Mike Bumgarner

Mike Bumgarner
Birth Date: 
Feb. 15, 1975
Huntersville, N.C.
Crew Chief – No. 1

Mike Bumgarner is no stranger to JR Motorsports or Hendrick Motorsports, having been part of both companies’ success for more than a quarter-century. The 45-year-old North Carolina native returns to his roots as a NASCAR Xfinity Series crew chief in 2021 after spending the past several seasons as the Race Operations Director for JRM’s four-car team.

Bumgarner assumes command of the No. 1 team with driver Michael Annett for 2021, taking over for Travis Mack. Bumgarner has 64 starts in the NXS on his resume since 2013 and has been a NASCAR Cup Series crew chief in the past, for Terry Labonte at Hendrick Motorsports. He was on the pit box for Labonte’s final race with HMS in 2006 after serving as the two-time champion’s car chief for the previous 10 seasons.

Bumgarner most recently called the shots atop the No. 9 team’s pit box at Michigan in 2018, guiding eventual series champion Tyler Reddick to a seventh-place finish while subbing for Dave Elenz. Later that season, Bumgarner led team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. to a fourth-place finish at Richmond in Earnhardt’s first post-retirement race.

In 2016, Bumgarner called the inaugural winner-take-all championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with driver Elliott Sadler. In that race, Sadler had a chance to earn the championship taken away when he was bogged down on a restart by Cole Whitt, who had stayed out in the lead with old tires. Sadler eventually finished third in the race and second in the championship.

Bumgarner comes to the No. 1 team a season after Annett set a career high in top-10 finishes with 22, three better than the previous mark of 19 set in 2019. The latter season also included the Iowa driver’s first career NXS victory at Daytona International Speedway in the season opener.

The 2020 season was one of steady consistency for the No. 1 team, as Annett challenged for victories at both Daytona and Talladega in the stretch run and had a second-place finish taken away in post-race inspection at Talladega. In the season finale at Phoenix, Annett earned a season-best fourth-place finish and ended the season ninth in series points.

In his duties as Race Operations Manager, Bumgarner oversaw the production and maintenance of the team’s inventory of Chevrolet Camaro racing cars, assuming that position in 2017 when the team expanded to four full-time cars. Bumgarner came to the team in 2013 after 17 years with Hendrick Motorsports in a variety of roles. He also worked for King Racing, owned by drag racing superstar Kenny Bernstein, in the NASCAR Cup Series.

He was a full-time crew chief in 2013 for JRM on the No. 5 car, working with drivers Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne. His career totals in the NASCAR Xfinity Series are quite impressive, too. In 64 starts over parts of five seasons, Bumgarner’s cars won four times, notched 23 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes and earned three poles. His cars have led 1,272 laps and were running at the end of 59 of those 64 starts.

XFINITY Series Schedule

  • October 30 06:00 PM ET
    Dead On Tools 250Martinsville Speedway
  • November 6 08:30 PM ET
    NXS ChampionshipPhoenix Raceway