He got into the automotive dealership business, opening both Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Buick-GMC-Cadillac in Tallahassee, Florida. 9.1 Full-time drivers. France wants to see you., Bill always used to tell me there were two heroes he had. The modified racing legend and retired NASCAR executive was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2016. I still have friends from my modified days in Connecticut. I really want to have a great car, a great team and great people to help me get there, Pastrana said. My wife and I have been traveling. In order to keep delivering our expert journalism, our website uses advertising. After 2018, driving took a backseat for Earnhardt and he honed in on his many other business interests. Pastrana, who has raced in a number of series over a 25-year career, has not competed in the Daytona 500. 8.1 Full-time drivers. I still watch some races, Spencer said. You decided to do that. After racing, Bodine did the next most common thing for retired drivers and opened a Honda Power Sports dealership in West Melbourne, Florida. Shepherd continued racing in the Cup Series on a full-time basis until 1998. He most recently competed in NASCAR in a Craftsman Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the fall of 2020. It is interesting to see how drivers have evolved over the past couple of decades. Lake Speed only won one race in his career. Although Newmans career is nearing its end, there are outside activities Newman is involved in as well. France, I understand. From that day on, I realized not to mess with Bill France Jr.. The competition for those positions will be intense, with seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, Zane Smith and perhaps IndyCar kingpin Helio Castroneves in the group. He achieved a career-best fifth-place finish in 1990, leapfrogging 1989 champion Rusty Wallace. Four heat races, two last-chance qualifying races and the feature will take place Feb. 5. This solidified his status as a member of the 2013 Hall of Fame class. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and still races Go-Karts in the Charlotte area at the GoPro Motorplex. Jarrett was one of the originals in NASCAR racing, and when many think of the sport, his name comes up first. Rookie Austin Cindric won last years Daytona 500 by .036 of a second over Bubba Wallace. For the longest time, Sadler was the face of racings younger generation. The retired racecar driver is more active than ever, even participating as a coach for the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series teams. He capped off a 33-year career in the Cup Series and was named to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. 18+, UK residents only, T&Cs Apply, Gamble Responsibly. He was known for being an owner/driver and driving the number 83. He was though, one of the best modified racers ever. I thought I was the cock of the walk. Read his storyhere, One of the original members of the 'Alabama Gang' along with his brother Bobby, Red Farmer and the late Neil Bonnett. Labonte is another star driver whose NASCAR career stretches way back. Craven retired from commentary in 2020 to open a new venture, Ricky Craven Motorsports. In 1995, the series. To be able to line up beside them will be something Ill be able to smile proudly about for the rest of my life., He admitted that winning for me is finishing on the lead lap., In a release by the team, 23XI Racing President Steve Lauletta called Pastrana one of the most well-known and well-decorated action sports athletes of all time, and were looking forward to helping him in his quest to race in the Daytona 500. The 1990 Winston Cup season was one of the most exciting in NASCAR history. NASCAR has named eight drivers to the 2023 Drive for Diversity driver group. Here's where the drivers are today. Few racers have as short and sweet of a run as Burton did. During my career, I made fans and so many friends. Today he owns RKM Enviroclean which is an environmental cleanup service. He owns a series of automobile dealerships in Arkansad, Mark Martin Automotive. We took a look at what the most popular Nascar drivers of all-time are doing nowadays. There arent a lot of drivers who had the short but meaningful success Benson Jr. had. Wallace has managed racing teams as well as kept his name in the sport by commentating and mentoring. Bodine finished his NASCAR career with over 200 wins in modifieds, 18 wins in Cup and six Xfinity Series wins. The driver operated Rusty Wallace Racing until 2012m when he moved onto full-time commentating. Instead of worrying about a race car setup or qualifying, Jimmy Spencer spends his days enjoying a different kind of excitement, like his first grandson Hudson, who turned 1-year-old Tuesday, working on antique cars or trucks, or just playing with his five dogs. Like many of the peers of his era, Spencer admits he doesnt attend many NASCAR races in person, nor does he have any desire to get back into the game as perhaps a team owner or return to broadcasting like he previously did with SPEED TV and Fox Sports. Elliott most recently attended the Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Biffle is one of the founders of the series, which holds races in remote and obviously very sandy places such as Sand Mountain, Utah; Glamis, California; Anthony Dunes, Idaho and Oregon Dunes. Where Are They Now? Sep 5, 2017, 1:00 PM. None other than The King, Richard Petty, was the first to greet Marcis, the wing-tipped short track wonder from Wausau, Wisconsin. He got into the automotive dealership business, opening both Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Buick-GMC-Cadillac in Tallahassee, Florida. Busch was a veteran force on the track and boasts a stellar record of wins as opposed to losses. Read his storyhere, Captain's Corner: Assessing the NASCAR season entering Easter break, Bottas wants talks over Alfa Romeo F1 future "quite early" in 2023. Attracting a driver of Travis stature speaks volumes to the success 23XI Racing has had in our first two seasons and points to the positive direction in which we are headed.. I still have a good time with them.. Spencer sat across a desk from France, who pulled out a piece of paper and drew a circle on it. * NASCAR Cup Series career: 882 starts, 40 wins, 271 top-five and 453 top-10 finishes. I have a great life, the Lords blessed me, I have a grandbaby now to keep me busy. Marlin followed the same path as a lot of drivers do and owned both a Chevrolet dealership and a Dodge dealership. With the determination and fortitude to win you can bet that Wallace will be a part of NASCAR for the foreseeable future. Craven famously had a crash with Kurt Busch at the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400. In the racing world it is no different. 