Joe Ruttman

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Joe Ruttman
Joe Ruttman 1996.jpg
Ruttman in 1996
Born(1944-10-28) October 28, 1944 (age 69)
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
 
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Joe Ruttman
Joe Ruttman 1996.jpg
Ruttman in 1996
Born(1944-10-28) October 28, 1944 (age 69)
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

Joe Ruttman (born October 28, 1944), is a retired American stock car racing driver who competed in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series. With 13 career wins in the Truck Series he is currently tied for 11th on the all-time wins list (as of February 21, 2014).

USAC Stock Cars[edit]

Ruttman was the United States Automobile Club's 1978 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year, and the 1980 USAC Series champion.[1]

NASCAR[edit]

Ruttman's 1983 NASCAR Cup car

Ruttman made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (then known as the Grand National Series) debut in 1963 at Riverside International Raceway, finishing 10th at the Winston Western 500.[2] He drove in three more Series races between 1964 and 1980, while racing local tracks in between. Ruttman caught a big break in 1981 when J.D. Stacy, who had just bought Rod Osterlund's team, hired him to take over for Dale Earnhardt, who left the team mid-season to join Richard Childress Racing.[3] Ruttman went on to run a full Series schedule from 1982 through 1984, 1986, and 1991. His best season was in 1983, when he finished 12th in points. During his 20 years in the Sprint Cup Series he had 60 top-ten finishes and 19 top-fives.[4] He came very close to winning a race at Richmond in 1982, but a late power-steering failure sent his car into the wall and gave Dave Marcis the victory.

In 1995 Ruttman competed in the first Craftsman Truck Series season (now known as the Camping World Truck Series), winning two races that year on his way to finishing second in the inaugural championship. His success as a full-time driver in the Truck Series continued as he went on to win 11 more races between 1996 and 2007.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Upland, California, Ruttman is a resident of Franklin, Tennessee. He is the younger brother of Indianapolis 500 winner Troy Ruttman.[5] His father, Ralph "Butch" Ruttman, was an award winning mechanic on top Indy teams.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USAC Stock Car Championship History", ultimateracinghistory.com, Retrieved September 7, 2007
  2. ^ "ESPN Sprint Cup: 1963 Winston Western 500 Results". Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Joe Ruttman Is Hoping To Make It in NASCAR". Reading Eagle. February 26, 1982. p. 44. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "NASCAR Sprint Cup Statistics: Joe Ruttman". Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C02E2DA173BF932A15756C0A961958260

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