Chuck Bown

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Chuck Bown
Born (1954-02-22) February 22, 1954 (age 64)
Portland, Oregon
Achievements 1990 NASCAR Busch Series Champion
Awards 1977 NASCAR Winston West Series Most Popular Driver
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
73 races run over 16 years
Best finish 38th (1979)
First race 1972 Winston Western 500 (Riverside)
Last race 1996 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 1
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
187 races run over 11 years
Best finish 1st (1990)
First race 1986 Goody's 300 (Daytona)
Last race 1999 Textilease/Medique 300 (South Boston)
First win 1986 Oxford 250 (Oxford)
Last win 1993 Advance Auto Parts 500 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
11 73 11
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
35 races run over 2 years
Best finish 9th (1997)
First race 1997 Chevy Trucks Challenge (Orlando)
Last race 1998 Sam's Town 250 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 13 1

Richard Charles "Chuck" Bown Jr. (born February 22, 1954) is a former NASCAR champion. His last ride came in 1999. He currently lives with his wife in Asheboro, North Carolina. He is the brother of former fellow NASCAR competitor Jim Bown.

1970s

Bown made his NASCAR debut in 1972 in the Winston Cup Series. At the age of seventeen, he ran the Winston Western 500 at Riverside International Raceway the No. 27 Plymouth owned by his father Dick. Bown started 22nd but finished 32nd that day after crashing on lap 88. Bown made 2 more starts in the No. 27 that year, with his best finish being fourteenth at the second Riverside race.

In 1973, Bown returned to the Winston Cup Series driving his father's No. 03 Dodge, finishing in the top-10 for the first time in his career at the Tuborg 400 at Riverside. In 1974, Bown again competed in the three California races on the Winston Cup Series schedule, the two events at Riverside as well as at Ontario Motor Speedway. His best finish was 20th. In 1976, Bown began driving for Gerald Cracker, driving the No. 01 Chevrolet in four races, and the No. 03 at Riveside, where he had his best finish. Bown was named the Most Popular Driver of the Year in the NASCAR Winston West Series in 1977. In 1979, Bown drove Jim Testa's No. 68 Buick and Chevrolet in 7 Winston Cup events. He scored a 7th-place finish in the Daytona 500 and a 6th-place finish in the Firecracker 400. He drove eleven races for the next two years for different owners, but did not reach the top-ten.

1986–1993

In 1986, Bown returned to NASCAR, running in the Busch Series. His first start came at the Goody's 300, where he started 28th but finished 40th after wrecking his No. 67 Buick early in the race. He made his only other start of the year at the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, where he's started 13th and won his first career Busch race. The following season, Bown ran three races in the No. 7/56 Pontiac, but did not finish a race.

In 1989, Bown ran his first full season in Busch driving the No. 63 Pontiac at Lanier Speedway and at South Boston Speedway. He finished the season with 5 top-5s and 12 top-10s wound up ninth in the championship standings. The following year, Bown won six races and four poles. He had a total of thirteen top-fives and won the Busch Series championship over Jimmy Hensley by 200 points. That same season, he returned to the Cup series, running three races in the No. 97 Pontiac for Tex Powell, his best finish 23rd at the Atlanta Journal 500.

In 1991, Bown won three times and garnered four poles, but dropped 4th in the Busch Series points. He made one Winston Cup start driving Cale Yarborough's No. 66 Pontiac at North Wilkesboro Speedway where he finished 26th. The following season, Bown failed to win a race and had only five top-five finishes, and dropped to eleventh in the standings. In 1993, Bown won his final career pole at Richmond International Raceway and won his final race at Martinsville Speedway. He recorded 5 top-5s and 13 top-10s en route to a fourth-place points finish. He made one Winston Cup start driving the Roulo Brothers' No. 39 Chevrolet at Phoenix, finishing 24th.

