Ronnie Silver

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Ronnie Silver
Born (1951-07-20) July 20, 1951 (age 63)
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
182 races run over 8 years
Best finish 5th (1984)
First race 1982 Southeastern 150 (Bristol)
Last race 1989 AC-Delco 200 (North Carolina)
First win 1985 Bobby Isaac Memorial 200 (Hickory)
Last win 1986 Mountain Dew 400 (Hickory)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 79 0

Ronnie Silver (born July 20, 1951) is a former American stock car racer and crew chief. He raced in the NASCAR Busch Series for eight seasons, winning two races.

Career[edit]

A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Silver's career started in the Whelen All-American Series, in which he finished fourth in the 1982 Mid-Atlantic Region season.[1] Eventually, Silver joined the Busch Series in its inaugural season as an owner driver, and finished 7th in the Southeastern 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.[2] Silver ended the season 15th in points with 1,514, along with 7 top tens and 2 top fives.[3] In 1984, Silver was the car owner for Jack Ingram, who won the Busch 200 at Langley Speedway.[4] In 1985, Silver claimed his first career NASCAR victory in the Bobby Isaac Memorial 200 at Hickory Motor Speedway; Silver won again at Hickory in 1986, this time in the Mountain Dew 400 after taking the lead from Jack Ingram with 11 laps left.[5] In 1985 and 1986, Silver finished 8th (3268 points)[6] and 7th (3927 points),[7] respectively. In 1989, Silver's slow time trial for the All Pro 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway relegated him to the 40-lap consolation race as a last chance to qualify for the event.[8] However, Silver did not make the field.[9] In 1992, Silver's team served Shawna Robinson at Daytona International Speedway, North Carolina Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, crashing at Daytona and Atlanta.[10] The following season, Silver failed to qualify for The Pantry 300.[11]

Later, Silver owned cars and served as crew chief for Michael Waltrip in the Busch Series,[12] and currently works in the family auto body repair business.[13] Eventually, Silver became the crew chief for Michael Waltrip Racing's Patty Moise in 1998 with engines supplied from Roush Racing,[14][15] though in 2000, Silver worked less with the team due to business obligations in his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Whelen All-American Series: 1982 Regional Point Standings". NASCAR Home Tracks. 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  2. ^ "1982 Southeastern 150". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  3. ^ "NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series standings for 1982". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  4. ^ "1984 Busch 200 (August)". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Today in History: March 9". NASCAR. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  6. ^ "NASCAR Busch Grand National Series standings for 1985". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  7. ^ "NASCAR Busch Grand National Series standings for 1986". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  8. ^ Pearce, Al (1989-10-07). "All Pro 300 Notebook". Daily Press. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  9. ^ "1989 All Pro 300". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  10. ^ "1992 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  11. ^ "1993 The Pantry 300". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  12. ^ James, Brant (2011-09-22). "Crew chief's calm demeanor has salvaged Kurt Busch's season". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  13. ^ Bodenhamer, Kerry (2013-06-18). "Special Guests Appearing At Banjo Matthews Memorial 150". UARA-Stars. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  14. ^ "Patty Moise Announces Return to Full-Time NASCAR BGN Series Raccing for 1998". The Auto Channel. 1997-10-05. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  15. ^ Pearce, Al (1997-10-07). "Motorsports Notes: Husband, Wife Await Full '98 Busch Series". Daily Press. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  16. ^ Rodman, Dave (2000-12-25). "M. Waltrip reunited with Kennedy". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 

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