Mike Olsen is so excited to team up with his longtime friend Frank Stoddard, he wants to tell NASCAR fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway all about it. Olsen and Stoddard will become the first New Hampshire-born driver/crew chief tandem in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at “The Magic Mile” on Sept. 23, but first the two will take part in a special question and answer session with fans on the frontstretch – just minutes in the before the SYLVANIA 300, the second race in the Chase for the championship.
The Q & A is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Questions for the duo will be fielded ahead of time by speedway officials. Time is subject to change.
Olsen and Stoddard grew up together in North Haverhill, N.H., roughly 75 miles from the 1.058-mile oval, and have been best friends since the age of 3. The SYLVANIA 300 will be the first-ever start in a Cup Series race for the 44-year-old Olsen, who is a two-time champion in the K&N Pro Series East.
“Obviously, I am very honored and excited that Frank has given me this opportunity,” said Olsen. “Racing has always been my passion and to race at the Sprint Cup level is a dream come true. What makes this even more special is to share the experience with my lifelong friend. Frank and I have such a long history of racing together, starting with the early days touring on the old NASCAR North Tour where budgets were so tight we drove all night to get home after the races.
“I am proud of Frank's career and accomplishments and to race with him as my car owner/crew chief in a Sprint Cup race is an honor and brings our racing story together full circle.”
Olsen won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series championship in 2001 and 2006, and has over 50 starts at “The Magic Mile,” including winning the 2006 K&N New England 125. Stoddard has gone on to be a successful crew chief at the highest level of NASCAR with 14 Sprint Cup Series wins to his credit, including four at NHMS.
“While growing up in North Haverhill, my goal in our high school yearbook was to be a Winston Cup crew chief and Mike’s was to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps – his grandfather was legendary racer Stub Fadden who won numerous track championships and over 200 race wins,” said Stoddard, who owns FAS Lane Racing. “For us to both have fulfilled those dreams and now be able to work together at the highest level of racing is pretty special. I know our mentor, Stub, will be watching down quite proudly of the two kids that he dragged around New England and Canada – now together again on the biggest stage in racing.”
To be a part of Stoddard’s and Olsen’s Q & A and history-making race, purchase your tickets to the SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekend by stopping by our Ticket Office, visiting the speedway website at www.nhms.com or calling our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.