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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).

Joe Ruttman
Joe Ruttman 1996.jpg
Ruttman in 1996
Born (1944-10-28) October 28, 1944 (age 75)
Upland, California, United States
Achievements1980 USAC Stock Car champion
Awards1978 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Cup Series career
255 races run over 20 years
Best finish12th (1983)
First race1963 Riverside 500 (Riverside)
Last race2004 MBNA America 400 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 60 3
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
21 races run over 8 years
Best finish41st (1985)
First race1982 Sportsman 200 (Dover)
Last race2005 Aaron's 312 (Talladega)
First win1982 Sportsman 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 5 0
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career
172 races run over 9 years
Best finish2nd (1995)
First race1995 Skoal Bandit 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)
Wins Top tens Poles
13 111 17

USAC Stock CarsEdit

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

NASCAREdit

 
Ruttman's 1983 NASCAR Cup car

Ruttman made his NASCAR Grand National Series (now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup 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 inaugural NASCAR SuperTrucks Series (now known as the Gander Outdoors Truck Series), winning two races that year on his way to finishing second in the 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 lifeEdit

Born in Upland, California, Ruttman is a resident of North Port, Florida. 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.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Grand National SeriesEdit

NASCAR Grand National Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 NGNC Pts
1963 Carl Dane 98 Mercury BIR GGS THS RSD
10
DAY DAY DAY PIF AWS HBO ATL HCY BRI AUG RCH GPS SBO BGS MAR NWS CLB THS DAR ODS RCH CLT BIR ATL DAY MBS SVH DTS BGS ASH OBS BRR BRI GPS NSV CLB AWS PIF BGS ONA DAR HCY RCH MAR DTS NWS THS CLT SBO HBO RSD 56th 1584
1964 Troy Ruttman 1W Mercury CON AUG JAC SAV RSD
34
DAY DAY DAY RCH BRI GPS BGS ATL ASW HBO PIF CLB NWS MAR SAV DAR LGY HCY SBO CLT GPS ASH ATL CON NSV CHT BIR VAL PIF DAY ODS OBS BRR ISP GLN LIN BRI NSV MBS ASW DTS ONA CLB BGS STR DAR HCY RCH ODS HBO MAR SAV NWS CLT HAR AUG JAC 127th 100

