Timothy Lee Richmond was an American race car driver from Ashland, Ohio. He competed in IndyCar racing before transferring to NASCAR's Winston Cup Series. Richmond was one of the first drivers to change from open wheel racing to NASCAR stock cars full-time, which has since become an industry trend, he won the 1980 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award and had 13 victories during eight NASCAR seasons. Richmond achieved his top NASCAR season in 1986, he won seven races that season, more than any other driver on the tour. When he missed the season-opening Daytona 500 in February 1987, media reported that he had pneumonia; the infection most resulted from his compromised immune system, weakened by AIDS. Despite the state of his health, Richmond competed in eight races in 1987, winning two events and one pole position before his final race in August of that year, he attempted a comeback in 1988 before NASCAR banned him for testing positive for excessive over-the-counter drugs and pseudoephedrine.
Richmond filed a lawsuit against NASCAR after NASCAR insisted they wanted access to his entire medical record before they would reinstate him. After losing the lawsuit, Richmond withdrew from racing. NASCAR stated their original test was a "bad test."Richmond grew up in a wealthy family and lived a freewheeling lifestyle, earning him the nickname "Hollywood". In describing Richmond's influence in racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler said, "We've never had a race driver like Tim in stock car racing, he was a James Dean-like character." When Richmond was cast for a bit part in the 1983 movie Stroker Ace, "He fell right in with the group working on the film," said director Hal Needham. Cole Trickle, the main character in the movie Days of Thunder, played by Tom Cruise, was loosely based on Richmond and his interaction with Harry Hyde and Rick Hendrick. Richmond grew up in Ohio, his parents, Al and Evelyn Richmond, met in the course of their work. Al was a welder for pipe construction companies and Evelyn was a field office manager.
Noticing that highway crews had to dig up the entire highway to lay pipe, Al designed a machine to bore underneath the highway. To market this invention, he founded Richmond Manufacturing, which exported machines worldwide. Tim's driving days started as a toddler when he was given a go-kart that he drove inside buildings and across his lawn, he raced the kart at tracks in Moreland and New Pittsburg. Richmond grew up in a well-to-do family, was sometimes therefore treated differently by his classmates, so his parents enrolled him in Miami Military Academy in Miami, Florida. During his years in Miami and his mother moved to Florida and his father stayed in Ohio. While home in Ohio over a summer break, he met local drag racer Raymond Beadle through lifelong friend Fred Miller; when Richmond reached age 16, his parents purchased him a Pontiac Trans Am, a speedboat and a Piper Cherokee airplane for his birthday. Yet his mother Evelyn worried about spoiling her only son, she once said, "Tim was lazy...", "...
I did everything for him. I ruined him, I admit it, he was my whole life."Richmond excelled in sports. Miami Military Academy named him Athlete of the Year in 1970. Richmond's other interests included flying, he earned his private pilot license at age 16. Following high school graduation, Richmond attended Ashland University for about one year before dropping out. A friend of Richmond's father co-owned a sprint car and Richmond joined the team as a crew member for Dave Shoemaker. In 1976, 21-year-old Richmond took the car onto Lakeville Speedway at Lakeville, Ohio for some practice laps. "Somebody put a stopwatch on me," Richmond said. "I was running laps faster. It was the first time I had driven a race car." Richmond and his father found a red and blue-colored No. 98 car in Pennsylvania, the same number and paint scheme that Richmond used on model cars as a child. In his first competition at the track, officials placed Richmond in the slowest heat, he passed several cars before breaking an axle. Although he made several attempts to get the car pointed in the right direction, the broken axle prevented the car from driving straight.
After being towed to the pits, he parked the car for the rest of the event. That season, they towed the car to Eldora Speedway, only to have Richmond crash the car again. In response, Richmond's father fired him as the driver; the next season, Al Richmond bought a SuperModified better suited to his son's driving style. In 1977 Tim Richmond became both Sandusky Speedway's Rookie of the Year and the SuperModified class track champion. Richmond returned to racing sprint cars in the United States Automobile Club's national sprint car tour in 1978. Competing in 12 races, he finished 30th in points as the series' Rookie of the Year; that year he attended Jim Russell's road racing school at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park, setting a student course record. Richmond raced in a 1978 Mini Indy car event at Phoenix International Raceway, winning the Formula Super Vee support event in a Lola T620; the win attracted sponsors and attention from major owners like Roger Penske. He competed in USAC's Silver Crown series.
