Long before Hunter Baize could legally drive on the roads of Bremen, Kentucky, he was driving on the racetrack, competing against some of the best drivers in the Midwest. Baize began his career racing go-karts before moving up to Baby Grand Stock Cars in 2011, winning the Rookie of the Year honors there in 2012.
The 2013 season saw a move to full-size stock cars and the highly competitive, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the same series that has produced NASCAR stars such as Erik Jones and Chase Elliot. Baize impressed early and often in 2014 while racing in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour this season. The season was highlighted by his first career victory in a full-size stock car at the tricky Columbus Motor Speedway (OH). A fast time award at Berlin Raceway (MI), as well as, five top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes helped the No. 13 Hunter Baize Racing team finish fifth in the overall points standings.
In 2015, Baize ran for the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship. He finished third in points with two wins coming at the Iliana Motor Speedway (Ind.) and Flat Rock Speedway (Mich.). Baize also made his ARCA Racing Series debut with Ken Schrader Racing, finishing ninth at Berlin Raceway (Mich.). He followed up that impressive run with a sixth-place run at Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill.
The NASCAR K & N Pro Series East played home to Hunter Baize’s 2016 endeavors. Baize was one of the most consistent drivers throughout the season, earning the third most top-ten finishes of any driver in the series, finishing the season with ten. This consistency led to Baize earning the Sonoco Rookie of the Year award for the season, an honor shared with NASCAR stars such as Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Alex Bowman.
Baize will again compete in the NASCAR K & N Pro Series East in 2017, this time driving for Martin-McClure Racing, whose 2016 entry garnered three series wins. Baize and his new team expect to contend for the series championship in 2017 and make themselves regulars in Victory Lane.
Hunter was born December 2, 1997. He still lives in his small-town Bremen, Kentucky.