Nextel Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NNCC Pts
1977 25 Ford RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL NWS DAR BRI MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL ONT
13
85th 124
1980 Jim Stacy Racing 5 Olds RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT TWS RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT CAR ATL ONT
40
NA 0
1981 6 Buick RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL
10
BRI NWS DAR MAR TAL
29
NSV DOV CLT
7
TWS
9
RSD MCH DAY
29
NSV POC TAL
22
28th 1851
2 Pontiac MCH
6
BRI
21
DAR
15
RCH
30
DOV
6
NWS
26
CAR
5
Buick MAR
17
CLT
19
ATL
25
RSD
2
1982 DAY
3
RCH
15
BRI
18
ATL
29
CAR
24
DAR 16th 3021
RahMoc Enterprises 75 Buick NWS
12
MAR
14
NSV
4
CLT
41
POC
30
MCH
13
DAY
40
NSV
12
POC
7
TAL
11
MCH
38
BRI
24
DAR
13
RCH
31
DOV
18
NWS
6
CLT
4
MAR
5
CAR
18
ATL
5
Pontiac TAL
22
DOV
18
RSD
26
Ranier-Lundy Racing 28 Pontiac RSD
40
1983 Benfield Racing 98 Chevy DAY
4*
TAL
11
CLT
14
DAY
37
TAL
15
MCH
24
CLT
13
12th 3342
Buick RCH
7*
CAR
29
ATL
4
DAR
20
NWS
7
MAR
4
NSV
7
DOV
3
RSD
34
MCH
33
POC
9
MAR
7
NWS
14
Pontiac BRI
23
POC
10
NSV
22
BRI
18
DAR
38
RCH
27
DOV
20
CAR
30
ATL
30
RSD
41
1984 Chevy DAY
28
RCH
10
CAR
17
ATL
28
BRI
10
NWS
30
DAR
19
MAR
6
TAL
21
CLT
41
RSD
7
POC
11
MCH
8
DAY
10
NSV
8
POC
14
TAL
37
MCH
20
BRI
29
DAR
13
RCH
30
DOV
33
MAR
29
18th 2945
Buick NSV
15
Pontiac DOV
14
Barkdoll Racing 38 Chevy CLT
40
NWS
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Chevy CAR
34
ATL
35
RSD
10
1985 DAY
17
RCH CAR
6
ATL
26
BRI
29
DAR
11
NWS MAR TAL
30
DOV CLT
7
RSD POC
35
MCH DAY
35
POC TAL
33
MCH BRI
13
DAR
9
RCH DOV
33
MAR NWS CLT
5
CAR
40
ATL
32
RSD 30th 1410
1986 King Racing 26 Buick DAY
28
RCH
2
CAR
33
ATL
42
BRI
19
DAR
21
NWS
5
MAR
2
TAL
17
DOV
11
CLT
32
RSD
42
POC
7
MCH
9
DAY
7
POC
38
TAL
8
GLN
33
MCH
30
BRI
17
DAR
38
RCH
6
DOV
6
MAR
5
NWS
6
CLT
25
CAR
9
ATL
9
RSD
5
15th 3295
1987 Ball Motorsports 99 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR NWS BRI MAR TAL
36
CLT DOV POC RSD MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT NA 0
RahMoc Enterprises 75 Pontiac CAR
10
RSD
7
ATL
11
1988 Bob Clark Motorsports 31 Olds DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT
20
DOV
30
RSD
29
POC
17
MCH
16
DAY
11
POC
27
TAL
42
GLN
9
MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR 39th 803
Barkdoll Racing 73 Chevy CLT
35
NWS
Winkle Motorsports 97 Buick CAR
38
Barkdoll Racing 73 Ford PHO
41
ATL
1989 CalCar Motorsports 45 Pontiac DAY
13
CAR ATL RCH DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV 43rd 469
Baker-Schiff Racing 88 Olds SON
6
POC MCH DAY
62 Olds POC
34
DAR
30
RCH DOV MAR CLT NWS CAR
27
Speed Racing 83 Olds TAL
31
GLN MCH
21
BRI
31
Reno Enterprises 40 Chevy PHO
20
ATL
1990 CalCar Motorsports 32 Pontiac DAY
26
RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL 81st 85
1991 RahMoc Enterprises 75 Olds DAY
3
RCH
29
CAR
24
ATL
27
DAR
26
BRI
13
NWS
24
MAR
16
TAL
29
CLT
21
DOV
12
SON
31
POC
22
MCH
19
DAY
31
POC
10
TAL
10
GLN
14
BRI
17
RCH
28
DOV
13
MAR
31
CLT
16
CAR
27
PHO
22
20th 2938
Chevy MCH
30
DAR
9
NWS
29
ATL
20
1992 Moroso Racing 20 Olds DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT
35
DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL 84th 58
1993 Ford DAY
38
CAR RCH ATL
38
DAR BRI
19
NWS MAR TAL
5
SON CLT
35
DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL 43rd 417
1994 Melling Racing 9 Ford DAY
18
CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH 54th 203
Hover Motorsports 80 Ford DAY
DNQ
NHA POC TAL
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
DOV MAR NWS CLT
23
CAR PHO ATL
DNQ
Roulo Brothers Racing 39 Chevy IND
DNQ
GLN MCH BRI DAR
1995 Hover Motorsports 80 Ford DAY
19
CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL IND
DNQ
GLN MCH 56th 106
Sadler Brothers Racing 95 Ford BRI
DNQ
DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL
1996 Hover Motorsports 80 Ford DAY
DNQ
CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL NA -
2004 Phoenix Racing 09 Dodge DAY CAR
43
LVS ATL
43
DAR
43
BRI
42
TEX MAR
43
TAL CAL
43
RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV
41
TAL KAN CLT MAR ATL PHO DAR HOM 60th 247
Daytona 500Edit
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1982 Jim Stacy Racing Buick 8 3
1983 Benfield Racing Chevrolet 11 4
1984 31 28
1985 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 32 17
1986 King Racing Buick 40 28
1989 CalCar Motorsports Pontiac 17 13
1990 27 26
1991 RahMoc Enterprises Oldsmobile 14 3
1993 Moroso Racing Ford 36 38
1994 Melling Racing Ford 34 18
1995 Hover Motorsports Ford 27 19
1996 DNQ

