date of birth
Dec 16, 1983
Fort Frances, Ontario
family Chuck & Gayle. (mom & dad), chuck Jr. (older brother),
wife Trina, cats spoiler and Mitzi
race team will very soon be able to make an announcement
How did you get started
I was always at the race track, pretty much from when I was born. My
dad raced dirt modefieds and I was always with him. I just loved it.
Eventually, there was a local go kart track that started in a guys back
yard about an hour from home. It was actually in my dads home town. I
begged and begged for a couple years and we finally got my first go
kart when I was 10 years old. After the first lap of hot laps on my
first night, I was hooked! My dad was just as hooked into me racing
from that point on also, he just loved it! From there it just took off
and has developed to where we are at today.
You have raced snowmobiles on ice. Tell us little abut that?
Snowmobile racing is the ultimate rush! I miss those still to this day!
We actually had a pretty incredible program put together snowmobile
racing. I was fortunate enough to have both our family business' full
support as well as the polaris factories support. We won a lot of
points championships and also world championships all the way from the
junior to pro divisions. I still tell everyone all the time and do
actually plan on doing it, but I can't wait until I get the chance to
get back on one! That day can't come soon enough!
Then from snowmobiles you went to dirt Modifieds, where you won many
races and championships. Was there anything you learned form racing
go-carts or snowmobiles that helped you be so great on dirt?
I think that every time you race something, no matter what it is, there
is something that can be learned to help with the other things you
race. Go cart racing really taught finess, you had to be so smooth and
not scrub any speed to get all you could get. Snowmobile racing really
taught me how to handle the bumps on rough tracks. They both taught me
just plain old racing sense, what decisions to make in tight
situations, and how much determination and dedication really does show
in your results on the race track. One thing that I am really using a
lot today that I learned back in snowmobile racing is how to represent
a corporate company. Racing for the Polaris factory was a huge
responsibility, and there were definitely many "do's and don'ts" that I
had to know. Everyone at Polaris was very supportive and informative of
what those responsibilities were. Now that I am racing at the higher
levels of stock car racing and representing an iconic brand like mikes
hard lemonade, I have already learned many lessons that I don't have to
learn "the hard way" now!
Is there any race that really sticks in your mind from the past and why?
I will never forget winning the Wissota 100 at Cedar Lake Speedway. I
was racing against the people I idolized my whole life and was able to
make it a very exciting race coming from the back to take the win. It
was just such a feeling of accomplishment to be able to be competitive
with the guys that inspired you getting to that point.
So what are your plans for next few years?
I have my plans set for the next few years! Now I just have to convince
the team owners and sponsors to get on board with them! In all
seriousness, I am very excited for what the next few years will bring
for us. It has been a wild ride getting to where we are at and I have
loved every moment of it. We have developed many great relationships
down here in the NASCAR world with both team owners, team members, and
also my sponsors. We are just touching the tip of the iceberg on what
is to come and I am more then ready to tackle anything that comes our
Tell us a little about your ARCA car and your team?
The ARCA car was a blast, and the team was probably just as much or
more fun! Teaming up with Venturini Motorsports was definitely a great
decision to help progress my career in asphalt racing. Billy and the
entire crew were very supportive on where I was at, I really helped
fast track where I was trying to go. One thing in asphalt racing is you
have to have good equipment. The driver can't make up for it near as
much as you can in dirt racing, and they always had a good car under
me, each and every week. When I started ARCA racing, I only had 4
asphalt races under my belt, so I had a lot of learning to do in a very
short time. A big part of our fast progression in asphalt racing is
defiantly a result of teaming up with VMS
What are some your favorite tracks to race on?
Now thats a tough one! Pretty much anything that is either dirt,
asphalt, or snow, has straight sways, corners, and a start finish line
is good for me! As long as I am racing something I am happy as can be!
Deer Creek Speedway in Rochester, MN is definitely my favorite dirt
track, and I would have to say that Salem Speedway and Texas Motor
Speedway would be my favorite asphalt tracks.
Tell us something that would suprise your fans?
I'm not sure if this would surprise anyone or not, but I am a real
dork. My wife tells me that every day!! It's really not on purpose, but
am just not very "normal" if you want to call it that. I eat, sleep,
and breathe racing so when it comes to lots of other things in life I
can come across a little clueless!!
Before the ARCA races it really seems like you enjoy talking with the
fans. Do you have any stories about fans that you have met on track?
I love the fans. I remember when I was young going to get autographs
and just talk to drivers, the ones that would take the time to talk to
me and not just blow me off still stand out in my mind today. That's
very important to me to make that impact on the people that are
supporting our sport. I am just a normal guy living the absolute dream
right now, I want the people that love this sport and love what we do
to be able to be a part of that with me, whether we are running the
ARCA series or the Cup series, that's never going to change.
So what is the strangest thing a fan has asked you to sign?
Well, we probably shouldn't really go there, but we can talk about #2
and #3!! I have been asked to sign a shoe before, and then a phone.
Those were just two things I never expected to have someone want to be
When you are not racing what do you do for fun?
Just lately I have really got into RC planes. I love them! They
completely let you forget about everything else while you are flying
and it is just the most relaxing thing ever. And when you don't forget
about everything else, they crash in a hurry!! It actually helps with
racing too! When you climb into that car you have to be able to shut
off everything else going on a be able to focus on what you are there
Is there anybody you like to thank?
I hope you have a lot of room for this because there have been so many
people that have supported and been instrumental in my career. First
off I have to thank Mikes Hard Lemonade, I couldn't ask for a better
company to pair myself with. They are growing very fast each year, and
so is my career, I can't tell you how exciting it is going to be to
grow together and move up through the ranks as a team. My parents have
been so supportive from day one and have done everything in there power
to give me this opportunity. My wife puts up with a lot, as cool as it
sounds, it's not easy being married to a race car driver! I am on the
road more than I am home, and when I am home, I am busy as can be all
day long making sure everything is covered and getting done. So she
puts up with a lot. Jeff Taylor, the Nelson family, Trent Emmel and his
brother Davin have been a huge part in the past couple years and
have been key to these new opportunities in the asphalt world. The list
goes on and on but some main people I need to mention are Paul Leich
and his brother Jon, Jay Clark, Clyde Ditmars, Mike Sorenson, Jon
Koster, Deer Creek Speedway and last but absolutely not least, every
fan out there that continues to support us through the good times and
the bad. It is a pretty incredible feeling to get introduced before a
race and here the crowd cheer for you.