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Encyclopedia > Rick Mast
Richard Mast
Born: March 4, 1957 (1957-03-04) (age 50)
Birthplace: Flag of the United StatesRockridge Baths, Virginia
Awards:
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Statistics
364 races run over 15 years.
Best Cup Position: 18th - 1994 (Winston Cup)
First Race: 1988 Busch 500 (Bristol)
Last Race: 2002 Pontiac Excitement 400 (Richmond)
Wins Top Tens Poles
0 36 4

Rick Mast (born March 4, 1957, in Rockbridge Baths, Virginia) is a former NASCAR driver. He competed in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series before retiring in 2002. Despite never winning in the Cup Series, he was still a fan favorite in the series. is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 20 and ended on Sunday November 13. ... The 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began February 7 and ended November 20. ... The Sharpie 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. ... Grandstand in 2007 Scoring pilon in August 2007 Sign proclaiming the track the Worlds Fastest Half-Mile in 2007 Bristol Motor Speedway, originally known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway is a NASCAR short track located in Bristol, Tennessee. ... The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday February 10 and ended on Sunday November 17. ... The Chevy American Revolution 400 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. ... Richmond International Raceway (RIR) is a A 3/4 mile, D shaped, asphalt race track located outside Richmond, Virginia. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... Most recent champion(s) Kevin Harvick The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs minor league circuit (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations... The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday February 10 and ended on Sunday November 17. ...

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Early & Busch career

Mast grew up in racing as his father and uncle were both race team owners. He began racing at age 16 at Natural Bridge Speedway and Eastside Speedway, after he traded an Angus cow for his first car. After dominating at the hobby track level for the decade, Mast began running the Busch Series in 1982, and had four top-ten finishes in 11 eleven starts in his #22. Mast's first full-time season came in 1985, where he had fifteen top-ten finishes. Two years later, he would win his first NASCAR race at the Grand National 200, then followed it up with another win the next week. He finished 11th in points that year. He improved to eight positions in 1988 the same year he made his Winston Cup debut for Buddy Baker at the Busch 500, finishing 28th at that race. Mast won five races while running full-time the next two years, before focusing his efforts on Cup. Elzie Wylie Buddy Baker, Jr. ... The Sharpie 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. ...


Car #1 years

Mast ran 13 races for Mach 1 Racing in 1989, finishing sixth at the Daytona 500 in an unsponsored car, which Mast called his proudest achievement in racing. He still believes he would have won had his team been willing to gamble on fuel mileage. Mast ran selected races in 1990 for D.K. Ulrich before finishing the year with Travis Carter Motorsports. In 1991, Mast signed to drive the #1 Skoal Classic Oldsmobile for Precision Products Racing. He had three top-tens and finished 21st in points. The next year, Mast won his first career Cup pole at the Hooters 500, but a first-lap crash kept him from challenging for the win. PPR switched to Ford. Mast had a career year in 1994, with ten top-ten finishes, finishing a career-best second at Rockingham Speedway (barely losing to and running almost side-by-side with Dale Earnhardt at the end), as well as winning the pole at the inaugural Brickyard 400, finishing eighteenth in points. 1995 was disappointing in comparison, with only three top-tens. Skoal left at the end of the season, and Hooters replaced them. PPR switched their car manufacturer again, this time Pontiac. He had three top-tens late in the year, but when the season came to a close, he and Hooters left PPR. Mach 1 Racing is a former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup team. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... The 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Sunday February 11 and ended on Sunday November 18. ... Waltrip-Jasper Racing is a NASCAR team. ... Travis Carter Motorsports is a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series team. ... Oldsmobile was a brand of automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. ... The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. ... Ford may mean a number of things: A ford is a river crossing. ... The North Carolina Speedway, affectionately known as The Rock, was home to NASCAR racing from 1966 to 2004. ... This article is about the elder Dale Earnhardt. ... The Allstate 400 at The Brickyard is an annual 400 mile (644 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup points race held each August at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. ... This article is about the two restaurant chains collectively using the shared Hooters brand. ... Pontiac is a marque of automobile produced by General Motors and sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico from 1926 to the present. ...