Nationwide SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts
1982 Butch Mock Motorsports 75 Pontiac DAY RCH BRI MAR DAR HCY SBO CRW RCH LGY DOV
1
HCY CLT
32
ASH HCY SBO CAR CRW SBO HCY LGY IRP BRI HCY RCH MAR CLT
DNQ
HCY MAR 88th 247
1983 Whitaker Racing 82 Pontiac DAY
8
RCH CAR HCY MAR NWS SBO GPS LGY DOV BRI 71st 288
98 CLT
7
SBO HCY ROU SBO ROU CRW ROU SBO HCY LGY IRP GPS BRI HCY DAR RCH NWS SBO MAR ROU CLT HCY MAR
1984 Olds DAY RCH CAR HCY MAR DAR ROU NSV LGY MLW DOV CLT SBO HCY ROU SBO ROU HCY IRP LGY SBO BRI DAR RCH NWS CLT
39
HCY CAR MAR 98th 46
1985 7 DAY
40
CAR
2
HCY BRI
20
MAR DAR
34
SBO LGY DOV
7
CLT
27
SBO HCY ROU IRP SBO LGY HCY MLW DAR
26
RCH NWS ROU CLT HCY CAR MAR 41st 520
Pontiac BRI
25
1993 Moroso Racing 20 Chevy DAY
38
CAR RCH DAR BRI
33
HCY ROU MAR NZH CLT
13
DOV MYB GLN MLW TAL IRP MCH NHA BRI DAR RCH DOV ROU CLT MAR CAR HCY ATL 63rd 237
1996 Phoenix Racing 4 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL NSV DAR BRI HCY NZH CLT DOV SBO MYB GLN MLW
QL
NHA TAL IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR HOM NA -
2001 Phoenix Racing 1 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV KEN
33
MLW
38
GLN CHI GTY PPR
21
IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM PHO CAR HOM 78th 213
2002 51 Pontiac DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL
36
CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL CAR PHO HOM NA 0
2005 Sadler Brothers Racing 95 Dodge DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL NSH BRI TEX PHO TAL
24
DAR RCH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 114th 91
2009 E.O.C. Motorsports 71 Chevy DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY
DNQ
IRP
DNQ
IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM NA -
- Qualified for Jeff Purvis

Craftsman Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 NCTSC Pts
1995 Irvan-Simo Racing 84 Ford PHO
8
TUS
4
SGS
13
MMR
8
POR
2
EVG
2
I70
4
LVL
2
BRI
1
MLW
6
CNS
6
HPT
2
IRP
6
FLM
7
RCH
4
MAR
1
NWS
6
SON
12
MMR
5
PHO
8
2nd 3098
1996 Roush Racing 80 Ford HOM
19
PHO
7
POR
9
EVG
8
TUS
15
CNS
6
HPT
23
BRI
6
NZH
7
MLW
17
LVL
5
I70
20
IRP
22
FLM
27
GLN
6
NSV
13
RCH
4
NHA
8
MAR
6
NWS
5
SON
4
MMR
3
PHO
3
LVS
3
4th 3275
1997 WDW
1
TUS
28
HOM
26
PHO
2
POR
13
EVG
4
I70
6
NHA
9
TEX
9
BRI
5
NZH
2
MLW
9
LVL
2
CNS
12
HPT
1
IRP
4
FLM
2
NSV
19
GLN
4
RCH
12
MAR
12
SON
1
MMR
19
CAL
29
PHO
1
LVS
1
3rd 3736
1998 50 WDW
2
3rd 3874
99 HOM
22
PHO
7
POR
9
EVG
12
I70
2
GLN
1
TEX
3
BRI
3
MLW
7
NZH
5
CAL
11
PPR
3
IRP
3
NHA
3
FLM
4
NSV
24
HPT
9
LVL
27
RCH
4
MEM
4
GTY
18
MAR
21
SON
4
MMR
13
PHO
4
LVS
7
1999 Ultra Motorsports 12 Ford HOM
33
21st 2275
SealMaster Racing 8 Chevy PHO
34
EVG MMR
Wauters Motorsports 15 Ford MAR
13
MEM PPR I70 BRI
Bobby Hamilton Racing 18 Dodge TEX
11
PIR
10
GLN
25
MLW
15
NSV
4
NZH
22
MCH
5
NHA
25
IRP
10
GTY
7
HPT
7
RCH
29
LVS
23
LVL
10
TEX
7
CAL
2
2000 DAY
19
HOM
4
PHO
1*
MMR
16
MAR
6
PIR
12
GTY
5
MEM
19
PPR
22
EVG
3
TEX
26
KEN
25
GLN
15
MLW
24
NHA
12
NZH
2*
MCH
14
IRP
1*
NSV
4
CIC
1
RCH
4
DOV
17
TEX
11
CAL
3
6th 3278
2001 DAY
1*
HOM
9
MMR
6
MAR
4
GTY
12
DAR
5
PPR
1
DOV
8
TEX
4
MEM
3
MLW
6
KAN
24
KEN
2
NHA
8
IRP
3
NSH
4
CIC
8
NZH
9
RCH
9
SBO
5
TEX
9
LVS
8
PHO
12
CAL
16
3rd 3570
2002 RDS Motorsports 79 Dodge DAY
4
40th 465
Rosenblum Racing 28 Chevy DAR
35
MAR GTY PPR DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN NHA MCH IRP
Petty Enterprises 45 Dodge NSH
17
RCH
Bobby Hamilton Racing 4 Dodge TEX
11
SBO LVS CAL PHO HOM
2007 Bobby Hamilton Racing 18 Dodge DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN
25
CLT MFD DOV 77th 170
4 TEX
27
MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP
04 NSH
33
BRI GTY
35
NHA LVS TAL
Jim Blankenbaker 53 Dodge MAR
DNQ
ATL TEX PHO HOM

