circle Bar Racing Ford DNQ
1987 Fillip Racing Ford 26 39

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 9 starts do not include the 1982 Indy 500, as it was not a CART race that year. He became the first bearded driver to race in the Indy 500 for 26 years.
  2. ^ Chet Fillip: Racing's Jack of All Trades - FunCityFinder Retrieved 2014-11-08.
  3. ^ "Chet Fillip – 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Chet Fillip – 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Chet Fillip – 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 27, 2018.