Ricky Rudd Facts


1975       FIRST YEAR IN NASCAR AT AGE 19
                   SIGNS WITH BILL CHAMPION (BEAT OUT HIS BROTHER FOR THE SPOT)
                            1ST RACE:  ROCKINGHAM / FINISHED 11TH 
                            ONLY RACED IN FOUR EVENTS
1976       RACED IN FOUR MORE EVENTS WITH A FAMILY OWNED CAR
                    DIRT BIKE ACCIDENT STOPPED HIM FROM A FULL TIME SCHEDULE
1977       FIRST YEAR HE RACED FULL TIME IN AN AL RUDD AUTO PARTS CHEVY
                    WON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS
                       TEN TOP TEN’S
1979       SIGNED WITH JUNIE DONAVLEY AND TRUXMORE
1980       RACED FOR AL RUDD AUTO PARTS
                    RICKY’S FIRST BIG BREAK CAME IN OCTOBER WHEN HE QUALIFIED ON THE OUTSIDE POLL AND FINISHED 4TH, EARNING HIM A SEAT WITH THE DIGARD RACING TEAM
1981       SIGNS ON WITH BILL GARDNER AND GATORADE
                    1ST POLE: 
1982       SIGNS ON WITH RICHARD CHILDRESS AND PIEDMONT AIRLINES
1983       RICKY’S STREAK BEGINS ON HIS 161ST START
                    1ST WIN:  RIVERSIDE 6/5/83
                    2ND WIN:  MARTINSVILLE 9/25/83
                         RACED IN THE BUSCH SERIES FOR ONLY 3 RACES  (01 PONTIAC)
                              1ST AT DOVER / 31ST AT DARLINGTON / 34TH AT CHARLOTTE
1984        SIGNS ON WITH BUD MOORE AND WRANGLER
                    3RD WIN:  RICHMOND 2/26/84
1985        MOTORCRAFT BECOMES HIS MAJOR SPONSER
                     4TH WIN:  RIVERSIDE 11/17/85
1986         5TH WIN:  MARTINSVILLE 4/27/86
                6TH WIN:  DOVER 9/14/86
1987         7TH WIN:  ATLANTA 3/15/87
                8TH WIN:  DOVER 9/20/87
1988         SIGNS ON WITH KENNY BERNSTEIN AND QUAKER STATE
                     9TH WIN:  WATKINS GLEN 8/12/88
1989         10TH WIN:  SEARS POINT 6/11/89
1990         SIGNS ON WITH RICK HENDRICK AND LEVI GARRETT
                     11TH WIN:  WATKINS GLEN 8/12/90
1991         TIDE BECOMES HIS MAJOR SPONSER
                     12TH WIN:  DARLINGTON  4/7/91
                           FINISHED 2ND TO DALE EARNHARDT BY 195 POINTS
1992         RICKY WON THE INTERNATIONAL RACE OF CHAMPIONSHIP (IROC)
                     13TH WIN:  DOVER 9/20/92
1993         14TH WIN:  MICHIGAN 6/20/93
1994         RICKY FORMS RUDD PERFORMANCE MOTORSPORTS WITH TIDE
                     15TH WIN:  NEW HAMPSHIRE 7/10/94
1995         16TH WIN:  PHOENIX 10/29/95
1996         17TH WIN:  ROCKINGHAM 10/20/96
1997         RICKY STARTED HIS 500TH CONSECUTIVE RACE ON 9/14/97
                     18TH WIN:  DOVER 6/1/97
                     19TH WIN:  INDIANAPOLIS 8/2/97
1998         20TH WIN:  MARTINSVILLE 9/27/98
1999         16 YEAR WIN STREAK ENDS
                     ONLY OUT DONE BY RICHARD PETTY (18 YEARS) AND DAVID PEARSON (17 YEARS)
2000         SIGNS ON WITH ROBERT YATES AND TEXACO / HAVOLINE

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