Tracy Leslie (born October 24, 1957 in Mount Clemens, Michigan) is an American professional stock car racer. He currently races in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, against his son, Billy. He also raced in the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series.
|Born||October 24, 1957|
Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States
|Achievements||1988 ARCA Series Champion|
|Awards||1989 ARCA Series Bill France Four Crown|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|5 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||56th (1989)|
|First race||1989 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte)|
|Last race||1990 AC Delco 500 (Rockingham)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|206 races run over 8 years|
|Best finish||11th (1993, 1994)|
|First race||1991 Goody's 300 (Daytona)|
|Last race||1998 MBNA Gold 200 (Dover)|
|First win||1993 Kroger 200 (IRP)|
|Last win||1993 Kroger 200 (IRP)|
|Statistics current as of May 4, 2013.|
Leslie ran his first race in 1975, and soon began racing throughout the Midwest, winning championships at Mt. Clemens and Toledo Speedway. Later he moved down south to compete in the ARCA series, winning the championship and Rookie of the Year honors in 1988. He collected three more wins over the next two years as well. He made his NASCAR debut in 1989 at the Coca-Cola 600, starting 29th and finishing 25th in a car owned by A. J. Foyt. He ran another race that year for Foyt at Michigan, finishing 20th. In 1990, Leslie ran the 600 in his own #72, but suffered engine failure. Later in the year, he teamed with owner Ron Parker to field the #72 Detroit Gasket Chevy. He ran two more Cup races in the entry, both resulting in DNF’s.
Leslie made his Busch Series debut in 1991 at the Goody’s 300 in the Detroit Gasket Oldsmobile, but was involved in a lap 1 crash and did not finish the race. He ran the season full-time, posting a second-place finish at Indianapolis Raceway Park, and finished fifteenth in points. The next year, he had ten top-tens and finished fifteenth in points again. In 1993, Leslie won his first pole at the Champion 300, but finished 34th due to engine failure. Later, at IRP, Leslie took his only career win in the Busch Series. He finished eleventh in points at the end of the year. He would finish eleventh in points the next year as well, posting eight top-tens. In 1995, he won his second at pole at Dover, but was released from the 72 for the last two races of the year, but Parker fielded a second entry for him.
In 1996, Leslie began running a limited schedule in his #11. He ran eight races, his best finish a 10th at IRP. He also attempted the Daytona 500 in the Cup series in a car owned by Phil Barkdoll, but he failed to qualify. In 1997, he signed to drive the #63 Lysol Pontiac Grand Prix for Hensley Motorsports. He had five top-tens and finished seventeenth in points. He returned to the ride in 1998, his best finish a thirteenth before he was released. He has not raced in NASCAR since.