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Mark Stahl (born August 12, 1951) is an American off-road and stock car racing driver. Now retired, he competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the ARCA Re/MAX Series, and is a four-time winner of the Baja 1000 off-road race, twice winning the event overall.

Mark Stahl
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1951-08-12) August 12, 1951 (age 68)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Retired2001
ARCA Re/MAX Series
Years active1988-2001
Car no.32
Starts48
Wins0
Poles0
Best finish20th in 1998
Previous series
1981–1993
1981–1982
NASCAR Winston Cup Series
NASCAR Winston West Series
Championship titles
1978, 1980
1981, 2007, 2015, 2016
Baja 1000 Overall Winner
Baja 1000 Class Winner
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
30 races run over 13 years
Best finish38th (1987)
First race1981 Winston Western 500 (Riverside)
Last race1991 AC Delco 500 (Rockingham)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

CareerEdit

Born in San Diego, California, Stahl began his professional racing career in off-road racing; he scored overall wins in the Baja 1000 in his Chenowth VW in 1978 and 1980, and the car won just Class 1 (but not overall) in 1981.[1][2] Stahl battled Frank "Scoop" Vessels for the win of the 1978 Baja 1000 and Vessels crossed the finish line 3 minutes ahead of Stahl - but had started 9 minutes earlier - giving the victory to Stahl by 6 minutes.[3]

He moved to stock cars 1981, competing in the NASCAR Winston West Series (now K&N Pro Series West); he competed in the series full-time in 1982,[4] finishing 12th in points. Stahl also made his debut in the Winston Cup Series in 1981, driving in the Winston Western 500 at Riverside International Raceway, finishing 23rd.[5]

Stahl competed in 30 races in the Winston Cup Series between 1981 and 1993;[5] his best finish was 16th in 1986 at Darlington Raceway.[6] He also failed to qualify for 32 additional events.[7] In 1987 Stahl posted the fastest time in second-round qualifying for the 1987 Winston 500, becoming part of the fastest field in NASCAR history.[8] He moved to South Carolina in 1991 to further his racing career.[1] In 1990 Stahl acquired sponsorship from Hooters; his failing to qualify for the 1991 Motorcraft 500 at Atlanta International Raceway led to 1992 Winston Cup Series Champion Alan Kulwicki picking up the sponsorship for the event,[9] and later receiving the sponsorship full-time.[10] Stahl left NASCAR with more DNQs (33) than races run (30).

In 1988 Stahl made his debut in the Automobile Racing Club of America's Permatex SuperCar Series; he competed in 48 ARCA events between 1988 and 2001, posting a best finish of fourth at Talladega Superspeedway in 1997.[11]

Following the 2001 racing season, Stahl retired from competition; in 2007, he came out of retirement to compete in the Baja 1000 once more,[1] co-driving with Jim Christensen and winning the Touring Car class of the race.[6] His 1977 Chenowth was restored by another driver for the 2011 NORRA Mexican 1000 vintage race and Stahl co-drove in the May event.[12]

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.)

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 30 31 NWCC Pts
1981 Stahl Racing 85 Ford RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT TWS RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL RSD
23
84th 94
1982 DAY RCH BRI ATL CAR DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT POC RSD
22
MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV NWS CLT MAR CAR ATL 72nd 143
Langley Racing 64 Ford RSD
39
1983 Stahl Racing 82 Ford DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV BRI CLT RSD POC MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR
23
NWS
23
CLT CAR ATL RSD 66th 188
1984 DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR
18
ATL BRI NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD POC MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR
DNQ
RCH DOV MAR CLT
DNQ
NWS CAR
27
ATL
38
RSD 52nd 240
1985 DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL
DNQ
DOV CLT
21
RSD POC MCH DAY POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL RSD 78th 100
1986 DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR
16
NWS MAR TAL DOV CLT
DNQ
RSD POC MCH
DNQ
DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR
32
RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
DNQ
CAR
30
ATL
DNQ
RSD 62nd 255
1987 DAY
38
CAR
33
RCH ATL
30
DAR
DNQ
NWS BRI MAR TAL
17
CLT
DNQ
DOV POC RSD MCH DAY
37
POC TAL
33
GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
23
CAR
28
RSD ATL
21
38th 687
1988 DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR
37
ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT
DNQ
DOV RSD POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT NWS CAR PHO ATL 86th 52
1989 DAY CAR ATL RCH DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC TAL
27
GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT NWS CAR
DNQ
PHO ATL 81st 82
1990 DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR
24
ATL
28
DAR
DNQ
BRI NWS MAR TAL
DNQ
CLT
DNQ
DOV SON POC MCH DAY
DNQ
POC TAL
31
GLN MCH BRI DAR
33
RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
32
CAR
DNQ
PHO ATL
DNQ
44th 371
1991 DAY
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
CAR
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
DAR
DNQ
BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT
DNQ
DOV SON POC MCH
DNQ
DAY POC TAL GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI DAR
37
RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR
36
PHO ATL 67th 107
1992 DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
DNQ
CAR PHO ATL
DNQ
NA 0
1993 DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY
DNQ
NHA POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL NA 0

