Wolfe and son Caden Paul
April 24, 1977 |
Milford, New York
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|16 races run over 3 years|
|Best finish||52nd (2005)|
|First race||2003 Stacker 200 (Dover)|
|Last race||2005 Emerson Radio 250 (Richmond)|
|Statistics current as of October 9, 2011.|
Paul Stuart Wolfe (born April 24, 1977) is an American NASCAR crew chief and former driver. The second son of Charles F. Wolfe, Jr. and Susan M. (Farmer) Wolfe. Wolfe graduated from Milford Central School in 1995. He competed in the NASCAR Busch North Series between 2000 and 2004, and in the Busch Series between 2003 and 2005.
In 2005, Wolfe was slated to drive the #6 Dodge Charger for Evernham Motorsports. In the first four events, Wolfe failed to finish in the top twenty-five once and did not qualify for a race at Mexico City's Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. He was immediately replaced by Jeremy Mayfield and Kasey Kahne, with team owner Ray Evernham stating that the team "felt it was necessary at this time to make some changes to ensure [it is] competitive." He remained under contract with the team and returned to race the car in three more events later in the year, finishing in the top-ten at Nashville Superspeedway in his final race with the team. Afterwards, he signed with FitzBradshaw Racing; he raced both the #40 and #12 Dodges in a combined five races, with his best finish being 23rd. He then worked with FitzBradshaw as crew chief on the #12 and #22 Dodge Chargers driven in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series by 2006 ROTY Ruben Pardo and John Freeman.
In 2010, Wolfe joined Penske Racing as crew chief of Brad Keselowski's #22 Dodge. Paul Wolfe and Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide series championship in 2010, giving Roger Penske his first NASCAR title of any kind.
In 2011, Wolfe remained with Penske, reuniting with Brad in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, replacing Jay Guy. Paul and Brad got their first victory together in the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, edging Dale Earnhardt Jr. by stretching their fuel mileage. Later in the season, the duo also won at Pocono, and Bristol, propelling the #2 team into the Chase.
In 2012, Wolfe lead Penske Racing to its first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, and making Wolfe the first NASCAR Crew Chief to win championships in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
|NASCAR Busch Series results|
|2003||Tommy Baldwin Racing||6||Dodge||DAY||CAR||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
- Bonkowski, Jerry (March 2, 2014). "Updated: Brad Keselowski will be without crew chief Paul Wolfe for Sunday's Sprint Cup race in Phoenix". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 2, 2014.