Erik Darnell

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Erik Darnell
Erik Darnell.jpg
Darnell in 2008
Born (1982-12-02) December 2, 1982 (age 35)
Beach Park, Illinois, United States
Achievements 2003 Wisconsin Challenge Series Champion
Awards 2006 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
9 races run over 2 years
2011 position 51st
Best finish 47th - 2009
First race 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 (Atlanta)
Last race 2011 Good Sam RV Insurance 500 (Pocono)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
52 races run over 5 years
2012 position 17th
Best finish 17th - 2012
First race 2008 Corona México 200 (Mexico City)
Last race 2012 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 5 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
76 races run over 4 years
Best finish 4th - 2008
First race 2004 Black Cat Fireworks 200 (Milwaukee)
Last race 2008 Ford 200 (Homestead)
First win 2007 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (Kansas)
Last win 2008 Cool City Customs 200 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 32 3
Statistics current as of February 23, 2013.

Erik Darnell (born December 2, 1982) is an American stock car racing driver. He is the grandson of former USAC and NASCAR driver Bay Darnell, who also started three NASCAR races (including one for Holman Moody).[1] Darnell former ran for Roush Fenway Racing, joining the team in 2005 after being a co-winner on the Discovery Channel program Roush Racing: Driver X, along with David Ragan.

Pre-NASCAR career[edit]

Erik began racing at the age of 12 in the River Vally Kart Club. He won the championship in the purple plate class in his second year of competition, later racing Allison Legacy Series cars after go karts. His first year of super late models was at Illiana Motor Speedway, with Erik finishing 3rd in the final standings with 1 win. Erik beat the best Wisconsin super late model drivers to win the 2003 Wisconsin Challenge Series championship. At that time his five wins were the most in the series' history.[2] He set the super late model track record at Lake Geneva Raceway in 2004.[3]

Move to national driver[edit]

Darnell drove in his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Milwaukee in 2004, finishing 26th. He also raced in numerous NASCAR touring series races.

Darnell drove in several NASCAR touring series and six ARCA races in 2005.

NASCAR career[edit]

Darnell raced full-time in the Craftsman Truck Series (CTS) in 2006. He had twelve Top-10 finishes in 25 events, and he was the series' Rookie of the Year. He continued to drive for the team in 2007, as well as testing the team's Busch Series cars. On April 28, 2007 Darnell won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway for his first Craftsman Truck Series win.

Darnell started the 2008 season by capturing the pole position at the Daytona International Speedway. He won his second career CTS race in June 2008 at Michigan International Speedway by .005 of a second over Johnny Benson.

For 2009, Darnell planned to compete in 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series races, sharing the car with Cup Series driver David Ragan. Darnell ran for Rookie of the Year and Darnell ran his first of 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway where he finished 12th. Also, Darnell competed in seven of the final 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He ran the car at Atlanta, Loudon, Kansas, Talladega, Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead. Darnell competed in the #96 Academy Sports + Outdoors Ford for the Atlanta, Talladega, and Texas races. He alternated the ride with Bobby Labonte.

In 2010, Darnell found himself without a ride for most of the season due to the lack of sponsorship. He continued to stay on at Roush Fenway Racing as a practice-qualifying driver for Carl Edwards at Standalone Nationwide Series races. Darnell did a 3 race deal to drive the #16 Ford in the Nationwide Series. His best finish was 14th at Dover and Texas.

In 2011, Darnell returned to the Cup Series, driving for Whitney Motorsports in several races; for 2012, he competed for Key Motorsports in the Nationwide Series.

Post-NASCAR career[edit]

Darnell in victory lane at Dells Raceway Park in 2016

Darnell didn't race in NASCAR during 2013. He won the Dick Trickle 99 Super Late Model Oktoberfest race at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in October 2013.[4] He has made occasional starts in various Midwest series since.

