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Encyclopedia > Ricky Craven
Ricky Craven
Born: May 24, 1966
Birthplace: Newburgh, Maine
Awards: 1990 Busch North Rookie of the Year

1991 Busch North Champion May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (145th in leap years). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... Newburgh is a town located in Penobscot County, Maine. ... This article is about the year. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


1992 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The NASCAR Rookie of the Year award is presented to the first-year driver that has the best season. ...


1995 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year The Rookie of the Year award is given by a number of North American sports leagues to the top first-time professional athlete of the season. ...

NASCAR Cup statistics
Car #, Team Unemployed
Previous Year NEXTEL Cup Position: 34th
Best Cup Position: 15th - 2002 (Winston Cup)
First Race: 1991 AC Delco 500 (Rockingham)
First Win: 2001 Old Dominon 500 (Martinsville)
Last Win: 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 (Darlington)
Wins Top Tens Poles
2 41 6
All stats current as of December 15, 2005.

Ricky Craven is a NASCAR driver. He last drove in NEXTEL Cup in 2004 and raced in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2005. He does not have a job at this time. He is considered to be one of the "comeback drivers" in NASCAR. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NASCAR Nextel Cup logo NEXTEL Cup trophy, adopted in 2004 4-time champion Jeff Gordon poses with the Winston Cup trophy (used prior to 2004) The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... The 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup season began on Saturday, February 7 and ended on Sunday, November 21. ... The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday February 10 and ended on Sunday November 17. ... The North Carolina Speedway, affectionately known as The Rock, was home to NASCAR racing from 1966 to 2004. ... Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation-owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Martinsville, Virginia. ... The 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday February 8 and ended on Sunday November 16. ... Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 is the name given to the annual spring NASCAR Nextel Cup race held at Darlington Raceway. ... Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. ... December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ...

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Beginnings

Growing up in New England, racing wasn't the first thing on Craven's mind. But at the age of 15, he began racing at Unity Raceway, winning twice as well as the Rookie of the Year award. The next year, he won 12 feature events and the track championship. After that, he began running in the Canadian-American tour, where he had rampant success. In 1986, he made his NASCAR debut at Oxford Plains Speedway in his own #12, finishing 25th after suffering engine faliure. Four years later, he began running the Busch North Series, winning the Rookie of the Year award. In 1991, he was named the champion in that series. In addition, he made his Winston Cup debut at Rockingham, starting and finishing 34th, as well as winning two races in the Busch Series running a limited schedule. He moved to the Busch Series full-time in 1992, and once again was named Rookie of the Year. In 1993 & 1994, he finished runner-up to Steve Grissom and David Green, respectively, in the championship standings. This performace caught the eye of several Winston Cup team owners. NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division, and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel Cup. ... The NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award is presented to the first-year driver that has the best season. ... Steve Grissom is a NASCAR Busch Series driver. ... David Green from Owensboro, KY was born January 28, 1958. ...


Hedrick/Hendrick

In 1995, Craven teamed up with Larry Hedrick Motorsports and Kodiak to run for Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. Craven qualified for all 31 races, finished in the top-ten four times, and was able to defeat Robert Pressley for the top rookie award. For his efforts, he was rewarded with a partial ownership share in the team. His performance improved even more in 1996, winning two poles and nailing down a 20th place finish in points. At the end of the year, he was given the opportunity of a lifetime, to drive the #25 for the premier Hendrick Motorsports team. Craven obviously signed immediately, and at first, the future seemed bright, as Craven finished in the top-five in the first two races, but it was soon disrupted. While practicing for the inaugural Interstate Batteries 500, Craven crashed hard into the wall. He missed two races due to a concussion suffered from the wreck. It didn't seem to affect him at first, as he won the Winston Open and finished a career-best 19th in points. Hopes were high in 1998, but after the season started, the side effects of the concussion began to creep out, and Craven was forced onto the sidelines until he got better. He returned at his home track at New Hampshire International Speedway later that year, and to the surprise of everyone, won the pole. After four races however, it was obvious he had rushed his return and left Hendrick permanately, and didn't return until the final three races of the season, filling in for Ernie Irvan at MB2 Motorsports. Larry Hedrick Motorsports is a former NASCAR team. ... Kodiak is: An island and borough in Alaska A city located on that island A type of bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, also known as the Alaskan Brown bear A type of snus, made of premium wintergreen tobacco. ... Robert Pressley from Asheville, NC was born April 8, 1959. ... Hendrick Motorsports is a group of NASCAR racing teams started by Rick Hendrick in 1984 under the name All Star Racing. ... The Samsung/Radio Shack 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas USA. Past Winners 2005 Greg Biffle 2004 Elliott Sadler 2003 Ryan Newman 2002 Matt Kenseth 2001 Dale Jarrett 2000 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ... New Hampshire International Speedway is a 1. ... Ernie Irvan (born January 13, 1959 in Salinas, California) is a former race car driver in NASCAR. Wife: Kim Baker Irvan Married: November 21, 1992 Children: Jordan (August 12, 1993), Jared (February 9, 1998) Parents: Vic & Jo Irvan Career highlights 15 career NASCAR Winston Cup victories 22 career NASCAR Winston... MB2/MBV Motorsports (founded in 1996) is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series team based in Concord, North Carolina, which is near Charlotte. ...


