Steve Grissom

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Steve Grissom
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Grissom in 1996
Born (1963-06-26) June 26, 1963 (age 55)
Gadsden, Alabama, United States
Achievements 1985 All Pro Super Series Champion
1993 NASCAR Busch Series champion
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
151 races run over 10 years
Best finish 21st (1997)
First race 1990 Atlanta Journal 500 (Atlanta)
Last race 2002 Old Dominion 500 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 18 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
309 races run over 24 years
Best finish 1st (1993)
First race 1986 Freedlander 200 (Richmond)
Last race 2009 Scotts Turf Builder 300 (Bristol)
First win 1990 Granger Select 200 (Dublin)
Last win 1996 Goody's Headache Powder 300 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
11 74 4
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
24 races run over 1 year
Best finish 10th (2000)
First race 2000 Daytona 250 (Daytona)
Last race 2000 Motorola 200 (Fontana)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 11 0

Steven Grissom (born June 26, 1963) is a NASCAR driver. Grissom was the 1993 Busch Series champion and has eleven Busch wins in 185 starts.[1] He turned down a scholarship to play quarterback at the University of Alabama to focus a career on racing.

Early years[edit]

Grissom began his racing career as a youth, working on cars with his father Wayne, who was a sponsor of short track drivers in their homestate of Alabama.[1] He soon began racing cars himself, balancing that with being captain of his high school football and basketball teams in 1981.[1] He eventually joined the Winston All-Pro Series, and won the championship in 1985. The next season, he was nominated for Alabama Pro Athlete of the Year.[1]

Busch Championship[edit]

Grissom made his Busch Series debut in 1986 at the Freedlander 200, in the #31 Oldsmobile owned by his father. He started 16th but finished 30th due to engine failure. He ran three more races over the next two years, his best finish being an 11th. In 1988, he moved into the series full-time. Despite a lack of major sponsorship, Grissom had four top-tens and finished 13th in points. In 1989, he landed funding from Texas Pete Sauces, and moved to twelfth in points.

In 1990, Grissom won four races, including two straight,[2] and finished third in points behind Chuck Bown and Jimmy Hensley. During the season, Grissom ran one Winston Cup race for Dick Moroso at the Atlanta Journal 500, starting 23rd and finishing 24th. A lack of funding kept Grissom from competing for the championship in 1991, as he had one win and slid back to tenth in points. After Channellock and Roddenberry's came on board in 1992, Grissom regained his success of 1990, winning two races. He clinched the Busch Series championship in 1993 for his family-owned team.[2] Grissom won the championship by 253 points over Ricky Craven.[2]

Winston Cup[edit]

In 1993, Grissom ran an additional Cup race for Diamond Ridge Motorsports at New Hampshire International Speedway, finishing 29th. Grissom signed with Diamond Ridge to compete for Rookie of the Year honors in 1994.[2] Despite struggles in qualifying, Grissom had three top-tens and was narrowly defeated by Jeff Burton for Rookie of the Year. Diamond Ridge also bought Grissom's Busch Series operation, and running a part-time schedule Grissom won twice and finished 26th in points in 1995. Grissom had four top-tens in the 1995 Cup season, finishing 27th in points;[1] he started the season running in the top-10 points early on in the year. Grissom started 1996 off on a high note, winning the season-opening Busch Series race driving the WCW car, but he was released from Diamond Ridge after the Miller 400 race midway through the season.[2]

1997 racecar

For 1997, Grissom signed on with Larry Hedrick Motorsports.[2] Grissom started the year winning the outside pole for the Daytona 500.[1] As the season progressed, he finished in the top-ten six times and finished a career-high 21st in points. After he struggled throughout the 1998 season, he was released from his ride[2] and ended the season driving the #96 for American Equipment Racing.

Grissom's #41 Chevrolet had a major crash during the Primestar 500. Grissom's car slid into the inside wall and flipped on the roof. The gas tank was detached by the impact, which flew across the racetrack, spilling gasoline. Which later ignited a fire by friction with Mike Wallace's car. Grissom was taken to the infield medical center, and released 45 minutes later. The fire was extinguished and the racing resumed about an hour later with 44 laps remaining.

In 2009 Grissom drove this car for Johnny Davis's JD Motorsports. He started 43rd after crashing in qualifying and finished 43rd in the race after a vibration in car on lap 2.

After American Equipment closed its doors, Grissom started the 1999 season with LJ Racing in a four-race deal. After his contract was not renewed, he spent the season doing fill-in duty for Carroll Racing, Travis Carter Motorsports, and Hensley Motorsports, among others.

