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Rodney Combs is a former NASCAR driver. He has not been in NASCAR since 1997, when he was released from his ride in the Busch Series. Combs was born on March 27, 1950 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Combs entered NASCAR after many years on the open-wheel and short track circuit in the Midwest, racing with Mark Martin and Dick Trickle. Combs was a 2001 inductee in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.

Rodney Combs
Born (1950-03-27) March 27, 1950 (age 69)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
AwardsNational Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame (2001)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
55 races run over 8 years
Best finish35th (1987, 1988)
First race1982 Atlanta Journal 500 (Atlanta)
Last race1990 Atlanta Journal 500 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
116 races run over 9 years
Best finish11th (1995)
First race1982 Miller Time 300 (Charlotte)
Last race1997 BellSouth Mobility/Opryland 320 (Nashville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 14 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
8 races run over 2 years
Best finish34th (1995)
First race1995 Sears Auto Center 125 (Milwaukee)
Last race1996 Lowe's 250 (North Wilkesboro)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of April 20, 2013.

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Racing careerEdit

Winston Cup SeriesEdit

Combs made his debut in 1982, in the then Winston Cup Series. Driving the #5 for J.D. Stacy, Combs qualified the Stacy-Pak Buick to 28th on the starting position in the fall race at Atlanta, and finished in 9th place, leading five laps.

Combs was invited back by Stacy to drive the #12 Stroh's Buick in the 1983 fall race at Charlotte. Combs started 33rd and appeared to earn another top-ten, but extremely late in the going, Combs' car blew an engine, putting him to 22nd.

The next time Combs showed up was in 1984. This time, Combs was behind the #2 Red Roof Inns Buick owned by Robert Harrington. Combs made it into the August Michigan race with a 19th place qualifying effort. He completed all but eight laps en route to a 25th-place finish.

Combs, who was still doing Midwest racing, disappeared back to those ranks for a year, and then returned with a five-race deal in 1986. Driving Harrington's #2 Solder Seal/Gunk Pontiac, Combs had a best of 16th at Charlotte and a 19th at Talladega, where he led four laps. However, Combs only finished the Charlotte race, falling out of the other four.

Combs drove for a number of teams in 1987, yet still could not crack the top ten. His best run was a 16th at Pocono, although he did have five other top-20s. He ran the majority of the races for Elmo Langley's #64 team, although he did have some runs with DiGard Motorsports and Roger Hamby. Overall, he had 14 starts in 1987, and earned a 35th-place position in points.

Combs ran nineteen races in 1988, the most active year of his career. Seventeen of them were for the #97 ACDelco team, while Combs competed in one race for Ken Allen and another for Richard Childress Racing. Despite all the starts, Combs had a worse year than in 1987, despite matching the 35th in points. His best finish was 11th at Bristol, but he only had one other top-20, a 14th at Michigan. Combs, however, did earn his first career top-10 starting spot, a 9th at Richmond. Combs' biggest issue was 11 DNFs, though to Combs' defense, all but one of them was mechanical.

In 1989, Combs only made nine starts and did not even crack the top-20. His best run was a 23rd at Darlington, driving for Lake Speed. Yet, Combs ran the majority of the races for the #89 Evinrude Pontiac. The best run for that team was a 27th at Phoenix. Combs also had three races in 1989 for Allen.

Combs made his last five career Cup starts in 1990. Combs ran all five races for the #89 team, but could only manage a best of 27th at Phoenix. In addition, Combs only finished two of the races. Overall in his Cup career, Combs had one top-ten finish and one top-10 start.

Busch SeriesEdit

Combs made his Busch debut in 1982, the same year he made his Cup debut. Driving for J.D. Stacy again, Combs drove the #4 Stacy Pontiac into the Charlotte field with a 7th place starting position. Like he would in his Cup debut, Combs came home with a 9th place showing.

Combs made another one-off start in 1983. Once again, Combs ran at Charlotte, where he qualified a 4th. This time, Combs could not improve on his first finish, but still came home with a 10th-place showing.

Combs disappeared for three years, and was back in 1987, with a four-race deal with the #67 J&J Steel car. His best run once again came at Charlotte, adding another tenth place on. Also noteworthy was a start and finish of 13th at Darlington.

Combs next race came in 1990, driving for Ferree Racing at Charlotte. He started 26th, but finished 37th after his carburetor failed.

Combs finally made his first full season in NASCAR in 1993, driving the #1 Luxaire Ford for the full season, qualifying for all but one race. Combs earned three top-10s in 1993, with a career-best eighth at Milwaukee Mile and back-to-back tenths at Martinsville and Nazareth. Even more to Combs advantage, were a low DNF count of three, an impressive number for someone who is basically a rookie. Most impressive of all, by far, is his lowest finish. His lowest finish of the year was at Darlington, where he finished 26th. This contributed to Combs earning a 15th in points, despite missing one race. Lastly, Combs qualified well too, the best being a triplet of fourth-place starts, of which he converted into a 10th, 12th and 15th-place finish in the race.

