Ricky Sanders (racing driver)

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Ricky Sanders, (born July 30, 1966 in Stockbridge, Georgia) is a former NASCAR driver. He raced part-time in the Craftsman Truck Series from 2000-2003.

Busch Series Career[edit]

Sanders only ran one career Busch race. It came in 2001, when Jimmy Means allowed Sanders to pilot his #52 in a start-and-park deal. Sanders started 39th, but parked six laps into the race. He finished 41st.

Craftsman Truck Series Career[edit]

Sanders made his debut in 2000, driving for Walsh Racing. He made his first start in the #9 Walsh Ford at Texas, where he started 32nd and wound up 30th. He also added on a 22nd at Kentucky before moving onto the #27 Hastings Filters Ford for three more starts. After finishes of 26th and 31st, Sanders set his season best finish of 16th in his return to Texas. It would wind up being his best career finish.

Sanders ran 13 races in 2001, in route to 27th in points. It was a miserable year for Sanders, who joined the #19 James Murphy Ford team. He only managed a best finish of 20th at Nashville, although he did finish in the top-25 in half of his starts. Sanders struggled with finishing races, as his team only completed 7 of their 13 starts.

Sanders low-budget team only managed to make three starts in 2002. However, Sanders had a productive year. He was 19th in the season opener at Daytona. After a 32nd at Las Vegas, Sanders managed a 21st at California, earning two top-21s in three 2002 starts.

Sanders team made six starts in 2003. It was a decent year for Sanders and his team, as they earned top-20 finishes in half of their starts. Their best was a 17th at Texas, 19th at Kentucky and 20th at Gateway. However, the budget issue finally bit. Sanders and team had to close up shop following the Nashville race.

Sanders has not competed in major NASCAR since.

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