Mike Bliss

Michael "Mike" Bliss (born April 5, 1965) is an American professional stock car racing driver. A journeyman NASCAR competitor, he has run in all three major series. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go FAS Racing and the No. 33 Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport.

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Will Kimmel

Will Kimmel III (born May 11, 1988 in Sellersburg, Indiana) is an American stock car racing driver. Son of Bill Kimmel, Jr. and nephew of Frank Kimmel. He currently competes part-time in the ARCA Racing Series for family-owned Kimmel Racing. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go FAS Racing.

Bliss began racing at age 10. 1993 marked his first major victory when he captured the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.

Bliss began racing in NASCAR in 1995, driving the #08/2 Ford F-150 for Ultra Motorsports in the new Craftsman Truck Series. Competing in 19 out of 20 races, Bliss picked up a win at North Wilkesboro Speedway and finished eighth in points.

The next year, with sponsorship from Team ASE Racing, he won at Evergreen and I-70 and finished fifth in points.

In 1998, he made his debut in the upper-NASCAR ranks. First, he finished 26th at the Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 driving a car owned by Kevin Schwantz, then two weeks later, finished seventh at Indianapolis Raceway Park for Michael Waltrip Racing.

He also ran a pair of Winston Cup races that season, finishing 25th at Martinsville Speedway in the #96 for American Equipment Racing.

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1992 Dutch TT

Lawson stalking Schwantz, but couldn't get past him. On the 7th lap, Lawson tried to pass Schwantz on the straight but couldn't clear the Suzuki, so Lawson stayed on the inside and attempted a block pass, but Schwantz was committed on a wide line and it was a game of chicken where neither backed down. Schwantz came across the front of Lawson and Lawson touched Schwantz’ back tire, just enough to make it hop and bring the Suzuki down.

It was poetic justice for Lawson as Schwantz’ bike fell in front of him and he couldn't avoid hitting it and crashed. Schwantz went into some reinforced bales and Lawson tumbled hard into a ditch, but Lawson was able to walk away while Schwantz had to be carried off with a broken arm.

After winning six poles and finishing fourth in points in 1998, Bliss announced he would not return to the team after 1998, and signed with Roush Racing to drive the #99 Exide Batteries Ford. He picked up a win at Heartland Park Topeka and finished fifth in points. During the season, he began to pick up offers to run in the Cup Series, and left Roush. In 1999, Bliss ran two Winston Cup races for Bahari Racing with sponsorship from Sara Lee products.

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O'Reilly Auto Parts 275

For the final race in 1999, O'Reilly Auto Parts took over as the sponsor and six laps were removed from the distance. Mike Bliss, in the #99 Exide Batteries Ford for Roush Racing, found redemption, winning the race after losing an engine in the 1998 event.

He took the lead from Jay Sauter with six laps to go and became the first and only Topeka winner to win from outside the top 10 (15th). Bliss' win also made Roush Racing the only team to win twice at this track.

(Source: Wikipedia)