Rick Carelli

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Rick Carelli
Rick Carelli.jpg
Carelli in 1997
Born (1954-11-09) November 9, 1954 (age 64)
Arvada, Colorado, United States
Achievements1993 NASCAR Winston West Series Champion
1991 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion
Awards2009 West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inductee
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
9 races run over 3 years
Best finish49th (1994)
First race1992 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 (Sears Point)
Last race1994 Slick 50 300 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
2 races run over 2 years
Best finish119th (2003)
First race1998 Lycos.com 250 (Pikes Peak)
Last race2003 TrimSpa Dream Body 250 (Pikes Peak)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
134 races run over 8 years
Best finish6th (1995)
First race1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race2002 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (Daytona)
First win1996 Coca-Cola 200 (Bristol)
Last win2000 Kroger 200 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 60 0

Rick Carelli (born November 9, 1954) is an American crew member for Joe Gibbs Racing and former race car driver from Arvada, Colorado.[1] He was nicknamed the "High Plains Drifter".[2] He won multiple times in the #6 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series truck. He is the spotter for Erik Jones in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Racing career[edit]

Carelli's 1997 Chesrown Racing truck

Carelli won the NASCAR Southwest Tour championship in 1991 and won 21 times in the series during his career.[2] He joined the NASCAR Winston West Series in 1992,[1] and he was named the series Rookie of the Year. He returned to the series in 1993, capturing the series championship and Most Popular Driver award.[1][2] He has won nine times in that series.[2]

He was one of the original drivers in the Craftsman Truck Series, starting at the series' first race at Phoenix in 1995. Carelli raced every series race until he suffered near-fatal injuries when his truck hit the wall during a race at Memphis Motorsports Park in 1999. He suffered a basal skull fracture, damaged his carotid artery and sinus.[3] He recovered and returned to race the entire 2000 season.[3] He won another race at Richmond International Raceway in 2000 with an underfunded team that he was the crew chief for. He also made 9 Winston Cup starts from 1992 to 1994. He stopped driving in 2004 and moved into the administrative side of motorsport.[3]

After retiring from driving, he later became the team manager for Kevin Harvick Incorporated – a position that he held when Ron Hornaday won the 2007 championship.[2] He later worked with NTS Motorsports as the team general manager.[4] Carelli was also the spotter for the Stewart-Haas Racing #41, driven by Kurt Busch. He is now the spotter for the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 of Erik Jones, having been the spotter for Jones in the Furniture Row Racing #77 in 2017.

Awards[edit]

Carelli was inducted in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2009 along with Wayne Spears, Doug George, and Chuck Bown.[5][6]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

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

Winston Cup Series[edit]

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 31 NWCC Pts
1991 Chesrown Racing 37 Chevy DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO
DNQ
ATL NA -
1992 DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON
37
POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO
42
ATL 74th 89
1993 61 DAY CAR RCH
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL PHO
21
ATL
35
49th 258
37 SON
21
CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR
1994 61 DAY
DNQ
CAR
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
DAR
DNQ
BRI NWS MAR TAL SON
41
CLT DOV POC MCH
DNQ
DAY NHA POC TAL IND
DNQ
GLN MCH
27
BRI DAR
DNQ
RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR
22
PHO
33
ATL
DNQ
49th 283

Busch Series[edit]

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 NBC Pts
1990 Chesrown Racing 46 Pontiac DAY RCH CAR MAR HCY DAR BRI LAN SBO NZH HCY CLT DOV
DNQ
ROU VOL MYB OXF NHA SBO DUB IRP ROU BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT NHA CAR MAR NA -
1998 Phoenix Racing 41 Chevy DAY CAR LVS NSV DAR BRI TEX HCY TAL NHA NZH CLT DOV RCH PPR
42
GLN MLW MYB CAL SBO IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT GTY CAR ATL HOM 126th 0
2000 Ken Schrader Racing 86 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSV TAL CAL RCH NHA CLT DOV SBO MYB GLN MLW NZH PPR GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR MEM PHO
DNQ
HOM NA -
2003 Biagi Brothers Racing 4 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH CAL RCH GTY NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR
19
IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL PHO CAR HOM 119th 106

