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Lance Norick (born September 20, 1968) is an American stock car and sprint car racing driver, and a professional remote control car racer. A former competitor in the NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series, he is the son of former Oklahoma City mayor Ron Norick.

Lance Norick
Lance Norick.jpg
Norick in 1997
Born (1968-09-20) September 20, 1968 (age 51)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
7 races run over 1 year
Best finish64th (2003)
First race2003 O'Reilly 300 (Texas)
Last race2003 Tropicana Twister 300 (Joliet)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
154 races run over 7 years
Best finish11th (2001)
First race1996 Florida Dodge Dealers 400 (Homestead)
Last race2002 Ford 200 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 15 0

CareerEdit

The son of Oklahoma City mayor Ron Norick,[1] Lance Norick began his career in motocross,[2] before moving to Formula Ford 2000 open-wheel cars, where he was a teammate to the son of Johnny Rutherford,[3] before moving to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for the 1996 season.[4]

 
Norick's late 1996 truck.
 
Norick's 1997 truck.
 
Norick (No. 90) racing Terry Cook (No. 88) in 1998.

Driving the No. 19 Dodge Ram for Walker Evans Racing with sponsorship from Macklanburg-Duncan, Norick made his NASCAR debut in 1996 at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, qualifying and finishing eighteenth in his first race in the series.[5] Norick posted his best finish of the season, ninth, at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 200 in June;[6] midway through the season Norick's father purchased the team from Evans, switching to the No. 90 and Ford with sponsorship from the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce; now named L & R Motorsports,[4] they completed the season with a best finish in the second half of 13th at Sears Point Raceway, and Norick finished eighteenth in the final season points standings.[7]

For 1997 Norick ran just fifteen races but gained financial backing from the National Hockey League, which arranged for a different team to be featured on the truck at each event.[8] Norick posted a best finish of the season at Homestead, in the second race of the year and the first with NHL sponsorship, finishing tenth; Norick finished the season 25th in series points.[9] The NHL returned with a full season's sponsorship for 1998; Norick's team, based in Blythe, California, added a second truck for veteran Butch Miller, with sponsorship from Dana.[10] Norick had a best finish of seventh at Sears Point International Raceway, a new career best, but failed to qualify for two races; he finished 23rd in the series standings at the end of the year.[11] Norick also competed in six events in the NASCAR Winston West Series during the 1998 season, posting a best finish of seventh at California Speedway in July.[12][13]

Norick started 1999 with sponsorship from Oklahoma City-based Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce; the company ran into issues with its racing program,[14] and the sponsorship deal was dropped after eight races of the 24-race schedule, leaving Norick's team, once again a single-truck effort, to run most of the year unsponsored. Norick's best finish of the year was ninth at Watkins Glen; he finished 20th in series points.[15] At Watkins Glen, Norick was the first Truck Series driver to operate his vehicle under racing conditions while using rain tires, when practice sessions were run under sprinkly conditions.[16] His team also switched from Dodge to Chevrolet during the season, although it also ran a Ford in a race at Gateway International Raceway.[15]

In 2000 with backing from Aventis Behring,[17] Norick qualified for every race on the Truck Series season schedule for the first time in his career, and finished sixteenth in points.[18] Norick was involved in a major wreck at the season-opening Daytona 250 at Daytona International Speedway, suffering burns to his neck.[19]

In 2001 Norick posted his best career finish overall in the Craftsman Truck Series, finishing third at the short-lived Chicago Motor Speedway;[20] finishes of fourth in the season-opening race at Daytona and fifth in October at Texas Motor Speedway proved to be the only other top five finishes he would score in his career in the series, pointing the way to Norick's scoring a career best in the series points standings, finishing eleventh at the end of the season.[21] Norick returned to the series in 2002 with sponsorship from Express Personnel Services;[22] he scored five top-ten finishes during the season, finishing 13th in points;[23] however additional funding for continuing in the series failed to materialise, and Norick's team closed at the end of the year, the team being sold off.[24]

In 2003 Norick ran a limited schedule in the NASCAR Busch Series, signing with Carroll Racing to co-drive with Kevin Grubb with sponsorship from Express Personnel Services.[25] He also signed with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports to compete in the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race, co-driving a Chevrolet Corvette in the GTS class with Charles and Rob Morgan and Jim Pace.[26] The team led the GTS class for 23 of the 24 hours, before mechanical issues dropped them to finish second in class, and tenth overall in the event.[27] Norick and Morgan co-drove a Corvette in the following event on the Grand American Sports Car schedule at Homestead-Miami Speedway, finishing eleventh.[28]

Norick's debut in Busch Series competition was originally scheduled to be at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, but due to a lack of testing time his debut was moved back one week to the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.[29] Norick's best finish with Carroll Racing came at Nashville Superspeedway in April, where he finished 17th;[30] after five races with the team, and a DNQ at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Norick moved to Braun Racing for the final two events of his 2003 season, finishing 31st at Daytona and 29th at Chicagoland Speedway in July;[31] these were the final NASCAR-sanctioned events that Norick would compete in.