Richmond's father bought an Eagle Indy Car chassis and an Offenhauser engine for the 1979 race at Michigan International Speedway. Richmond qualified 21st fastest with a 175.768 mph lap slower
Phillip Parsons, is an American former professional stock car racing driver, team owner, current announcer for FOX NASCAR. He is the younger brother of the late 1973 Winston Cup champion and former NBC/TNT commentator Benny Parsons. After years racing in NASCAR Winston Cup, he returned to the Busch Series where he enjoyed modest success. After his racing career, Parsons embarked on a career as a racing TV commentator, providing color analysis for the Mizlou Television Network, he is now a commentator for FS1's coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He was commentator for the DirecTV NASCAR Hot Pass during Sprint Cup races, he was the starter waving the green flag for the 2007 Daytona 500. In 2008, he along with his wife Marcia became part owners of a new Nationwide Series team, MSRP Motorsports. Phil Parsons began racing in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series; when the Late Model Series became the Busch Series in 1982, Parsons joined the circuit full-time, driving the #28 Skoal Pontiac for Johnny Hayes.
He won his first career race at Bristol Motor Speedway, led the championship points early in the season. He finished fifth in points; the following season, he competed in a limited schedule, 22 out of 35 races, but won four poles and had twelve top-tens, finishing fifth in the points. That season, he ran five Winston Cup races with Hayes in the #66, posting two top-ten starts. In 1984, Hayes and Parsons joined the Cup series and ran twenty-two races, posting three top-8 finishes and ended the season placing 24th in the standings, second behind Rusty Wallace for Rookie of the Year; the same year, his Busch ride was bought by Jack Ingram and he ran five races for him, had two top-five finishes. In 1985, he ran the full season. Motorsports and Roger Hamby's car. Despite four top-tens, he failed to finish thirteen races, wound up 21st in points. In 1986, Parsons ran seventeen races, had a best finish of fifth at Talladega, he finished twenty-seventh in the final standings. The following season, he got his first full-time Cup ride with the Jackson brothers when he signed on to drive their #55 Oldsmobile, garnering seven top-10s and a fourteenth-place finish in the final points standings.
In 1988, Parsons achieved his only Cup win. He had a career-best points finish of ninth that season; the next season however, he only lost his ride at the end of the season. He began 1990 driving the #4 car for Morgan-McClure Motorsports, but was released only three races into the season, he ran at Bristol for Jackson in a one-race deal, finishing the race in 25th, drove for Phil Barkdoll and Lake Speed. He made his most starts with the fledgling Diamond Ridge Motorsports, his best finish with them a 21st at Darlington, he did not run the Cup series in 1991, but rather a handful of Busch races in his own equipment leased from Diamond Ridge. He had two top-10s, including a fourth-place finish at Darlington. After beginning 1992 with a tenth-place at the Daytona 500 with Melling Racing, he returned to Busch to run seven races, had five top-10s. In 1993, Parsons returned to Cup. Despite an 8th-place finish at North Carolina Speedway, Parsons was released near the end of the season. Phil ended the 1993 season with a 9th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway while driving for Butch Mock Motorsports.
In 1994, Parsons returned to the Busch Series on a limited schedule for J&J Racing. He won his second and final Busch race at the Champion 300, finished 25th in points after running just seventeen races, he went back to full-time racing in 1995 in the #99 Luxaire Chevy owned by his wife Marcia, posting nine top-tens and finishing eighth in points. The following season, he switched his car number to #10, he moved down to ninth in points. The next season, he finished in the top-ten in each of the first six races of the season posted a best finish of sixth in points, he made his final Cup debut that season for SABCO Racing at Darlington, when he replaced Joe Nemechek, on bereavement leave. He finished 31st. With sponsorship from Dura Lube in 1998, Parsons matched his 1997 points finish. Alltel joined as primary sponsors for 1999, but Parsons failed to qualify for the NAPA 200 and dropped to fifteenth in the standings. At the end of the season, he merged his team with ST Motorsports to drive the #59 Chevy, finished twelfth in points despite just two top-tens.
