Mike Calinoff is a three-time NASCAR Championship Spotter who is known for having an eye for talented young drivers and how to develop their careers.

In 2000 he began working with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie driver Matt Kenseth at Roush Fenway Racing. They won the Championship in 2003 and two Daytona 500's in 2009 and 2012. 


In 2010, Calinoff began guiding Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Together, they won eight races en route to back-to-back Championships in 2011 and 2012. At the end of 2013, Mike left Roush Fenway to focus on his companies and stays active in the NASCAR community at many levels.

Mike was a regular guest on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio with Dave Moody, and was featured on Speed TV's Trackside Live with the popular Spotter Trio segments. 









Career By The Numbers

  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Wins: 22

  • NASCAR XFINITY Series Wins: 19

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Wins: 16

  • NASCAR K&N Pro Series Wins: 1

  • ARCA Racing Series Wins: 11

  • Rolex 24-Hours of Daytona: 1

  • NASCAR Modified Tour/Weekly Wins: 48

  • NASCAR Late Model Wins: 17

TOTAL: 135

Mike has an affinity for starting new things, such as top-rated PopularSpeed.com and GR8MINDS – a Public Relations, Marketing, Branding and Social Media company. Many GR8MINDS clients are NASCAR teams, drivers and sponsors and represent many of the most visible brands in NASCAR and other business categories.

And finally, a former New York stand-up comic Mike is, without a doubt, the funniest guy he knows.

Calinoff lives in Lake Norman, NC. 

Read Mike's story about how his spotting career

came to an abrupt end.