In 2000, Grissom was hired by Petty Enterprises to drive their #43 Dodge Ram in the Craftsman Truck Series.[2] This year was best known as when Tony Roper turned into Grissom's bumper and hit the wall head-on at Texas Motor Speedway, then hitting Roper's truck as it slid down the track. Roper died of injuries he sustained from the crash the next morning. While he did not visit victory lane, Grissom finished in the top-five six times and finished tenth in points. He also ran in the Cup series, filling in for Kyle Petty in the #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac Grand Prix.[2] After spending virtually all of 2001 on the sidelines, he was called back to Petty in 2002 to replace Buckshot Jones in the #44. In ten starts, he posted one top-ten at Richmond International Raceway. He has not run a Cup race since. That season, Grissom ran seven Nationwide Series races for Frank Cicci Racing, then spent 2003 at DCT Motorsports. After being released from DCT midway through 2004, he finished the year at GIC-Mixon Motorsports. He finished 28th in points that season.

Presently[edit]

In 2005, Grissom joined with Jay Robinson Racing to drive the #49 Advil Ford Taurus. Despite not finishing in the top-ten Grissom was able to land a 23rd-place finish in points. Unfortunately, he and his team came under controversy due to their tendency to qualify for races on the "Past Champion's Provisional", a starting spot set aside for past champions in the Busch Series who fail to qualify on time. Grissom ran two races for Robinson on a part-time basis in 2006, and drove the season opening races in 2007 and 2008, for Cicci Racing and MSRP Motorsports respectively. In 2009, he drove for Davis Motorsports in the #0 Chevy at Bristol.

Grissom's son, Kyle, is also a racing driver, having competed in the ARCA Racing Series.[2]

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.)

Winston Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Winston 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 NWCC Pts
1990 Moroso Racing 20 Olds DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCHl DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL
24
78th 91
1993 Diamond Ridge Motorsports 29 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO
29
ATL 74th 76
1994 DAY
DNQ
CAR
30
RCH
23
ATL
20
DAR
14
BRI
12
NWS
DNQ
MAR
14
TAL
10
SON
35
CLT
39
DOV
27
POC
26
MCH
26
DAY
33
NHA
33
POC
29
TAL
18
IND
DNQ
GLN
23
MCH
19
BRI
34
DAR
23
RCH
7
DOV
8
MAR
12
NWS
20
CLT
26
CAR
30
PHO
22
ATL
26
28th 2660
1995 DAY
7
CAR
6
RCH
DNQ
ATL
18
DAR
6
BRI
11
NWS
5
MAR
20
TAL
37
SON
26
CLT
13
DOV
16
POC
18
MCH
20
DAY
43
NHA
28
POC
31
TAL
25
IND
30
GLN
22
MCH
29
BRI
22
DAR
27
RCH
DNQ
DOV
25
MAR
26
NWS
31
CLT
41
CAR
14
PHO
32
ATL
39
27th 2757
1996 DAY
27
CAR
5
RCH
21
ATL
39
DAR
26
BRI
27
NWS
26
MAR
DNQ
TAL
6
SON
25
CLT
16
DOV
42
POC
22
MCH
34
DAY NHA POC TAL IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL 39th 1188
1997 Larry Hedrick Motorsports 41 Chevy DAY
40
CAR
24
RCH
11
ATL
33
DAR
DNQ
TEX
10
BRI
32
MAR
20
SON
17
TAL
41
CLT
11
DOV
24
POC
18
MCH
38
CAL
17
DAY
38
NHA
4
POC
30
IND
26
GLN
9
MCH
25
BRI
5
DAR
21
RCH
12
NHA
4
DOV
21
MAR
40
CLT
13
TAL
32
CAR
24
PHO
8
ATL
28
21st 3061
1998 DAY
28
CAR
20
LVS
39
ATL
16
DAR
19
BRI
16
TEX
10
MAR
25
TAL
16
CAL
30
CLT
32
DOV
32
RCH
39
MCH
41
POC
23
SON
10
NHA
43
POC
39
IND
23
GLN
38
MCH
33
BRI
DNQ
NHA
25
DAR
20
RCH
17
DOV
DNQ
MAR 34th 2215
American Equipment Racing 96 Chevy CLT
32
TAL
36
DAY
29
PHO CAR
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
1999 LJ Racing 91 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAR
36
LVS
42
ATL
DNQ
DAR TEX BRI MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON DAY NHA POC 50th 336
Team SABCO 01 Chevy IND
DNQ
GLN MCH TAL
28
CAR PHO HOM ATL
Melling Racing 9 Ford BRI
39
DAR
39
RCH
30
NHA DOV MAR CLT
2000 Petty Enterprises 44 Pontiac DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT
DNQ
DOV MCH POC SON DAY NHA
36
POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR
26
RCH
27
NHA
DNQ
DOV
27
MAR
DNQ
CLT
DNQ
TAL
16
CAR
DNQ
PHO
DNQ
HOM
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
52nd 419
2002 Petty Enterprises 44 Dodge DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL
25
CAL
33
RCH
8
CLT
32
DOV
25
POC
26
MCH
40
SON DAY
DNQ
CHI
31
NHA
28
POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR
40
ATL CAR PHO HOM 44th 769
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1994 Diamond Ridge Motorsports Chevrolet DNQ
1995 35 7
1996 26 27
1997 Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2 40
1998 41 28
1999 LJ Racing Chevrolet DNQ

