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.
|Born||February 8, 1968|
North Haverhill, New Hampshire, United States
|Achievements||2001 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., team||No. 32 (FAS Lane Racing)|
|Best finish||51st (2012)|
|First race||2012 Sylvania 300 (Loudon)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|11 races run over 5 years|
|Best finish||72nd – 1997|
|First race||1996 Meridian Advantage 200 (Nazareth Speedway)|
|Last race||2000 Econo Lodge 200 (Nazareth Speedway)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career|
|3 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||82nd – 2001|
|First race||2001 New England 200 (New Hampshire International Speedway)|
|Last race||2008 Camping World RV Rental 200 (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)|
|Statistics current as of September 23, 2012.|
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. He began racing in the series in 1989, and competed in 288 events in the series between then and 2009, scoring six career wins. His sponsor for the majority of his time in the series was Little Trees air fresheners. After the season, he was flagged as the winner of the 2005 Toyota All-Star Showdown over David Gilliland, 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.
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. 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.
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. 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; he finished 33rd in the event, which he stated was likely to be his one and only race in the series. This is the last time Olsen ran in a NASCAR-sanctioned event.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(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|
|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
Craftsman Truck SeriesEdit
|NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results|
|2001||Green Light Racing||07||Chevy||DAY||HOM||MMR||MAR||GTY||DAR||PPR||DOV||TEX||MEM||MLW||KAN||KEN||NHA
|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
K&N Pro Series WestEdit
|NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results|
* 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
- 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.
- "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.
- "Mike Olsen – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- "Olsen celebrates second Busch East Series title". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. December 17, 2006. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- "Olsen, Vidovich win Toyota All-Star Features". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. November 13, 2005. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- "Fallen All Star". Motor Racing Network. November 17, 2005. Archived from the original on August 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
- "Mike Olsen NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- "Mike Olsen – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- "Pursley Dominates in Portland". Motor Racing Network. August 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- Shinzawa, Fluto (September 23, 2012). "NHMS Notebook". Boston Globe. Boston, MA. Retrieved 2012-09-24.