With an impressive season with a low-budget team, Combs was hired by Petty Enterprises to drive the #43 Black Flag/French's Pontiac the following year. Despite the famous ride, 1994 was a roller coaster. Combs did not make four of the 27 races, but matched his three top-10s of '93. Combs best runs were a pair of 9th at Martinsville and Myrtle Beach and a 10th at Bristol. Yet, Combs did have seven other top-20s. However, in addition to poor qualifying results with the first year team, Combs' team had 9 DNFs, a tough thing to overcome. (In Combs' defense, all but two were mechanical) This led to a poor 21st place showing in points.

Combs' best career year in any NASCAR series came in 1995, where he finished 11th in points. This year, Combs made all the races, and this enabled him to once again earn three top-10s. Combs earned new career bests of 6th at Myrtle Beach and Atlanta, and tacked on a 10th at Dover International Speedway and a large 16 other top-20s to boot. Along with a lesser DNF count (4), Combs' team looked in good shape for 1996.

However, 1996 was not Combs' best year, and it began to lead to his departure from the sport. Combs made all but one start in 1996, and earned 18th in points, after another up-and-down year. Combs earned a pair of sixths as his only top-10s in 1996 at Daytona and Atlanta. (Combs would later prove to have a career best finish of 6th-four times) Combs did earn what would prove to be his best career start: a 3rd at Myrtle Beach. However, on the flipside, Combs only earned 9 top-20s, down from 19 in 1995, the primary reason for his points slide.

1997 was the end of Combs' career. Petty Enterprises sold the team to David Ridling. He only made five starts for the team before being released, the best being an 11th-place finish at Atlanta. He was replaced by Dennis Setzer and replaced Setzer in the #78 Mark III Financial Chevy. He ran a best of 20th at Richmond in three races for the team. Yet, after Nashville, Combs disappeared from the team and has not been racing in big-league NASCAR since.

Craftsman Truck SeriesEdit

When racing for Petty Enterprises in 1995 and 1996, Combs made five starts in 1995 and one in 1996 for in the Truck Series. Combs made his series debut at Milwaukee, qualifying ninth and finishing 10th. Combs then came back at IRP, qualifying 9th and once again coming home with a top-10: this time a solid 4th. Combs made three more starts in 1995, with finishes of 11th, 14th and 16th. Combs also added on one more start in 1996. Driving at North Wilkesboro, Combs managed a career-best 4th place start. However, he came home with a career-worst finish of 20th.

Combs has not raced in NASCAR since.

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.)

Winston Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Winston 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 NWCC Pts Ref
1982 Jim Stacy Racing 5 Buick DAY RCH BRI ATL CAR DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT POC RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV NWS CLT MAR CAR ATL
9
RSD 71st 143 [1]
1983 12 DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV BRI CLT RSD POC MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
22
CAR ATL RSD 87th 97 [2]
1984 Harrington Racing 2 Buick DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT RSD POC MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH
25
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT NWS CAR ATL RSD NA 0 [3]
1986 Harrington Racing 2 Chevy DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL DOV CLT RSD POC MCH DAY
32
POC TAL
19
GLN ATL
37
RSD 44th 421 [4]
Pontiac MCH
29
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
16
CAR
1987 DiGard Motorsports 10 Olds DAY
19
CAR RCH ATL 35th 1098 [5]
Chevy DAR
37
NWS
20
BRI MAR TAL CLT
Langley Racing 64 Ford DOV
20
POC
20
RSD MCH
23
DAY
31
POC
16
TAL
19
GLN
23
MCH
31
BRI
23
DAR
27
RCH DOV MAR NWS
Hamby Motorsports 12 Chevy CLT
37
CAR RSD ATL
1988 0 Olds DAY
Wth
RCH CAR 35th 1468 [6]
Winkle Motorsports 97 Buick ATL
27
DAR
32
BRI
DNQ
NWS
23
MAR
DNQ
TAL
38
CLT
32
DOV
29
RSD POC
34
MCH
30
DAY
33
POC
36
TAL
29
GLN
24
MCH
14
BRI
11
DAR
21
RCH
21
DOV
40
MAR
DNQ
Richard Childress Racing 22 Chevy CLT
DNQ
NWS CAR
40
PHO
AAG Racing 34 Buick ATL
29
1989 Mueller Brothers Racing 89 Pontiac DAY
37
CLT
DNQ
DOV SON POC MCH
40
DAY POC TAL
DNQ
GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI CLT
32
NWS CAR PHO
27
ATL
41
42nd 470 [7]
AAG Racing 34 Buick CAR
40
ATL RCH
32
DAR
29
BRI NWS MAR TAL
DNQ
Speed Racing 83 Olds DAR
23
RCH DOV MAR
1990 Mueller Brothers Racing 89 Pontiac DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT
33
DOV SON POC MCH
40
DAY POC TAL GLN MCH
34
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
DNQ
CAR PHO
27
ATL
30
46th 323 [8]
Daytona 500Edit
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1987 DiGard Motorsports Oldsmobile 36 19
1988 Oldsmobile Wth
1989 Mueller Brothers Racing Pontiac 30 37
1990 DNQ