His last start in NASCAR competition came at Kentucky Speedway in 2001. Driving the #97 Curb Agajanian Performance Group car, Parsons started fifth but finished 34th after a wreck late in the race. Phil Parsons Career Statistics Parsons on SPEEDtv.com
ESPN is a U. S.-based sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc. a joint venture owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications. The company was founded in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen along with his son Scott Ed Egan. ESPN broadcasts from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut; the network operates offices in Miami, New York City, Seattle and Los Angeles. James Pitaro serves as chairman of ESPN, a position he has held since March 5, 2018 due to the resignation of John Skipper on December 18, 2017. While ESPN is one of the most successful sports networks, there has been much criticism of ESPN, which includes accusations of biased coverage, conflict of interest, controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts; as of January 2016, ESPN is available to 91,405,000 paid television households in the United States. Nielsen has reported a much lower number in 2017, below 90,000,000 subscribers, losing more than 10,000 a day. In addition to the flagship channel and its seven related channels in the United States, ESPN broadcasts in more than 200 countries, operating regional channels in Australia, Latin America and the United Kingdom, owning a 20% interest in The Sports Network as well as its five sister networks in Canada.
In 2011, ESPN's history and rise was chronicled in Those Guys Have All the Fun, a nonfiction book written by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales and published by Little and Company. Bill Rasmussen conceived the concept of ESPN in late May 1978, after he was fired from his job with the World Hockey Association's New England Whalers. One of the first steps in Bill and his son Scott's process was finding land to build the channel's broadcasting facilities; the Rasmussens first rented office space in Plainville, Connecticut. However, the plan to base ESPN there was put on hold because a local ordinance prohibiting buildings from bearing rooftop satellite dishes. Available land area was found in Bristol, with funding to buy the property provided by Getty Oil, which purchased 85% of the company from Bill Rasmussen on February 22, 1979, in an attempt to diversify the company's holdings; this helped the credibility of the fledgling company, however there were still many doubters to the viability of their sports channel concept.
Another event that helped build ESPN's credibility was securing an advertising agreement with Anheuser-Busch in the spring of 1979. Taped in front of a small live audience inside the Bristol studios, it was broadcast to 1.4 million cable subscribers throughout the United States. ESPN's next big break came when the channel acquired the rights to broadcast coverage of the early rounds of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, it first aired the NCAA tournament in March 1980, creating the modern day television event known as "March Madness." The channel's tournament coverage launched the broadcasting career of Dick Vitale, who at the time he joined ESPN, had just been fired as head coach of the Detroit Pistons. In April of that year, ESPN created another made-for-TV spectacle, when it began televising the NFL Draft, it provided complete coverage of the event that allowed rookie players from the college ranks to begin their professional careers in front of a national television audience in ways they were not able to previously.
The next major stepping stone for ESPN came over the course of a couple of months in 1984. During this time period, the American Broadcasting Company purchased 100% of ESPN from the Rasmussens and Getty Oil. Under Getty ownership, the channel was unable to compete for the television rights to major sports events contracts as its majority corporate parent would not provide the funding, leading ESPN to lose out for broadcast deals with the National Hockey League and NCAA Division I college football. For years, the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball refused to consider cable as a means of broadcasting some of their games. However, with the backing of ABC, ESPN's ability to compete for major sports contracts increased, gave it credibility within the sports broadcasting industry. In 1984, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA could no longer monopolize the rights to negotiate the contracts for college football games, allowing each individual school to negotiate broadcast deals of their choice.
ESPN took full advantage and began to broadcast a large number of NCAA football games, creating an opportunity for fans to be able to view multiple games each weekend, the same deal that the NCAA had negotiated with TBS. ESPN's breakthrough moment occurred in 1987, when it secured a contract with the NFL to broadcast eight games during that year's regular season – all of which aired on Sunday nights, marking the first broadcasts of Sunday NFL primetime games. ESPN's Sunday Night Football games would become the highest-rated NFL telecasts for the next 17 years; the channel's decision to broadcast NFL games on Sunday evenings resulted in a decline in viewership for the daytime games shown on the major broadcast networks, marking the first time that ESPN had been a legitimate competitor to NBC and CBS, which had long dominated the sports television market. In 19
Richard Childress Racing
RCR Enterprises, LLC, doing business as Richard Childress Racing, is an American professional stock car racing team that competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The team is based in Welcome, North Carolina, is owned and operated by former driver Richard Childress. In the Cup Series, the team fields three Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams: the No. 3 full-time for Austin Dillon, the No. 8 full-time for Daniel Hemric, the No. 31 part-time for Tyler Reddick. In the Xfinity Series, the team fields three Chevrolet Camaro teams: the No. 2 full-time for Tyler Reddick and the No. 21 part-time for Kaz Grala. RCR has had at least one car qualify for every Cup race since 1972, the longest such active streak. In addition to its in-house Cup Series teams, RCR has several technical alliances and partnerships with other teams. In the MENCS, RCR is allied with Richard Petty Motorsports, Germain Racing, StarCom Racing, while Kaulig Racing enjoys a technical alliance with RCR in the Xfinity Series.
