David Stremme

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David Stremme
US Navy 050113-N-5576W-005 David Stremme, driver for the Navy NASCAR racing team, holds his MCU-2P gas mask high as he experiences the effects of CS gas in Recruit Training Command's Confidence Chamber.jpg
Stremme holding a MCU-2/P Protective Mask during a visit to Naval Station Great Lakes in 2005
Born (1977-06-19) June 19, 1977 (age 41)
South Bend, Indiana
Awards2002 ASA National Tour Rookie of the Year
2003 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
200 races run over 9 years
2014 position43rd
Best finish24th (2007)
First race2005 USG Sheetrock 400 (Chicago)
Last race2014 AAA 400 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
146 races run over 7 years
2011 position112th
Best finish10th (2004)
First race2003 Pepsi 300 (Nashville)
Last race2011 Ford 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 50 2
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
4 races run over 3 years
Best finish56th (2008)
First race2006 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race2011 Fast Five 225 (Chicagoland)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of September 28, 2014.

David Andrew Stremme (born June 19, 1977) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He is most notable as the 2003 Busch Series Rookie of the Year, winning the award while running part-time for several different teams.

Early life[edit]

Stremme was born in South Bend, Indiana. His racing roots can be traced back to Midwestern short track racing, where he followed in the footsteps originally cast by his Great Uncle in the 1950s. Stremme’s first stock car victory came in the early 1990s at New Paris Speedway, while behind the wheel of his mother’s street stock ride. Once track officials realized that he was only 15 years old however, he was forced to temporarily give up driving.[citation needed]

Once he reached legal driving age, Stremme moved to the Midwestern short tracks scene. David is an avid race car builder and has a great understanding of the cars he races. Being part of a racing family (father, mother, and brother) racing is his life. During his career, he earned 24 feature wins, two Rookie of the Year titles and two track championships in just four years. From the local tracks, Stremme became a winner in the Kendall Late Model Series and soon joined American Speed Association (ASA), where he was named the 2002 ASA Rookie of the Year.

During 1998, 1999, and 2000, Stremme raced for the ISES Performance Group, Inc. The team was made up of Stremme's racing friends and sponsored by Industrial Safety and Environmental Services, Inc. New cars were purchased and Stremme initiated alliances with top suppliers of engines, chassis, and shock manufacturers.

In only his first start in a Kendall Late Model Series car completely assembled by Stremme at Winchester Speedway, he set a new track record and finished 4th in the race. Subsequent to this event an even larger strategy was set forth. Under the direction of Tris Gour, President, Industrial Safety and Environmental Services, Inc. a new car was purchased to compete in the NASCAR November Phoenix International Raceway race. The new car was completely built by David with help from friends. It was the first time the team had ventured significantly far away from home.

As a budget did not allow for crew chiefs or fabricators, Gour and Stremme formed an alliance with Robert Hamke. Hamke is a well renowned chassis builder, racer, and crew chief. Although the car built was not a Hamke Chassis, Hamke accepted the opportunity to work with Stremme and the crew, and accepted the challenge based upon reference from Performance Technologies (engine builders) and the owner of LeftHander Chassis. Hamke had a great respect for the owner of LeftHander. In addition, Performance Technologies had built several engines for both chassis builders (Hamke and Lefthander) clients.

While at Phoenix, the team qualified fourth and led several laps during the race. Stremme led the majority of the race and was passed on the last lap coming out of turn three by Scott Hansen. Subsequent to the race, it was found that Hansen was disqualified as his car was equipped with an illegal carburetor spacer plate giving him an unfair horsepower advantage.[citation needed]

The local news media reported on this issue but only a financial penalty was given to Hansen.[citation needed] Although upset by the loss, the ISES Performance Group, Inc. and Stremme had gained the respect of the Hansen Group. Hansen later called upon Stremme to race his car at Winchester due to a conflict with his racing schedule.

