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2007 Driver Review: Ricky Rudd

*Ricky Rudd* *2007 Ride:* No. 88 Yates Racing Ford - February to July; No. 88 Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Ford - July to November *2007 Primary Sponsor:* Snickers *2007 Owner:* Robert Yates *2007 Crew Chief:* Butch Hylton *Stats:* 31 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 1 Top 10, 33rd in points. *High Point:* In what turned out to be his only Top 10 finish of the season, Rudd started and finished the Coca Cola 600 in seventh place. A big gamble on fuel mileage allowed Rudd to be in the right place at the right time to gain track position while other drivers had to pit for a splash of gas to make it to the finish. "I was having to save gas so much the last couple of laps," Rudd said. "We obviously didn't have a winning car, but we knew we had a top-12, top-15 car."

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2007 Ford 400 at Homestead

*The Key Moment* - Matt Kenseth got enough of a jump on the final restart so that Kurt Busch could never get close enough to the No. 17 to offer a serious challenge. *In a Nutshell* - Kenseth wins the race at Homestead, Jimmie Johnson clinches the championship, and the 2007 Cup season finally reaches its end. *Dramatic Moment* - Truthfully, I've seen more drama in elementary school sack races. Forced to choose, I'd guess the only real action I saw Sunday night was the final ten lap sprint. Other than that, Matt Kenseth pretty much had it on cruise control.

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NASCAR’s Roots Disappear; Its Future, Busy Awaiting Where They Land

Brian France, there's something I think you should know: my grandmother was always right. What does that have to do with the future of this sport we all love? Absolutely everything. As I went through my rebellious teenage phase growing up, I would always seek out the beloved matriarch of our family when I thought I needed advice. Of course, _think_ would be the operative word here; my stubborn mind was too closed-minded to be offered up a change of pace. Still, I went to my grandmother anyway - mistakenly thinking I'd get an automatic wave of support for making decisions that were, in hindsight, incredibly stupid. It never happened.

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Driven To The Past: Yeah, Here Come The Rooster…Ricky Rudd

*Name:* Ricky Rudd *Birthdate:* September 12, 1956 *Hometown:* Chesapeake, Virginia *Nextel Cup Debut:* 1975 Carolina 500 - Rockingham, NC *Races:* 905 *Wins:* 23 *Poles:* 29 *Top Fives:* 194 *Top Tens:* 374 *Earnings:* $44,401,043 * stats as of 11/15/2007 *Career Highlights:* Nickname: Rooster. 1977 Winston Cup Rookie of The Year. NASCAR's Iron Man - holds record for most consecutive starts with 788; ranks 2nd in total starts only to Richard Petty. Tied with Rusty Wallace for most consecutive seasons with at least one win (16). Winning at least one race each year from 1983-1998. Winner of the 1997 Brickyard 400. 1992 IROC champion. Named as one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.

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Mirror Driving: Jeff Gordon No Longer Number One? Is Parity In NASCAR Done? And Truck Series Fun…

*Jimmie Johnson's remarkable achievement of four wins in a row gave him double-digit victories for the first time since 1998, when teammate Jeff Gordon dominated the sport. Should Johnson continue on and win his second straight title, is it fair to say the No. 1 driver in the Hendrick stable is now him - not Gordon?* Mike: No. Gordon has done it for years, and has earned that distinction. When Johnson gets to 80 wins, if Gordon is still around, then you can have that debate. Amy: Jeff will be number one as long as he wants to be. That said, I think that of all the organizations, HMS operates the least around that theory, anyway. Tony: I think it's just like Mark Martin with Roush; he was always their number one driver, even when he wasn't bringing in the most wins. The same can be said for Gordon.

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I’m Just Sayin’…Ricky Rudd Needs To Run Martinsville Once More

I still remember the scene. There Ricky Rudd was, so exhausted he could barely stand following an unforgiving Sunday afternoon. 500 laps at Martinsville had brought one of NASCAR's legends to his knees. Good thing he won. The day was September 27th, 1998, and Rudd had just put a silver lining on a dismal season by coming out of nowhere to take the checkered flag in his home state of Virginia. How he even got to the finish was the bigger surprise, though; after a cooling device in his helmet malfunctioned early in the race, Rudd was subjected to blistering heat that turned his body into a pile of burned up mush.

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Fairy Tale Endings Not To Be For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Ricky Rudd

It's common to look for the fairy tale ending in sports. It comes as a natural, learned behavior; one that starts at three years old when we're told that David beats Goliath, the tortoise beats the hare, and no matter what, everyone lives happily ever after. That those simple myths don't always translate into the fabric of human life can be unsettling, to say the least; and when true reality does reveal the downs as well as the ups, the finality of what lies ahead becomes almost painful to watch. Pain: That word doesn't do justice to what Ricky Rudd was feeling on a not-so-pleasant Labor Day. Sunday night was supposed to be a celebration of the longevity of Rudd's success - his 900th career start in the Cup series keeps him in exclusive company with the King, the only men to toil that long behind the wheel in stock car racing's top level. A certain Hall Of Famer, Rudd is busy wrapping up a 31-year career that has seen him win the Brickyard 400, 22 other races, and drive for the likes of Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, and Robert Yates, all while setting a NASCAR record for consecutive starts with 788.

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Bubble Breakdown: Ricky Rudd Pulls Away, Bill Elliott Pulls Closer In Top 35 Race

With Indianapolis creating a whole new ballgame for the Top 35 in points, the cars battling for the final spot in the bubble came to Pocono bound and determined to bang and beat their way into a "locked in" spot. But in the end, all the jockeying for position on the track didn't lead to a change in the standings...while the gap between 35th and 36th narrowed considerably, the same 35 teams remain eligible to receive an automatic qualifying exemption heading to Watkins Glen. Of the teams on the bubble, who put themselves in good position moving forward, and which teams got knocked back in the Pocono triangle? Read this week's Bubble Breakdown below to find out.

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