Beyond this, RCR has collaborative agreements with Tommy Baldwin Racing, Beard Motorsports and Premium Motorsports, although these are not technical alliances. RCR has won NASCAR's Premier Cup Series championship six times, all with driver Dale Earnhardt, as well as the Daytona 500 three times. RCR has fielded cars for notables such as Jeff Burton, Mike Skinner, Ricky Rudd, Neil Bonnett, Clint Bowyer. RCR debuted at the 1969 Talladega 500 as a 1968 Chevrolet numbered 13. Childress himself drove the car. In 1972, the team came back to run fourteen races with Childress driving again, but didn't go full-time until 1976 when he would begin using the No. 3. Childress finished eleventh in points that year. Over the next few years, he posted many top-10s and twice was among the highest top 10 points earners, but he never was in serious contention to win. In 1981, he decided to end his career before the season ended, handed his No. 3 ride to the defending Winston Cup champion, Dale Earnhardt, who brought his Wrangler sponsorship with him.
After posting six-top tens, Earnhardt left to drive for Bud Moore, Ricky Rudd took his place for the 1982 season, with Piedmont Airlines becoming the sponsor. Rudd drove the car for both 1982 and 1983 finishing 9th in points both years, winning twice in the latter, but after the season was over, Rudd was replaced by Earnhardt, with Wrangler back as sponsor (in an odd twist of fate, Rudd moved to Earnhardt's old ride, the No. 15 Bud Moore Engineering Wrangler-sponsored Ford Thunderbird, which kept its sponsorship despite Earnhardt leaving. This time, Earnhardt was back for good, winning six championships over the next two decades, with crew chiefs Kirk Shelmerdine and Andy Petree, Goodwrench replacing Wrangler as the primary sponsor after 1987. In the late 1990s Earnhardt's performance began to slow down, went through 1997 without a victory; the next year, he won the Daytona 500 after 20 starts. The year after that one, he was able to score wins at Talladega, as well as cause more controversy, after he spun Terry Labonte out to win a race at Bristol.
In 2000, he looked like he was regaining his old form, winning twice and finishing runner-up to Bobby Labonte in points, his many fans hoped he was gearing up for his record-breaking 8th championship. However, this was not to be. On December 11, 2013, Richard Childress announced that his eldest grandson Austin Dillon would replace Harvick for 2014 and contend for Rookie of the Year honors. In addition, the car was renumbered back to the 3, which had not been used since Dale Earnhardt's death, though RCR continued to pay for the rights to the number. New sponsor Dow Chemical and existing RCR sponsors General Mills, American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, Realtree, came on to fund the return of the No. 3. Austin had run the number in prior competition, including championship seasons in the Truck and Nationwide Series, as did his younger brother Ty; the transition back to 3 has been met with mixed reactions, with some fans welcoming the move with open arms, others turning their backs on RCR and NASCAR as a whole due to accusations of disrespect towards the late Earnhardt, that the number 3 should have been retired, despite the fact that Austin got blessing to drive the number from Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kelly Earnhardt, Kerry Earnhardt, the long time friend and pit crew member of Dale Sr, Chocolate Myers.