NASCAR career[edit]

2003–2005[edit]

After signing a driver development contract with Chip Ganassi Racing, Stremme started 15th in his Busch Series debut at Nashville Superspeedway in April 2003, driving the No. 1 Dodge for Phoenix Racing, and finished 7th in the race. He finished 14th in both of his next two starts, before coming to 6th at Nazareth Speedway. He led 32 laps in that race, which were the first in his career.

He finished 4th after starting 3rd at Nashville in June, and duplicated the result at the Milwaukee Mile. He had a 10th at Kentucky and a 9th at Memphis. Stremme's worst finish that year was a 31st at Dover. Due to a contract obligation, Finch had Jamie McMurray back in the car for the final two races, and Stremme moved to Braun Racing for the remaining two races. Stremme led 48 laps at Rockingham, finishing 5th, and in addition drove the No. 30 Sport Clips Dodge home in 14th, enough to secure the Rookie of the Year award, despite competing in only 18 of the 34 races.

Stremme raced in the No. 32 TrimSpa Dodge Intrepid in 2004. Stremme started 4th and finished 6th in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Despite winning his first career pole at Milwaukee, and finishing that up with a second, Stremme's team began to run mid-pack with a handful of top-10s mixed in.

Stremme pits the No. 14 Dodge during the 2005 Kroger 200.

Braun Racing then made the announcement that they were going to replace Stremme with Shane Hmiel, who was just coming off a suspension. Ganassi then made a deal with FitzBradshaw Racing to secure Stremme a ride. For the remainder of the 2004 season, Stremme was to replace Casey Atwood in FitzBradshaw's U.S. Navy-sponsored No. 14 Chevrolet. For the next season, FitzBradshaw's team would begin running Dodges and Stremme would be retained to drive the No. 14 full-time. In 2005, Stremme posted five top-five finishes and finishing 13th in points, when it was announced he would run full-time in the Nextel Cup Series.

2004–2007[edit]

David Stremme practicing for the 2007 Ford 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In June 2005, Stremme made his Cup debut in 2005 driving Ganassi's R&D No. 39 Navy Dodge at Chicagoland Speedway. He started 31st and would finish 16th in his debut. He also had finishes of 42nd at Richmond and Miami, and a 36th at Charlotte. Ganassi announced Stremme would go to the Cup series, driving the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge in 2006.

In 2006, Stremme had a best finish of 11th at New Hampshire International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. He finished 33rd in points after missing both road course races that season. In addition, he made his Craftsman Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway, finishing 32nd in the No. 04 Dodge Hemi entry for Bobby Hamilton Racing. In addition, he won his first career ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan International Speedway, driving the No. 61 Hantz Group Dodge for Rusty Wallace. Despite solid equipment with Ganassi, Stremme failed to notch a single top 10 in 34 races.

Stremme followed up his disastrous rookie season with another poor season in 2007. He started 2007 starting 6th in the 49th annual Daytona 500 and went on to finish 11th. Three weeks later he would get his best career start, 2nd in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway he would get his first career Top 10 finish. Two weeks later he would follow that up with a career best finish, 8th in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. During that season, Stremme shared driving duties of the No. 41 Wrigley Dodge Charger in the Busch Series with Ganassi teammate Reed Sorenson. It ran numerous paint schemes including Wrigley's Spearmint, Doublemint, Juicy Fruit, and Winterfresh. He was able to get his second career Busch pole at Nashville but ended up 11th in the race. In addition, he drove a part-time schedule in the No. 22 Supercuts Dodge for Fitz Motorsports.

