Vieri Gaines
  • Date of birth:
    June 12, 1947
  • Hometown:
    Lakewood, Colo.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Kendall Oil Dodge Dart
  • Crew Chief:
    Clyde West
  • Career Wins: 4
    PS: 4
  • Career Final Rounds: 17
    PS: 17
  • Career Best E.T.:
  • Career Best Speed:
Career Highlights
  • 2015: Finished eleventh in the Mello Yello Series points standings; Raced to one semi-final round appearance; Qualified season-best sixth at Houston
  • 2014: Finished ninth in the Mello Yello Series points standings; earned three runner-up finishes; qualified season-best fourth at Pomona 1
  • 2013: Finished seventh in the Mello Yello Series points standings; Earned four runner-up finishes and recorded top speed of the event in Indianapolis, St. Louis and Las Vegas 2
  • 2012: Won first event at Reading since 2008; made final-round appearances at Denver and Reading; finished career-best seventh in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points standings
  • 2011: Advanced to semifinals at Las Vegas 1; set career bests for time at Gainesville
  • 2010: Advanced to semifinals at Norwalk, Indianapolis, and Pomona 2; Qualified a career-best tying second at final three races -- Reading, Las Vegas 2, and Pomona 2; Successfully qualified into field at final 11 races of the season; Set career bests for time and speed
  • 2009: Advanced to quarterfinals at Pomona 1; Qualified a season-best seventh at hometown race in Denver
  • 2008: Ended a seven-year winless streak with his win in Phoenix; Made his first appearance in the Countdown to 1 playoffs; Finished a career-best ninth in the Full Throttle Pro Stock point standings
  • 2007: Earned runner-up honors at Richmond; Posted career-best time and speed at Gainesville; Finished in the POWERade top 10 for the second time
  • 2006: Earned runner-up honors at Columbus and Sonoma; Posted career-best time and speed at Richmond; Finished in the POWERade top 10 for the first time
  • 2005: Clocked career-best time; Posted career-best POWERade points finish; Advanced to the semifinals in Bristol
  • 2004: Recorded career-best numbers in time and speed
  • 2003: Recorded career-best performance numbers
  • 2002: Advanced to three semifinal rounds; Finished in the top 15 of the Pro Stock standings for the second consecutive season
  • 2001: Scored second career victory (Dallas)
  • 2000: Recorded first career victory (Dallas 1)
  • 1997: Made first career final-round appearance (Indianapolis)

  • Wife: Jan
  • Sons: Dino, Sterling, Lucas
  • Height/weight: 5´11´´, 200 lbs.
  • Owner of a number of small businesses based in Colorado 
  • Social media: V. Gaines, Western Motorsports, Facebook