Rick Wilson (racing driver)

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Rick Wilson
Born (1953-01-31) January 31, 1953 (age 64)
Bartow, Florida, United States
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
206 races run over 14 years
Best finish 2nd 1988 Firecracker 400
First race 1980 Firecracker 400 (Daytona)
Last race 1997 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 23 1
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
47 races run over 8 years
Best finish 29th (1989)
First race 1985 Winn-Dixie 300 (Charlotte)
Last race 1997 All Pro 300 (Charlotte)
First win 1989 Budweiser 200 (Bristol)
Last win 1989 Budweiser 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 11 0
Statistics current as of November 29, 2012.

Rick Wilson (born January 31, 1953 in Bartow, Florida) is a former NASCAR Winston Cup driver.[1] He began racing in 1980, and posted 23 top-ten finishes over his career. NASCAR's website says that he is probably best known for his "close, side-by-side second to Bill Elliott in Daytona's summer event in 1988."[2] He was also known for taking over Richard Petty's car at Petty Enterprises after Petty retired in a car numbered 44.[2]

Career[edit]

Wilson's 1989 Winston Cup Series car

Wilson's most successful run came from 1986 until 1989, driving the No. 4 car for Morgan-McClure Motorsports, when he was a consistent top-20 driver and won his only pole position, at Bristol Motor Speedway. He later drove for RahMoc Enterprises, Stavola Brothers Racing and Petty Enterprises and was an Oldsmobile driver until the brand left NASCAR following the 1992 season. Wilson was the first driver chosen to replace Richard Petty after Petty's retirement—the car's number temporarily changed to No. 44 at that time. Wilson also raced several years in the Busch Series driving for the Abingdon-based Food Country No. 75 Oldsmobile operated by Henderson Motorsports. He won two races, Bristol, and Dover, both in 1989.[3] The Bristol race he won was postponed due to snow, and ran on a Monday. Wilson led 161 of the 200 laps ran on his way to victory. Wilson started second in 1989 at Martinsville, leading 160 of the 200 laps before blowing a motor and finishing 21st. Wilson has not raced in NASCAR since 1998.

Wilson won the 2010 NASCAR "Saturday Night Special" also known as The NASCAR Legends Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in a replica of the 1989 Food Country USA Oldsmobile he won with at Bristol in 1989. He returned to active competition for a single race in the USARacing Pro Cup Series at Bristol later that year, finishing 19th following an accident.[4]

Personal life[edit]

After Wilson retired from racing NASCAR, he became a crew member for Chip Ganassi and Travis Carter.[2] He later became a farmer in his native Florida. As of 2007 he ran thousands of cattle on 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) and had about 200 acres (0.81 km2) of orange trees.[2]

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]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1981 Wilson Racing Oldsmobile DNQ
1982 13 18
1983 Buick DNQ
1986 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Oldsmobile 16 7
1987 9 37
1988 13 15
1989 40 8
1990 RahMoc Enterprises Oldsmobile 28 30
1991 Stavola Brothers Racing Buick 26 33
1992 Ford 38 23
1993 Petty Enterprises Pontiac 15 34

Busch Series[edit]

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rick Wilson Cup statistics". NASCAR. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Houston, Rick (August 30, 2007). "Where is ... Rick Wilson?". NASCAR. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Rick Wilson Busch Series statistics". NASCAR. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Gregory, Allen (September 11, 2010). "Great Balls of Fire". Bristol Herald Courier. Bristol, TN. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1991 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1985 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1986 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1989 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1990 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1992 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1993 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1995 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1997 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1998 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1985 ARCA Talladega SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Rick Wilson – 1986 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 

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