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Ricky Rudd

Known as NASCAR’s Ironman for more than a decade, the Virginia native held the premier series record for consecutive starts (788) before Jeff Gordon broke it in 2015.

  • Position:Driver

Vitals

Hometown

Chesapeake, VA

Born

09/12/1956

PREMIER SERIES STATS

Competed

1975-2007

Starts / Wins / Poles

906 / 23 / 29

Tough. As. Nails.

There is no other way to describe Ricky Rudd.

His 906 overall starts rank second in NASCAR history to Richard Petty’s 1,185. During his 32-year premier series career, Rudd posted 23 wins, 194 top fives, 374 top 10s (seventh all-time) and 29 poles.

One of the few successful driver/owners in the modern era, Rudd won six races for his Rudd Performance Motorsports team he operated from 1994-1999, including the 1997 Brickyard 400.

Rudd, the 1977 premier series Rookie of the Year, earned a best points finish of second in 1991. He scored at least one win in 16 consecutive seasons (1983-98), which is tied for the third-longest streak in NASCAR premier series history. In 1998, Rudd was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.