Chad Little

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Chad Little
Chad Little John Deere.jpg
Little in 1998
Born (1963-04-29) April 29, 1963 (age 51)
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Achievements 1987 NASCAR Winston West Series Champion
Awards 1986 Winston West Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
217 race(s) run over 16 year(s)
Best finish 15th (1998)
First race 1986 Budweiser 400 (Riverside)
Last race 2002 MBNA Platinum 400 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 16 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
134 race(s) run over 9 year(s)
Best finish 2nd (1995)
First race 1992 Fay's 150 (Watkins Glen)
Last race 2002 Sam's Town 300 (Las Vegas)
First win 1995 Goody's 300 (Daytona)
Last win 1995 Ford Credit 300 (South Boston)
Wins Top tens Poles
6 44 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best finish 69th (1995)
First race 1995 Fas Mart Supertruck Shootout (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Chad Little (born April 29, 1963 in Spokane, Washington) is a former NASCAR driver. He holds a degree in marketing from Washington State University, and a law degree from Gonzaga University. While attending Washington State University he joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

Little currently works as NASCAR Director of the Camping World Truck Series, having previously been the Director of Racing Development for both Mexico as well as the Whelen Modified Tour. He keeps regular office hours in the sanctioning body's research and development center in Concord, N.C. He also was a part-time studio analyst for Speed Channel. He is the father of Jesse Little.

Early years[edit]

Little began racing the short tracks in Washington in the mid-1980s. He soon began American Speed Association West Late Model series, the NASCAR Northwest Tour Series and the NASCAR Winston West Series. One year after being named the NASCAR Winston West Rookie of the Year, Little clinched that series' championship in 1987.

Little made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut in 1986 at Riverside International Raceway, driving the #28 Ford owned by George Jefferson. He started 25th and finished 13th. He ran the other Riverside race that year, but finished 35th after suffering engine failure. He ran both the Riverside races the next year, finishing 15th both times in the #95 Coors Ford. In 1988.

The following year, Little declared for NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors and signed to drive the #90 for Junie Donlavey. Unfortunately, his best finish was an eighteenth at the Coca-Cola 600, and he was released early in the season. In 1989, he missed United Airlines Flight 232. About a third of the passengers aboard the flight perished during its emergency landing in Iowa. In 1990, Little and his father Chuck teamed to field their own entry, the #19 Ford sponsored by Bull's Eye Barbecue Sauce. He ran eighteen races and had seven top-twenty finishes, garnering a 33rd place points finish. The following season, Little made his first full-time attempt at winning the Cup championship, qualifying for 28 out of 29 races and posting a tenth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway, finishing 27th in points.

Busch Series[edit]

In 1992, Little signed to drive the #66 TropArctic Ford for Cale Yarborough, but was released six races into the season. Later he caught on to the #9 Ford fielded by Melling Racing, and had an eighth place finish at Talladega. He also made his Busch Series debut that year, starting and finishing 29th in the #37 Maxx Race Cards Oldsmobile at Watkins Glen International.

In 1993, Little, along with Greg Pollex and former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, formed Mark Rypien Motorsports, running the #23 If It’s Paper/Bayer Select Ford on a limited basis that year, posting a second-place finish at Dover International Speedway. The next year, the team went full-time and Little had ten top-five finishes, finishing third in points. He also drove the #97 Ford at the Daytona 500 that season, finishing 29th. In 1995, Little broke through and won six races during the course of the season, including the first two races of the season at Daytona and Rockingham, and finished 2nd in points, behind Johnny Benson. His other wins were at Loudon, Charlotte, Talladega and South Boston. Little did not win a race the following season, however, and slipped to sixth in points. He also ran nine Cup races, five in Pollex’s #97 Sterling Cowboy Pontiac Grand Prix, and another four for Diamond Ridge Motorsports, posting a twentieth-place finish at Darlington Raceway,

Winston Cup[edit]

Little's 1997 Winston Cup car

In 1997, Little returned to the Cup series, running the #97 Pontiac for Pollex with sponsorship from John Deere. He finished seventh at the Food City 500, but the team struggled making races. Late in the year, Jack Roush purchased the team to be added to his stable for 1998. Little ended 1997 36th in points.

