Mike Bumgarner

Learn more about the Crew Chief of the No. 8 Chevrolet

Mike Bumgarner
Birth Date: 
Feb. 15, 1975
Huntersville, N.C.
Crew Chief – No. 8
Mike Bumgarner enters his second season atop the pit box for JR Motorsports with a new driver and a new number to boot. The 46-year-old North Carolina native will have driver Josh Berry in the No. 8 Chevrolet for 2022 after having led Michael Annett in the No. 1 Camaro in 2021.

Bumgarner, in his first full-time season as a crew chief in the NXS since 2013, guided the No. 1 team to the playoffs in 2021 despite a late-season leg injury to Annett that required relief drivers in seven races. Berry, who had run a partial schedule for JRM over the first half of the season, stepped in for five of those races and earned a victory in the playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That triumph propelled the team to the Round of 8 in the owner’s standings, and the team had an opportunity to advance to the Championship 4 at Martinsville Speedway.

Although not advancing to the final round, Bumgarner led the No. 1 team to an eighth-place finish in the owner’s points on the strength of one win (Berry at Las Vegas), five top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. Berry’s five starts in the No. 1 saw the Tennessee native amass the victory, two top-five and four top-10 finishes.

Bumgarner 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.

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 a slower car that had stayed out in the lead with old tires. Sadler eventually finished third in the race and second in the championship.

Bumgarner also served as race operations manager for JRM, overseeing the production and maintenance of the team’s inventory of Chevrolet Camaro racing cars. He assumed that position in 2017 when the team expanded to four full-time cars.

Previously 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 NXS are quite impressive, too. In 97 starts over parts of six seasons, Bumgarner’s cars won five times, notched 27 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes and earned three poles.

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.


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