Chad Little Biography
Chad Little is a former professional car racing driver from the American stock. He holds a marketing degree from the University of Washington State and a law degree from the University of Gonzaga. He joined the Delta Upsilon brotherhood while attending Washington State University.
Chad Little Age
Chad was born on April 29, 1963, Spokane, WA. He is 55 years as of 2019.
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Chad Little Young
In the mid-1980s, little started to race the short tracks in Washington. He soon started racing in the late model series of the American Speed Association West, the NASCAR Northwest Tour Series and the Winston West Series of NASCAR. One year after being named the Year’s NASCAR Winston West Rookie, Little clinched the 1987 championship for that series. Little made his debut at the Riverside International Raceway at the NASCAR Winston Cup in 1986, driving George Jefferson’s No. 28 Ford. He began 25th, finishing 13th. That year he ran the other Riverside race, but finished 35th after a failure of the engine. He ran both the next year’s Riverside races, finishing fifteenth in the Ford No. 95 Coors.
Little was eligible for the year’s NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie honors the following year and signed for Junie Donlavey to drive No. 90. His best finish at the Coca-Cola 600, however, was an eighteenth, and he was released early in the season. He missed Flight 232 of United Airlines in 1989. Approximately one third of the passengers on board the flight died during their Iowa emergency landing. Little and his father Chuck teamed up to pitch their own entrance in 1990, the No. 19 Ford sponsored by Bull’s Eye Barbecue Sauce. He ran eighteen races and had seven top twenty finishes, finishing 33rd. Little made his first full-time attempt to win the Cup champion the following season, qualifying for 28 out of 29 races and posting a tenth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway, finishing 27th in points.
Chad Little Career
Chad Little raced over a 16-year cup career in a total of 217 NASCAR cup races with 0 wins, 16 top tens and 0 poles. The best cup position for Little was fifteenth (1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Series). Little started NASCAR cup racing with the Budweiser 400 (Riverside International Raceway) 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Little’s last cup race was the 2002 MBNA Platinum 400 (Dover International Speedway) NASCAR Winston Cup Series 2002. Regarding the races of the Busch series, Little competed in 134 over a period of 9 years, with 6 wins, 44 top tens and 1 pole. Position 2nd (1995 NASCAR Busch Series) was Little’s best Busch series position. Little has started racing in the Busch series with the NASCAR Busch Series Fay 150 in 1992. Little’s last Busch race was the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series Sam’s Town 300 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway), and last Busch win was the 1995 NASCAR Busch Series Ford Credit 300 (South Boston Speedway).
Little has raced with 0 wins, 0 top tens, and 0 poles in 1 truck series races over a 1 year truck racing career. Little’s best position in the truck race was 69th (SuperTruck Series NASCAR 1995). Little started truck series racing with the Fas Mart Supertruck Shootout (Richmond International Raceway) 1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series. For these top achievements, little is best known: the champion of the NASCAR Winston West Series in 1987. Little has won a number of awards, including the Winston West Rookie of the Year in 1986.
Chad Little Busch Series
Little returned to the Cup Series in 1997, running Pontiac No. 97 for Pollex with John Deere’s sponsorship. At the Food City 500 he finished seventh, but the team was struggling to make races. Jack Roush bought the team late in the year to be added to his 1998 stable. Little finished 36th in points in 1997. Little drove with Jeff Hammond as crew chief for Roush full-time in 1998. He had seven top-ten finishes running 32 out of 33 races, including a second-place run in Texas, finishing behind Mark Martin and finishing a career-high 15th in points. In 1999, he could not duplicate that performance, posting only five top-tens and finishing 23rd in points. After only one of the top ten in 2000, Roush announced Little would not drive the 97 the following season. Late in the year, Little was pulled out of the car and replaced by his successor, Kurt Busch with Hammond still as crew chief. During the season, he also ran a handful of races in the Busch Series. Originally running the No. 30 for Innovative Motorsports, he was released and posted a top-ten in a one-race deal with PPI Motorsports.
Little had 217 career Cup starts in all.
Chad Little Final Years As Driver
Little signed in 2001 to drive BACE Motorsports in the Busch Series No. 74 Staff America Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He had six top-ten points and finished ninth. He started running for BACE in 2002, but the team closed due to sponsoring issues after three races. That year, in a BACE car at Dover, he made his final Cup start, finishing 33rd. Since then, he hasn’t run NASCAR.
Chad Little Post-Driving Career
In 2004, Chad later called several Truck and Xfinity races from the Chad booth to support the NASCAR Mexico Corona Series in competition and became the tour director for the Whelen Modified Tour. Chad assumed the role of managing director of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starting in 2013. NASCAR announced on February 2, 2015, that Little would move into a new role as technical inspection and office managing director. Another former driver, Elton Sawyer, replaced his role as director.
Chad Little Art
Chad Little is turning his passion for art into helping local nonprofits.
Chad Little John Deere Car
In 1997, Little returned to the Cup Series, running the No. 97 Pontiac for Pollex with sponsorship from John Deere. He finished seventh at the Food City 500, but the team struggled to make races. Late in the year, Jack Roush purchased the team to be added to his stable for 1998. Little ended 1997 36th in points.