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
1986 Grissom Racing Enterprises 31 Olds DAY CAR HCY MAR BRI DAR SBO LGY JFC DOV CLT SBO HCY ROU IRP SBO RAL OXF SBO HCY LGY ROU BRI DAR RCH
30
DOV MAR
28
ROU CLT CAR MAR 110th 0
1987 39 Chevy DAY HCY MAR DAR BRI LGY SBO CLT DOV IRP ROU JFC
11
OXF SBO HCY RAL
32
LGY ROU BRI JFC DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT CAR MAR 49th 197
1988 Ford DAY
15
HCY CAR
15
MAR
18
DAR
17
BRI
16
LNG
17
NZH
9
SBO
19
NSV
22
CLT
42
DOV
8
ROU
18
LAN
14
LVL
8
MYB
24
OXF
46
13th 2969
Chevy SBO
22
HCY
17
Olds LNG
20
IRP
24
ROU
23
BRI
19
DAR
36
RCH
5
DOV
25
MAR
31
CLT
17
CAR
26
MAR
18
1989 Falcon Racing 9 Pontiac DAY
17
CAR
38
MAR
11
HCY
11
DAR
27
BRI
4
NZH
39
SBO
25
LAN
22
NSV
20
CLT
16
ROU
18
LVL
10
VOL
18
MYB
15
SBO
14
HCY
16
DUB
3
IRP
6
ROU
12
BRI
21
DAR
26
RCH
22
DOV
21
MAR
20
CLT
9
CAR
29
MAR
21
12th 3108
19 DOV
38
1990 Grissom Racing Enterprises 31 Olds DAY
33
RCH
25
CAR
15
MAR
24
HCY
8
DAR
20
BRI
16
LAN
5
SBO
3
NZH
5*
HCY
7
CLT
27
DOV
21
ROU
22
VOL
4
MYB
11
OXF
8
NHA
23
SBO
5
DUB
1*
IRP
1*
ROU
17
BRI
3
DAR
16
RCH
2*
DOV
7
MAR
21
CLT
32
NHA
26
CAR
1
MAR
1
3rd 3982
1991 DAY
25
RCH
21
CAR
33
MAR
6
VOL
9
HCY
18
DAR
37
BRI
28
LAN
26
SBO
5
NZH
2
CLT
20
DOV
8
ROU
12
HCY
5
MYB
3
GLN
9
OXF
9
NHA
3
SBO
1
DUB
6
IRP
19
ROU
4
BRI
24
DAR
16
RCH
25
DOV
23
CLT
29
NHA
25
CAR
16
MAR
20
10th 3689
1992 DAY
10
CAR
7
RCH
13
ATL
17
MAR
21
DAR
6
BRI
21
HCY
6*
LAN
15
DUB
4
NZH
22
CLT
29
DOV
12
ROU
20
MYB
11
GLN
11
VOL
1
NHA
43
TAL
16
IRP
21
ROU
13
MCH
18
NHA
25
BRI
11
DAR
19
RCH
31
DOV
14
CLT
33
MAR
11
CAR
28
HCY
9
12th 3545
1993 DAY
11
1st 3846
Chevy CAR
4
RCH
17
DAR
14
BRI
3
HCY
1
ROU
3
MAR
8
NZH
2
CLT
26
DOV
17
MYB
5
GLN
13
MLW
1
TAL
25
IRP
20
MCH
4
NHA
4
BRI
7
DAR
5
RCH
10
DOV
7
ROU
27
CLT
28
MAR
2
CAR
7
HCY
9
ATL
9
1994 DAY CAR RCH ATL MAR DAR HCY BRI ROU NHA NZH CLT
32
DOV
35
MYB GLN
18
MLW SBO TAL
22
HCY
29
IRP MCH
19
BRI DAR
32
RCH
5
DOV
39
CLT
31
MAR CAR
31
43rd 921
1995 Diamond Ridge Motorsports 29 Chevy DAY
19
CAR RCH ATL NSV DAR
6*
BRI
1
HCY NHA NZH CLT
13
DOV
30
MYB GLN
6
MLW TAL
29
SBO IRP MCH
39
BRI
1
DAR
11
RCH
4
DOV
4
CLT
27
CAR
6
HOM
38
26th 1816
1996 DAY
1*
CAR
24
RCH
16
ATL
4
NSV DAR
7
BRI
5
HCY NZH CLT
21
DOV
35
SBO MYB GLN MLW NHA TAL IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR HOM 45th 1005
1997 Labonte Motorsports 5 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL LVS DAR HCY TEX BRI NSV TAL NHA NZH CLT DOV SBO GLN MLW MYB GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH
39
DOV CLT CAL CAR HOM 114th 46
1998 Spencer Motor Ventures 12 Chevy DAY CAR LVS NSV DAR BRI TEX HCY TAL NHA NZH CLT DOV RCH PPR GLN MLW MYB CAL SBO IRP MCH BRI
27
DAR RCH DOV 77th 193
ST Motorsports 59 Chevy CLT
19
GTY CAR ATL HOM
1999 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Pontiac DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR TEX
DNQ
52nd 855
BACE Motorsports 74 Chevy TEX
40
NSV
Spencer Motor Ventures 12 Chevy BRI
22
TAL CAL
AllCar Motorsports 22 Chevy NHA