2008–2012[edit]

Stremme (No. 35) races Boris Jurkovic in a CRA Super Series race in 2008
Stremme's 2011 Sprint Cup car at Charlotte
Stremme's 2013 Sprint Cup car at Richmond

He was replaced in the No. 40 Dodge by Dario Franchitti 2008 after the 2007 Indy 500 Champion was signed to drive in Sprint Cup. Stremme returned to the Nationwide Series driving for Rusty Wallace Racing, in the No. 64 Atreus Homes & Communities Chevrolet. He was originally scheduled to run a handful of races, with Chase Austin and Max Papis driving the rest of the year, but after starting the season in the top-15 in points, the schedule was modified to allow him to run every race except the road course events. He had five top-fives and sixteen top-tens, on his way to an eleventh-place points finish. In the latter portion of the year, Atreus left the team, and AVIS, Loan Star Title Loans, and the Penske Corporation became the team's new primary sponsors. He drove the No. 15 Hyprene Ergon Toyota Tundra in two Truck races that season as well, in addition to returning to the No. 40 Sprint Cup team, filling for the injured Dario Franchitti at Talladega.

In 2009, Stremme signed to drive the No. 12 car for Penske Racing full-time in the Sprint Cup Series, replacing Ryan Newman who moved to the No. 39 car for Stewart Haas Racing. The team lost its sponsor when Verizon Wireless bought Alltel, thus negating the grandfather clause. The car was blanked similar to the Penske used in the IRL, censoring their Phillip Morris USA sponsorship with "Team Penske". Stremme nearly won the 2009 AMP Energy 500 running near the front for the lead, but a green-white checkered ruined his day, causing him to run out of gas. Throughout Stremme's season, he did not score a single top 10 and missed the Texas race and failed to qualify for the Homestead race driving for James Finch in the No. 09 car. Stremme was released from the contract on November 3, because their new driver for 2010, Brad Keselowski, was finished with his prior contract agreements with Hendrick Motorsports. His 2009 was incredibly poor; the No. 12 Penske team went from contending for wins with former driver Newman to rarely cracking the top 20 with Stremme.

Stremme attempted sixteen races with Latitude 43 Motorsports in 2010, failing to make five. Stremme attempted a select number of races with newly formed Inception Motorsports in the No. 30 Chevrolet in 2011, along with a limited Nationwide Series schedule with ML Motorsports. He ran in the Sprint Cup Series for 2012 with Inception Motorsports, switching to Toyotas.[1]

2013[edit]

For 2013, Stremme returned to the No. 30, now Swan Racing Company, with the exception of the Daytona 500 where Michael Waltrip drove the car, renumbered for the event with No. 26.[2] Unlike Inception Motorsports, where Stremme was a start and park driver, Swan Racing has full sponsorship.

In the Camping World Truck Series inaugural running of the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, Stremme served as the spotter for Ken Schrader.[3]

After only recording four top-20 finishes in the first 26 races in 2013, Stremme was released by Swan Racing following the September race at Richmond International Raceway, being replaced by Cole Whitt.[4]

2014[edit]

Stremme was signed by Circle Sport to run the No. 33 beginning at the STP 500 at Martinsville.[5] He attempted 12 races before being released. He has not raced in NASCAR since.

Post-NASCAR career[edit]

In 2014, Stremme founded Lethal Chassis, a dirt modified builder.[6]

