December 1, 1960 |
Snohomish, Washington, United States
|Awards||1996 Winston West Series Most Popular Driver|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|7 races run over 3 years|
|Best finish||59th - 2004|
|First race||1996 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 (Sonoma)|
|Last race||2004 Banquet 400 (Kansas)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|40 races run over 4 years|
|Best finish||21st - 2003|
|First race||2002 Aaron's 312 (Talladega)|
|Last race||2008 Hefty Odor Block 200 (Phoenix)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|28 races run over 4 years|
|Best finish||23rd - 2001|
|First race||2000 Sears Craftsman 175 (Chicago)|
|Last race||2008 Camping World RV Sales 200 (Milwaukee)|
|Statistics current as of May 21, 2012.|
Larry Gunselman (born December 1, 1960 in Snohomish, Washington) is an American former race car driver. He has made a total over 100 starts and over 2 million in earnings in all three of NASCAR's top divisions. He is the owner of Max Q Motorsports, which fields the #37 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Gunselman began racing in various West Coast series before moving to the Winston West Series, where he won the Most Popular Driver award in 1996. That same year, he made his NASCAR debut in the Winston Cup Series at Sonoma. He qualified 43rd and finished 36th in the #35 Race Stuff/Olson Technology Ford Thunderbird. He would qualify the next year, picking up sponsorship from Caterpillar, Inc. after David Green's entry failed to qualify. Gunselman attempted two races in Cup in 1998 in the #37 and #58 cars, but failed to qualify for both of them.
He would return to competition in 2000 driving for Brevak Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series. He crashed out of his debut at Cicero, and had two twenty-sixth place finishes in the next two races. In 2001, he joined MB Motorsports and picked up sponsorship from Waterloo Tool Storage. He drove seventeen races that season with a best finish of 16th at Kansas Speedway, as well as including an additional start at Texas Motor Speedway for Troxell Racing. He started out 2002 with MB, but was released after three starts. After making a few Busch Series starts for Brian Weber, Gunselman hooked up with DF2 Motorsports and ran fourteen races with the team, his best finish a 16th at Talladega Superspeedway. He would move to Day Enterprise Racing the following season, and qualified for every race. He had an eighteenth place finish at Talladega and finished 21st in points at season's end.
Gunselman began 2004 by running the first two races of the season for MacDonald Motorsports, but remained out of racing until the middle of the year, when he ran five races for Mach 1 Racing in the Lucas Oil Ford Taurus, where he failed to finish higher than 33rd. He attempted to qualify for the 2005 and 2006 Daytona 500 for Ware Racing Enterprises, but did not make either race. After spending 2007 out of the sport, he returned to the Nationwide Series in 2008 when he was hired as the driver of the #91 Chevy for MSRP Motorsports, but was released after ten races. Shortly afterwards, he was hired by Derrike Cope to drive his #74 Dodge Ram in the Truck Series, and later by Johnny Davis to drive the #0 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Nationwide Series.
Following the 2008 season, he formed Gunselman Motorsports, which fielded the start-and-park #64 Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series for parts of three seasons. After the 2011 Daytona 500, Gunsleman partnered with Front Row Motorsports to manage the #37 and # 64 teams he owns. In 2012, Gunselman fielded the #37 with the intent of Timmy Hill going for Rookie of the Year honors, but parked the team after one crash and five DNQs. Max Q reformed the #37 in July 2012 fielding Chevrolets for J.J. Yeley through a technical alliance with Tommy Baldwin Racing.