67, will be a teammate to Bubba Wallace and Tyler Reddick. The North Carolinian didn't get his first full-time Cup Series ride until he was 40, an age when some of today's top drivers are looking to wind down after being in Cup for upward of 20 years. Thanks to his personable appearance and attitude, Sadler appeared on the cover of the NASCAR 07 video game in addition to numerous other forms of media. In 2002 he was diagnosed with Carbon Monoxide Posing and fell very ill and was force to retire. Before he retired after the 2016 season, the 56-year-old Milwaukie, Oregon, native developed a reputation that he would drive anything, anywhere and for anybody. Thats impressive, to say the least. Now he owns Stricklin Auto & Truck Parts Inc. which is located in Cleveland, North Carolina. I used to follow him back home by reading Hot Rod Magazine. Im doing fine, I have no health problems and am on zero medications of any kind. I still think about her all the time. Craven managed to carve out a niche for yourself in the highly competitive world of NASCAR. None other than The King, Richard Petty, was the first to greet Marcis, the wing-tipped short track wonder from Wausau, Wisconsin. In addition to that accolade, Sadler is also an advocate for college basketball, having played himself and earned a scholarship before a debilitating knee injury. He was always my idol when I first started racing. Being the older brother of Kyle Busch has its advantages, and Busch has carved quite the reputation for himself. Labonte won this award alongside other greats from his generation such as Dale Earnhardt and Harry Gant. He then moved on to the former NASCAR Touring Series called the All-Pro. You couldnt keep up with the schedule as an independent owner/operator, Marcis said. Throughout the 90s, Craven managed to score highly and drive with the precision youd expect out of a more seasoned driver. Hed have done some things differently. The famed driver was also inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015, a prestigious honor that was bestowed on him at a young age (still in his sixties). He still finished the season near the top of the leaderboard, but many people wondered if Martin would have won the trophy. 00; Full-time, Part-time; Gaylord, MI 49735; Apply Now Elliot Aviation Inc Avionics. Rick is also still active in his charity The Rick Mast Foundation. The Hendrick Motorsports driver continued racing until 2012 when he announced that he was retiring to spend time with his family. 67, will be a teammate to Bubba Wallace and Tyler Reddick. Not only do the medals honor the rich tradition of this stadium, but they also provide a special element unique to NASCARs 75th anniversary.. He asked me a bunch of questions about my car, where it came from and that sort of stuff. Winning numerous championships throughout the 1980s and 1990s, his career was long and varied. The Busch last name has become synonymous with racing, and Kurt was the original superstar. Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Burton, and DW have found a second career in broadcasting. Practice and qualifying will take place Feb. 4. You had to work hard to get those cars handling good. When 26-year-old Dave Marcis went south to pursue fame and fortune in NASCAR, he received a true royal welcome when he pulled into the Daytona International Speedway garage for the first time in February 1968. Jarrett is also an avid golfer and has won quite a few tournaments in his time, boasting a two handicap. Craven retired from commentary in 2020 to open a new venture, Ricky Craven Motorsports. Thanks to his personable appearance and attitude, Sadler appeared on the cover of the NASCAR 07 video game in addition to numerous other forms of media. The super-popular Wallace started his NASCAR career back in 1980 and has been a mainstay in the sport ever since. Grandstand seating and camping spots are sold out for the Feb. 19 Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway announced Tuesday. Only 26 drivers can make the claim that they have won in all three of NASCAR's top series. He entered the 2001 season seeking a record-breaking eighth championship. In 2022, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver made a salary of $10.9 million, making him the third highest-paid driver behind Denny Hamlin ($13.1 million) and Kyle Busch ($16.9 million).Sadly, 2023 will be the last year that Harvick will make a salary as a full-time NASCAR driver, as the 2014 Cup Series . It is one of the premier salvage yards in the country. You can submit your ideas to nascarmailbag@motorsport.comor directly to Tim Southers at Tim.Southers@Motorsport.com. Marcis and wife Helen have spent the last 51 years living outside Asheville, North Carolina, where hes far from retired, owning Street Rods by Dave Marcis. He logged 82 top 10s and five wins over 13 years. Stewart is also heavily involved in dirt track racing and still participates to this day. It was his sister Chrissys death in 2010, after a long battle with ovarian cancer, that began Spencer on something he never thought hed do. I want to add some value to this. Articles copied from Draft Namespace on Wikipedia could be seen on the Draft Namespace of Wikipedia and not main one. Thankfully, I had a lot of help when I first came here. Entering the racing world in 1975, Rudd managed to carve quite the reputation for himself early on as a steady hand at the wheel. There have been a few instances where Martin will pop up on NASCAR TV, but for the most part, he is enjoying the quietness of retirement. The medals will be presented after the Feb. 5 Busch Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He