Mike Stefanik

Mike Stefanik

American stock car racing driver Mike Stefanik has competed mainly in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Additionally, he has made appearances in the Busch Grand National series and the Craftsman Truck Series.

Early Life

Mike Stefanik was born on 20 May 1958 in Massachusetts, the United States of America. His age would be 61 years old if he was alive. His birth sign was Taurus.

Mike held  American nationality and belongs to the White ethnic background. Unfortunately, he died on 15 September 2019.

Career

The stock car racing driver started his career in 1987 by operating in full Whelen Modified Tour season. Then he recorded his first championship since 1989. Similarly, his first championship in 1989, winning in seven of his 26 starts. He continued to be a major player in the 1990s. Likewise, he won the 1991 series championship out of the top ten.

After that, he stops running a complete schedule for a few years. Then Stefanik finished fifth in 1995 and won in the year 1997 as well as 1998 titles while simultaneously. There he races full-time where he won the championship in the Busch North (Now K&N Pro East) Series.

Mike Stefanik
Caption: Mike Stefanik (Source: nytimes)

The 2000 season off to run full-time in the Camping World Truck Series, he won the championship. In his first two years back, he has not won too many races but consistently placing in the top ten. Other interests in the K&N series where he did not contend in 2003, 2004, or 2005.

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However, he has won the 2006 season opener where he completed every lap. This was out of first place for one week. He came in the first full winless season in 2010 where Mike steadily trending downward from there. Stefanik won his last race at Bristol Motor Speedway since 2013. He started his last match since 2014.

K&N Pro Series East

In the year 1991, Stefanik won in the third start. After that, he ran his first full season in the year 1993 at Modifieds. Then he won the 1997 and 1998 championships which collected over $100,000 each season.

Likewise, he became the first driver to win two NASCAR championships in consecutive years. He has raced full seasons in 2003, 2004 and 2005 at stepping away from Modifieds. But it did not have the same amount of success.

Craftsman Truck Series

Mike moved up to the Craftsman Truck Series. There he races for Phelon Motorsports and finishing in the top ten nine times during 1999.

Likewise, he achieved Rookie of the Year honors. After that, Phelon’s team left the series where Stefanik was without a ride. After that, Stefanik had nominated for the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015 and 2016.

Controversies

In the year 2013, Stefanik won the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach of Daytona International Speedway. On the final lap, he was leading until he was turned by Steve Park who has finished 13th in the race.

When Speed reporter Ray Dunlap to arrived him in the interview Stefanik angrily said that he is “that freaking pissed. This is just bullshit. On The Jay Leno Show, the interview was subsequently aired.

Halls of Fame

In his first year of eligibility, Stefanik won the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame. There he was inducted by writer Mark “Bones” Bourcier on Nov 11, 2018.

 In the year 2013, Michael accepted his late brother Bob’s induction. The brothers are the fifth pair of brothers enshrined in the NEAR Hall. Stefanik had nominated to the NASCAR Hall of Fame since 2015. Also, he remained on the 20-person ballot.

What was Mike Stefanik Net Worth?

Mike Stefanik had a net worth around $300 thousand at the time of his death.

Likewise, experienced drivers have a base salary which is around $200,000 to $500,000.

Was Mike Stefanik Married Man?

Yes, Mike Stefanik was a married man. However, Mike had not disclosed any information about his personal life.

His Death Cause

One of the most successful modified stock car drivers in NASCAR history named Mike Stefanik who died in a plane crash in Connecticut on Sunday. Mr. Stefanik was driving an ultralight aircraft which crashed in a field near the border of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

At the time, he was conscious at emergency responders arrived. However, he was the only person on the plane. Mike died at a hospital in Rhode Island.

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