Michael Dokken

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Michael Dokken
Michael Dokken.jpg
Born (1971-06-04) June 4, 1971 (age 43)
Clearwater, Florida, United States
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
3 races run over 1 year
Best finish 100th - 2001
First race 2001 NAPA Autocare 250 (Pikes Peak)
Last race 2001 Little Trees 300 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
74 races run over 8 years
Best finish 20th - 1996
First race 1995 Western Auto 200 (I-70)
Last race 2003 Ram Tough 200 (Gateway)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 6 1

Michael Dokken (born June 4, 1971 in Clearwater, Florida) is a retired American stock car racing driver, and a former competitor in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Career[edit]

Dokken first achieved notice in 1990, when he won the first race he ever competed in at New Smyrna Speedway.[1] He made his NASCAR Truck Series debut in 1995 at I-70, driving his own #64 Chevrolet he started the race in 25th and only completed 120 laps before his engine expired and finished 21st. Dokken made six other starts in 1995, his best finish being 15th at Flemington. His best start was third at Phoenix.

In 1996, Dokken competed in 20 of the 24 races. He started off by running 13th in points after Tucson, where he scored his first career top-10 of 9th, before missing several races. He earned a 7th in one of his last races for his team at Nashville Speedway USA, and then split the last part of the schedule with MB Motorsports, and Kurt Roehig.

In 1997, Dokken signed to drive Roehig's #18 Dana Corporation Dodge Ram for the full season.[2] At Tucson, Dokken won his first career pole, becoming the series' youngest pole winner until Kyle Busch in 2000, and led 95 of 200 laps, before late race problems relegated Dokken to 13th. Later on, Dokken would earn a 3rd at Evergreen Speedway and 5th at Nazareth. However, mechanical problems plagued the team, falling out of multiple races, and the team only ran one of the last thirteen races due to limited funding.

Dokken skipped 1998, but returned for five races in 1999, splitting races between three teams. He DNF'd in every start however, with his best finish being a 27th place showing at Las Vegas.

Dokken made four more starts in 2000. where had an eighth place run with Ware Racing Enterprises at NHIS. Dokken also finished in the top-21 in all his starts and finished all of them.

Dokken made starts in 2001, splitting time between Brevak Racing and Ware Racing. His best run was with Ware at Nazareth: an 11th place finish. He closed 2001 with three straight top-20 finishes. Dokken also ran three Busch Series races in 2001, running for Armando Fitz. He made his debut at Pikes Peak, where he started 39th and finished 41st. He finished 42nd in his other two starts, but earned his best career start of 36th at Charlotte.

Dokken only made eight races in 2002, running with Ware, Troxell Racing, Richardson Racing, and Team Racing. He ran three races with Ware, where he had a 22nd and then a pair of 19ths. After his departure from Ware, his best run was a 32nd.

Dokken's last year was 2003, competing in six races, with Troxell, RDS Motorsports, and Team Racing. His best run was a 14th at Memphis, running the RDS truck. Dokken's final race at the series was at Gateway International Raceway in July of that year; he was injured in a practice crash the following week at Michigan International Speedway;[3] he suffered a minor fracture to the base of the skull,[4] and has not competed in NASCAR competition since.

Post-NASCAR[edit]

Dokken ran a limited schedule in the Pro Cup Series in 2004, before retiring from driving and becoming a crew chief in the Craftsman Truck Series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marseglia, Paul (January 4, 1990). "Teen wins late model feature on first try". The Daily Journal (Daytona Beach, FL). p. 4. 
  2. ^ "Living out his dream, only no longer in the truck: Dokken enjoys the perks of a full ride for 1997 season". Miami Herald (Miami, FL). March 12, 1997. p. 5C. 
  3. ^ "Dokken injured". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). July 26, 2003. p. B7. 
  4. ^ "Dokken released from hospital". Sports Illustrated. July 27, 2003. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 

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