Andy Ponstein

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Andy Ponstein
AndyPonstein2010Bucyrus200RoadAmerica.jpg
Ponstein at Road America in 2010
Born (1976-05-02) May 2, 1976 (age 43)
Jenison, Michigan, United States
Awards2002 CRA Sunoco Super Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
26 races run over 5 years
Best finish55th (2004)
First race2004 Goody's Headache Powder 200 (Rockingham)
Last race2011 Alliance Truck Parts 250 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
7 races run over 2 years
Best finish47th (2009)
First race2003 Power Stroke Diesel 200 (IRP)
Last race2009 Heluva Good! 200 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of December 21, 2012.

Andy Ponstein (born May 2, 1976 in Jenison, Michigan)[1] is an American stock car racing driver. A former competitor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series.

Career[edit]

Ponstein's 2010 Nationwide Series car at Road America

A graduate of Hope College,[2] Ponstein began his professional racing career in 1998, competing in the American Speed Association; moving to the CRA Super Series in 2001, he won his first race in the series in 2003.[3]

Ponstein got his feet wet in NASCAR beginning in 2003, when he ran two races for the No. 70 Bailey Racing Ford. He started in his first 15th at IRP and finished that race in 24th. His next race came at Richmond, where he finished 22nd despite a blown engine. He also competed in five ARCA Re/MAX Series races that year.

Ponstein started 2004 off with a deal to drive the No. 39 Yahoo Ford for Jay Robinson Racing. After sitting out Daytona, Ponstein started 30th and would finish 25th in his debut at Rockingham. His debut would turn out to be his best run of the year, as he could only manage two other top-30s at Darlington (29th) and Nazareth (27th). Ponstein asked for his release from the team after nine races into 2004. He spent several years out of NASCAR, before returning in 2008 to drive for Corrie Stott,[4] competing for the next four years in selected Nationwide Series races, as well as five Camping World Truck Series races in 2009. In 2010, he raced in the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America.

In 2011, Ponstein returned to the CRA Super Series, as well as running Super Late Models at Berlin Raceway.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andy Ponstein Career Statistics
  2. ^ Kaminski, Steve (March 21, 2009). "Hudsonville racer finishes 39th at Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race". The Grand Rapids Press. Grand Rapids, MI. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  3. ^ "Michigan man wins first Super Series event". The Star Press. Muncie, IN. September 15, 2003. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  4. ^ Poole, David (March 17, 2009). "Stott perseveres in NASCAR's big shadow". That's Racin'. Charlotte, NC: The Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  5. ^ Chaney, Jeff (April 10, 2011). "Hastings' Lauren Bush joins big boys in Berlin Raceway's new Super Lates division". The Grand Rapids Press. Grand Rapids, MI: MLive.com. Retrieved 2013-07-30.

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