Named one of the Modified Tour’s 10 Greatest Drivers of all time, an obvious choice if there ever was one.
At the very top of the list of all-time NASCAR championships sit two men: NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans... and Mike Stefanik.
Each tallied nine in their exemplary careers, with Stefanik’s coming in both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Seven of his titles came in his primary racing series—the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
In 2003, he was named one of the Tour’s 10 Greatest Drivers, an obvious choice if there ever was one—Stefanik holds the all-time series record in championships, wins, poles, top fives and top 10s. In 1997-1998, Stefanik won back-to-back championships in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
That, along with a K&N Pro Series East win total that ties for ninth on the all-time list, earned him a spot on the Top 10 Drivers of the First 25 Years of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East list in 2011. In addition, Stefanik spent one full-time season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series—and it was a successful one. He captured the Rookie of the Year Award in 1999.
In September of 2019, Mike Stefanik died in a plane crash. He was 61. He is survived by his wife, Julie (married in 1984).
"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." - Jim France, CEO and Chairman of NASCAR.