14
RCH
36
NZH CLT
DNQ
DOV
39
SBO GLN MLW MYB MCH
30
BRI
DNQ
DAR RCH DOV
Labonte Motorsports 44 Chevy PPR
30
GTY IRP
HVP Motorsports 63 Chevy CLT
35
Jarrett/Favre Motorsports 11 Ford CAR
27
MEM
13
PHO
36
HOM
41
2000 Petty Enterprises 8 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSV TAL CAL RCH NHA CLT DOV SBO MYB GLN MLW NZH PPR GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR
37
MEM PHO HOM 109th 52
2001 45 DAY
26
CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV KEN MLW GLN CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM PHO CAR HOM 151st 0
2002 Frank Cicci Racing 34 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH
30
BRI
41
DAR RCH
22
DOV
29
KAN
37
CLT
23
MEM ATL CAR PHO HOM
31
56th 502
2003 DLP Racing 07 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH
40
CAL RCH GTY NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW 67th 482
Great Lakes Motorsports 61 Pontiac DAY
29
CHI NHA PPR IRP MCH
Chevy BRI
26
DAR RCH
14
DOV KAN
DCT Motorsports 36 Chevy CLT
28
MEM ATL PHO CAR HOM
30
2004 DAY
25
CAR
11
LVS
32
DAR
24
BRI
15
TEX NSH TAL
18
CAL GTY RCH NZH
20
CLT
38
DOV NSH 28th 2011
GIC-Mixon Motorsports 24 Chevy KEN
20
MLW
24
DAY CHI
28
NHA
23
PPR
30
IRP
28
MCH
43
BRI
25
CAL
43
RCH
26
DOV
33
KAN
36
CLT
37
MEM
41
ATL
39
DAR
24
HOM
36
93 PHO
25
2005 Jay Robinson Racing 49 Ford DAY
28
CAL
37
MXC LVS
41
ATL
40
NSH
24
BRI
24
TEX
29
PHO
27
TAL
16
DAR
36
RCH
32
CLT
40
DOV
30
NSH
39
KEN
27
MLW
38
DAY
23
CHI
43
NHA
30
PPR
33
GTY
34
IRP
27
GLN
30
MCH
35
BRI
36
CAL
40
RCH
25
DOV
28
KAN
32
CLT
DNQ
MEM
37
TEX
DNQ
PHO
38
HOM
DNQ
23rd 2071
2006 DAY
21
CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI
40
CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 98th 148
2007 Frank Cicci Racing 34 Chevy DAY
25
CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 133rd 88
2008 MSRP Motorsports 90 Chevy DAY
43
CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MXC TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 148th 34
2009 JD Motorsports 0 Chevy DAY CAL LVS BRI
43
TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 149th 34

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
2000 Petty Enterprises 43 Dodge DAY
10
HOM
11
PHO
7
MMR
4
MAR
5
PIR
8
GTY
6
MEM
5
PPR
21
EVG
26
TEX
15
KEN
18
GLN
12
MLW
4
NHA
14
NZH
4
MCH
16
IRP
11
NSV
5
CIC
24
RCH
9
DOV
13
TEX
28
CAL
18
10th 3113
2005 Brevak Racing 31 Dodge DAY CAL ATL
DNQ
MAR GTY MFD CLT DOV TEX MCH MLW KAN KEN MEM IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA LVS MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM N/A -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Famous Alabamians: Athletes/Steve Grissom". Alabama Live. Archived from the original on 16 March 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Houston, Rick (November 8, 2007). "Where is ... Steve Grissom?". NASCAR. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joe Nemechek
NASCAR Busch Series Champion
1993
Succeeded by
David Green