Racing into the Future
Michael started racing in NASCAR at age 15 in 2012 to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Making his debut at Bristol Motor Speedway, he qualified 4th starting position and finished 8th in his very first race. By the end of the season, he finished in the top 10 at two of the hardest tracks on the circuit - Richmond International Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Just one year after his series debut, Michael returned to Bristol Motor Speedway and won the pole position setting a new track record. After leading the start of the event, he was spun from behind by a lap car while slowing for a caution. Still, McGuire raced through the field to finish a hard-earned fourth at age 16.
The young speedster started his career at the tender age of five in 2001. His go-cart racing career brought him over 75 feature wins at ten different race tracks. Michael moved up to modified stock cars in 2008 at age 11 and won races at Franklin County Speedway.
Michael continued to climb the racing ladder in 2009 when he began his Limited Late Model campaign. Winning five races and the division crown at Orange County Speedway, he never finished outside of the top three the entire season. At age 12, Michael became the youngest Late Model stock car winner on record. Michael wasted no time breaking another record by winning the Orange County Speedway Limited Late Model stock car championship shortly after turning 13.
The 2010 season continued to be record-setting, when Michael became NASCAR's only 14-year-old winner. The victory at Motor Mile Speedway etched his name in the record books as the youngest driver to win a feature event in the twenty two year history of the track.
In 2011, NASCAR lowered the age requirement to 14 to earn a stock car license. On June 4th, Michael became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win a sanctioned late model event with his win at Motor Mile Speedway. At season's end, Michael received the Virginia Rookie of the Year title at the NASCAR awards banquet in Charlotte, NC.