In addition to the return of the number 3, Austin was set to compete with what many deemed to be the strongest rookie class in the series' history, including talented youngster Kyle Larson and his runner-up for Nationwide Series ROTY Alex Bowman, Nationwide champion Justin Allgaier and Nationwide veteran Michael Annett, former big team development drivers Parker Kligerman, Ryan Truex, Cole Whitt. Larson and Dillon were viewed as the top contenders for the title. Dillon opened up 2014 with a bang, winning the pole at the season opening Daytona 500 finishing ninth in the race after avoiding serious damage in a lap 145 wreck involving 13 cars. Though his results were not spectacular, Dillon's results were consistent,and finishing 20th in points, losing Rookie of the Year to Kyle Larson. In the 2015 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona on July 5, Dillon started on the outside of the front row after qualifying was rained out, led the first eight laps. Coming to the checkered flag, Dillon was hit in the left front tire by the spinning car of Denny Hamlin, causing him to flip into the catchfence over two rows of cars.
Dillon climbed out of the car unharmed, save for a br
Waymond Lane "Hut" Stricklin Jr. is an American former professional stock car racing driver. Stricklin grew up in Alabama, he married Pam Allison, the daughter of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison after they were introduced by her cousin Davey. Stricklin was the last member of the Alabama Gang. In 1987, Stricklin won NASCAR's Dash Series championship and made his debut in the Winston Cup Series. Two years he finished second to Dick Trickle in the NASCAR Rookie of the Year competition with car owner Rod Osterlund. In his sophomore season, he competed in only three events before taking over the driving chores of Bobby Allison's No. 12 Raybestos Brakes-sponsored Buick. 1991 turned out to be one of his best seasons, as he finished 16th in points as well as a career high second-place finish, at Michigan International Speedway. With eight races left in the 1992 season, Stricklin left Allison's team and after a few races driving for Junie Donlavey, he picked up a ride for 1993 with Junior Johnson, driving the No. 27 McDonald's-sponsored Ford.
In 1994, Stricklin paired with owner Travis Carter to form a new team, the No. 23 Camel Cigarettes-sponsored Ford. It was a disappointing year for Stricklin, finishing 26th in points. After Stricklin failed to find a ride for 1995, he served as a consultant for Kenny Bernstein's rookie driver Steve Kinser, a World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion, struggling to transition from dirt to pavement. During the season, Kinser resigned, Stricklin took over, posting five top 10 finishes; however the team closed at the end of the year. Stricklin joined the Stavola Brothers Racing No. 8 Circuit City-sponsored Ford in 1996. He had a second-place finish at Darlington Raceway, ended up 22nd in the points standings that year. In 1998, Stricklin went between jobs, first driving the No. 8 car, which closed because of sponsorship troubles driving substitute duty for David Green and Robert Pressley for the rest of the year. 1999 presented Stricklin with a new challenge. He was now the crew chief for Gary Bradberry's No. 78 Ford for Triad Motorsports.
When that team was sold, Stricklin took over the No. 58 Ford for SBIII Motorsports. He posted some of the best finishes of the year for that team, including a top-ten finish at Michigan. Despite posting three consecutive DNQs, Stricklin appeared to have found solid footing, as Barbour announced that he would be his driver through 2003, would have Motorsports Safety Technologies as his sponsor. However, sponsorship again plagued Stricklin, as shortly after signing the deal, MST produced a bounced check, causing Barbour's team to close its doors for good. In 2000, Stricklin finished 14th; the next year he had a sixth-place finish at Michigan. However, sponsor Hills Brothers wanted to find a new team, they both moved to Bill Davis' No. 23 Dodge. In 2002, Stricklin was soon released; that was the last year. Official website Hut Stricklin driver statistics at Racing-Reference Stricklin out of Winston Cup Ride
Hendrick Motorsports named All Star Racing, is an American professional stock car racing team that competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team, created in 1984 by Rick Hendrick, is one of stock car racing's premier organizations; as of 2018, Hendrick Motorsports has won twelve Monster Energy Cup Series owners and drivers championships, three Truck Series owners and drivers titles, one Nationwide Series drivers crown, 252 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories, 26 Xfinity Series wins, 26 Camping World Truck Series victories. As of the 2016 season, the team has won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on every track on the current circuit – except for Kentucky Speedway, which has only been on the circuit since 2011. Hendrick Motorsports fields four full-time Monster Energy Cup Series teams with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, including the No. 9 NAPA/Hooters/Mountain Dew/Kelley Blue Book for Chase Elliott, the No. 24 Liberty University/Axalta/UniFirst/Hertz for William Byron, the No. 48 Ally Financial for Jimmie Johnson, the No. 88 Nationwide Insurance/Axalta Coating Systems/LLumar/Valvoline for Alex Bowman.
