Mike Stefanik

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Mike Stefanik
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Born (1958-05-20) May 20, 1958 (age 58)
Wilbraham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Achievements 1989 Winston Modified Tour Champion
1991 Winston Modified Tour Champion
1997 Featherlite Modified Series Champion
1998 Featherlite Modified Series Champion
2001 Featherlite Modified Series Champion
2002 Featherlite Modified Series Champion
2006 Whelen Modified Tour Champion
1997 Busch North Series Champion
1998 Busch North Series Champion
Awards 1999 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
1997, 1998, 2001 Featherlite Modified Series Most Popular Driver
1995, 1997, 1998, 2004 Busch North Series Most Popular Driver
Named one of the "NASCAR Modified All-Time Top 10 Drivers" (2003)
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
26 races run over 9 years
Best finish 56th (2000)
First race 1992 Budweiser 300 (Loudon)
Last race 2000 Miami 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
26 races run over 2 years
Best finish 13th (1999)
First race 1998 Sam's Town 250 (Las Vegas)
Last race 1999 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Fontana)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 10 0
Statistics current as of March 25, 2013.

Michael Stefanik (born May 20, 1958) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently races in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. A seven-time champion in the series, Stefanik was named the second greatest NASCAR Modified driver of all-time in 2003.[1] His seven series championships are tied with Jerry Cook for second all-time, trailing only Richie Evans.

Racing career[edit]

From 1989 to 1998, Stefanik won four championships in the Modified Tour, and was also an accomplished Busch North driver, winning the 1997 and 1998 titles. In doing so, he became the first driver to win two NASCAR championships in consecutive years; Lee Petty is the only other person to have won two championships in one year. Following those seasons, Stefanik moved up to the Craftsman Truck Series, racing for Dale Phelon and finishing in the top ten nine times during 1999, achieving Rookie of the Year honors. After that, though, Phelon's team left the series, and Stefanik moved back to the Modified and Busch North tours in 2001. He won three more Modified titles in 2001, 2002 and 2006.

In 2006, Stefanik tied the late Evans with nine overall championships in NASCAR-sanctioned competitions including the unique situation in 1997 and 1998 when he won both the Modified and Busch North Series championships in the same year.

Stefanik was nominated for the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015 and 2016.[2][3]

"Just Bullshit"[edit]

In 2013, Stefanik competed in the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway. On the final lap, he was leading until he was turned by Steve Park; he finished 13th in the race. Afterwards, when Speed reporter Ray Dunlap arrived to interview him, Stefanik angrily stated he is "that freaking pissed. This is just bullshit." The interview was subsequently aired on The Jay Leno Show.[2]

Awards[edit]

  • 1999 Riverside Park Hall of Fame inductee
  • 1998 Northeast Motorsports Expo Touring Series Driver of the Year
  • Two-time Trackside Magazine Driver of the Year (1997–98)
  • 1998 NASCAR WMT Bud Pole Award champion
  • 10 NASCAR BES wins (19991-98) (9th all-time)
  • 1997 NEMPA Northeastern Driver of the Year
  • 1997 Motorsports Media of Maine & New Hampshire Touring Series Driver of the Year
  • 1997 TNN Short Track Racer of the Year
  • 1997 AARWBA Auto Racing All American Team, Second Team
  • 1997 NASCAR WMT Gatorade Half-way champion
  • 1997 NASCAR BES Gatorade Half-way champion
  • 1997 NASCAR BES Busch Pole Award champion
  • 1995 Speedway Scene Racer of the Year
  • 13 Riverside Park Modified wins (1980-1995) (tied for 23rd all-time w/ S.J. Evonsion) (9 winning seasons)
  • 1990 Pocono Race of Champions winner
  • 1987 Riverside Park Modified champion
  • 1986 Stafford Modified champion
  • 1982 Riverside Park Pro Stock champion
  • 1980 Stafford Modified Rookie of the Year
  • 1979 Stafford Limited Sportsman Most Popular Driver
  • 1979 Stafford Limited Sportsman champion
  • 1979 Stafford Limited Sportsman champion

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]

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

2 Competed only in companion events with Busch North Series as BNS driver and ineligible for Busch Series points

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dave Dion
NASCAR Busch North Series champion
1997, 1998
Succeeded by
Brad Leighton
Preceded by
Tony Hirschman
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion
2006
Succeeded by
Donny Lia
Preceded by
Jerry Marquis
NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series champion
2001, 2002
Succeeded by
Todd Szegedy
Preceded by
Tony Hirschman
NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series champion
1997, 1998
Succeeded by
Tony Hirschman
Preceded by
Jamie Tomaino
NASCAR Winston Modified Tour champion
1991
Succeeded by
Jeff Fuller
Preceded by
Mike McLaughlin
NASCAR Winston Modified Tour champion
1989
Succeeded by
Jamie Tomaino
Achievements
Preceded by
Greg Biffle
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
1999
Succeeded by
Kurt Busch