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

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 25 26 27 NCTC Pts
1995 Chesrown Racing 6 Chevy PHO
24
TUS
3
SGS
9
MMR
12
POR
8
EVG
8
I70
6
LVL
5
BRI
23
MLW
4
CNS
7
HPT
11
IRP
3
FLM
2
RCH
12
MAR
29
NWS
12
SON
15
MMR
11
PHO
11
6th 2683
1996 HOM
16
PHO
6
POR
6
EVG
13
TUS
23
CNS
19
HPT
24
BRI
1
NZH
16
MLW
11
LVL
7
I70
3
IRP
18
FLM
7
GLN
24
NSV
9
RCH
15
NHA
13
MAR
29
NWS
6
SON
9
MMR
34
PHO
16
LVS
14
10th 2953
1997 WDW
5
TUS
30
HOM
8
PHO
10
POR
28
EVG
19
I70
7
NHA
3
TEX
22
BRI
4
NZH
6
MLW
5
LVL
19
CNS
7
HPT
9
IRP
8
FLM
5
NSV
10
GLN
10
RCH
11
MAR
15
SON
7
MMR
12
CAL
15
PHO
5
LVS
6
7th 3461
1998 WDW
3
HOM
18
PHO
17
POR
3
EVG
7
I70
32
GLN
28
TEX
9
BRI
30
MLW
6
NZH
9
CAL
16
PPR
4
IRP
17
NHA
20
FLM
16
NSV
17
HPT
30
LVL
31
RCH
8
MEM
30
GTY
1*
MAR
11
SON
11
MMR
6
PHO
11
LVS
35
11th 3195
1999 HOM
10
PHO
27
EVG
6
MMR
1
MAR
9
MEM
36
PPR I70 BRI TEX PIR GLN MLW NSV NZH MCH NHA IRP GTY HPT RCH LVS LVL TEX CAL 33rd 739
2000 Phelon Motorsports 66 Ford DAY
7
HOM
34
PHO
26
MMR
20
MAR
33
PIR
17
GTY
29
MEM
34
PPR
20
EVG
7
TEX
31
KEN
7
GLN
32
MLW
13
NHA
11
NZH
8
MCH
31
IRP
24
NSV
23
CIC
5
RCH
1
DOV
8
TEX
9
CAL
21
15th 2606
2001 DAY
13
HOM
30
MMR
4
MAR
12
GTY DAR PPR DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN NHA IRP NSH CIC NZH 40th 675
Petty Brothers Racing 44 Dodge RCH
34
SBO TEX LVS
Harvick Motorsports 6 Chevy PHO
11
CAL
2002 DAY
5
DAR MAR GTY PPR DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN NHA MCH IRP NSH RCH TEX SBO LVS CAL PHO HOM 72nd 160

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

(key)

24 Hours of Daytona results
Year Class No Team Car Co-drivers Laps Position Class Pos.
2002 AGT 90 United States Flis Motorsports Chevy Corvette United States Kevin Harvick
United States John Metcalf
United States Davy Lee Liniger
123 69 DNF 8 DNF
2003 GTS 05 United States Team Re/MAX Racing Chevy Corvette United States Craig Conway
United States John Metcalf
United States Davy Lee Liniger
378 27 DNF 8 DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rick Carelli". Racing West. 1999. Archived from the original on 30 March 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame to induct 10 in July". NASCAR. April 8, 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Wack, Craig (June 21, 2009). "Rick Carelli's seat safer than '99 Trucks Series ride". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  4. ^ "No. 14 California Clean Power Chevrolet to Feature Throwback Paint Scheme From Inaugural Truck Series Race". NTS Motorsports. September 21, 2015. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "HOF Modern Era Inductees". Racing West. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  6. ^ "West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame". West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Retrieved 16 March 2012.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Bill Sedgwick
NASCAR Winston West Series champion
1993
Succeeded by
Mike Chase
Preceded by
Doug George
NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour champion
1991
Succeeded by
Ron Hornaday