Drives the #21 car sponsored by Motorcraft and the United States Air Force.
Considered the "Ironman" of NASCAR, a title given to him for holding the record for most consecutive starts in NASCAR racing, Rudd has over 800 consectutive starts, as of October 2003. He is also remembered as one of the "Tide ride" drivers as well as for winning a race in sixteen consecutive seasons. Through the 2004 season, Rudd has a total of 23 wins, 192 top 5's, and 364 top 10's.Perhaps the most amazing thing about Ricky Rudd, apart from his 23 Cup Series victories, is the fact that Rudd's first time in a stock car was in 1975 at North Carolina Speedway. He was practicing for his Cup Series debut. Incidentally, Rudd made that race and finished 11th. Rudd's racing career started at the age of nine. He ran go-karts and motocross through his teens. His Cup Series career began in 1975 with four starts for owner Bill Champion. His reputation as a championship-caliber driver started to come together in 1977, when he ran 25 races for his father. During that first campaign, Rudd garnered one top-5 and 10 top-10 finishes en route to rookie of the year honors.Rudd would start 160 Cup races before taking his first victory in 1983 at Riverside Raceway. He won again later that year in Martinsville. Those victories would start a stretch in which Rudd won at least one Cup Series race for each of the next 16 seasons, a Cup Series record Rudd shares with Rusty Wallace.In 2003, Rudd passed two impressive career landmarks. In July, Rudd made his 700th consecutive Cup Series start at Pocono Raceway. The ending was not storybook, as Rudd's ailing Ford was pushed back to the garage area early, the victim of a blown engine.In October at Atlanta, Rudd made his 800th career Cup start. Despite all the accolades, Rudd says wins are the thing.
Live Tweeting NASCAR's Hall of Fame
That group is joined by 33 others, including Junior Johnson, Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, ESPN broadcaster Dr. Jerry Punch and SIRIUS/XM's Dave Moody, in choosing the new members. The final vote is determined by top five vote-getters among ...
SpeedwayMedia.com (press release)
Max Gresham Inspired by Podium Truck Finish at Charlotte
SpeedwayMedia.com (press release)
“When I was very young, I was a Ricky Rudd fan and watched him until he retired,” Gresham said. “Now, I've become a Carl Edwards fan.” “He's an awesome guy,” Gresham continued. “He knows how to talk. He knows how to drive. And in my mind, he's the ...
Wild card rules, NASCAR clearance to keep drivers from racing hurt
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Ricky Rudd drove in the 1984 Daytona 500 with a concussion suffered in a barrel roll crash eight days earlier in the Busch Clash all-star race. Rudd's injury was so severe he taped his eyelids open to offset swelling. Darrell Waltrip suffered a broken ...
San Francisco Chronicle
No speed limit on pit road for All-Star qualifying - USA Today
Sprint Cup drivers are accustomed to slowing down to between 45-55 mph during races when they enter the pits. The speed limits were instituted after a tire changer for Bill Elliott was killed when Ricky Rudd spun at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990 ...
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