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Ricky Craven

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Born: 24 May 1966

A former NASCAR driver and 1995 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ricky Craven page on 15 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Richard Allen "Ricky" Craven is an ESPN broadcaster who works as a NASCAR analyst for the network. Prior to his ESPN duties, he was a NASCAR driver who won in four different series—the K&N Pro Series, and the three national series.[1] He occasionally served as a pit reporter when NASCAR aired on TBS in the mid-1990s. Craven is perhaps most well known for winning the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, beating Kurt Busch in the closest finish in Cup Series history.

Craven began racing at the age of 15 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. In 1984 Craven raced at Wiscasset Raceway in the Late Model Division; in this year he won the track championship along with the Rookie of the Year title.[2] After that, he began running in the American Canadian Tour, where he had rampant success. In 1986, he made his NASCAR debut at Oxford Plains Speedway in his own No. 12, finishing 25th after suffering engine failure. 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, winning ten times in the No. 25 Chevrolet, with two of those ten wins in "combination" races with the Busch Grand National Series, including the prestigious Oxford 250. In addition, he made his Winston Cup debut at Rockingham, starting and finishing 34th for Dick Moroso. He moved to the Busch Series full-time in 1992 in the No. 99 Chevy for Bill Papke, and once again was named Rookie of the Year. In 1993 and 1994, he finished runner-up to Steve Grissom and David Green, respectively, in the championship standings.


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Ricky Craven at the 1997 Pocono 500 1997 Pocono 500
Ricky Craven got a couple of wins with the Cal Wells car but had little success with the Hendrick 25.
Photo by Mike Traverse
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 January 2003NASCAR Winston Cup PreviewWard Burton
Ricky Craven
Jeff Green
23 August 2003Maine Times Profiles NASCAR Driver Ricky CravenMaine Times
7 May 2013NASCAR Media ConferenceKurt Busch
Ricky Craven


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 88Ricky CravenSpeeDee Chevrolet
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC23Ricky Craven#41 Kodiak Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC72Screamin' Steel: Ricky Craven Kodiak#41 Kodiak Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC1331995 Award Winners: Ricky Craven ('95 Rookie of the Year)#41 Kodiak Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC146Role Models: Ricky Craven (Richard Petty)


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