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Rudd Performance Motorsports was a stock car racing team that competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series between 1994 and 1999. Owned by Ricky Rudd, the team's only driver, it posted six wins during its existence.

Rudd Performance Motorsports
Owner(s)Ricky Rudd
Base292 Rolling Hills Road, Mooresville, North Carolina
SeriesWinston Cup Series
Race driversRicky Rudd
SponsorsTide
ManufacturerFord
Opened1994
Closed1999
Career
Races competed192
Race victories6

Winston Cup SeriesEdit

Car No. 10 historyEdit

 
Ricky Rudd in 1997 at Pocono

Rudd founded the team following the 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season; Tide detergent, which would be the team's only sponsor, followed Rudd to his new team from his previous ride with Hendrick Motorsports.[1] The team finished fifth in points in its first season, then ninth in 1995,[2] and sixth in 1996, before falling to 17th in 1997, 22nd in 1998 and 31st in 1999.[3] Rudd and the team scored one win each season from 1994 to 1998, except for two in 1997, before going winless in the team's final year.[4]

Towards the end of the 1999 season Tide announced they were leaving the team and moving to PPI Motorsports who was entering NASCAR from CART with driver Scott Pruett. Following the 1999 season without a sponsor, Rudd closed his team, having decided that the stress of balancing team ownership with driving was unprofitable[failed verification] and moved to drive Robert Yates Racing's No. 28 starting in 2000[3]. The assets of Rudd Performance Motorsports were auctioned off on December 1, 1999.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Harris, Mike (June 20, 1993). "Rudd decides to form own team next year". The Gadsden Times. Gadsden, AL. p. C4. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  2. ^ "Profile: Ricky Rudd". Daily News. Kingsport, TN. October 26, 1996. p. B1. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  3. ^ a b Rhodes, Gary (February 10, 2000). "Chesapeake's Rudd in a new ride". The Free Lance–Star: NASCAR 2000. Fredricksburg, VA. p. 5. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  4. ^ "Ricky Rudd - Ownership stats". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  5. ^ "Ricky Rudd's Going out of Business Sale". Motorsport.com. November 16, 1999. Retrieved 2014-04-15.