ARCA Re/Max SeriesEdit

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

ARCA Re/Max 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 ARMC Pts
1988 Stahl Racing 82 Ford DAY ATL TAL FRS PCS ROC POC WIN KIL ACS SLM POC TAL DEL FRS ISF DSF SLM ATL
40
128th -
1989 DAY ATL KIL TAL
33
FRS POC KIL HAG POC TAL DEL FRS ISF TOL DSF SLM ATL 129th -
1994 Stahl Racing 32 Ford DAY
10
TAL
12
FIF LVL KIL TOL FRS MCH DMS POC POC KIL FRS INF I70 ISF DSF TOL SLM WIN ATL
11
77th 775
1995 DAY
8
ATL
32
TAL
5
FIF KIL FRS MCH I80 OWO FRS POC POC KIL FRS SBS LVL ISF DSF SLM WIN ATL
7
36th 930
1996 DAY
7
ATL
18
SLM TAL
20
FIF LVL CLT
33
CLT
13
KIL FRS POC MCH FRS TOL POC MCH INF SBS ISF DSF KIL SLM WIN CLT
28
ATL
7
35th -
1997 DAY
5
ATL
16
SLM CLT
19
CLT
14
POC MCH SBS TOL KIL FRS MIN POC MCH DSF GTW SLM WIN CLT
DNQ
TAL
4
ISF ATL
21
41st -
1998 DAY
DNQ
ATL
18
SLM CLT MEM MCH
28
POC
36
SBS TOL PPR POC
7
KIL FRS ISF ATL
14
DSF SLM TEX
11
WIN CLT
20
TAL
8
ATL
14
20th 1590
1999 DAY
9
ATL
18
SLM AND CLT
25
MCH
19
POC
24
TOL SBS BLN POC
17
KIL FRS FLM
22
ISF WIN DSF SLM CLT
DNQ
TAL
21
ATL
25
29th 1195
2000 DAY
30
SLM AND CLT
DNQ
KIL FRS MCH
DNQ
POC
26
TOL KEN
21
BLN POC
21
WIN ISF KEN
20
DSF SLM CLT
DNQ
TAL
21
ATL
18
37th 900
2001 DAY
40
NSH WIN SLM GTY KEN CLT KAN MCH POC MEM GLN KEN MCH POC NSH ISF CHI DSF SLM TOL BLN CLT TAL ATL 188th 30

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Bluffton's Stahl to tackle off-road race in Baja California". The Island Packet. Bluffton, SC. November 11, 2007. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  2. ^ "For Sale". Off Road Action News. 1982.
  3. ^ Koch, Ron (January 31, 2011). When the Green Flag Drops: Memoirs of a Baja and Pro-Rally Racer. Xlibris Corporation. p. 269. ISBN 978-1456858643. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "Mark Stahl - NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  5. ^ a b "Mark Stahl - NASCAR Sprint Cup Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  6. ^ a b Wuensch, Christopher (November 25, 2007). "From Bluffton to Baja" (PDF). Bluffton Today. Bluffton, SC. pp. 16A–17A. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  7. ^ "Mark Stahl - NASCAR Winston Cup / Nextel Cup / Sprint Cup DNQs". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  8. ^ "Stahl leads second-day runs". The Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa, AL. May 2, 1987. p. 19. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  9. ^ Gillipsie, Tom (May 3, 1991). "Kulwicki in with fun sponsor". The News and Courier. Charleston, SC. p. 4E. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  10. ^ Green, David (May 1, 1991). "Kulwicki gets full sponsorship". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, SC. p. D4. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  11. ^ "Mark Stahl - ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  12. ^ "April 12, 2011 Press Release". NORRA. Retrieved December 26, 2014.

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