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June 7, 2010 | Jim Peltz
Convinced that one of his rivals carelessly wrecked him just as the race neared its end, a furious NASCAR driver parked his car next to his rival's when the race was over, climbed out and launched a verbal attack on his foe as crew members and officials strained to keep the two apart. Joey Logano on Sunday? Yes. But also Kevin Harvick seven years ago. Logano is the rising star at Joe Gibbs Racing who, at 20, is in his second year in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. He's already won one Cup race and yet, until Sunday, also had a reputation for turning the other cheek when rivals bumped him around.
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June 7, 2010 | Jim Peltz
Convinced that one of his rivals carelessly wrecked him just as the race neared its end, a furious NASCAR driver parked his car next to his rival's when the race was over, climbed out and launched a verbal attack on his foe as crew members and officials strained to keep the two apart. Joey Logano on Sunday? Yes. But also Kevin Harvick seven years ago. Logano is the rising star at Joe Gibbs Racing who, at 20, is in his second year in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. He's already won one Cup race and yet, until Sunday, also had a reputation for turning the other cheek when rivals bumped him around.
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August 9, 2004 | Martin Henderson
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August 9, 2004 | Martin Henderson
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, heard, observed, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. One exception: No products will be endorsed. What: "NASCAR Adrenaline, Vol. 1" DVD. Producers: NASCAR Images. Price: $19.99. Using footage that should get your blood boiling, this DVD, with Steve Byrnes as host, is aimed at those people who attend races to see the crashes.
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June 21, 1993 | From Associated Press
Ricky Rudd likened his victory in Sunday's Miller Genuine Draft 400 at Brooklyn, Mich., to the fable of the tortoise and the hare. "We couldn't outrun him, so we outlasted him," Rudd said after inheriting the lead nine laps from the end when Mark Martin, clearly the class of the NASCAR Winston Cup field at Michigan International Speedway, ran out of gas. Martin led 141 of the 200 laps but knew he was in trouble after making a green-flag pit stop with 55 laps to go.
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September 21, 1992 | From Associated Press
Ricky Rudd won a gamble that his worn tires had enough rubber to finish the race Sunday, breaking a 47-race drought by taking the Peak Antifreeze 500 at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Del. Rudd held off Bill Elliott by 41-hundredths of a second to win for the first time since April 7, 1991, at Darlington S.C. "It wasn't my strategy," Rudd said. "The guys in the pits made the decision."
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March 4, 2000 | By SHAV GLICK,
Ricky Rudd lost his longtime sponsor last year and had to auction off what was left of his racing team to pay bills. At the time, Scott Pruett was driving open-wheel champ cars in CART. Sunday, in the CarsDirect.Com 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Rudd and Pruett will start on the front row, each in a Ford Taurus, after qualifying at record speeds Friday. Rudd did a lap around the smooth-surfaced 1 1/2-mile oval at 172.563 mph, nearly two miles faster than Bobby Labonte's year-old mark of 170.
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August 3, 1997 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Brickyard 400 wasn't exactly a motorized version of the Tortoise and the Hare, but no one among the estimated 350,000 in attendance felt that Ricky Rudd had as fast a car as Dale Jarrett or Jeff Gordon. Not even Rudd. But it was Rudd, a quiet man from Chesapeake, Va., with a light foot and infinite patience--and a touch of luck--who took the checkered flag and a check for $571,000 on a warm, humid Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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June 24, 2002 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1989, Ricky Rudd won the first NASCAR race at Sears Point Raceway, one of two road courses on the Winston Cup schedule. On Sunday, Rudd won the first NASCAR race at Infineon Raceway, as of Saturday the new name for the picturesque, two-mile hillside circuit in Sonoma Valley that has been called Sears Point all these years. It wasn't easy, but it was unexpected.