had no wins, no top fives and four top 10s. Stewart will undoubtedly go down as one of the most popular drivers. Of the top seven, six are still alive while the other died in a tragic accident. Although Gordon misses the limelight and the adrenaline rush, were sure he is happy to retire from the grind. Although Newman's career is nearing its end, there are outside activities Newman is involved in as well. He might look different as he gets older but still seems to possess the drive he had in his youth as a NASCAR driver. Nowadays Johnson has remained in the limelight and has expressed interest in racing the Indianapolis 500. Elite racing is intense motorsport with a lot of danger and risk, something that doesnt equate to pleasant golden years. I dont need to live that flagrant lifestyle, I never did. I was one of his heroes. But he also knows he missed a lot while competing not only in the Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Trucks Series but also modifieds and late models in the Northeast early in his career. This article "List of former NASCAR drivers" is from Wikipedia. He cut his career short in 2010 and faded into a quiet retirement ven though he still appears on NASCAR TV from time to time. Newman and his wife Krissie operate Rescue Ranch. 10 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series - EuroNASCAR PRO Division drivers. Her death touched my wife and me so much. Pastrana, 39, said the 500 has been on his bucket list for decades. When Johnson isnt burning up the asphalt, he also operates the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, which helps communities and families who are in need. Few racers have as short and sweet of a run as Burton did. Dale Earnhardt, who finished second overall in the 2000 Cup Series, only competed in one more race. His expertise has been used by various racing teams and Elliott is still a commentator for NASCAR to this day. Rudd continued racing for several seasons, ultimately retiring from full-time racing at the end of the 2007 season. The winner of the 1990 Winston Cup Series his fourth championship Dale Earnhardt continued to showcase his talents behind the wheel of the No. He cut his career short in 2010 and faded into a quiet retirement ven though he still appears on NASCAR TV from time to time. The two drivers provide unique in-depth perspectives of the next generation of drivers. After his retirement, he was a NASCAR analyst for ESPN where he worked for 12 years, eventually moving onto FOX Sports. We all know what former NASCAR drivers Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace are doing now that there retired, but what about other. "About. Even though his best finish in the 500 was sixth (in 1975 and 1976), Marcis didnt consider Daytona his toughest track. Rick Mast retired from racing for a very different then the drivers mentioned above. Its not a top priority anymore, but I miss it. I said Im giving it all up. No, but its going to be an amazing week.. He collided with Ken Schrader after contacting Sterling Marlin and hit the wall head-on. But when it comes to racing the thing that was his life for more than half of it is just not as important as it once was. Read his storyhere, Houston was one of the pioneers of the series known then as the NASCAR Busch Series and now the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Craven managed to carve out a niche for yourself in the highly competitive world of NASCAR. They were really hard, they didnt wear. Throughout the 90s, Craven managed to score highly and drive with the precision youd expect out of a more seasoned driver. Because his team does not have a charter, Pastrana will have to earn one of the four non-charter spots to make the 500 field. There arent a lot of celebrities that have been able to cultivate the career that Wallace has done for himself. Last season of racing was 2005 in Xfinity Series at age of 48. On occasion Speed races in karts which is where he began his racing career. Some drivers didnt need a long career to establish dominance, and Benson Jr. is one of them. Nascar is one of the most popular sporting events in the world and has millions of dedicated fans. On top of that, Petty has also been a spokesman for Liberty Medical, Cheerios, and GlaxoSmithKline. If you wanted to race for a living, I decided I needed to go to NASCAR and do it because we started in February and would go through October in those days.. Upon entering retirement he purchased a large ranch outside of Jackson, Wyoming. After his Nascar career came to an end, Petty established the Richard Petty Museum in Level Cross, North Carolina. The racing of yesteryear was an entirely different sport than it is today, with a lot more risk and less technology. Named the 1983 Rookie of the Year he was hired by Roger Hamby to drive the No. While reading these stories, readers and NASCAR fans also have an opportunity to submit ideas for future stories they would like to see on Motorsport.com in the future. The race winners medal weighs 4.7 ounces and is covered in 24-karat plated gold. He is also still actively driving at the ISMA tour, operating a super-modified car thats owned by Brad Lichty. Halifax Medical Center officially pronounced his death at 5:16 p.m. 8 Netspend Chevy on race tracks across America and delivering our key marketing and business objectives through this unique platform with the RCR team partnership, said Kelley Knutson, Netspend president, in a statement released by RCR. One was Earnhardt and the other was me. Earnhardt Jr. was just coming into his own when his father passed away in a tragic racing crash. As for NASCAR racing today, Spencer is somewhat disillusioned. 10.2 Part-time drivers. If anyone was wondering, Lake Speed is no relation to Scott Speed. The super-popular Wallace started his NASCAR career back in 1980 and has been a mainstay in the sport ever since. And in the process, Bliss essentially holds an unofficial NASCAR record that likely will never be broken. Oh, hell, yeah.. We as a society have lost a lot of the passion, he said. Well, for Gordon, it meant becoming a top executive at Hendrick Motorsports and announcing on NASCAR TV. 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