The team fielded teams in the now-NASCAR Xfinity Series before merging its efforts with JR Motorsports. Hendrick Motorsports fielded several trucks in the NASCAR Truck Series, most for development driver Chase Elliott in 2013; the team has fielded cars in the past for many NASCAR drivers, including Hall of Famers Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Terry Labonte, Darrell Waltrip and Benny Parsons and other notables such as Geoff Bodine, Tim Richmond, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Ricky Craven, Joe Nemechek, Kyle Busch, Casey Mears, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. All Hendrick race cars are constructed start-to-finish at the 100-plus acre Hendrick Motorsports complex in Concord, North Carolina. More than 550 engines are built or re-built on-site each year, with the team leasing some of those to Chip Ganassi Racing, they have a technical alliance with JTG Daugherty Racing. Hendrick Motorsports employs over 500 people. Since 1995, Hendrick Motorsports have won 12 NASCAR Premier series championships.
What is now Hendrick Motorsports was founded prior to the 1984 season by Rick Hendrick, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based car dealership owner who operates a network of dealerships called Hendrick Auto Group. The team was formed along with longtime crew chief and car builder Harry Hyde, NHRA and NASCAR team owner Raymond Beadle, music entrepreneur C. K. Spurlock as All-Star Racing; the team, called Hendrick Motorsports by 1985, expanded to two full-time cars in 1986, three in 1987, four in 2002. HMS was one of the first teams in NASCAR to be successful operating multiple entries, based on the model used at the Hendrick dealerships; the team has been credited for innovations in engine construction and pit crew training. The No. 5 debuted in 1984 under the banner "All Star Racing" with five employees, rented equipment, two cars, with the highest-paid person's wages at only $500/week. The team had planned to field a car for seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty with funding from country music business mogul C.
K. Spurlock, but the deal failed to materialize. Afterwards, Hendrick attempted to hire Tim Richmond Dale Earnhardt, but did not; as a result, the team signed former Rookie of the Year Geoff Bodine to drive the unsponsored No. 5 Chevy Monte Carlo for 1984. After a slow start seven races into the season, Hendrick informed Bodine and crew chief Harry Hyde that he planned to shut down the team due to funding trouble. Instead and the team won at Martinsville Speedway, leading to sponsorship from Northwestern Security Life. If we hadn't won that race literally the next Monday we were going to shut it down." The team finished ninth in points. Levi Garrett came on to sponsor the No. 5 Chevy in 1985 as part of a multi-year deal. Despite not winning a race that year, Bodine improved to fifth in points; the team became a two-car operation when Dick Brooks drove the No. 1 Exxon Chevy at Charlotte Motor Speedway, in what proved to be Brooks' last NASCAR race. Hendrick expanded into a multi-car team with Bodine and Tim Richmond as drivers.
Bodine posted an eighth-place finish in points. His younger brother, raced as a teammate in the World 600 that year. Bodine went winless again in finishing thirteenth in points. Bodine won one race each of the next two years before leaving for Junior Johnson & Associates in 1990. Ricky Rudd took Bodine's place, winning once at Watkins Glen International, finishing seventh in points. For 1991, the team received sponsorship from Tide as part of the car's merger with Darrell Waltrip's old team. Winning one race that year, Rudd finished a career high second in points behind champion Dale Earnhardt. On the final lap of that year's race at Sears Point Raceway, second-place Rudd spun out leader Davey Allison on the last turn and went on to win. NASCAR awarded Allison the win. Rudd won once each of the next two years. Dissatisfied with the distribution of resources within HMS's multiple teams, Rudd left to form his own team, taking Tide with him. Rudd's replacement was 1984; the car received sponsorship from their Corn flakes brand.
