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Racecar driver, Ricky Rudd, was born on September 12, 1956 in Chesapeake, Virginia. Ricky Rudd spent most of 2006 out of racing, racing only at Dover, where he filled in for the ailing Tony Stewart. Ricky Rudd made an appearance to meet and sign autographs for fans at the 2006 Carl Casper's Custom Auto Show at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. Late in the season, it was announced he would return to Yates to drive the #88 Snickers Ford full-time. His best finish since his return to the sport was a seventh at the Coca-Cola 600. As he missed the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, it was the first time in Rudd's career where he did not make a start due to injury. Kenny Wallace drove the #88 on an interim basis until Rudd healed, except at Talladega, where Mike Wallace drove the #88. He made his return at Charlotte, where he finished 11th. Rudd finished his career with a 21st place finish at the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami.
Rudd began racing as a teenager in go-karts 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 #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 #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 #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 #7 Sanyo car for Nelson Malloch, for whom he had one tenth-place run.
1977 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year
1992 IROC Champion
Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
906 races run over 32 years
Best Cup Position 2nd - 1991 (Winston Cup)
First Race 1975 Carolina 500 (Rockingham)
Last Race 2007 Ford 400 (Homestead)
First Win 1983 Budweiser 400 (Riverside)
Last Win 2002 Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
NASCAR Nationwide Series Statistics
First Race 1983 Sportsman 200 (Dover)
Last Race 1983 Miller Time 300 (Charlotte)
First Win 1983 Sportsman 200 (Dover)
Last Win 1983 Sportsman 200 (Dover)