Wikipedia: Ricky Craven
The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ricky Craven page on 15 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Richard Allen "Ricky" Craven is an ESPN broadcaster who works as a NASCAR analyst for the network. Prior to his ESPN duties, he was a NASCAR driver who won in four different series—the K&N Pro Series, and the three national series. He occasionally served as a pit reporter when NASCAR aired on TBS in the mid-1990s. Craven is perhaps most well known for winning the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, beating Kurt Busch in the closest finish in Cup Series history.
Craven began racing at the age of 15 at Unity Raceway, winning twice as well as the Rookie of the Year award. The next year, he won 12 feature events and the track championship. In 1984 Craven raced at Wiscasset Raceway in the Late Model Division; in this year he won the track championship along with the Rookie of the Year title. After that, he began running in the American Canadian Tour, where he had rampant success. In 1986, he made his NASCAR debut at Oxford Plains Speedway in his own No. 12, finishing 25th after suffering engine failure. Four years later, he began running the Busch North Series, winning the Rookie of the Year award. In 1991, he was named the champion in that series, winning ten times in the No. 25 Chevrolet, with two of those ten wins in "combination" races with the Busch Grand National Series, including the prestigious Oxford 250. In addition, he made his Winston Cup debut at Rockingham, starting and finishing 34th for Dick Moroso. He moved to the Busch Series full-time in 1992 in the No. 99 Chevy for Bill Papke, and once again was named Rookie of the Year. In 1993 and 1994, he finished runner-up to Steve Grissom and David Green, respectively, in the championship standings.
|1997 Pocono 500|
Ricky Craven got a couple of wins with the Cal Wells car but had little success with the Hendrick 25.
Photo by Mike Traverse
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|18 January 2003||NASCAR Winston Cup Preview||Ward Burton|
|23 August 2003||Maine Times Profiles NASCAR Driver Ricky Craven||Maine Times|
|7 May 2013||NASCAR Media Conference||Kurt Busch|
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|Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 88||Ricky Craven||SpeeDee Chevrolet|
|Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC23||Ricky Craven||#41 Kodiak Chevrolet Monte Carlo|
|Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC72||Screamin' Steel: Ricky Craven Kodiak||#41 Kodiak Chevrolet Monte Carlo|
|Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC133||1995 Award Winners: Ricky Craven ('95 Rookie of the Year)||#41 Kodiak Chevrolet Monte Carlo|
|Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC146||Role Models: Ricky Craven (Richard Petty)|
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