ARCA Re/Max SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 ARMC Pts Ref
1967 23 Ford DSP DAY DAY DAY AUS PAS CCS HOU FMS NKS TOL NSV ACS LCF SLM ELD BFS MLL BAR AND
8
CMS BFS SSP FMS KMS CCF SLM ACS TOL DSP CMS KMS NA 0 [6]
1972 Info not available SLM DAY FMS WIN I70 SLM QCS LCF ELD IRP NBS WIN TOL SHA SLM FMS TOL
2
CCF FRS QCS NBS NA 0 [7]
1980 Speedway Engineering 70 Pontiac DAY NWS FRS FRS MCH
1*
TAL IMS FRS MCH NA 0 [8]
1981 5 Pontiac DAY
2
DSP FRS FRS BFS 11th 395 [9]
59 Olds TAL
2
FRS COR
1982 Jim Stacy Racing 9 Olds NSV DAY
1*
TAL FRS CMS WIN NSV TAT TAL FRS BFS MIL SND NA 0 [10]
1994 Roulo Brothers Racing 39 Chevy DAY TAL FIF LVL KIL TOL FRS MCH DMS POC POC KIL FRS INF I70 ISF DSF
21
TOL SLM WIN ATL 139th - [11]
1995 DAY
4
ATL TAL FIF KIL FRS MCH
5
I80 OWO FRS POC
29
POC KIL
26
FRS
1*
SBS LVL ISF DSF
30
SLM WIN ATL 32nd 1050 [12]
1999 Roulo Brothers Racing 39 Chevy DAY
39
ATL SLM AND CLT MCH POC TOL SBS BLN POC KIL FRS FLM ISF WIN DSF SLM CLT TAL ATL 143rd 35 [13]
2003 Roulo Brothers Racing 39 Ford DAY ATL NSH SLM TOL KEN CLT BLN KAN MCH LER POC POC NSH ISF WIN DSF CHI
19
SLM TAL CLT SBO 144th 135 [14]
Results before 1985 may be incomplete.

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C02E2DA173BF932A15756C0A961958260
  6. ^ "Joe Ruttman – 1967 Season Results ARCA Racing Series". TheThirdTurn. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "Joe Ruttman – 1972 Season Results ARCA Racing Series". TheThirdTurn. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Joe Ruttman – 1980 Season Results ARCA Racing Series". TheThirdTurn. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Joe Ruttman – 1981 Season Results ARCA Racing Series". TheThirdTurn. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "Joe Ruttman – 1982 Season Results ARCA Talladega SuperCar Series". TheThirdTurn. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Joe Ruttman – 1994 ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  12. ^ "Joe Ruttman – 1995 ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  13. ^ "Joe Ruttman – 1999 ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  14. ^ "Joe Ruttman – 2003 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 9, 2019.

External linksEdit

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