There are champions and there are legends, Mike Stefanik was a legend and today we lost a legend.
As reported by NASCAR.com Mike Stefanik died in a plane crash today near the Connecticut Rhode Island border.
Mike was bigger than life with seven NASCAR Whelen Modified championships and two NASCAR Busch North championships. Other than Lee Petty Mike was the only driver in NASCAR history to win championships in 2 divisions in the same year and he was the only driver to do it twice.
To show what talent Mike had he even won the rookie of the year in what was then called the Craftsman Truck Series in 1999. Mike was voted one of the Modified Tours top 10 all time drivers and was nominated to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Mike will always be remembered for one of the all time great quotes on live TV. After being bumped out of the lead late in the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona in 2013 Mike was being interviewed at his trailer and said “This is just bullshit”. The clip was played on Jay Leno making Mike famous not among race fans but to a new group of fans Nationwide.
Mike was 61 years old and gone too soon. Ail of us at Myracenews send our thoughts and prayers to Mikes wife Julie and all of his family and friends.