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Ricky Rudd

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Born: 12 September 1956
Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

A former NASCAR driver.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ricky Rudd page on 28 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Richard Lee Rudd, nicknamed "The Rooster," is an American former racing driver. He is the uncle of actor Skeet Ulrich and former NASCAR Busch Series driver Jason Rudd. He retired in 2007 with 23 career wins. He was named the 2006 Virginian of the Year and was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. In October 2010, he was selected to the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame, which honors those who have contributed to sports in southeastern Virginia.

Ricky Rudd was born in Norfolk County, Virginia, now Chesapeake, the son of Margaret (née McMannen) and Alvin R. Rudd, Sr., the president of Al Rudd Auto Parts. He began racing as a teenager in karting and motocross, but did not attempt stock car racing until he was eighteen years old, when he made his NASCAR debut at North Carolina Speedway in 1975, driving the No. 10 Ford for family friend Bill Champion.

Qualifying twenty-sixth, he finished in eleventh place despite running fifty-six laps down. He ran an additional three races for Champion, his best finish being a tenth at Bristol Motor Speedway. He drove another four races in 1976 for his father, posting another tenth finish at the Firecracker 400. He went full-time in 1977, again driving the No. 22 for his father. He had ten top-ten finishes and was named Rookie of the Year.Rudd was forced to run part-time the following season after picking up only limited funding from 1st National City Travelers Checks. Despite the abbreviated schedule, he earned four top-tens and finished 31st in points. In 1979, he signed with Junie Donlavey to pilot the No. 90 Truxmore car, garnering four top-fives and a ninth place points run.

He did not return to Donlavey in 1980, and started out in a part-time run for his dad and D K Ulrich. He would end the season in the No. 7 Sanyo car for Nelson Malloch, for whom he had one tenth-place run.


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Ricky Rudd at the 1983 Like Cola 500 1983 Like Cola 500
Photo by Mike Traverse
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Ricky Rudd at Pocono in 1984 1984
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1985 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1985 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1985 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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Ricky Rudd at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1986 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1986 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1986 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1987 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1987 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1987 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1989 Ricky Rudd Car at the 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400
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Ricky Rudd 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test: June 23, 1992
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Ricky Rudd 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test: June 23, 1992
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Ricky Rudd 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test: June 23, 1992
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Ricky Rudd 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test: June 23, 1992
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Ricky Rudd 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test: June 23, 1992
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Ricky Rudd at the 1997 Pocono 500 1997 Pocono 500
Ricky Rudd, real steady over years. 16 straight years with a win including 8 straight years where he won a single race. Ricky was able to drive his self owned #10 into victory lane 6 times including twice in 1997. Pretty good in the era of the multi car teams starting to dominate the sport. He also snared the Brickyard win in 1997, a major victory.
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Ricky Rudd U.S. Navy photo by Daniel C. Johnson
February 16, 2003
At sea aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) -- Capt Kendall Card (center), Commanding Officer, along with Aviation Support Equipment Technician Airman Chris Elmore (far left) from Salt Lake City, Uah, Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Noe Munoz (kneeling left) from Van Nuys, Calif., Aviation Support Equipment Technicians 2nd Class Jason Eslinger (center left) from Keizer, Ore., Gary Jaeckin (center right) from Norwalk, Ohion, George Matthies (right) from Oakland, Calif., and Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Mario Maciasplaza (kneeling right) from Los Angeles, Calif., are shown here displaying their tribute to NASCAR; a tow tractor painted as a replica of driver Ricky Rudd's race car.  Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are conducting operations in support of Operation Southern Watch.
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Ricky Rudd 2004 Daytona 500 Practice 2004 Daytona 500 practice
U.S. Air Force photo by Larry McTighe
Ricky Rudd, driver of the Air Force-sponsored Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Taurus goes over some car-handling details with his crew chief, Ben Leslie, following a practice session at the speedway Feb. 11. They are preparing for the Daytona 500 race, which will be held here Feb. 15.
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Ricky Rudd 2004 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 2004 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
U.S. Air Force photo by Brian Ferguson
Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Air Force race car, prepares for the start of a race at the speedway here. The 2005 NASCAR season kicks off Feb. 20 with the Daytona 500.
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Ricky Rudd Dodge/Save Mart 350 U.S. Air Force photo by Larry McTighe
Ricky Rudd, driver of the Air Force's No. 21, battles Tony Stewart in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway here June 26. Rudd finished second to Stewart, marking the highest finish of the season for the Air Force car.
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Ricky Rudd Dodge/Save Mart 350 U.S. Air Force photo by Larry McTighe
Ricky Rudd, driver of the Air Force's No. 21, finished second in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway here June 26. This was Rudd's highest finish of the season.
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Ricky Rudd Dickies 500 U.S. Air Force photo by Michael A. Kaplan
The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Air Force co-sponsored car, number 21, makes a pit stop during the inaugural running of the Dickies 500. Ricky Rudd the car's driver finished in 13th place. This is the fifth straight year of the Air Force sponsorship of NASCAR.
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Ricky Rudd Coca-Cola 600 U.S. Air Force photo by Larry McTighe
Ricky Rudd, driving the Air Force Wood Brothers Racing No. 21, battles with eventual Coca-Cola 600 winner Jimmie Johnson at the speedway here May 29. The race ended early for Rudd when he blew an engine.
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - Monogram 2430#10 Tide T-Bird1:24 scale, Ricky Rudd
Model Kit - Monogram 2440#5 Tide Lumina1:24 scale, Ricky Rudd Chevrolet Lumina
Model Kit - Monogram 247810 Tide Thunderbird1:24 scale, Ricky Rudd
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 5Ricky Rudd#5 Tide Chevrolet
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 268Race 5: DarlingtonTranSouth 500, Ricky Rudd #5 Tide Chevrolet
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC8Ricky Rudd#10 Tide Ford Thunderbird
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC57Screamin' Steel: Ricky Rudd Tide#10 Tide Ford Thunderbird
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC93Changin' Gears: Ricky Rudd#10 Tide Ford Thunderbird
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC1311995 Award Winners: Ricky Rudd (9th in Pts.)#10 Tide Ford Thunderbird


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
21 February 2002NASCAR's Ricky Rudd Thanks TR CrewRob Kerns
18 January 2003NASCAR Winston Cup PreviewKevin Harvick
Ryan Newman
Ricky Rudd
Rusty Wallace
Michael Waltrip
21 September 2004NASCAR Media ConferenceMatt Kenseth
Ricky Rudd
9 January 2007NASCAR Media ConferenceJimmie JohnsonRicky Rudd
19 June 2007NASCAR Media ConferenceTerry Labonte
Ricky Rudd


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