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Mike Chase (born April 17, 1952) is a former American stock car racing driver. Winner of the 1994 series championship in the NASCAR Winston West Series, he has also competed in the Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series and currently works for Penske Racing as a crewman.

Mike Chase
Born (1952-04-17) April 17, 1952 (age 67)
Redding, California
Achievements1994 NASCAR Winston West Series Champion
1987 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion
Awards1990 Winston West Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
13 races run over 5 years
Best finish47th (1991)
First race1990 Banquet Frozen Foods 300 (Sonoma)
Last race1994 Slick 50 500 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
4 races run over 2 years
Best finish89th (2001)
First race1986 Gatorade 200 (Darlington)
Last race2001 NAPA Autocare 250 (Pikes Peak)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
15 races run over 2 years
Best finish30th (1995)
First race1995 Pizza Plus 150 (Bristol)
Last race1996 Carquest 420K (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Redding, California, Chase moved to the Charlotte, North Carolina area in 1993 to further his racing career.[1]

Early careerEdit

Growing up competing at Shasta Speedway in his native California, Chase began competing in NASCAR touring series in the mid-1980s, winning the 1987 championship in the Featherlite Southwest Tour;[2] Chase also made his debut in the Busch Series in 1986 at Darlington Raceway, finishing 32nd.[3]

Chase moved up to the Winston West Series in 1990 where he won Rookie of the Year.[4] In 1991 he made his debut in the Winston Cup Series, competing in a combination race at Sears Point Raceway; he finished 25th in the event. Chase would run selected races in Winston Cup over the next few years, in addition to selected Winston West events; his best finish in Cup came at Michigan International Speedway in 1990 where he finished 24th.[5]

In addition to his racing career, in the early 1990s Chase worked as the head of stock car racing for A. J. Foyt Enterprises; he planned to attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 on two occasions with the team, but was not approved by USAC for competition.[1]

Brickyard and TrucksEdit

In 1994, Chase qualified for the 1994 Brickyard 400, the inaugural stock car race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event, although on the Winston Cup Series schedule, was a combination race between Cup and the Winston West Series;[1] despite running too slow to make the field for the race on time, Chase started 43rd in the event due to being eligible for a provisional starting spot as the then-current Winston West Series points leader.[6] He finished 42nd in the race, being involved in an accident after completing 91 of the race's 160 laps.[1]

Chase would go on to win the 1994 Winston West series championship,[7] winning five times over the course of the season.[8][N 1] Chase moved to the Winston Cup Series in 1995, intending to run full-time for Rookie of the Year in the No. 32 Active Racing Chevrolet; however, after failing to qualify for the first race of the season, the Daytona 500,[9] Chase was released by team owner Dean Myers and replaced by Jimmy Hensley.[7]

Chase returned part-time to the West Series for the remainder of 1995, winning twice, as well as running eight races in the SuperTruck Series, making his first race in the series at Bristol Motor Speedway for Chesrown Racing, where he finished 27th;[10] later that year he replaced P. J. Jones in the No. 1 DieHard Chevrolet for team owner Scoop Vessels,[11] posting a best finish of 16th in seven races.[10]

In 1996, Chase returned to the renamed Craftsman Truck Series, driving for Steve Sellers Racing; driving in seven events for the team, he posted a best finish of 13th at Portland Speedway.[12] Chase would run selected races in the Winston West Series in 1998, before returning to the series for a full season in 1999 with Green Light Racing; he failed to win a race but finished seventh in points.[13]

Chase would run three races in the Nationwide Series for ST Motorsports in 2001,[14] with a best finish of 27th; these would be his final races in NASCAR competition.[3]

After racingEdit

After retiring from competition, Chase worked for several race teams, including Wood Brothers Racing; he currently works for Penske Racing as a fabricator.[1] Chase has also worked as a crew chief in the Nationwide Series.[15]

Chase was inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2010.[16]

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
1990 Freymiller Racing 23 Buick DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON
25
POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN PHO
39
ATL 57th 230
TriStar Motorsports 68 Pontiac MCH
24
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR
1991 Freymiller Racing 23 Ford DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON
40
POC MCH 47th 356
A. J. Foyt Enterprises 14 Olds DAY
33
POC TAL
25
GLN MCH
29
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR
Chevy PHO
26
ATL
1992 Kaylan Young Racing 60 Pontiac DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON
35
POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL 84th 58
1993 JTC Racing 50 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO
39
ATL 87th 46
1994 DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON
31
CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO
31
ATL 56th 177
58 IND
42
1995 Active Racing 32 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL NA -

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 NBSC Pts
1986 Clark Racing 06 Pontiac DAY CAR HCY MAR BRI DAR SBO LGY JFC DOV CLT SBO HCY OCS IRP SBO RAL OXF SBO HCY LGY OCS BRI DAR
32
RCH DOV MAR OCS CLT CAR MAR 124th 67
2001 ST Motorsports 91 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL
43
RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV KEN MLW GLN CHI 89th 161
59 GTY
27
PPR
28
IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CHA MEM 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 NCTC Pts
1995 Chesrown Racing 62 Chevy PHO TUS SGS MMR POR EVG I70 LVL BRI
27
MLW CNS HPT IRP 30th 767
Vestar Motorsports 1 Chevy FLM
24
RCH
28
MAR
18
NWS
19
SON
19
MMR
28
PHO
16
1996 Steve Sellers Racing 78 Ford HOM
DNQ
PHO
29
POR
13
EVG
19
TUS CNS
13
HPT
33
BRI
30
NZH MLW LVL I70 IRP FLM GLN NSV RCH NHA MAR NWS SON MMR PHO LVS
26
35th 692

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ The total of five wins includes Chase's 42nd place finish at the Brickyard 400; as the highest-finishing (and only) Winston West Series driver in the field for the combination race, he was credited with a victory in the West Series.[8]
Citations
  1. ^ a b c d e Shaffer, Jan (July 24, 2010). "Where Are They Now? Mike Chase". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Glick, Shav (November 3, 1988). "Phoenix Takes Riverside Date for Stock Cars". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  3. ^ a b "Mike Chase - NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  4. ^ "Mike Chase places first in Winston". The Dispatch. Lexington, NC. July 1, 1991. p. 2A. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  5. ^ "Mike Chase - NASCAR Sprint Cup Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  6. ^ Smethers, Jimmy (August 6, 1994). "Grissom misses field by only .137 of a second". The Gadsden Times. Gadsden, AL. p. D4. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  7. ^ a b "Record puts Gordon on Rockingham pole". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, NC. February 25, 1995. p. 1B. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  8. ^ a b "Mike Chase - 1994 NASCAR Winston West Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  9. ^ "1995 Sprint Cup Series Results". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
  10. ^ a b "Mike Chase - 1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsman Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  11. ^ Fox, John Jay (August 18, 1995). "Trucker Can't Wait to Begin His Chase at Flemington". The Morning Call. Allentown, CA. p. C1. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  12. ^ "Mike Chase - 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  13. ^ "Bobby Dotter Teams Up With Green Light Racing". RacingWest. March 13, 2000. Archived from the original on January 4, 2015. Retrieved 2012-08-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "Rick Bickle gets benched". The Daily Union. Junction City, KS. July 20, 2001. p. 16. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  15. ^ "Mike Chase - Crew chief stats". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  16. ^ "Eleven Set For Induction Into West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame". West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-08-28.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rick Carelli
NASCAR Winston West Series champion
1994
Succeeded by
Doug George
Preceded by
Ron Esau
NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion
1987
Succeeded by
Roman Calczynski