Wade Day, of Elizabethton, Tenn., drives the Highlands Motorsports No. 96 Ford Fusion in the Hooters Pro Cup Series. Day is married; wife Jessica, daughter Allison, sons Connor and Ethan. A native of Whitesburg, Ky. Day earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Computer-Aided Design Drafting from Louisville Technical Institute, with additional study completed towards a Mechanical Engineering Degree at the University of Kentucky. Day captured the 2005 International Sport Compact Auto Racing Series (ISCARS) Dash Series championship, and he also recorded NASCAR Weekly Racing Series regional championships in 2000 and 2002.
Competing with the Pro All Stars Series-Super Late Model Touring Series (PASS South), and also racing a Late Model Stock in selected special events at tracks in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. PASS South “Orange Blossom Special 150” winner at Orange County (Rougemont, N.C.) Speedway. Started from the pole and finished in the runner-up position in the “Firecracker 150” at Tri-County (Hudson, N.C.) Motor Speedway. Set fast-time and led flag-to-flag for Newport (Tenn.) Speedway Late Model Stock victory. Day also served as crew chief for teenage driver Trevor Bayne and the T2 Motorsports team in the Hooters ProCup Series.
International Sport Compact Auto Racing Series (ISCARS) Dash Series champion, capturing victories at Lonesome Pine (Coeburn, Va.) Raceway, and Music City (Nashville, Tenn.) Motorplex. Day was sixth-fastest in qualifying for the annual “All-American 400” for Super Late Models, held at the Music City Motorplex located at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
Competing as a rookie full-time with the American Speed Association (ASA), Day stood atop the series’ point standings halfway through the season, eventually finishing seventh. Recorded a best finish of second at Kentucky Motor Speedway, and also finished fourth at Atlanta Motor Speedway, just ahead of NASCAR Nextel Cup star Mark Martin. Competing in I-POWER Dash Series events at Lowe’s Motor (Concord, N.C.) Speedway and also at the legendary Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Day earned the Pole Award in both events.
In four Goody’s Dash Series starts, Day recorded a victory at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway, plus captured the Pole Award at Atlanta Motor Speedway, along with third-place qualifying efforts at Bristol Motor Speedway and South Boston (Va.) Speedway.
Captured the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Atlantic Region Championship. Competing at Lonesome Pine (Coeburn, Va.) Raceway, Day was crowned track champion and also visited victory lane on 18 occasions. Set new Late Model Stock track qualifying record at Lonesome Pine Raceway. Day captured three Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway Late Model Stock victories, and finished in sixth-place at Martinsville Speedway’s Taco Bell 300.
Captured three NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Stock victories on the season, one each at New River Valley (Radford, Va.) Speedway, Lonesome Pine (Coeburn, Va.) Raceway and Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway. Set new Late Model Stock track qualifying record at Kingsport Speedway. Led New River Valley Speedway point standings for a good part of the season, eventually finishing third in points. Finished sixth at Martinsville Speedway’s Taco Bell 300.
Captured the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Blue Ridge Region Championship. Competing at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway, Day had 14 wins, 18 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in 19 starts. Day also captured three victories at Lonesome Pine (Coeburn, Va.) Raceway.
In his rookie season, competing at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway, Day visited victory lane on six occasions. He finished in second-place in the track point standings, plus was named Late Model Stock “Rookie of the Year.” Day also recorded one victory at Lonesome Pine (Coeburn, Va.) Raceway.
1991 – 1998 Highlights
Day recorded over 800 go-kart victories at tracks all over the Mid-Ohio Valley, East coast and Southeast. Racing for Dennis Noonkester’s Prototype Engine Sales factory-backed team in ’98, the campaign was a dream year for Day as he captured the World Karting Association (WKA) Limited Modified Heavy Dirt National Championship. And that was not all. He captured championships in three different divisions (Limited, Stock Heavy and 4-Cycle Modified) in the Tennessee State Dirt Series. Also in ’98, Day made his debut behind the wheel of a full-size race car. In just his first night out at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway, Day captured the Open Wheel Modified feature win.