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Josh Bilicki
Josh Bilicki
Josh Bilicki Driver Introductions Pocono 2022.jpg
Bilicki at Pocono Raceway in 2022
BornJoshua M. Bilicki
(1995-06-03) June 3, 1995 (age 27)
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
NASCAR Cup Series career
83 races run over 6 years
Car no., teamNo. 77 (Spire Motorsports)
2021 position48th
Best finish48th (2021)
First race2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
Last race2022 Kwik Trip 250 (Road America)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
76 races run over 7 years
Car no., teamNo. 36 (DGM Racing)
No. 44/45 (Alpha Prime Racing)
2021 position71st
Best finish33rd (2018)
First race2016 Road America 180 (Road America)
Last race2022 Henry 180 (Road America)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
10 races run over 3 years
2020 position88th
Best finish18th (2019)
First race2019 Digital Ally 250 (Kansas)
Last race2022 DoorDash 250 (Sonoma)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of February 27, 2022.

Joshua M. Bilicki (born June 3, 1995) is an American professional stock car racing driver.[1] He competes part-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Spire Motorsports and part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driving the No. 36 Chevrolet Camaro for DGM Racing and the No. 44 and 45 for Alpha Prime Racing.

He has also competed in the NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series, and in sports car racing.

Racing career

Early years

Starting with kid-karts at age four, Bilicki quickly moved through the ranks and into the next classes.[2] After several years in kid-karts and the Yamaha 100cc engine class, he moved to 80cc Shifter Karts. Bilicki showed his dominance quickly by winning many regional and national races, including the 2008 Road America SKUSA Super-Nationals, which brought competition from across the globe. Several times he even competed against and beat faster 125cc Shifter Karts. In 2011, Bilicki made the jump to 125cc Shifter Karts, and in 2012 Bilicki was recognized by and brought on board the Andrew Chase Racing-PCR team, competing in the Midwest Shifter Kart Series in a brand new PCR Shifter Kart.[3]

Sports cars

After racing Shifter Karts at a top level for nearly five years, Bilicki made the transition to sportscars at age fifteen in 2011, beginning with Spec Miata and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Within his first year of sportscar racing, he proved himself once again by earning two pole positions, four top-five finishing positions, and three podiums. After earning his national racing license in 2012, Bilicki began racing the SCCA Majors Tour and has qualified for the famed SCCA National Championship Runoffs every attempt tried. 2012 also marked his debut in an Area Sportsman Stock Car at a local circle track, Jefferson Speedway.

After several successful years of racing Spec Miata nationally, 2015 marked Bilicki's first year of professional sportscar racing in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge. He also raced a Spec Miata in the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour.

NASCAR

2016 Xfinity Series car for Obaika Racing

Bilicki debuted in the Xfinity Series with Obaika Racing at Road America in 2016. In a blog post, he said that he got his ride by contacting teams that had "TBA" on the entry list the week of the race, and he got a call back from Obaika, offering him a spot.[4] Unfortunately, a crash in qualifying and a dead battery during the race derailed his weekend at his home track, and he finished 38th.[5] Bilicki returned to Obaika Racing, albeit this time in the No. 97, for the Ticket Galaxy 200, his first oval start since 2012.[6] Starting last in the 40-car field, he avoided trouble and worked his way up to 28th position. He continued his stint with Obaika for the Ford EcoBoost 300, staying in the 97 car alongside Ryan Ellis in Obaika's other entry, the No. 77.[7] Bilicki started 37th and finished 34th.

Bilicki returned to the No. 77 in 2017, along with other races planned with Obaika.[8] In April, Bilicki announced he would make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in June's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, driving the No. 51 for Rick Ware Racing.[9] After starting 33rd, he finished 36th.[10] Bilicki also drove an Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway for MBM Motorsports,[11] finishing 27th. He ran another race for Rick Ware Racing in Cup, but it was not the second road course race as planned. Instead, Bilicki made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series oval debut at New Hampshire.[12] Later in the season, he signed a deal to run all three of the Xfinity road courses for B. J. McLeod Motorsports, running the organization's No. 8 entry.[13] After pit road speeding penalties at Watkins Glen and a crash at Mid-Ohio, Bilicki ran down Elliott Sadler in the final green flag run to finish twelfth at his home track, Road America.[14] He continued his relationship with McLeod a couple weeks later, driving the team's flagship No. 78 at Chicagoland Speedway.[15]

Bilicki's No. 45 in 2018 at Road America

On February 5, 2018, it was announced that Bilicki would attempt the full Xfinity season for startup team JP Motorsports, bringing with him previous sponsor Prevagen to the No. 45.[16]