Late 90s

Mast signed to drive the #75 Remington Arms Ford for RahMoc Enterprises in 1997. An omen of what was to come appeared early as Mast failed to qualify for the Daytona 500, and rumors started about RahMoc co-owner Butch Mock firing Mast after the race. Those rumors were later proved to be unfounded, but the season was a struggle, and Mast finished 32nd in points that year. 1998, started off better as Mast won the pole at the GM Goodwrench Service Plus 400, but the struggles continued, and he left the team when the season came to a close. Remington Arms is a major American manufacturer of rifles, shotguns, other firearms, revolvers and ammunition. ... “Ford” redirects here. ... RahMoc Enterprises is a former NASCAR Winston Cup team. ... The 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 8 and ended on Sunday November 8. ...


After rumors spread that Mast would return to Travis Carter to drive a car sponsored by Kmart, he joined the #98 Cale Yarborough-owned team, despite the fact that the team did not have sponsorship. Midway through the season, the team got sponsorship from Universal Studios, and Mast posted two top-tens and became the first driver since Yarborough to go the whole season without failing to finish a race. Unfortunately, Universal did not renew their contract, and with questions surrounding Yarborough's plans on continuing to own the team, Mast was out of work again. For the Australasian department store chain, see Kmart Australia. ... William Caleb Cale Yarborough (born March 27, 1939 in Timmonsville, South Carolina, near the Famous Darlington Raceway), is a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and was one of the series engaging personalities. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ...


Final years

During the early part of 2000, Mast climbed on board to drive the #41 Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Larry Hedrick Motorsports. But after the Food City 500, Mast departed for A.J. Foyt Racing, and had two top-ten finishes. The 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 13 and ended on Sunday November 20. ... Big Daddys BBQ Sauce NASDAQ: BIGD is a company that produces barbecue sauce. ... The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American mid-size car. ... Larry Hedrick Motorsports is a former NASCAR team. ... The Food City 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. ... A.J. Foyt Enterprises is a racing team in the Indy Racing League that can trace its lineage to cars owned, driven, and sometimes built by A.J. Foyt himself in the 1960s. ...


Mast began 2001 with Midwest Transit Racing, but due to sponsorship issues, they only ran part-time, and Mast soon left to drive the #27 Sauer Pontiac Grand Prix for Eel River Racing, but late in the season, the team closed down, and Mast was out of work once again. Fortunately, he was able to get a deal with Donlavey Racing with Sauer continuing to sponsor for 2002. The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup season began on February 11 and ended on November 23. ... Midwest Transit Racing was a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series team owned and operated by Hal Hicks and Mike Witter. ... The C.F. Sauer Company is a cooking products business that makes extracts and other food products. ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... Eel River Racing was a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup team that operated from 1999 to 2001. ... ... The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday February 10 and ended on Sunday November 17. ...


Not long into the year, Mast began feeling ill suddenly. He had lost weight and was forced to miss races to take medical tests to find out was wrong. It turned he had suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. The illness forced Mast to retire. Today, Rick can be heard weekly on Rowdy Racing News, a podcast devoted to NASCAR news (www.rowdy.com), as an expert commentator. He currently resides in his hometown of Rockbridge Baths, Virginia and owns and operates RKM EnviroClean, Inc. (www.RKMenviroclean.com) which specializes in environmental clean-up services, underground utilities contracting, and site demolition. Additionally, Rick also remains actively involved with his charitable organization, the Rick Mast Foundation (www.RickMastFoundation.com). Carbon monoxide, with the chemical formula CO, is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. ...


Memorable Moments

  • In the 1991 Winston 500, Rick Mast pushed teammate Harry Gant who was running out of fuel to keep him chugging along to make it to checkered flag. NASCAR rules prohibit another car from assisting another on the final lap. Mast was not fined.
  • In 1994, Rick Mast won the first ever pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana (a separate town completely surrounded by Indianapolis) in the United States, is the second-oldest surviving automobile racing track in the world (after the Milwaukee Mile), having existed since 1909, and the original Speedway, the first racing facility historically to incorporate the word. ...

Quotes

"Missing the Daytona 500, took ten years off my life, I'll know when I die of natural causes but if hadn't been for missing that race, I would have lived another ten years.—Mast after missing the 1997 Daytona 500.


External links

  • Rick's career stats
  • First Brickyard Pole Winner Breathing Easier These Days

 
 

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