Joey Gase (born February 8, 1993 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is an American stock car driver. Racing has always been in Joey’s blood. His father raced locally in their hometown and that’s how Joey began his love of racing.
Starting in go-karts at the age of 8, he has been able to work his way up through the ranks. He currently drives full-time in the No. 52 Chevrolet Camaro for Jimmy Means Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and also drives the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go FAS Racing in the Sprint Cup Series on a part time basis.
Gase started racing at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in the track’s junior classes (go-karts) in 2001 winning his very first competitive race leading him to win many championships throughout his go-kart career. In 2006 in the WKA (World Karting Association) Series Joey won Jr2 division Nationals at Fast Track in Indiana. He won in the Modified B class at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in 2007 during Oktoberfest, the youngest driver ever to do so. In 2009, he became the youngest driver ever to win the track Late Model championship at Hawkeye Downs Speedway. In 2011 Joey’s mother, Mary Gase passed away of a sudden brain aneurysm. She was only 44. Being 18 Joey had many decisions to make as she had not remarried. Mary was an organ donor which left in a very emotional and difficult place that he had never experienced. However through this experience Joey has been able to embrace the cause and get the message out about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation. Mary was able to save and improve the lives of 66 people. Joey also won his first two races back at Hawkeye Downs Speedway after she passed.
Joey ran a limited schedule of American Speed Association races starting in 2008, and selected PASS, ARCA Racing Series, USAR Pro Cup Series, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races in 2010 and 2011. Gase made his first start in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series Now Xfinity) at Iowa Speedway inAugust 2011. Driving for Go Green Racing in the No. 39 Ford, Gase made five starts during the second half of the 2011 season; over the course of those races he posted a best finish of 20th and an average finish of 25th. Joey ran in the Nationwide Series part-time from 2011-2013. Starting in 2014 until present Joey has raced full-time for Jimmy Means Racing in the Nationwide/Xfinity Series. In 2014 Joey finished 20th in points in the Nationwide series. On May 2, 2015 Gase earned his best career finish, placing 5th in the Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega. Currently Joey is running 21st in points in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
On August 27, 2014, Gase announced he would make his Sprint Cup Series debut in the No. 32 Ford with Go FAS Racing in the 2014 MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland. In 2014 he had four starts in the Sprint Cup Series. Currently in 2015 he has had two starts and out of his six starts he has a best finish of 33rd.