Victory Lane

Craven's SBIII ride in 1999.
Craven's SBIII ride in 1999.

For 1999, Craven decided to sign up to drive the #58 Ford Taurus for SBIII Motorsports, a brand new team in NASCAR. The result was dissapointing, as Craven did not finish any better than 19th while he drove the car. After he failed to qualify for the Coca-Cola 600, he was replaced by Loy Allen Jr. in the car, and he was once again unemployed. Not too long after that, he signed up with another new team, Midwest Transit Racing who had struggled with rookie Dan Pardus at the wheel. The combination had satisfactory results, and the combo immediately decided to sign up again for 2000. Unfortunately, thanks to DNQ's and a tight budget, Craven didn't even run half the races that year. By the end of the season, he was already talking to Cal Wells, owner of PPI Motorsports. In January the next year, it was announced he would replace Scott Pruett in PPI's #32 Tide Ford. This time, success was more evident, as Craven shockingly won the pole at the summer race at Michigan International Speedway. And at the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Craven held off Dale Jarrett in the closing laps for his first career Winston Cup win. 2002 was even better, as he won two poles, finished in the top-ten nine times, and finished a career-best 15th in points. Craven would forever become a part of NASCAR history in 2003, when at the spring race at Darlington Speedway, he battled Kurt Busch for the win, defeating him by a mere fraction of a second in what is considered by many to be the most exciting finish in NASCAR history. Unfortunately, Craven couldn't carry that milestone over for the rest of the year, and dropped twelve spots in points. After he didn't post a single top-ten finish three-quarters of the way through the 2004 season, he was replaced by Bobby Hamilton Jr., and only returned to run at his home track at New Hampshire. Still Craven was able to land another job, just in another series. He signed to drive the #99 Superchips Ford for Roush Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series. Despite a win at Martinsville Speedway and a fourteenth place finish in points, he and Roush parted ways when the season came to a close. Image File history File links 58turbine. ... Image File history File links 58turbine. ... The Ford Taurus is a midsize car sold by the Ford Motor Company in North America. ... Barbours #58 NASCAR team. ... The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly World 600) is a six hundred mile (966 km) stock car race held annually at Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend. ... Loy Allen Jr. ... Midwest Transit Racing was a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series team owned and operated by Hal Hicks and Mike Witter. ... Dan Pardus is an autoracing driver. ... PPI Motorsports is a race team which competes in the Nextel Cup Series. ... Scott Pruett (born March 24, 1960 in Sacramento, California) is an American race car driver who has competed in NASCAR, Champ Car, IMSA, Trans Am and Grand-Am. ... A bottle of Tide with Bleach Alternative. ... Ford may mean a number of things: A ford is a river crossing. ... Michigan International Speedway is a two-mile (3. ... The Subway 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. ... Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation-owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Martinsville, Virginia. ... Dale Jarrett prior to the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. ... The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday February 10 and ended on Sunday November 17. ... The 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday February 8 and ended on Sunday November 16. ... Kurt Busch (left) talks with team owner Jack Roush. ... The 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup season began on Saturday, February 7 and ended on Sunday, November 21. ... Bobby Hamilton, Jr (born January 8, 1978) in Nashville, Tennessee is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver currently driving the #32 Tide Chevrolet for PPI Motorsports. ... Superchips is an automotive product that tunes cars with computer controlled fuel-injection systems. ... Roush Racing is one of the premiere racing teams of NASCAR. It was founded in 1988 as a branch of owner Jack Roushs successful automotive engineering and road-racing equipment business based in Livonia, Michigan. ... NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series logo The Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ...


Presently

Currently, Craven does not have a ride. He is putting together his own Craftsman Truck team for 2006, but that will only run part-time. He has stated that he refuses to sign with a team that will not offer him a winning opportunity.


External links

  • Official Website
  • Ricky's Message Board
  • Ricky's stats on Racing Reference
  • Ricky Craven Cup Stats
  • Ricky Craven Busch Stats
  • Ricky Craven Truck Stats
  • Ricky Craven Biography
  • Ricky Craven Allsports Fan Page
  • Yahoo Stats
  • Ricky Craven News
  • Homestead-Miami 2003 Trackside Report
  • [http://www.allsports.com/winstoncup/

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Ricky Craven - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (958 words)
Craven qualified for all 31 races, finished in the top-ten four times, and was able to defeat Robert Pressley for the top rookie award.
Craven obviously signed immediately, and at first, the future seemed bright, as Craven finished in the top-five in the first two races, but it was soon disrupted.
Craven would forever become a part of NASCAR history in 2003, when at the spring race at Darlington Speedway, he battled Kurt Busch for the win, defeating him by a mere fraction of a second in what is considered by many to be the most exciting finish in NASCAR history.
Media.Ford.com: Ricky Craven Driver Bio (400 words)
Ricky Craven is set to start a new chapter in his NASCAR racing career when he pilots the No. 99 Ford F-150 in the Craftsman Truck Series this season.
Craven became a journeyman driver during the ‘99 and 2000 seasons before being tabbed to drive a PPI Motorsports Ford in ‘01.
Craven was quick to show he has not been hampered by injury and scored his first Cup victory at Martinsville Speedway in October ‘01.
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