Images[edit]

Darnell beating Johnny Benson to the line to win at Michigan in 2008 
2008 Truck at Michigan 
2009 Nationwide car at Milwaukee 
Darnell at Road America in 2012 

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
2009 Hall of Fame Racing 96 Ford DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL
30
RCH NHA
30
DOV KAN
29
CAL CLT MAR TAL
37
TEX
30
PHO
31
HOM
36
47th 472
2011 Whitney Motorsports 46 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT KAN POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA
39
51st 2
Ford IND
DNQ
POC
42
GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI ATL
Max Q Motorsports 37 Chevy RCH
DNQ
CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM

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
2007 Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ford DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP
QL
CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM NA -
2008 17 DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MXC
26
TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN 119th 85
60 MLW
QL
NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM
2009 6 DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH
12
DAR
4
CLT DOV NSH
9
KEN
11
MLW
4
NHA
9
DAY CHI GTY
10
IRP
29
IOW
23
GLN MCH BRI CGV
12
ATL RCH
14
DOV
17
KAN
18
CAL CLT
34
MEM
31
TEX PHO HOM
31
26th 1837
2010 16 DAY CAL LVS BRI NSH PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH
22
DOV
14
KAN CAL CLT TEX
14
PHO HOM 82nd 339
60 GTY
QL
2011 Key Motorsports 42 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI DOV KAN CLT
42
TEX
DNQ
PHO HOM 113th 01
2012 DAY
DNQ
17th 558
40 PHO
26
LVS
35
BRI
21
CAL
24
TEX
23
RCH
35
TAL
14
DAR
29
IOW
18
CLT
27
DOV
27
MCH
22
ROA
23
KEN
25
DAY
21
NHA
40
CHI
30
IND
38
IOW
27
GLN CGV
16
BRI
35
ATL
20
RCH
18
CHI
22
KEN
24
DOV
31
CLT
21
KAN
17
TEX
25
PHO
37
HOM
35
- Qualified for David Ragan · - Qualified for Carl Edwards

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Craftsman 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 NCTC Pts
2004 MRD Motorsports 06 Ford DAY ATL MAR MFD CLT DOV TEX MEM MLW
26
KAN KEN GTW MCH IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA LVS CAL TEX MAR PHO DAR HOM 100th 85
2006 Roush Racing 99 Ford DAY
6
CAL
11
ATL
8
MAR
11
GTY
31
CLT
10
MFD
13
DOV
25
TEX
35
MCH
12
MLW
27
KAN
26
KEN
9
MEM
2
IRP
10
NSH
12
BRI
18
NHA
9
LVS
17
TAL
19
MAR
3
ATL
3
TEX
9
PHO
10
HOM
3
12th 3136
2007 Roush Fenway Racing DAY
12
CAL
13
ATL
24
MAR
18
KAN
1*
CLT
30
MFD
15
DOV
18
TEX
32
MCH
26
MLW
6
MEM
9
KEN
29
IRP
7
NSH
9
BRI
13
GTW
7
NHA
2
LVS
5
TAL
29
MAR
25
ATL
26
TEX
14
PHO
35
HOM
24
12th 2875
2008 DAY
21
CAL
11
ATL
12
MAR
5
KAN
28
CLT
4
MFD
11
DOV
25
TEX
24
MCH
1
MLW
4
MEM
2
KEN
29
IRP
3
NSH
2
BRI
15
GTW
6
NHA
4
LVS
2*
TAL
12*
MAR
19
ATL
6
TEX
18
PHO
7
HOM
11
4th 3412

1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bay Darnell's NASCAR driver statistics at racing-reference.info, Retrieved March 8, 2007
  2. ^ May 21, 2006; "Haseleu goes for second WIR spring win"; The Post-Crescent,
  3. ^ Lake Geneva Raceway Checkered Flag Final Season (2006)
  4. ^ Brown, Jeff (October 5, 2013). "Trickle would have enjoyed Darnell's victory". La Crosse Tribune. La Crosse, WI. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Todd Kluever
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Willie Allen