A consistent season that saw Joey Gase start every race on the NASCAR Nationwide Series earned the 21-year-old driver a career-best 20th place finish in the final driver standings. In addition to his work on the Nationwide Series, Gase made three starts late in the season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Gase’s 2014 highlights – both on and off the track – include:
- Three starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with a career-best finish of 33rd at Phoenix. In all three races, Gase advanced at least five spots from his starting position.
- 20th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver points standings with a best career finish in the NNS of 11th at Talladega Superspeedway. Gase started every race on the series.
- One start and one feature win in Late Models at Hawkeye Downs Speedway
- Honored with the Community Education Award from the American Association of Tissue Banks
In addition to being regarded as an up-and-comer on the NASCAR scene, Gase is recognized nationally for his work in advocating for organ, tissue and eye donation. The Iowa native lost his mother suddenly in April 2011. Just 18 at the time, Gase made the courageous decision to donate her organs.
His mother’s organs were able to provide new life to a number of individuals in desperate need of a transplant. The experience sparked a fire in Gase to spread the word far and wide about the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation. His passion for sharing the message about donation rivals his passion for racing.
Gase says he jumps at the opportunity to share his story and his advocacy work drives him.
“Knowing that my mom is still living out there in different ways has been a gift to my sister and me.”