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September 9, 2001 | Martin Henderson
Veteran Ricky Rudd showed Kevin Harvick that experience counts Saturday night, passing the aggressive rookie with six laps to go and winning the Monte Carlo 400 Winston Cup race at Richmond, Va. Rudd, who became the second driver in a span of six laps to be bumped off the lead by Harvick on the 383rd of 400 laps, passed Harvick back on the inside of the fourth turn to win for the second time this season.
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June 18, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ricky Rudd figured because he was winning the race, something bad was bound to happen. And with Jeff Gordon closing at the end Sunday, the script seemed perfect for another defeat. But Rudd outlasted Gordon, had enough fuel to finish and broke an 88-race drought to win the Pocono 500 at Long Pond, Pa., for his first win since 1998. "Earlier, I thought I was going to finish third, then I realized, 'Hey, this thing is sticking in the corners,' "he said.
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June 11, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jeff Gordon survived two restarts Sunday and a tense battle with Ricky Rudd in the final two laps of the Kmart 400 at Brooklyn, Mich., to give Hendrick Motorsports its 100th victory. "That's a true mark of a championship-caliber team--to be able to stay calm, regroup and come back in," said Gordon, who led 143 of 200 laps. Gordon, coming off two consecutive disappointing seasons, won for the second consecutive week and took the Winston Cup points lead by 26 over Dale Jarrett.
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April 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
Dale Jarrett figured he had the choice between a decent finish and possibly a victory. It was an easy call. Jarrett disregarded the supertire strategy with five laps to go Sunday, using a set of tires 50 laps fresher than those of teammate Ricky Rudd to pass Rudd with five laps left and win the Virginia 500 Winston Cup race at Martinsville, Va.
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August 4, 2000 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even the pole-sitter seemed disappointed that Darrell Waltrip's stunning qualifying lap Thursday missed putting "Ol' DW" on the pole for Saturday's Brickyard 400. "I kind of hated to do that," Ricky Rudd said after his stock car record lap of 181.068 mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pushed Waltrip to the outside of the front row after the 53-year-old three-time Winston Cup champion had earlier run a record 180.923.
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April 8, 1991 | From Associated Press
Having tried to forget where he was, Ricky Rudd had a hard time convincing himself that he really won at Darlington, S.C. Rudd not only won, he ran the fastest race ever Sunday at the oldest NASCAR superspeedway for his first victory at Darlington Raceway. "I really had to downplay . . . where we were running," Rudd said after winning the TranSouth 500. "I detuned myself so much not to get excited and make a mistake that really it hadn't sunk in." Rudd, driving a Chevrolet, averaged 135.594 m.p.
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September 15, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Ricky Rudd, overcoming a penalty that cost him a lap, rallied to win the Delaware 500 NASCAR stock car race Sunday. It was Rudd's second victory of the season and the sixth of his career. He beat runner-up Neil Bonnett by 5.08 seconds before 50,000 fans at Dover Downs International Speedway. Rudd averaged 114.322 m.p.h. and won $51,500 from the total purse of $405,895. The Chesapeake, Va.
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March 4, 2000 | By SHAV GLICK,
Ricky Rudd lost his longtime sponsor last year and had to auction off what was left of his racing team to pay bills. At the time, Scott Pruett was driving open-wheel champ cars in CART. Sunday, in the CarsDirect.Com 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Rudd and Pruett will start on the front row, each in a Ford Taurus, after qualifying at record speeds Friday. Rudd did a lap around the smooth-surfaced 1 1/2-mile oval at 172.563 mph, nearly two miles faster than Bobby Labonte's year-old mark of 170.
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February 20, 2000 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The difference between Ricky Rudd owning his own race team while worrying about making the payroll and driving for a well-funded team owned by Robert Yates is the difference between 29th place and the front row for the Daytona 500. Rudd started 29th last year and finished 30th. Today he will be alongside Yates Racing teammate Dale Jarrett, the pole-sitter and defending series champion, when NASCAR opens its 2000 Winston Cup season at Daytona International Speedway.
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