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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2001
DOVER, Del. - As Jeff Gordon nestles down in his driver's seat today in the 24th spot in the lineup, he can look way up the track and see Ricky Rudd's rear bumper. It is not a sight he wants to get used to. With 10 races to go, Gordon is the Winston Cup points leader going into the MBNA Cal Ripken 400, but his lead has slipped to just 222 points over Rudd. "Another bad finish like we had in Richmond will pull a lot more drivers into the championship hunt," said Gordon, who finished 36th there.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | July 5, 2002
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A couple of months ago, Ricky Rudd was so frustrated by the way his season was going and by the way the youth movement was overwhelming the Winston Cup Series, he threatened to retire at the end of this season. After a month of solid runs and a victory at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, Calif., two weeks ago, he is rethinking the word "retirement." "I wouldn't rule it out, but, I'd say, it's not my No. 1 priority," he said yesterday as thunderstorms rolled over Daytona International Speedway, forcing the postponement of qualifying for tomorrow's Pepsi 400 until 10 a.m. today.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | February 12, 1991
Ricky Rudd is a soft-spoken race car driver. Despite the rugged business he is in, gentle is a word commonly used to describe Rudd's friendly, boyish disposition, his easy smile, his friendly hello.But four months ago, he came down pit road at Atlanta International Raceway for a pit stop and the boy in him was lost forever.The brakes on his car locked, spinning the 3,500-pound Chevrolet 180 degrees. The car slammed into the right side of Bill Elliott's race car, crushing one of Elliott's crewmen, who was changing a rear tire.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2002
DOVER, Del. - The one-mile, high-banked oval that is Dover International Speedway is generally unkind to rookies. Only once in 64 previous races had a rookie won at a track that is known as "The Monster Mile." Yesterday, on a hot day, with veterans in full pursuit, rookie Jimmie Johnson not only won the MBNA Platinum 400, he also dominated it. Nothing could slow him down. When a pit stop under caution forced him out of the lead on Lap 291 and another one on Lap 308 left him in 10th with 92 laps to go, Johnson said he decided he'd be happy if he could just make it into the top five.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2002
DOVER, Del. - The one-mile, high-banked oval that is Dover International Speedway is generally unkind to rookies. Only once in 64 previous races had a rookie won at a track that is known as "The Monster Mile." Yesterday, on a hot day, with veterans in full pursuit, rookie Jimmie Johnson not only won the MBNA Platinum 400, he also dominated it. Nothing could slow him down. When a pit stop under caution forced him out of the lead on Lap 291 and another one on Lap 308 left him in 10th with 92 laps to go, Johnson said he decided he'd be happy if he could just make it into the top five.
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February 25, 1991
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt held off Ricky Rudd in a three-lap shootout yesterday to win the Pontiac 400 Winston Cup race in a record-shattering pace.Thanks in large part to just six caution flags that led to only 23 of the race's 400 laps being run under yellow, Earnhardt averaged 104.378 mph in his Chevrolet Lumina. The previous record for a Winston Cup event on Richmond International Raceway's .75-mile, D-shaped layout was 95.770 mph set by Davey Allison in September 1988.Earnhardt's victory, the 49th of the defending Winston Cup champion's career, was worth $67,950.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | July 22, 1996
LONG POND, Pa. -- Rusty Wallace got a break when a yellow flag was forced late in yesterday's Miller 500, and he turned the chance into victory at Pocono Raceway.Until the caution period was ordered by NASCAR Winston Cup officials because of debris in Turn 2 at the 2.5-mile track, fellow Ford driver Mark Martin had led 121 of the 160 laps. Martin's crew had a problem with an air wrench while changing a tire as all the front-runners pitted, and he wasn't ahead again.Ford's Ricky Rudd held the lead when the restart came on Lap 166, but Wallace dived into first going through the treacherous Tunnel Turn on Lap 171 and led the rest of the way in the 200-lap race.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2002
RICHMOND, Va. - The car tumbled along, turning over and over. Ten, 11 - 15 times. The man inside lost count. The fans held their collective breath. It was 1984 and Ricky Rudd was just a few years into a streak - an Iron Man streak - he didn't even realize he was working on. It might have all ended right there at Daytona International Speedway. But the next weekend at what was then called The Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, Rudd showed up with two black eyes and an aching body. That weekend, he became one of the first drivers to use a flak jacket to protect his body during a race.
