AJ Fike added his name to an illustrious list of accomplished drivers on August 23, 2015, by winning the 53rd annual Allen Crowe ARCA 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. By doing so, Fike now joins only AJ Foyt, Al Unser, Rodger Ward, Len Sutton and Roger McCluskey as the only drivers who have won both the Allen Crowe 100 ARCA championship stock car race and the Tony Bettenhausen 100 championship open-wheel race at Springfield. While Fike is most known for his open-wheel accomplishments, he's also re-energizing his ARCA stock car career. In addition to his standard ARCA starts on the Springfield and DuQuoin mile dirts, AJ added several more tracks in 2016 and 2017. In 81 career ARCA starts since ’04 – the same year he finished seventh in driver points – he also finished second at Berlin. His best ARCA dirt track finishes outside of his win at Springfield in 2015, are second at Springfield, fourth at Springfield and DuQuoin, and sixth at DuQuoin, and he earned four Menards Poles between Springfield and DuQuoin. He won the USAC Silver Crown Tony Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield back-to-back in 2012 and 2013.
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Despite not running the full season in 2016 (15 of 20 races), AJ finished ninth in national championship standings. He also finished 12th in points in 2017 over a partial season. His other career-best finishes are second at the Nashville Fairgrounds in 2016, third at Gateway in 2004, fourth at Toledo in 2015, fourth at Springfield in 2009, fourth at DuQuoin in 2009 and 2007, fifth at Berlin in 2016, fifth at Springfield in 2010, fifth at Nashville Superspeedway in 2004, seventh at Michigan in 2016, seventh at Winchester in 2016, seventh at Salem in 2015, eighth at Springfield and Salem in 2017, eighth at Kentucky in 2016, eighth at Madison in 2016, ninth at Elko Speedway in 2017 and 10th at Salem in 2016. He has also won four General Tire Poles at DuQuoin in ’10, ’09 and ’07, and at Springfield in ’04. His best superspeedway qualifying effort is 10th at Gateway. Overall in ARCA, he has led 265 laps in 10 races. He is also a veteran of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, USAC Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown Series competition. He also finished 11th in USAC Sprint national points in 2002 with two runner-up finishes. He also finished a career-best second in USAC Midget points in 2001 with two wins at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas and at the Belleville Midget Nationals, also in Kansas. He also won in USAC Midgets at Limaland in 2002. Named 1999 National Midget Car Rookie of the Year. Finished second in NAMARS Midgets points in 1998 with three feature event victories. Former ARCA Midget Series winner. Plans to compete in full ARCA season in 2017.
Hometown: Galesburg, IL
DOB: Dec 29, 1980