Final years

Bown's 1997 truck

In 1994, Bown moved back up to the Cup series, driving the No. 12 Ford Thunderbird for Bobby Allison. He won the pole for the Food City 500, setting a new track record. He was seriously injured in a wreck at Pocono Raceway which sidelined him for the season.

Bown returned to racing in 1995 in four Busch races, finishing ninth at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the No. 05 Key Motorsports Ford. He competed in nine Cup races in the No. 32 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Active Motorsports, his best finish a 21st at Charlotte. In 1996, Bown drove for a variety of teams in the Busch Series, his best finish 21st at Darlington Raceway. He drove the Sadler Brothers Racing' No. 95 Ford in three Winston Cup Series events but only finished one race.

In 1997, Bown began racing in the Craftsman Truck Series, driving the No. 99 Ford F-150 for Roush Racing. Despite not winning a race, he had four top-fives and finished ninth in the standings. The next season, Bown qualified on the pole at the season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway, but finished 25th. After that race, he was released from Roush due to downsizing. He movted to the No. 57 CSG Motorsports Ford driving in six events before being released. He ended the season driving the No. 67 Chevrolet Silverado in a pair of races, finishing seventeenth at Phoenix.

In 1999, Bown returned to Hensley to drive their No. 63 Chevrolet. Despite a seventh-place finish at Charlotte, Bown was released from the team halfway into the season, and soon retired.

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 NWCC Pts Ref
1972 Bown Racing 27 Plymouth RSD
32
DAY RCH RSD
14
TWS DAY BRI TRN ATL TAL MCH NSV DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR TWS 69th 636.75 [1]
27W ONT
33
CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV MCH
1973 03 Dodge RSD
29
DAY RCH CAR BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV CLT DOV TWS RSD
10
MCH DAY BRI ATL TAL NSV DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT CAR 73rd [2]
1974 RSD
35
DAY RCH CAR BRI ATL DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT 93rd 2.7 [3]
03W RSD
20
MCH DAY BRI NSV ATL POC TAL MCH DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT CAR
Plymouth ONT
39
1975 Dodge RSD
27
DAY RCH CAR BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT 57th 319 [4]
03 RSD
34
MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH DAR DOV NWS ONT
38
26 Chevy MAR
26
CLT
12
RCH CAR BRI ATL
1976 Gerald Craker 03 Dodge RSD
16
DAY CAR RCH BRI ATL NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT 49th 481 [5]
01 Chevy RSD
19
MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR
28
NWS CLT CAR ATL
31
ONT
19
1977 RSD
13
DAY RCH CAR ATL NWS DAR BRI MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD
25
MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL ONT
39
60th 258 [6]
1978 Johnny Ray 77 Chevy RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL
30
BRI DAR
30
NWS MAR
24
TAL
33
DOV CLT NSV RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL ONT 56th 301 [7]
1979 Testa Racing 68 Buick RSD DAY
7
CAR RCH ATL
16
NWS BRI DAR MAR
23
TAL
DNQ
NSV DOV CLT
40
TWS RSD MCH DAY
6
NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR
17
RCH DOV MAR 38th 523 [8]
Chevy CLT
33
NWS CAR ATL ONT
1980 47 Chevy RSD
36
51st 329 [9]
Testa Racing 68 Olds DAY
35
RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT TWS RSD
Halpern Enterprises 02 Olds MCH
31
DAY
37
NSV
Chevy POC
35
TAL MCH BRI CLT
25
CAR ATL
RahMoc Enterprises 75 Chevy DAR
11
RCH DOV NWS MAR
John Kieper 93 Dodge ONT
27
1981 Ulrich Racing 99 Buick RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT
39
TWS RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT 67th [10]
Bown Racing 16 Buick CAR
28
ATL
15
RSD
1990 Tex Racing 97 Chevy DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
24
CAR ATL
23
50th 276 [11]
Olds PHO
24
1991 72 DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR ATL
DNQ
DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR 76th 85 [12]
Cale Yarborough Motorsports 66 Pontiac NWS
26
CLT CAR PHO ATL
1992 Donlavey Racing 90 Ford DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL NA - [13]
1993 Roulo Brothers Racing 39 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO
24
ATL 71st 91 [14]
1994 Bobby Allison Motorsports 12 Ford DAY
23
CAR
25
RCH
17
ATL
41
DAR
12
BRI
23
NWS
35
MAR
7
TAL
27
SON
21
CLT
13
DOV
21
POC
39
MCH DAY NHA POC TAL IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL 42nd 1211 [15]
1995 Active Motorsports 32 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR
39
BRI
31
NWS
DNQ
MAR
DNQ
TAL SON CLT
21
DOV
33
POC
29
MCH
24
DAY
29
NHA
40
POC TAL
37
IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL 43rd 618 [16]
1996 Sadler Brothers Racing 95 Ford DAY
DNQ
CAR RCH ATL
40
DAR
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
NWS MAR TAL
25
SON CLT
42
DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL 53rd 168 [17]
Daytona 500 results
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1979 Testa Racing Buick 28 7
1980 Oldsmobile 15 35
1991 Tex Racing Chevrolet DNQ
1994 Bobby Allison Motorsports Ford 37 23
1996 Sadler Brothers Racing Ford DNQ

