Michael Dokken

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Michael Dokken
Michael Dokken.jpg
Dokken in 1996
Born (1971-06-04) June 4, 1971 (age 48)
Clearwater, Florida, United States
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
3 races run over 1 year
Best finish100th (2001)
First race2001 NAPA Autocare 250 (Pikes Peak)
Last race2001 Little Trees 300 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
74 races run over 8 years
Best finish20th (1996)
First race1995 Western Auto 200 (I-70)
Last race2003 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 No. 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 Roehrig.

In 1997, Dokken signed to drive Roehrig's No. 18 Dana Holding Corporation Dodge Ram for the full season.[2] At Tucson, Dokken won his first career pole, becoming the series' youngest pole winner until Kurt 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.

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.)

Busch Series[edit]

NASCAR Busch 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 NBSC Pts Ref
2001 HighLine Performance Group 8 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV KEN MLW GLN CHI GTY PPR
41
IRP MCH BRI DAR
42
RCH DOV KAN CLT
42
MEM PHO CAR HOM
DNQ
100th 114 [5]
2002 MacDonald Motorsports 55 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM
DNQ
ATL CAR PHO HOM NA - [6]
2003 72 DAY CAR
DNQ
LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH CAL RCH GTY NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL PHO CAR HOM NA - [7]

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 26 27 NCTC Pts Ref
1995 Dokken Racing 64 Chevy PHO TUS SGS MMR POR EVG I70
21
LVL BRI MLW CNS HPT
18
IRP
26
FLM
15
RCH
DNQ
MAR
21
NWS
17
SON MMR
33
PHO
DNQ
31st 753 [8]
1996 HOM
12
PHO
10
POR
17
EVG
29
TUS
9
CNS
29
HPT
32
BRI
26
NZH
23
MLW
18
LVL
20
I70
25
IRP NSV
7
RCH
31
NHA NWS
11
SON PHO
24
LVS
35
20th 1977 [9]
MB Motorsports 26 Ford FLM
30
GLN
Roehrig Motorsports 18 Chevy MAR
15
Bunce Engineering 9 Chevy MMR
27
1997 Roehrig Motorsports 18 Chevy WDW
35
28th 1331 [10]
Dodge TUS
13*
HOM
35
PHO
28
POR
29
EVG
3
I70
26
NHA
31
TEX
24
BRI
23
NZH
5
MLW
32
LVL
17
CNS HPT IRP FLM
22
NSV GLN RCH MAR SON MMR CAL PHO LVS
1998 Dokken Racing 64 Chevy WDW
DNQ
HOM
DNQ
PHO POR EVG I70 GLN TEX BRI MLW NZH CAL PPR IRP NHA FLM NSV HPT LVL RCH MEM GTY MAR SON MMR PHO LVS NA - [11]
1999 HOM
31
PHO EVG MMR MAR
32
MEM
DNQ
PPR I70 BRI TEX PIR GLN MLW 44th 405 [12]
Black Tip Racing 69 Chevy NSV
32
NZH MCH NHA IRP
31
GTY HPT RCH
Conely Racing 7 Chevy LVS
27
LVL TEX CAL
2000 Black Tip Racing 69 Chevy DAY HOM
21
PHO MMR MAR PIR GTY MEM PPR EVG TEX 43rd 532 [13]
Conely Racing 17 Chevy KEN
DNQ
GLN
Ware Racing Enterprises 51 Chevy MLW
16
NHA
8
NZH
15
MCH IRP NSV CIC RCH DOV TEX CAL
2001 Brevak Racing 31 Ford DAY
33
HOM
22
MMR MAR
30
GTY
32
DAR PPR DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN 34th 884 [14]
Ware Racing Enterprises 71 Chevy KEN
DNQ
NSH
31
81 NHA
26
IRP CIC
27
NZH
11
RCH SBO
16
TEX
Team 23 Racing 23 Chevy LVS
DNQ
PHO
Ware Racing Enterprises 91 Chevy CAL
17
2002 51 Dodge DAY
DNQ
DAR
22
MAR
19
GTY
19
PPR DOV TEX MEM 36th 605 [15]
Troxell Racing 93 Chevy MLW
34
KAN MCH
36
IRP NSH RCH TEX
32
SBO LVS
Team Racing 25 Chevy KEN
36
NHA
Richardson Motorsports 0 Chevy CAL
35
PHO HOM
2003 Troxell Racing 93 Chevy DAY
31
DAR MMR MAR CLT
DNQ
DOV
27
TEX
34
56th 410 [16]
RDS Motorsports 66 Dodge MEM
14
MLW
36 KAN
29
KEN
Team Racing 25 Chevy GTW
34
MCH IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA CAL LVS SBO TEX MAR PHO HOM

ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Hooters SuperCar 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 AHSC Pts Ref
1994 Dokken Racing 64 Chevy DAY
33
TAL
18
FIF LVL KIL TOL FRS MCH DMS POC POC
34
KIL FRS INF I70 ISF DSF TOL SLM WIN ATL
28
47th 615 [17]
1995 Olds DAY
33
ATL TAL FIF KIL FRS MCH I80 OWO FRS POC POC KIL FRS SBS LVL ISF DSF SLM WIN ATL 110th - [18]

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.
  5. ^ "Michael Dokken – 2001 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Michael Dokken – 2002 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "Michael Dokken – 2003 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  8. ^ "Michael Dokken – 1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsman Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "Michael Dokken – 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Michael Dokken – 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  11. ^ "Michael Dokken – 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "Michael Dokken – 1999 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  13. ^ "Michael Dokken – 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  14. ^ "Michael Dokken – 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  15. ^ "Michael Dokken – 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  16. ^ "Michael Dokken – 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  17. ^ "Michael Dokken – 1994 ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  18. ^ "Michael Dokken – 1995 ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 26, 2017.

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