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Mark Gibson : biography

August 14, 1957 -

Mark Gibson (born August 14, 1957), is an American stock car racing driver. He is a long-time competitor in the ARCA Racing Series, and has also made occasional appearances in NASCAR competition; he is also the owner of an ARCA Racing Series team.

Career

Gibson's racing career began in 1974 when, at the age of 16, he began competing in races at Volusia County Speedway; also running at New Smyrna Speedway, he won the track's championship that year. He began competing in the ARCA Racing Series in 1981, he moved from the Daytona Beach area to central Georgia in 1985, and won the series' Rookie of the Year title in 1986. He was the last ARCA driver to qualify at over at Daytona International Speedway.

A three-time winner in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Gibson became part of the first two car team in the ARCA Bondo MAR/HYDE Series (now ARCA REMAX) when he teamed with brothers Mike and Joe Cooksey and Don Faurbach from Maurtco Motorsports.

Gibson has stepped out of the driver seat to concentrate on developing new talent. Mark Gibson Racing has been working with Cunningham Motorsports since 2007 where Gibson serves as general manager. Gibson has been instrumental in the development of Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman, Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier and Camping World Truck Series driver Tayler Malsam who drove for Mark in 2008.

Gibson is one of the most respected and talented stock car drivers on the dirt miles at Du quoin and Springfield, Illinois and still occasionally will enter as a driver in those events to race against the likes of Tony Stewart and Ken Schrader.

Gibson has also ran in NASCAR on selected occasions; his last attempt being an unsuccessful bid in qualifying for the 1999 Daytona 500. Gibson's brother Tony is currently the crew chief for Danica Patrick at Stewart Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

Personal life

Gibson was born in Daytona Beach, FL, and is a resident of Winder, Georgia. The son of racer Bo Gibson, he graduated in 1975 from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach.

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