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.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NSCC Pts
2005 Chip Ganassi Racing 39 Dodge DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL DAR RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI
16
NHA POC IND RCH
42
NHA DOV TAL KAN CLT
36
MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM
42
57th 244
40 GLN
QL
MCH BRI CAL
2006 DAY
28
CAL
33
LVS
33
ATL
33
BRI
36
MAR
38
TEX
21
PHO
29
TAL
34
RCH
33
DAR
25
CLT
31
DOV
41
POC
26
MCH
19
SON DAY
16
CHI
21
NHA
11
POC
29
IND
18
GLN MCH
28
BRI
35
CAL
36
RCH
26
NHA
20
DOV
18
KAN
26
TAL
33
CLT
15
MAR
15
ATL
39
TEX
24
PHO
18
HOM
11
33rd 2865
2007 DAY
11
CAL
19
LVS
20
ATL
13
BRI
13
MAR
35
TEX
10
PHO
43
TAL
8
RCH
38
DAR
37
CLT
17
DOV
36
POC
23
MCH
40
SON
32
NHA
27
DAY
22
CHI
34
IND
26
POC
25
GLN
21
MCH
21
BRI
14
CAL
34
RCH
19
NHA
42
DOV
39
KAN
17
TAL
17
CLT
9
MAR
37
ATL
39
TEX
41
PHO
20
HOM
11
24th 3163
2008 DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL
28
RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 66th 84
2009 Penske Championship Racing 12 Dodge DAY
33
CAL
13
LVS
18
ATL
23
BRI
19
MAR
22
TEX
14
PHO
18
TAL
31
RCH
38
DAR
24
CLT
22
DOV
31
POC
34
MCH
38
SON
39
NHA
28
DAY
35
CHI
26
IND
16
POC
32
GLN
26
MCH
13
BRI
20
ATL
14
RCH
26
NHA
28
DOV
29
KAN
25
CAL
16
CLT
19
MAR
33
TAL
22
TEX PHO 32nd 2919
Phoenix Racing 09 Chevy HOM
DNQ
2010 Latitude 43 Motorsports 26 Ford DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI
24
MAR
37
PHO
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
TAL
27
RCH
29
DAR
24
DOV
27
CLT
DNQ
POC
24
MCH
30
SON NHA
31
DAY
37
CHI
36
IND
DNQ
POC
DNQ
GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH NHA DOV KAN CAL CLT MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 46th 825
2011 Inception Motorsports 30 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX TAL RCH
34
DAR
41
DOV
42
CLT
40
KAN
39
POC MCH
41
SON DAY KEN
DNQ
NHA
37
IND
DNQ
POC
38
GLN MCH
40
BRI
32
ATL
DNQ
RCH
40
CHI
41
NHA
38
DOV
41
KAN
40
CLT
41
TAL MAR
38
TEX
DNQ
PHO
DNQ
HOM
42
41st 80
2012 Toyota DAY
37
PHO
29
LVS
28
BRI
38
CAL
39
MAR
30
TEX
DNQ
KAN
38
RCH
37
TAL
39
DAR
39
CLT
38
DOV
33
POC
DNQ
MCH
DNQ
SON KEN
39
DAY
35
NHA
35
IND
24
POC
34
GLN MCH
34
BRI
37
ATL
39
36th 236
Swan Racing Company RCH
37
CHI
39
NHA
35
DOV
DNQ
TAL
33
CLT
37
KAN
DNQ
MAR
40
TEX
DNQ
PHO
34
HOM
38
2013 DAY PHO
30
LVS
32
BRI
20
CAL
31
MAR
36
TEX
27
KAN
32
RCH
31
TAL
12
DAR
40
CLT
32
DOV
28
POC
28
MCH
29
SON
36
KEN
25
DAY
37
NHA
20
IND
40
POC
30
GLN
33
MCH
26
BRI
17
ATL
29
RCH
38
CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 36th 362
2014 Circle Sport 33 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR
39
TEX
DNQ
DAR
36
RCH
35
TAL KAN CLT DOV
37
POC MCH
39
SON KEN
35
DAY NHA IND
DNQ
POC GLN MCH BRI
31
ATL NHA
40
DOV
37
KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 43rd 75
90 RCH
36
CHI
- Qualified but replaced by Scott Pruett
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2006 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 32 28
2007 6 11
2009 Penske Championship Racing Dodge 24 33
2012 Inception Motorsports Toyota 42 37