In 1998, Little drove for Roush full-time with Jeff Hammond as crew chief. Running 32 out of 33 races, he had seven top-tens, including a second-place run at Texas, finishing behind Mark Martin, and finished a career-high 15th in points. He was unable to duplicate that performance in 1999, posting just five top-tens and finishing 23rd in points. After just one top-ten in 2000, Roush announced Little would not drive the 97 the following season. Late in the year, Little was pulled out of the car and replaced by his successor, Kurt Busch with Jeff Hammond still as crew chief. During the season, he also ran a handful of races in the Busch Series. Originally running the #30 for Innovative Motorsports, he was released and posted a top-ten in a one-race deal with PPI Motorsports.

Little had 217 career Cup starts in all.

Final years as driver[edit]

In 2001, Little signed to drive the #74 Staff America Chevrolet Monte Carlo for BACE Motorsports in the Busch Series . He had six top-tens and finished 9th in points. He started off 2002 running for BACE, but the team closed after 3 races due to sponsor issues. He made his final Cup start in a BACE car at Dover that year, finishing 33rd. He has not run NASCAR since.

Post-driving career[edit]

Chad later provided competition support for the NASCAR Mexico Corona Series, and became the Tour Director for the Whelen Modified Tour.

Starting in 2013, Chad took on the role of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series managing director.[1]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1986 2 0 0 0 0 31.0 24.0 $6,065 70th #28 Jefferson Racing
1987 2 0 0 0 0 32.5 15.0 $8,810 60th #95 Jefferson Racing
1988 4 0 0 0 0 31.5 21.0 $14,225 45th #19 Stoke Racing
#19 Autosports Enterprises
#19 Jefferson Racing
1989 8 0 0 0 0 29.9 29.2 $44,690 38th #90 Donlavey Racing
1990 18 0 0 0 0 29.1 24.1 $80,140 33rd #19 Little Racing
#20 Moroso Racing
1991 28 0 0 1 0 24.3 22.6 $184,190 27th #19 Little Racing
1992 19 0 0 1 0 26.9 25.1 $145,805 31st #66 Cale Yarborough Motorsports
#9 Melling Racing
1993 3 0 0 0 0 31.3 30.3 $41,140 51st #9 Melling Racing
#19 Mark Rypien Motorsports
1994 1 0 0 0 0 17.0 29.0 $30,805 68th #97 Mark Rypien Motorsports
1995 2 0 0 0 0 19.5 30.0 $22,775 53rd #97 Mark Rypien Motorsports
1996 9 0 0 0 0 24.3 31.1 $164,752 44th #97 Mark Rypien Motorsports
#29 Diamond Ridge Motorsports
1997 27 0 0 1 0 29.1 28.7 $555,914 36th #97 Mark Rypien Motorsports
#97 Roush Racing
1998 32 0 1 7 0 27.1 19.4 $1,449,659 15th #97 Roush Racing
1999 34 0 0 5 0 28.7 23.4 $1,623,976 23rd #97 Roush Racing
2000 27 0 0 1 0 31.7 22.2 $1,418,884 32nd #97 Roush Racing
2002 1 0 0 0 0 36.0 33.0 $49,745 77th #74 BACE Motorsports

Busch Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1992 1 0 0 0 0 29.0 29.0 $1,400 120th #37 Little Racing
1993 12 0 2 3 0 22.1 22.6 $56,508 32nd #23 Mark Rypien Motorsports
1994 28 0 10 14 0 21.0 11.9 $234,022 3rd #23 Mark Rypien Motorsports
1995 26 6 11 13 0 15.5 14.5 $529,056 2nd #23 Mark Rypien Motorsports
1996 26 0 2 7 1 15.3 16.5 $317,394 5th #23 Mark Rypien Motorsports
1998 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 30.0 $4,380 108th #9 Roush Racing
2000 4 0 0 1 0 24.5 21.2 $48,510 66th #30 Innovative Motorsports
#97 PPI Motorsports
#74 BACE Motorsports
2001 33 0 2 6 0 24.8 16.0 $690,321 9th #74 BACE Motorsports
2002 3 0 0 0 0 25.0 19.7 $69,565 69th #74 BACE Motorsports

SuperTruck Series[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NASCAR revises competition personnel structure". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Hershel McGriff
NASCAR Winston West Series champion
1987
Succeeded by
Roy Smith