Joe Ruttman

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Joe Ruttman
Joe Ruttman 1996.jpg
Born(1944-10-28) October 28, 1944 (age 68)
Upland, California, United States
Achievements1980 USAC Stock Car champion
Awards1978 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
255 race(s) run over 20 year(s)
Best finish12th (1983)
First race1963 Riverside 500 (Riverside)
Last race2004 MBNA America 400 (Dover)
WinsTop tensPoles
0603
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
21 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
Best finish41st (1985)
First race1982 Sportsman 200 (Dover)
Last race2005 Aaron's 312 (Talladega)
First win1982 Sportsman 200 (Dover)
WinsTop tensPoles
150
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
172 race(s) run over 9 year(s)
Best finish2nd (1995)
First race1995 Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race2007 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 (Gateway)
First win1995 Pizza Plus 150 (Bristol)
Last win2001 Jelly Belly 200 (Pikes Peak)
WinsTop tensPoles
1311117
Statistics current as of April 22, 2013.
 
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Joe Ruttman
Joe Ruttman 1996.jpg
Born(1944-10-28) October 28, 1944 (age 68)
Upland, California, United States
Achievements1980 USAC Stock Car champion
Awards1978 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
255 race(s) run over 20 year(s)
Best finish12th (1983)
First race1963 Riverside 500 (Riverside)
Last race2004 MBNA America 400 (Dover)
WinsTop tensPoles
0603
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
21 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
Best finish41st (1985)
First race1982 Sportsman 200 (Dover)
Last race2005 Aaron's 312 (Talladega)
First win1982 Sportsman 200 (Dover)
WinsTop tensPoles
150
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
172 race(s) run over 9 year(s)
Best finish2nd (1995)
First race1995 Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race2007 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 (Gateway)
First win1995 Pizza Plus 150 (Bristol)
Last win2001 Jelly Belly 200 (Pikes Peak)
WinsTop tensPoles
1311117
Statistics current as of April 22, 2013.

Joe Ruttman (born October 28, 1944, in Upland, California), is an American former racecar driver. He currently lives in Franklin, Tenn. He actively competed in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series and is a 13 time winner in the Truck Series, the seventh most wins by any driver in the Truck Series.

USAC Stock Cars[edit]

He was the 1978 United States Automobile Club (USAC) Stock Car Rookie of the Year, and the 1980 series champion.[1]

NASCAR[edit]

Ruttman's 1983 NASCAR Cup car

He made his Grand National debut in 1963 at Riverside International Raceway and ran a full Winston Cup schedule from 1982 through 1984, 1986, and 1991 and finished 12th in series points in 1983, his best cup season result. Ruttman almost won his first Cup race in the 1982 Richmond race, Ruttman was leading comfortably until his Rod Osterlund owned car's power steering went out and hit the wall ending his chances. The caution handed Dave Marcis the win when it rained and Marcis stayed out when all of the leaders pitted. He was one of the drivers in the first Craftsman Truck Series season and won 2 races that year on his way to finishing second in the inaugural championship. He continued to be a full time driver in the truck series until 2001, winning 11 more series races and made his last truck series start at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002. He made seven Nextel Cup starts in 2004 and one Busch Series start in 2005 and considers himself "semi-retired". In 2004, car owner James Finch failed to hire a crew, and was forced to park by NASCAR after completing just one lap. In 2009, he plans to attempt a limited schedule in the Nationwide Series.

He has one win in the Busch Series, and a best finish of second in Cup. He returned to NASCAR after a three year retirement period in the 2007 Craftsman Truck Series, driving the #18 Fastenal Dodge in four races for Bobby Hamilton Racing.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ruttman is the younger brother of Indianapolis 500 winner Troy Ruttman.[3] His father, Ralph "Butch" Ruttman, was an award winning mechanic on top Indy teams.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
A. J. Foyt
USAC Stock Car Champion
1980
Succeeded by
Dean Roper