On February 4, 2019, it was announced that Bilicki would join RSS Racing to pilot the team's No. 38 Chevrolet Camaro for the full 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.[17] In May, he made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut in the Digital Ally 250 at Kansas Speedway, driving the No. 34 for Reaume Brothers Racing.[18] He also returned to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in June, driving for Rick Ware Racing at Michigan.[19] Later in the month, he drove Ware's No. 53 at Chicagoland.[20] Before the Kansas Lottery 300 in October, he announced he would drive for B. J. McLeod Motorsports for the remainder of the 2019 season.[21]

On May 11, 2020, Bilicki and Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that they would partner for the 2020 The Real Heroes 400.[22] He also drove sporadically for B. J. McLeod Motorsports, and tied his career-high finish in the Xfinity Series with a 12th-place finish at the Daytona International Speedway road course.[23]

Josh Bilicki's car for the 2021 Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey 200, sponsored by Insurance King.
Josh Bilicki's 2021 Cup Series car for Watkins Glen.

On January 19, 2021, Bilicki announced he would compete full-time in the Cup Series for RWR.[24] He would also make a handful of starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for SS-Green Light Racing, driving the 07 and 17.

Josh Bilicki after the 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard, driving the #52 Rick Ware Racing Ford, sponsored by Insurance King.

In the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400, Bilicki survived to the finish, resulting in him initially finishing in 11th place. However, Chris Buescher would later be disqualified, promoting Bilicki up to 10th place. This marks Bilicki's first-ever Top 10 in the top 3 NASCAR divisions. Bilicki would not return to Rick Ware Racing in 2022. Instead, he would drive the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Spire Motorsports, the team he drove for in 2 races in 2020, for a near-full season.

In the 2022 Xfinity Series season, Bilicki drove for DGM Racing in the 2022 Beef. It's What's for Dinner. 300. He finished 9th, scoring his first Xfinity Series Top 10 in the process.

Snowmobile

Bilicki won the Outlaw 600 division race at the 2019 World Championship Snowmobile Derby in his home state.[25]

Personal life

Bilicki works as a driving coach and instructor when he is not behind the wheel. He is close friends with fellow NASCAR driver Camden Murphy.

Motorsports career results

SCCA National Championship Runoffs

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
2012 Road America Mazda Miata Mazda Spec Miata 16 20 Running
2013 Road America Mazda Miata Mazda Spec Miata 34 39 Running
2015 Daytona Mazda Miata Mazda Spec Miata 55 43 Running

NASCAR

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

Cup Series

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NCSC Pts Ref
2017 Rick Ware Racing 51 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON
36
DAY KEN NHA
36
IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 65th 01 [26]
2018 Ford DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN
36
MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 72nd 01 [27]
2019 52 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH
33
SON GLN
32
MCH 58th 01 [28]
53 CHI
33
DAY KEN NHA POC
35
BRI
35
DAR CLT
38
DOV TAL
Ford IND
29
LVS RCH KAN
36
MAR
51 Chevy TEX
30
PHO
52 Ford HOM
36
2020 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 Chevy DAY LVS CAL PHO DAR
34
DAR CLT CLT
36
BRI POC
32
POC
34
IND
25
MCH
33
DAY DAY
38
DAR
32
RCH BRI
39
KAN
35
TEX
29
MAR
32
49th 01 [29]
Rick Ware Racing 27 Ford ATL
34
MAR
53 Chevy HOM
37
TAL TEX
31
KAN
25
NHA MCH DOV
32
DOV
32
Ford LVS
36
TAL
Spire Motorsports 77 Chevy KEN
32
PHO
35
Rick Ware Racing 51 Ford CLT
33
2021 52 DAY
24
DAY
36
HOM
33
LVS
35
PHO
35
ATL
37
BRI
30
MAR
23
RCH
37
TAL
36
KAN
39
DAR
33
DOV
34
COA
30
CLT
35
SON
29
NSH
26
POC
34
POC
35
ROA
23
ATL
34
NHA
34
GLN
33
IND
18
MCH
31
DAY
10
DAR
28
RCH
36
BRI
31
LVS
36
TAL
31
TEX
26
KAN
33
MAR
35
PHO
30
48th 02 [30]
15 CLT
28
2022 Spire Motorsports 77 Chevy DAY CAL
30
LVS
29
PHO ATL
16
COA
22
RCH MAR
35
BRI TAL DOV
32
DAR KAN
28
CLT
36
GTW
28
SON
29
NSH
33
ROA
36
ATL NHA
34
POC
34
IND
22
MCH
21
RCH GLN DAY DAR KAN BRI
TEX TAL CLT LVS HOM MAR PHO -* -* [31]
Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2021 Rick Ware Racing Ford 37 24