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By Dan Fesperman | March 28, 1999
THE EPIPHANY occurred a few weeks ago. I was in the Sun newsroom, strolling past a pair of sober-looking business writers, guys in suits and white shirts, ties knotted neatly. They were speaking with a woman from the sports department. I figured she was getting an investment tip, some advice on a mutual fund.Then I heard one of the guys say: "Yeah, it would have been a lot different if Ricky Rudd hadn't come up on his tail like that."Ricky Rudd?They were talking about stock car racing, rehash- ing the previous weekend's NASCAR event as if it had been Game 7 of the World Series.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2000
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In the past two days, defending Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett has sent out announcements that this Daytona 500 week may be the start of his second championship season. First came his pole-winning performance for Sunday's Daytona 500. And then yesterday, on the last lap of the Bud Shootout, an all-star race for last season's pole winners, Jarrett and his Ford were able to come out of seemingly nowhere to win at Daytona International Speedway. Jarrett parlayed a fine pit stop and a side-by-side battle between Jeff Gordon and Sterling Marlin into the third turn of the final lap for victory.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2002
RICHMOND, Va. - The car tumbled along, turning over and over. Ten, 11 - 15 times. The man inside lost count. The fans held their collective breath. It was 1984 and Ricky Rudd was just a few years into a streak - an Iron Man streak - he didn't even realize he was working on. It might have all ended right there at Daytona International Speedway. But the next weekend at what was then called The Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, Rudd showed up with two black eyes and an aching body. That weekend, he became one of the first drivers to use a flak jacket to protect his body during a race.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2001
DOVER, Del. - As Jeff Gordon nestles down in his driver's seat today in the 24th spot in the lineup, he can look way up the track and see Ricky Rudd's rear bumper. It is not a sight he wants to get used to. With 10 races to go, Gordon is the Winston Cup points leader going into the MBNA Cal Ripken 400, but his lead has slipped to just 222 points over Rudd. "Another bad finish like we had in Richmond will pull a lot more drivers into the championship hunt," said Gordon, who finished 36th there.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2000
Twenty-five years after starting his Winston Cup career, Ricky Rudd is starting it again. Nearly everyone who follows the sport knows Rudd. He is the sturdy driver from Chesapeake, Va., who set the record for consecutive seasons with a win at 16 before seeing the streak end last year. Rudd began his career March 2, 1975, at age 18. Now 43, he is starting on the pole today at the CarsDirect.com 400 in Las Vegas. He's there with a track qualifying record of 172.563 mph in the storied No. 28 Ford that belongs to car owner Robert Yates.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2000
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In the past two days, defending Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett has sent out announcements that this Daytona 500 week may be the start of his second championship season. First came his pole-winning performance for Sunday's Daytona 500. And then yesterday, on the last lap of the Bud Shootout, an all-star race for last season's pole winners, Jarrett and his Ford were able to come out of seemingly nowhere to win at Daytona International Speedway. Jarrett parlayed a fine pit stop and a side-by-side battle between Jeff Gordon and Sterling Marlin into the third turn of the final lap for victory.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1999
Dale Earnhardt certainly caused a stir last week when he bumped Terry Labonte out of the way at Bristol. When he got to victory lane, the fans booed him so loudly, he probably had a momentary identity crisis.Was he Dale Earnhardt, seven-time champion who has long demonstrated his penchant for roughhouse racing? Or was he the man nearly everyone loves to boo, three-time champ Jeff Gordon?Going into today's usually raucous Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C., there is still a lot of talk about Earnhardt's last move at Bristol, and nearly everyone has an opinion.
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By Dan Fesperman | March 28, 1999
THE EPIPHANY occurred a few weeks ago. I was in the Sun newsroom, strolling past a pair of sober-looking business writers, guys in suits and white shirts, ties knotted neatly. They were speaking with a woman from the sports department. I figured she was getting an investment tip, some advice on a mutual fund.Then I heard one of the guys say: "Yeah, it would have been a lot different if Ricky Rudd hadn't come up on his tail like that."Ricky Rudd?They were talking about stock car racing, rehash- ing the previous weekend's NASCAR event as if it had been Game 7 of the World Series.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | July 5, 2002
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A couple of months ago, Ricky Rudd was so frustrated by the way his season was going and by the way the youth movement was overwhelming the Winston Cup Series, he threatened to retire at the end of this season. After a month of solid runs and a victory at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, Calif., two weeks ago, he is rethinking the word "retirement." "I wouldn't rule it out, but, I'd say, it's not my No. 1 priority," he said yesterday as thunderstorms rolled over Daytona International Speedway, forcing the postponement of qualifying for tomorrow's Pepsi 400 until 10 a.m. today.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2000
Twenty-five years after starting his Winston Cup career, Ricky Rudd is starting it again. Nearly everyone who follows the sport knows Rudd. He is the sturdy driver from Chesapeake, Va., who set the record for consecutive seasons with a win at 16 before seeing the streak end last year. Rudd began his career March 2, 1975, at age 18. Now 43, he is starting on the pole today at the CarsDirect.com 400 in Las Vegas. He's there with a track qualifying record of 172.563 mph in the storied No. 28 Ford that belongs to car owner Robert Yates.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | July 22, 1996
LONG POND, Pa. -- Rusty Wallace got a break when a yellow flag was forced late in yesterday's Miller 500, and he turned the chance into victory at Pocono Raceway.Until the caution period was ordered by NASCAR Winston Cup officials because of debris in Turn 2 at the 2.5-mile track, fellow Ford driver Mark Martin had led 121 of the 160 laps. Martin's crew had a problem with an air wrench while changing a tire as all the front-runners pitted, and he wasn't ahead again.Ford's Ricky Rudd held the lead when the restart came on Lap 166, but Wallace dived into first going through the treacherous Tunnel Turn on Lap 171 and led the rest of the way in the 200-lap race.
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