D. K. Ulrich

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Donald Keith Ulrich
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Born (1944-04-10) April 10, 1944 (age 70)
United States Woodbury, New Jersey
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
273 race(s) run over 19 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
12th - 1979
First race 1971 Maryville 200 (Maryville)
Last race 1992 Budweiser 500 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 16 0
NASCAR Grand National East Series career
14 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
20th - 1973
First race 1972 Mr. D's 200 (Nashville)
Last race 1973 Cumberland 200 (Fayetteville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of July 26, 2012.

Donald Keith (D. K.) Ulrich is a former driver/owner in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. As a driver, he had sixteen top ten finishes in 273 starts. His last race came in 1992.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born to Robert A, and Dorothy (Paul) Ulrich in Woodbury NJ, Donald Keith Ulrich along with Parents and brothers Ken and David, traveled by 1940 Suicide Door Buick from Pennsylvania to San Bernardino, California in 1952. With a great deal of interest in automobiles and speed, Donald would assist his Father driving the Buick from the center front seat, steering and operating the accelerator most of the time during the three week crossing at age 8. At age 12, Donald and his brothers spent every Saturday night watching the local URC Midget Races at National Orange Show Stadium, when one Saturday night in 1957, a young Texan blew into town as a Speedway guest driver, climbed into a less than competitive Midget Racer, and won the trophy dash, heat race, and main event. His name was A.J. Foyt, and from that moment on, Donald became DK Ulrich, and had only one goal in life, to be like his hero.

Racing career[edit]

At age 16 and lying about his age (18), DK hand built a 1949 Mercury street stock racer for competition at Orange Show Speedway (San Bernardino, CA). Soon after moving up to the Sportsman Division, DK raced often all over Southern California and with limited success, Old Irwindale Speedway, Saugus short track, and J.C. Agajanian’s Ascot Park (dirt), winning some weekly events through 1967 without outside funding, but with only one vision, the NASCAR Grand National Division. Kicking off his 25-year career as driver and team owner in NASCAR's premiere division, DK purchased a showroom1970 Ford Torino, financed it through Ford Motor Credit, and along with brother Ken and long time friends Mike Austin and Mike Rybak, stripped it down, and sent the body and frame off to Holman and Moody in Charlotte to be modified for Grand National competition. After several months of preparation, DK started his first Grand National Race at Maryville Tennessee, and thereafter, NASCAR never ran another (Cup) race through 1995 without some form of participation by Ulrich as owner or driver. Best known as leader of the Independent drivers in the seventies, and as trainer, mentor, or advisor to new up and coming drivers in the eighties, DK drove over 270 races himself, and provided a ride for 76 other drivers (a total of 700 plus starts for the team) over the 25-year span, some upstart unknown, some famous and some to be famous. Included in the group are NASCAR Winners and Champions, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Mark Martin, Ernie Irvan, Ricky Rudd, Tim Richmond, Sterling Marlin, and Kyle Petty to name a few. Without any significant sponsorship for the entire span, Ulrich sold the team in 1995 to Jasper Racing (Doug Bawel) without a win, however with many top 5s and 10s, a single pole position and an absolutely amazing story told in the upcoming book “INDEPENDENT ERA” the life and times of DK Ulrich"

Current[edit]

Beginning in1989 and through 2001 with long time friend and business partner DiAnne Sawyer, Ulrich, an accomplished aircraft pilot himself, initiated “Race Day Express”, providing air transportation for NASCAR teams, too and from all Winston Cup Events, and further developed USAV, an FAA air charter business which included up to 19 company owned small turbo-prop and jet aircraft, all dedicated to moving NASCAR Teams. The company was reinvented in 2006 with business partner Jeff Flournoy (ETA SHUTTLE), and further refined with current partner Rick Croasdale (ConSeaAir * LLC) to what is now the primary and/or support air carrier of most NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Truck Series Teams, to include Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing. Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart Haas Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Penske Racing. ConSeaAir LLC (Ulrich & Croasdale) also owns and operates an 80’ Sport Fish vessel and tender for charter, based in the British Virgin Islands. Additionally, DK also is currently constructing a marina in the south of Crooked Island, Bahamas, and in the process of renovating the lighthouse at Bird Rock Island, Bahamas.

Personal life[edit]

Married: Lynda Forby 1963 - 1967, Daughter Tammy Lynn (Ulrich) Langdon 1965, Son Daniel Keith Ulrich 1967, Grandsons Truett and Patrick Langdon

Married: Carolyn Rudd 1978 – 1982, adopted sons Geoffrey (Trout) Ulrich and Bryan “Skeet” (Trout) Ulrich

Married: 2003 – 2009 Megan Hemmer

2009 – Present, Single

References[edit]

  1. ^ Driver's statistics, Retrieved March 19, 2007