Post-NASCAR lifeEdit

Norick currently is a professional radio-controlled car driver, also producing parts and equipment for the sport, operating tracks, and organizing professional competitions.[32] He is also the former owner of Victory Lane Indoor Karting Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, which he founded and operated before selling to Fred Ogrim in 2007, prior to a move to Arizona,[33] where Norick occasionally competes in local sprint car and short track racing events.[34]

Norick currently resides in Arizona; he is married to Darcey, who also races remote-control cars, and both are involved in mounted shooting events.[35] He is also involved in the construction industry, and in 2011 jointly applied to operate a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Scottsdale, Arizona.[36] He also competes in regional sprint car competition.[37]

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 NBSC Pts
2003 Carroll Racing 90 Dodge DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX
35
TAL CLT
DNQ
DOV 64th 577
26 NSH
17
CAL
35
RCH GTY NZH NSH
23
KEN
18
MLW
Braun Racing 30 Dodge DAY
31
CHI
29
NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL PHO CAR HOM

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 26 27 NCTC Pts
1996 Walker Evans Racing 19 Dodge HOM
18
PHO
16
POR
24
EVG
22
TUS
26
CNS
24
HPT
22
BRI
9
NZH
29
MLW
33
LVL
15
I70
17
18th 2168
Ford IRP
24
FLM
13
L&R Racing 90 Ford GLN
28
NSV
34
RCH
DNQ
NHA
25
MAR
23
NWS
DNQ
SON
13
MMR
22
PHO
36
LVS
31
1997 WDW
33
TUS
DNQ
HOM
10
PHO
15
POR
20
EVG
31
I70
DNQ
NHA
21
TEX
17
BRI
28
NZH
35
MLW
33
LVL CNS HPT
34
IRP FLM NSV 25th 1620
Dodge GLN
DNQ
RCH MAR
DNQ
SON
19
MMR
25
CAL
21
PHO
DNQ
LVS
14
1998 WDW
DNQ
HOM
27
PHO
35
POR
21
EVG
14
I70
30
GLN
25
TEX
19
BRI
32
MLW
22
NZH
21
CAL
17
PPR
21
IRP
32
NHA
28
FLM
DNQ
NSV
22
HPT
19
LVL
19
RCH
24
MEM
20
GTY
12
MAR
19
SON
7
MMR
17
PHO
23
LVS
16
23rd 2539
1999 Chevy HOM
14
PHO
20
EVG
18
MMR
16
MAR
35
MEM
19
PPR
19
I70
18
BRI
17
TEX
16
PIR
14
GLN
9
MLW
29
NSV
29
NZH
15
MCH NHA IRP HPT
23
RCH
34
LVS
17
LVL
15
TEX
15
CAL
19
20th 2313
Ford GTY
14
2000 Chevy DAY
26
HOM
31
PHO
28
MMR
11
MAR
17
PIR
28
GTY
14
MEM
36
PPR
26
EVG
20
TEX
13
KEN
11
GLN
23
MLW
7
NHA
32
NZH
12
MCH
17
IRP
18
NSV
15
CIC
16
RCH
18
DOV
31
TEX
20
CAL
27
16th 2430
2001 DAY
4
HOM
13
MMR
27
MAR
27
GTY
14
DAR
20
PPR
23
DOV
17
TEX
12
MEM
8
MLW
17
KAN
11
KEN
18
NHA
16
IRP
15
NSH
9
CIC
3
NZH
21
RCH
28
SBO
13
TEX
5
LVS
14
PHO
16
CAL
27
11th 2820
2002 DAY
10
DAR
13
MAR
12
GTY
9
PPR
11
DOV
36
TEX
10
MEM
14
MLW
13
KAN
22
KEN
12
NHA
18
MCH
8
IRP
7
NSH
20
RCH
22
TEX
13
SBO
15
LVS
11
CAL
16
PHO
28
HOM
21
13th 2574

Rolex Sports Car SeriesEdit

(key) Bold – Pole Position. (Overall Finish/Class Finish).

Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series GT results
Year Team No. Chassis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts
2003 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports 46 Chevrolet Corvette DAY
(10/2)
HOM
(11/4)
PHO ALA FON WGL MOH DAY WGL CMT VIR DAY 18th 60

24 Hours of DaytonaEdit

(key)

24 Hours of Daytona results
Year Class No Team Car Co-drivers Laps Position Class Pos.
2003 GTS 46   Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette   Charles Morgan
  Rob Morgan
  Jim Pace
639 10 2

ReferencesEdit

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