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.
|Born||April 17, 1952|
|Achievements||1994 NASCAR Winston West Series Champion|
1987 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion
|Awards||1990 Winston West Series Rookie of the Year|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|13 races run over 5 years|
|Best finish||47th (1991)|
|First race||1990 Banquet Frozen Foods 300 (Sonoma)|
|Last race||1994 Slick 50 500 (Phoenix)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|4 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||89th (2001)|
|First race||1986 Gatorade 200 (Darlington)|
|Last race||2001 NAPA Autocare 250 (Pikes Peak)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career|
|15 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||30th (1995)|
|First race||1995 Pizza Plus 150 (Bristol)|
|Last race||1996 Carquest 420K (Las Vegas)|
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; Chase also made his debut in the Busch Series in 1986 at Darlington Raceway, finishing 32nd.
Chase moved up to the Winston West Series in 1990 where he won Rookie of the Year. 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.
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.
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; 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. He finished 42nd in the race, being involved in an accident after completing 91 of the race's 160 laps.
Chase would go on to win the 1994 Winston West series championship, winning five times over the course of the season.[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, Chase was released by team owner Dean Myers and replaced by Jimmy Hensley.
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; later that year he replaced P. J. Jones in the No. 1 DieHard Chevrolet for team owner Scoop Vessels, posting a best finish of 16th in seven races.
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. 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.
After retiring from competition, Chase worked for several race teams, including Wood Brothers Racing; he currently works for Penske Racing as a fabricator. Chase has also worked as a crew chief in the Nationwide Series.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(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 Busch Series results|
Craftsman Truck SeriesEdit
|NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results|
|1996||Steve Sellers Racing||78||Ford||HOM
- 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.
- 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.
- Glick, Shav (November 3, 1988). "Phoenix Takes Riverside Date for Stock Cars". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- "Mike Chase - NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- "Mike Chase places first in Winston". The Dispatch. Lexington, NC. July 1, 1991. p. 2A. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- "Mike Chase - NASCAR Sprint Cup Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- 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.
- "Record puts Gordon on Rockingham pole". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, NC. February 25, 1995. p. 1B. Missing or empty
- "Mike Chase - 1994 NASCAR Winston West Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- "1995 Sprint Cup Series Results". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
- "Mike Chase - 1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsman Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- 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.
- "Mike Chase - 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- "Bobby Dotter Teams Up With Green Light Racing". RacingWest. March 13, 2000. Archived from the original on January 4, 2015. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- "Rick Bickle gets benched". The Daily Union. Junction City, KS. July 20, 2001. p. 16. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- "Mike Chase - Crew chief stats". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
- "Eleven Set For Induction Into West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame". West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-08-28.