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Mike Olsen (born February 8, 1968) is an American stock car racing driver. He is a two time champion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He has also competed in all three NASCAR national touring series.

Mike Olsen
Born (1968-02-08) February 8, 1968 (age 51)
North Haverhill, New Hampshire, United States
Achievements2001 NASCAR Busch North Series Champion
2006 NASCAR Busch East Series Champion
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Car no., teamNo. 32 (FAS Lane Racing)
2012 position51st
Best finish51st (2012)
First race2012 Sylvania 300 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
11 races run over 5 years
Best finish72nd – 1997
First race1996 Meridian Advantage 200 (Nazareth Speedway)
Last race2000 Econo Lodge 200 (Nazareth Speedway)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
3 races run over 2 years
Best finish82nd – 2001
First race2001 New England 200 (New Hampshire International Speedway)
Last race2008 Camping World RV Rental 200 (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of September 23, 2012.

Personal lifeEdit

Olsen was born February 8, 1968 and is a native of North Haverhill, New Hampshire.[1] He is the grandson of famed New England racer Stub Fadden.[2]

CareerEdit

Olsen is a two-time champion of the NASCAR Busch North Series, now the K&N Pro Series East, winning the championship in 2001 and 2006.[1] He began racing in the series in 1989, and competed in 288 events in the series between then and 2009, scoring six career wins.[3] His sponsor for the majority of his time in the series was Little Trees air fresheners.[4] After the season, he was flagged as the winner of the 2005 Toyota All-Star Showdown over David Gilliland,[5] but in post-race inspection it was discovered that illegal right-side wheels were installed on his car. Olsen was disqualified as a result, with Gilliland being declared the winner.[6]

Olsen has competed in eleven NASCAR Busch Series events, between 1996 and 2000, with the majority being combination races between the Busch and Busch North series; his best finish in Busch Series competition was 18th, at Watkins Glen International in 1997.[7] Olsen also made three starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, with two coming in 2001 and one in 2008; his best finish in the series is 29th.[8]

After several years off from NASCAR competition, Olsen returned to the track in 2012, competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Portland International Raceway; he started 30th in the 30-car field and finished 24th.[9] In September of that year, Olsen made his debut in NASCAR's top series, the Sprint Cup Series, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Sylvania 300, driving the No. 32 Ford for FAS Lane Racing;[1] he finished 33rd in the event, which he stated was likely to be his one and only race in the series.[10] This is the last time Olsen ran in a NASCAR-sanctioned event.

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.)

Sprint Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Sprint 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 32 33 34 35 36 NSCC Pts
2012 FAS Lane Racing 32 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA
33
DOV TAL CLT KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 51st 11

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 NBGNC Pts
1990 Olsen Racing 61 Buick DAY RCH CAR MAR HCY DAR BRI LAN SBO NZH HCY CLT DOV ROU VOL MYB OXF
DNQ
NHA SBO DUB IRP ROU BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT NHA CAR MAR N/A 0
1996 61 Pontiac DAY CAR RCH ATL NSV DAR BRI HCY NZH
21
CLT DOV SBO MYB GLN MLW NHA TAL IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR HOM NC2 0
1997 Chevy DAY CAR
DNQ
RCH
39
ATL LVS DAR HCY
31
TEX
DNQ
BRI NSV TAL NHA
29
NZH
26
CLT DOV SBO GLN MLW MYB GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR DOV CLT CAL CAR
DNQ
HOM 72nd 268
16 RCH
29
1998 61 DAY CAR LVS NSV DAR BRI TEX HCY TAL NHA
DNQ
NZH
25
CLT DOV RCH
DNQ
PPR GLN MLW MYB CAL SBO IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT GTY CAR ATL HOM NC2 0
1999 DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR TEX NSV BRI TAL CAL NHA RCH NZH
DNQ
CLT DOV SBO NC2 0
81 GLN
18
MLW MYB PPR GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR MEM PHO HOM
2000 Innovative Motorsports 30 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSV TAL CAL RCH NHA
26
CLT DOV SBO MYB 99th 85
Olsen Racing 61 Chevy GLN
42
MLW NZH
27
PPR GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR MEM PHO 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
1998 62 Chevy WDW HOM PHO POR EVG I70 GLN TEX BRI MLW NZH CAL PPR IRP NHA FLM NSV HPT LVL RCH MEM GTY MAR
DNQ
SON MMR PHO LVS 116th 43
2001 Green Light Racing 07 Chevy DAY HOM MMR MAR GTY DAR PPR DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN NHA
29
IRP NSH CIC NZH
30
RCH SBO TEX LVS PHO CAL 82nd 149
2008 SS-Green Light Racing 0 Chevy DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA
32
LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 117th 0

K&N Pro Series WestEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NKNPSWC Pts
2012 NDS Motorsports 53 Dodge PHO LHC MMP S99 IOW BIR LVS SON EVG CNS IOW PIR
24
SMP AAS PHO 80th 20

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
2 Competed only in companion events with Busch North Series as BNS driver and ineligible for Busch Series points

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Lessels, Allen (September 2, 2012). "Olsen to drive for Stoddard in NHMS Sprint Cup race". New Hampshire Union Leader. Manchester, NH. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  2. ^ "Mike Olsen caps off championship season with third-place finish at Lime Rock". Journal Opinion. Bradford, VT. October 4, 2006. p. 19. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Mike Olsen – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  4. ^ "Olsen celebrates second Busch East Series title". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. December 17, 2006. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  5. ^ "Olsen, Vidovich win Toyota All-Star Features". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. November 13, 2005. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  6. ^ "Fallen All Star". Motor Racing Network. November 17, 2005. Archived from the original on August 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  7. ^ "Mike Olsen NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  8. ^ "Mike Olsen – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  9. ^ "Pursley Dominates in Portland". Motor Racing Network. August 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  10. ^ Shinzawa, Fluto (September 23, 2012). "NHMS Notebook". Boston Globe. Boston, MA. Retrieved 2012-09-24.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andy Santerre
NASCAR Busch East Series Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Joey Logano
Preceded by
Brad Leighton
NASCAR Busch North Series Champion
2001
Succeeded by
Andy Santerre