Bo LeMastus isn't an overnight success, but he's certainly an amazing one. He started as an intern and now he's the chief executive officer of the same company.

He's also taking the same drive that propelled him to business success at Crosley Brands and applying it to his own stock car team in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Last year, in his first full season of ARCA competition, LeMastus finished sixth in the standings. He didn't have any victories or even any top-five finishes, but he had five top-10s with a best finish of eighth at Pennsylvania's Pocono Raceway.

He has proven winners for support. Geoff Bodine, the 1986 Daytona 500 winner and 1987 IROC champion, is his team manager and is involved in all facets of LeMastus' racing efforts. Noted engine builder Danny Glad is his crew chief. Although LeMastus is based in Louisville, Ky., his team, which is called Team Crosley, is located in Stuart, Va., where Glad lives and prepares the cars.

LeMastus has invested heavily in the sport. He has 10 to 12 stock cars ready for the 20-race ARCA schedule and also has set a solid testing program to accelerate his learning curve.

So who is Bo LeMastus?

LeMastus was born in Jasper, Ind., on Jan. 8, 1963, to a family that had no ties to motorsports.

"I had a dirt bike and after you played enough with them you started racing motocross," he explained. "We had dirt tracks everywhere in Southern Indiana.

"Then I got into racing road bikes and did a lot of road racing," LeMastus related. "I did that for about five years and my business career was progressing enough that I couldn't afford to be laid up if I had a bad motorcycle accident. So a good friend took me to the Skip Barber School at Road Atlanta and I got the bug. From there I was off doing sports cars, primarily Spec Miata. It was a real good way to cut your teeth in car racing at a fairly low budget and I did that for two or three years."

LeMastus wasn't doing any of this racing half-heartedly. He competed in AMA motocross from 1987 through 1999 and he was the AMA/WERA national endurance champion in 2007.

He also graduated from Western Kentucky University and served as an intern with a company then known as Modern Marketing in Louisville in 1984.

His sports car racing took him to the Daytona Int'l Speedway road course, which incorporates part of the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Although LeMastus had no previous experience with oval tracks, he was fascinated and wanted more.

"That sports car race on Daytona's road course was the biggest single thing that made me want to run the ovals," he said. "Mark Gibson was selling his ARCA team and I ended up buying it."

His first ARCA race was the 2013 season opener at Daytona.

"The first place I started was Daytona and I might caution against that," LeMastus said. "I jumped into the deep end. It's a lot to get your arms around, but you're flat-out. It works as long as there are no issues.

"I had a tough time getting everything organized that season," he added. "I jumped in probably a little too aggressively."

-SPEED SPORT Magazine-