Busch SeriesEdit

NASCAR Busch 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 NBSC Pts Ref
1982 Jim Stacy Racing 4 Pontiac DAY RCH BRI MAR DAR HCY SBO CRW RCH LGY DOV HCY CLT ASH HCY SBO CAR CRW SBO HCY LGY IRP BRI HCY RCH MAR CLT
9
HCY MAR 112th 138 [9]
1983 89 Pontiac DAY RCH CAR HCY MAR NWS SBO GPS LGY DOV BRI CLT SBO HCY ROU SBO ROU CRW ROU SBO HCY LGY IRP GPS BRI HCY DAR RCH NWS SBO MAR ROU CLT
10
HCY MAR 107th 134 [10]
1987 67 Pontiac DAY
10
HCY MAR DAR
13
BRI LGY SBO CLT
32
DOV
28
IRP ROU JFC OXF SBO HCY RAL LGY ROU BRI JFC DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT CAR MAR 41st 404 [11]
1988 DAY
DNQ
HCY CAR MAR DAR BRI LNG NZH SBO NSV CLT DOV ROU LAN LVL MYB OXF SBO HCY LNG IRP ROU BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT CAR MAR NA - [12]
1990 Ferree Racing 49 Pontiac DAY RCH CAR MAR HCY DAR BRI LAN SBO NZH HCY CLT
37
DOV ROU VOL MYB OXF NHA SBO DUB IRP ROU BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT NHA CAR MAR 117th 0 [13]
1993 Rexrode Galiano Motorsports 1 Ford DAY
14
CAR
23
RCH
19
DAR
18
BRI
23
HCY
21
ROU
12
MAR
10
NZH
10
CLT
19
DOV
18
MYB
22
GLN
16
MLW
8
TAL
14
IRP
25
MCH
14
NHA
11
BRI
20
DAR
26
RCH
DNQ
DOV
25
ROU
19
CLT
19
MAR
19
CAR
15
HCY
25
ATL
14
15th 2969 [14]
1994 Petty Enterprises 43 Pontiac DAY
11
CAR
27
RCH
38
ATL
18
MAR
9
DAR
28
HCY
DNQ
BRI
10
ROU
28
NHA
29
NZH
38
CLT
27
DOV
14
MYB
9
GLN
11
MLW
14
SBO
13
TAL
28
HCY
DNQ
IRP
17
MCH
39
BRI DAR
42
RCH
35
DOV
24
CLT
32
MAR CAR 21st 2131 [15]
1995 DAY
16
CAR
11
RCH
20
ATL
6
NSV
16
DAR
17
BRI
19
HCY
19
NHA
12
NZH
21
CLT
41
DOV
11
MYB
6
GLN
14
MLW
23
TAL
39
SBO
13
IRP
33
MCH
17
BRI
15
DAR
20
RCH
36
DOV
10
CLT
15
CAR
17
HOM
22
11th 2782 [16]
1996 Chevy DAY
6
ATL
6
NZH
17
GLN
21
MLW
28
NHA
27
TAL
35
IRP
28
MCH
20
BRI
22
DAR
17
RCH
17
DOV
12
CLT
DNQ
CAR
34
HOM
38
18th 2396 [17]
Pontiac CAR
DNQ
RCH
11
NSV
19
DAR
34
BRI
28
HCY
11
CLT
26
DOV
11
SBO
24
MYB
22
Ken Wilson 02 Chevy CAR
39
1997 Ridling Motorsports 43 Chevy DAY
11
CAR
15
RCH
31
ATL
33
LVS
17
45th 743 [18]
Mark III Racing 78 Chevy DAR
32
HCY
DNQ
TEX BRI
20
NSV
28
TAL
DNQ
NHA NZH CLT DOV SBO GLN MLW MYB GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAL CAR HOM

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 NCTC Pts Ref
1995 Petty Enterprises 43 Chevy PHO TUS SGS MMR POR EVG I70 LVL BRI MLW
10
CNS HPT IRP
4
FLM RCH
16
MAR
14
NWS
11
SON MMR PHO 34th 660 [19]
1996 Combs Racing 49 Chevy HOM PHO POR EVG TUS CNS HPT BRI NZH MLW LVL I70 IRP FLM GLN NSV RCH NHA MAR NWS
20
SON MMR PHO LVS 104th 103 [20]

ARCA Permatex SuperCar SeriesEdit

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

ARCA Permatex SuperCar 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 APSC Pts Ref
1988 4 Olds DAY
18
ATL TAL FRS PCS ROC POC WIN KIL ACS SLM POC TAL DEL FRS ISF DSF SLM ATL 96th - [21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  7. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1983 NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  11. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1987 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  12. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1988 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1990 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  14. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1993 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  15. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1994 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1995 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  17. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1996 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  18. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1997 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  19. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsman Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  20. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  21. ^ "Rodney Combs – 1988 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2016.

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