Mike Stefanik 1958-2019

“All of us at Stafford Speedway extend our deepest condolences to the Stefanik family. Mike was a true champion and one of the best to ever compete at Stafford. Our thoughts and prayers are with Julie, Nicole, Christine and all of Mike’s family and friends,” said Stafford Speedway GM, Mark Arute.  “Mike began his career at Stafford Speedway in 1978 and captured his first Championship 1 year later in 1979. That began his long list of accomplishments that includes 34 career feature wins at Stafford and 9 NASCAR Championships. His legacy as a champion will serve as inspiration to others in the sport.”

“Mike Stefanik was one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR history, but even more so, he was a true representative of our sport,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said. “His tough, competitive nature and excellence on the race track won him the respect and admiration of fans and competitors alike. His career stretched more than 30 years, bridging the generations between Jerry Cook and Richie Evans to our current drivers. He recorded achievements in this sport that are likely untouchable, and his legacy as a champion will endure. We will keep his wife Julie and his family and friends in our prayers.”

Mike Stefanik at Stafford Motor Speedway

  • 1979 Stafford Sportsman Track Champion
  • 1986 Stafford Modified Track Champion
  • 34 Career Feature Wins at Stafford:
    20 Whelen Modified Tour (1989-2008)
    11 Sportsman (1978-1979)
    2 K & N East Series (1991, 1998)
    1 Weekly Modified (1986)
  • 4-Time NAPA Spring Sizzler Winner (1989, 1990, 1997, 1998)

Mike Stefanik Racing Career Highlights

  • 7-Time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion – Series Record
  • 74 Career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Wins – Series Record
  • 48 Career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Pole Positions – Series Record
  • Most wins in a Whelen Modified Tour Season – 13 in 1998
  • Tied With Richie Evans for most consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Wins in a season with 5 (1997)
  • Holds NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour record for most top-5 finishes in a season with 20 in 1998
  • Holds NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour record for most laps led in a season with 1,537 in 1998
  • 12 Career NASCAR K & N East Series Wins
  • 2-time NASCAR K & N East Series Champion