Busch Series

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 NBGNC Pts Ref
1986 Quint Boisvert 67 Buick DAY
40
CAR HCY MAR BRI DAR SBO LGY JFC DOV CLT SBO HCY ROU IRP SBO RAL 95th 43 [18]
Pontiac OXF
1*
SBO HCY LGY ROU BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR ROU CLT CAR MAR
1987 56 DAY HCY MAR DAR BRI LGY SBO CLT DOV
29
IRP ROU JFC DOV
22
MAR CLT CAR MAR 77th [19]
7 OXF
42
SBO HCY RAL LGY ROU BRI JFC DAR RCH
1988 56 DAY HCY CAR MAR DAR
24
BRI LNG 52nd 306 [20]
7 NZH
24
SBO NSV CLT DOV ROU LAN LVL MYB OXF
10
SBO HCY LNG IRP ROU BRI DAR RCH
1 DOV
13
MAR CLT CAR MAR
1989 HVP Motorsports 63 Pontiac DAY
32
CAR
23
MAR
8
HCY
19
DAR
18
BRI
13
NZH
23
SBO
8
LAN
20
NSV
8
CLT
23
DOV
6
ROU
26
LVL
5*
VOL
3
MYB
28
SBO
3*
HCY
29
DUB
2*
IRP
8*
ROU
15
BRI
23
DAR
36
RCH
34
DOV
6
MAR
8
CLT
22
CAR
30
MAR
5
9th 3349 [21]
1990 DAY
21
RCH
6
CAR
12
MAR
10
HCY
3
DAR
13
BRI
10
LAN
1*
SBO
1
NZH
3
HCY
1*
CLT
17
DOV
8
ROU
1*
VOL
5
MYB
9
OXF
1*
NHA
3
SBO
2*
DUB
2
IRP
4
ROU
1*
BRI
17
DAR
13
RCH
21
DOV
12
MAR
17
CLT
13
NHA
24
CAR
18
MAR
27
1st 4372 [22]
1991 DAY
33
RCH
12
CAR
36
MAR
7
VOL
10
HCY
17
DAR
11
BRI
10
LAN
5
SBO
12
NZH
1*
CLT
25
DOV
19
ROU
25
HCY
11
MYB
1*
GLN
7
OXF
12
NHA
2
SBO
16
DUB
1*
IRP
4*
ROU
5
BRI
8
DAR
17
RCH
29
DOV
17
CLT
23
NHA
2
CAR
42
MAR
2
4th 3922 [23]
1992 DAY
32
CAR
35
RCH
9
ATL
41
MAR
3
DAR
27
BRI
12
HCY
3
LAN
2
DUB
18
NZH
4
CLT
38
DOV
23
ROU
19
MYB
9
GLN
7
VOL
8
NHA
24
TAL
12
IRP
24
ROU
27
MCH
15
NHA
22
BRI
2
DAR
28
RCH
14
DOV
10
MAR
24
HCY
7
11th 3580 [24]
Chevy CLT
12
CAR
6
1993 Pontiac DAY
13
CAR
10
RCH
18
DAR
12
BRI
25
HCY
8
ROU
6
MAR
5
NZH
6
DOV
16
MYB
12
GLN
6
MLW
17
TAL
26
IRP
22
NHA
27
BRI
5
RCH
14
DOV
23
ROU
3*
MAR
1
HCY
2
4th 3532 [25]
Chevy CLT
8
MCH
10
DAR
20
CLT
8
CAR
13
ATL
36
1995 Key Motorsports 05 Ford DAY CAR RCH ATL NSV DAR BRI HCY NHA NZH CLT DOV MYB GLN MLW TAL SBO IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH
38
DOV CLT
9
CAR
30
59th 306 [26]
Group III Racing 18 Ford HOM
39
1996 Day Enterprise Racing 16 Pontiac DAY
28
CAR 51st 629 [27]
Key Motorsports 05 Ford RCH
31
Bobby Jones Racing 50 Ford ATL
DNQ
NSV
27
DAR
21
BRI
37
HCY
23
NZH CLT
Bown Racing 51 Chevy DOV
26
SBO MYB GLN MLW NHA TAL IRP
32
MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR HOM
1998 DAY CAR LVS NSV DAR BRI TEX HCY TAL NHA NZH CLT DOV RCH PPR GLN MLW MYB CAL SBO IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT GTY CAR
DNQ
ATL NA - [28]
Martin Motorsports 92 Chevy HOM
DNQ
1999 HVP Motorsports 63 Chevy DAY
11
CAR
24
LVS
25
ATL
40
DAR
17
TEX
23
NSV
40
BRI
31
TAL
25
CAL
35
NHA
18
RCH
29
NZH
31
CLT
7
DOV
41
SBO
22
GLN MLW MYB PPR GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR MEM PHO HOM 38th 1370 [29]