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2016 Obaika Racing 77 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA
38
DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX 62nd 23 [32]
97 PHO
28
HOM
34
2017 77 DAY ATL LVS
DNQ
PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC 44th 63 [33]
MBM Motorsports 40 Chevy MCH
27
IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW
B. J. McLeod Motorsports 8 Chevy GLN
28
MOH
29
BRI ROA
12
DAR RCH
78 CHI
34
KEN DOV
30
CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
2018 JP Motorsports 45 Toyota DAY
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
LVS
28
PHO
32
CAL
32
TEX
24
BRI
32
RCH
33
TAL
28
DOV
29
CLT
25
POC
29
MCH
27
IOW
36
CHI
35
DAY
40
KEN
28
NHA
34
IOW
40
GLN
32
MOH
20
BRI
35
ROA
30
DAR
28
IND
38
LVS
27
RCH
30
CLT
24
DOV
31
KAN
20
TEX
Wth
PHO
34
HOM
DNQ
33rd 202 [34]
2019 RSS Racing 38 Chevy DAY
23
ATL
34
NHA
DNQ
IOW 92nd 01 [35]
93 LVS
36
PHO
26
CAL
29
TEX
30
BRI
36
RCH TAL
33
DOV
38
CLT
36
POC
34
MCH
21
IOW
38
CHI
DNQ
DAY KEN
32
GLN
26
MOH
17
BRI ROA
20
DAR IND
21
LVS RCH CLT
26
DOV
Rick Ware Racing 17 Chevy CHI
35
B. J. McLeod Motorsports 99 Toyota KAN
29
TEX
21
PHO
23
HOM
2020 DAY
21
LVS CAL
29
PHO DAR CLT BRI ATL HOM HOM TAL POC IND
23
KEN KEN TEX KAN ROA
17
DAY
12
DOV DOV DAY DAR RCH RCH BRI LVS TAL
18
34th 140 [36]
78 CLT
13
KAN TEX MAR PHO
2021 SS-Green Light Racing with Rick Ware Racing 07 Chevy DAY DAY HOM LVS PHO ATL MAR TAL DAR DOV COA CLT MOH TEX NSH POC ROA
29
ATL NHA IND
25
MCH DAY DAR RCH BRI LVS TAL CLT
38
TEX KAN MAR PHO 71st 1 [37]
17 GLN
24
2022 DGM Racing 36 Chevy DAY
9
CAL LVS PHO ATL -* -* [38]
Alpha Prime Racing 45 Chevy COA
35
RCH MAR TAL DOV MCH
28
GLN
17
DAY DAR KAN BRI TEX TAL CLT LVS HOM MAR PHO
44 DAR
28
TEX CLT PIR NSH ROA
13
ATL NHA POC IND

Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2019 Reaume Brothers Racing 34 Chevy DAY ATL LVS MAR TEX DOV KAN
18
CLT
DNQ
TEX IOW GTW KEN
20
POC ELD MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR PHO 90th 7 [39]
33 CHI
19
HOM
30
2020 34 DAY LVS
32
CLT ATL HOM POC KEN TEX KAN KAN MCH DAY DOV GTW DAR 88th 01 [40]
33 Toyota RCH
25
KAN
28
00 BRI
26
LVS TAL TEX
19
MAR PHO
2022 On Point Motorsports 30 Toyota DAY LVS ATL COA MAR BRI DAR KAN TEX CLT GTW SON
30
KNO NSH MOH POC IRP RCH KAN BRI TAL HOM PHO -* -* *

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
2 Bilicki switched from Cup points to Xfinity points in late 2021.

References

  1. ^ Josh Bilicki gets his break as a full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  2. ^ "Slinger High School graduate Josh Bilicki races with the nation's best". FOX6Now.com. 2013-07-29. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "10 Questions with Josh Bilicki - SCCA US Majors driver". 2014-08-06. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Behind the Wheel - Josh Bilicki Blogs About His Xfinity Series Debuet". 2016-09-01. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Josh Bilicki 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "NASCAR Xfinity: Josh Bilicki makes series oval debut at Phoenix | Maximum Sports Channels". Maximum Sports Channels. 2016-11-12. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Drivers announced for Obaika Racing in NASCAR XFINITY Series Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway". Catchfence. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Kallmann: With debut set, Ty Majeski's NASCAR plans taking shape". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved .
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  10. ^ "2017 Toyota / Save Mart 350". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "The Podium Finish: Josh Bilicki Strives NASCAR Career". The Podium Finish. 2017-06-17. Retrieved .
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  13. ^ Bioscience, Quincy. "Prevagen To Sponsor Josh Bilicki And B.J. McLeod Motorsports For NASCAR XFINITY Series Road Courses". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Clements wins 1st career NASCAR race at Road America". www.gmtoday.com. Retrieved .
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