Nationwide Series[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts
2003 Phoenix Racing 1 Dodge DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH
7
CAL RCH
14
GTY
14
NZH
6
CLT DOV
31
NSH
3
KEN
10
MLW
3
DAY CHI NHA PPR
11
IRP
17
MCH BRI DAR RCH
13
DOV
21
KAN CLT
14
MEM
9
ATL
12
PHO
13
22nd 2354
Braun Racing 30 Dodge CAR
5
HOM
14
2004 NSH
32
RCH
35
10th 3738
32 DAY
6
CAR
36
LVS
3
DAR
5
BRI
18
TEX
27
TAL
40
CAL
26
GTY
8
NZH
5
CLT
8
DOV
34
NSH
35
KEN
9
MLW
2
DAY
28
CHI
34
NHA
28
PPR
7
IRP
11
MCH
11
BRI
6
CAL
36
RCH
8
DOV
16
KAN
3
CLT
34
MEM
7
FitzBradshaw Racing 14 Chevy ATL
8
PHO
21
DAR
31
HOM
12
2005 Dodge DAY
40
CAL
8
MXC
22
LVS
3
ATL
13
NSH
26
BRI
38
TEX
17
PHO
3
TAL
3
DAR
6
RCH
27
CLT
8
DOV
33
NSH
6
KEN
32
MLW
5
DAY
18
CHI
20
NHA
22
PPR
35
GTY
22
IRP
5
GLN
17
MCH
22
BRI
26
CAL
9
RCH
35
DOV
19
KAN
43
CLT
23
MEM
11
TEX
18
PHO
34
HOM
32
13th 3694
2006 Chip Ganassi Racing 41 Dodge DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW
26
DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 118th 85
2007 FitzBradshaw Racing 22 Dodge DAY
DNQ
CAL
12
MXC LVS
5
ATL
11
BRI
33
TEX
19
CLT
16
DOV CHI
25
GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH
24
41st 1554
Chip Ganassi Racing 41 Dodge NSH
11
PHO
11
TAL RCH DAR
30
NSH
14
KEN
4
MLW NHA DAY
42 BRI
15
CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM
2008 Rusty Wallace, Inc. 64 Chevy DAY
42
CAL
17
LVS
5
ATL
30
BRI
9
NSH
6
TEX
35
PHO
10
MXC TAL
2
RCH
6
DAR
6
CLT
12
DOV
3
NSH
2
KEN
12
MLW
34
NHA
17
DAY
8
CHI
23
GTY
9
IRP
13
CGV GLN MCH
16
BRI
5
CAL
10
RCH
9
DOV
11
KAN
17
CLT
31
MEM
10
TEX
10
PHO
35
HOM
16
11th 3887
2011 ML Motorsports 70 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH
20
RCH
9
DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH
12
ROA DAY KEN
23
NHA NSH
16
IRP
13
IOW GLN CGV BRI
17
ATL RCH
13
CHI
26
DOV KAN
14
CLT TEX
34
PHO
11
HOM
15
112th 01

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2006 Bobby Hamilton Racing 04 Dodge DAY CAL ATL MAR
32
GTY CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW KAN KEN MEM IRP NSH BRI NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 83rd 67
2008 Billy Ballew Motorsports 15 Toyota DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH
13
BRI
9
GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 46th 262
2011 RSS Racing 27 Chevy DAY PHO DAR MAR NSH DOV CLT KAN TEX KEN IOW NSH IRP POC MCH BRI ATL CHI
34
NHA KEN LVS TAL MAR TEX HOM 109th 01

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inception Motorsports Moves to Toyota for 2012". Inception Motorsports. February 2, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  2. ^ "Waltrip to enter Daytona 500 with Swan Racing". Yahoo! Sports. January 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  3. ^ Einarsson, Carol (July 26, 2013). "Mudsummer Classic - Expectations Obliterated!". Race Journal Online. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  4. ^ Spencer, Lee (September 6, 2013). "Stremme stunned by impending ouster". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-09-07.
  5. ^ Winningham, Brett (March 26, 2014). "NSCS: Circle Sport Racing Signs Stremme for Martinsville". Motor Racing Scene. Archived from the original on 2014-04-08. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  6. ^ Berry, Trenton (December 19, 2015). "Strickler headed home to Harris, sets sights on USMTS". United States Modified Touring Series. Retrieved September 22, 2016.

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Scott Riggs
NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Kyle Busch