Craftsman Truck Series

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 NCTC Pts Ref
1997 Roush Racing 99 Ford WDW
12
TUS
9
HOM
3
PHO
8
POR
27
EVG
14
I70
3
NHA
10
TEX
4
BRI
9
NZH
7
MLW
10
LVL
22
CNS
26
HPT
20
IRP
12
FLM
12
NSV
7
GLN
34
RCH
8
MAR
16
SON
14
MMR
14
CAL
16
PHO
2
LVS
9
9th 3320 [30]
1998 WDW
25*
33rd 927 [31]
CSG Motorsports 57 Ford HOM
12
PHO
23
POR
15
EVG
20
I70
22
GLN
16
TEX BRI MLW NZH CAL PPR IRP NHA FLM NSV HPT LVL RCH MEM GTY MAR SON MMR
Don VanDenBos 67 Chevy PHO
17
LVS
30

Awards

Bown was inducted in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2009 along with Wayne Spears, Doug George, and Rick Carelli.[32]

References

  1. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  8. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  12. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1991 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  14. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  15. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  16. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  17. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  18. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1986 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  19. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1987 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  20. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1988 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  21. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1989 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  22. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1990 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  23. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1991 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  24. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1992 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  25. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1993 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  26. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1995 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  27. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1996 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  28. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1998 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  29. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1999 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  30. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  31. ^ "Chuck Bown – 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  32. ^ "HOF Modern Era Inductees". Racing West. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2010.

External links

  • Chuck Bown driver statistics at Racing-Reference
  • Speedway Media profile
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rob Moroso
NASCAR Busch Series Champion
1990
Succeeded by
Bobby Labonte
Preceded by
Ray Elder
NASCAR Winston West Series Champion
1976
Succeeded by
Bill Schmitt
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