Labonte won three races each in 1994 and 1995, defeated teammate Jeff Gordon for the 1996 Winston Cup championship by 37 points. Labonte won one race each of t
Ned Jarrett is a retired race car driver and two-time NASCAR Grand National Series champion. He was best known for his calm demeanor and he became known as "Gentleman Ned Jarrett", he is the father of former drivers Glenn Dale Jarrett. Jarrett was introduced to cars early in life: his father let him drive the family car to church on Sunday mornings when he was nine years old. Jarrett started working for his father in the sawmill by the time he was 12, but racing was what he wanted. Ned drove in his first race in 1952 at Hickory Motor Speedway, he drove a Sportsman Series Ford that he co-owned with his brother-in-law, finished tenth. This did not go over well with his father, his father told him. Once, his brother-in-law asked Jarrett to fill in for him. Jarrett came in second in that race; that worked out so smoothly that Jarrett drove in a few more races under an assumed name, but was caught by his father after winning a race. His father told him. Jarrett raced in his first Grand National Series race in the 1953 Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway.
He was out after 10 laps. Jarrett was the 1955 track champion at Hickory Motor Speedway. Jarrett came in second driving in the Sportsman Series in 1956, won the 1957 and 1958 championships. In 1959, he was looking to pursue a career in the Grand National Series, he purchased a Junior Johnson Ford for $2,000. He did not have enough money to cover the check, so he waited until the bank closed to write the check, entered two races, won them both to cover the cost of his car. In 1960, he won five races, before winning the 1961 Grand National championship with 22 top-five finishes and 34 top-ten finishes out of 46 races, with one win. One indicator of the personal character of "Gentleman Ned" Jarrett is demonstrated by the decision to sell his 1961 Chevrolet to Wendell Scott who travelled from his Virginia home to Jarrett's shop on West "A" Street in Newton, NC, to take delivery of the Chevy Bel Air when Jarrett changed to Fords in 1962. Scott hauled the old blue coupe away on the back of an open trailer.
Bobby Isaac frequented the shop on West A Street during this period when Bud Alman was the crew chief assisted by mechanic "John Carl" Ervin. Ervin became crew chief to Jarrett and the No. 11 Fords. Jarrett was once overheard talking with Alman and Ervin about the need to "run all the races" to win the championship. Schedules in those days sometimes included more than one race per week. Among the unique tracks of the early era was Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the area around the football field inside the Bowman Gray Stadium; the race schedule was difficult. The race teams were smaller having only one or two paid members. For example, Jarrett required significant effort in order to prepare for the 1963 Daytona 500 race when the latest "fastback" body was introduced by Ford. Alman and Ervin removed most of the body from a 1962 Ford "fatback" dirt car. Next, the two air-chiseled the new body from a 1963 fastback and fitted it onto the old body and chassis; this hybrid body became the car Jarrett drove to third in the "fastback Ford" sweep at Daytona that year.
In 1964, Jarrett joined team owner Bondy Long and with the support of Ford won 15 times but lost the championship to Richard Petty. Jarrett picked up his first superspeedway win, at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 1965, Jarrett became a star when he won another Grand National championship, he placed among the top five in 42 of the 54 races. The 1965 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway was one of the wildest races in NASCAR history. Rookie driver Buren Skeen died. Sam McQuagg was leading the race. Yarborough flew over the guardrail, rolled around six times, ended up at the end of the parking lot by a light post. Yarborough waved to the crowd. A video clip of the wreck was used on ABC's Wide World of Sports for several years. With 44 laps left, Fred Lorenzen and Darel Dieringer were fighting for the lead far ahead of Jarrett. Lorenzen's motor expired, before he could get into the pits Dieringer's motor started smoking too. Dieringer continued at a slower pace to finish third; the race was won by Jarrett by 14 laps and 2 car lengths or 19.25 miles, the farthest margin of victory in NASCAR history.
In 1966, Jarrett raced in only 21 of 49 races. When Ford announced that they were withdrawing from NASCAR, Jarrett decided that it was time to retire at the age of 34. Jarrett is the only driver to retire as the NASCAR champion. Ervin remained as a crew chief to the Jarrett family for years. Ervin would become crew chief for Dale Jarrett in the No. 32 Busch car owned by DAJ racing. Jarrett left racing and dealt in real estate and other business ventures before coming back to racing as a broadcaster, he was the track promoter for Hickory Motor Speedway. In the early 1960s, Ned began a radio program on WNNC in North Carolina, his taped show was replayed and locally sponsored, in part by station owner Earl Holder, who gave him both a taping facility and recording studio time for a moderate rate to fill in local programming. It is believed by some that this radio station, WNNC, where Dr. Jerry Punch began h