Gafrarar Finding Success In Nascar Goody'S Dash Series (Penske South Fabricator Showing He'S A Racer Too) Mooresville, NC - October 28, 2001 - Although he may have spend little time on the track and more time fabricating race cars for Rusty ...
Gafrarar Finding Success In Nascar Goody'S Dash Series
(Penske South Fabricator Showing He'S A Racer Too)
Mooresville, NC - October 28, 2001 - Although he may have spend little time on the track and more time fabricating race cars for Rusty Wallace and Penske South recently, Chuck Gafrarar showed he has not lost any of his driving talent by capturing two top ten finishes in his two-race debut in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series over the last month. Chuck Gafrarar has found himself behind the wheel of a NASCAR Goody's Dash car after a conversation with his former Legend car rival, Randy Humphrey, at Daytona in July and sponsorship help from Miller Lite, through I. H. Caffey Distribution, and Mobil 1. And he is making the most of the opportunity.
"I was down at Daytona with the Penske Team in the Garage Area and ran into Randy (Humphrey) who was running in the Goody's Dash cars,' commented Gafrarar. "We raced against each other in the Legend cars a few years ago and he asked me about my racing in the late models. When I shared with him the costs and need for sponsorship to do my own late model deal, he suggested I look at the Dash cars."
A little over three months later, I. H. Caffey came to the table with Miller Lite sponsorship and Gafrarar was behind the wheel of a dark blue Dash car numbered 14 as a second car out of Humphrey's shop. His debut came on the 3/8th-mile Costal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville, NC on September 29 and after starting 19 he finished eighth.
The next race was almost a month later at the larger 3/4th-mile USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL Chuck was even more comfortable in the Miller Lite/Mobil 1 Pontiac Sunbird as he showed strength running the outside to come from 28th starting spot to a strong fourth.
"Caffey Distribution really made this happen for these first two races," continued Gafrarar. "Their help gave me the shot and I was proud to be able to run with the Miller Lite and Mobil 1 logos on the car, just like the Cup cars we put together for Rusty (Wallace). I'm hoping to race the car in the season finale on new super speedway in Nashville in November and who knows about the future. But to do so, I need continued primary sponsorship help as well as some associate sponsors. We've been over to Nashville in recent years to run my 21 late model with the support of Triton Boats on the short track and I'd really like to give the Dash car a run on the big track."
Chuck Gafrarar started his racing career at the age of nine on a local dirt track near Reading, PA, Shellhammer's Speedway. He quickly moved up through the ranks to race with the WKA (World Karting Association) and the IKF (International Karting Federation). After winning track, local, Regional, National, Grand National and World Indoor championships and graduating from first Hempfield High School in Lancaster, PA and then Penn State University with a degree in Engineering Technology, Chuck moved South to Charlotte to work for a go-kart manufacturer as a fabricator and factory driver.
Looking for a new challenge, Chuck eventually began racing Legend cars and also began working as a fabricator and tire changer for Doug Bawel's Jasper Motorsports Winston Cup Team. While he continued his winning on track with the Legends, his fabricating talents in the shop brought him an opportunity with Penske South as a fabricator for Rusty Wallace's Miller Lite/Mobil 1 team. He quickly gained respect with the Penske organization and also began doing fabricating and bodywork for Hooters Cup, ARCA and local late model teams during his off hours. This included his own late model car which he ran as time and financial support permitted at tracks like Concord and Nashville.
And now the driving side of Chuck's career has moved on to the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series.