Kelly Bires

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Kelly Bires
Kelly Bires.jpg
Born (1984-08-25) August 25, 1984 (age 29)
Mauston, Wisconsin, U.S.
Achievements 2001 Great Lakes Allison Legacy Series Champion
2006 ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division Champion
Awards 2006 ASA Late Model Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
3 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best finish 54th (2012)
First race 2012 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 (Loudon)
Last race 2012 Hollywood Casino 400 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
88 race(s) run over 6 year(s)
Best finish 13th (2008)
First race 2007 Federated Auto Parts 300 (Nashville)
Last race 2012 OneMain Financial 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 13 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
8 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Best finish 44th (2007)
First race 2006 Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts 200 (Atlanta)
Last race 2007 Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (Milwaukee)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of October 21, 2012.

Kelly Bires (born August 25, 1984 in Mauston, Wisconsin) is an American stock car driver. He currently drives part-time for Go Green Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series.

Early career[edit]

Bires began karting at Sugar River Raceway in Brodhead, Wisconsin at age 9 and began competing in national karting events at age 12. He won several regional titles and two national championships.[1]

He became the Great Lakes Allison Legacy Series Rookie of the Year in 2000, and followed up the championship by winning the series in 2001. Bires next moved up to the Super Late Model race cars at Dells Motor Speedway, finishing fifth in points and named 2002 Rookie of the Year. The following year he finished second in championship points. Bires made his first start in ARCA in May 2004. In 2006, he joined up with veteran American Speed Association Late Model Series crew chief Howie Lettow and won the season championship that year.[2]

NASCAR career[edit]

Bires during the 2007 Ford 300


In the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Bires was the driver of the #21 Wood Brothers Racing truck in 19 races, handing over driving duties for the other six races to veteran Mark Martin. He had a tenth place finish at Atlanta. After the departure of Jon Wood due to illness, Bires left the Truck Series and started racing for Tad Geschickter beginning at Nashville Superspeedway. His best Busch Series start was 26th and best finish was 7th in the Meijer 300 presented by Oreo race at Kentucky Speedway. Named the permanent driver of the #47 car in 2008, Bires had six top-ten finishes en route to a 13th place points finish. However, he was without a job at the end of the season due to lack of sponsorship.

Bires' 2009 Nationwide car

2009 to present[edit]

Bires spent the 2009 season driving for various teams, including Braun Racing, MSRP Motorsports, and JTG where he did start and park, as well as competing for Kevin Harvick Incorporated and CJM Racing. His best finish that year came at Iowa Speedway, where he finished fifth in Bruan's Fraternal Order of Eagles Toyota. At the end of the season, Bires signed a contract to drive for JR Motorsports through 2011. While he did not compete in the season opening race at Daytona, he did have a seventh place finish at Auto Club. Bires had three top-twenty finishes altogether, but was released from JR Motorsports after five races.

Bires returned to the Nationwide Series in 2011, driving for Team Rensi Motorsports. However, Bires had to start and park his #25 on numerous occasions, and withdrew from two races. After Rensi cut back its schedule, Bires was hired by Joe Gibbs Racing to drive their #18 Toyota at Richmond and Chicagoland.

Motorsports career results[edit]


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

Sprint Cup Series[edit]


  1. ^ Biography at official website, Retrieved September 28, 2012
  2. ^ Jim, Tretow. "Howie Lettow Remembered". Speed 51. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 

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