On an unusually hot July day, the second annual Slick 50 300 was under way at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as some of NASCAR’s greatest drivers took to the track.
In NASCAR’s top series doubling as both owner and driver can be a losing battle. Few have had success in both ventures.
Driving the number 10 Tide Ford, Ricky Rudd would prove the racing world wrong by running, driving, and winning in his own operation.
The race also holds a special place with NHMS fans. “You had Dale Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd, and the previous year’s winner Rusty Wallace battling all day,” said long time fan Ed Delany. “Late in the race after a caution there were 8 laps left, Rudd was able to get around Dale, but Dale passed him again. Rudd was able to take the lead with only a few laps to go, the entire track was on their feet,” Delany said.
The win would ensure that Rudd’s 11 year winning streak remain intact for at least another season.
“I consider the win at New Hampshire a definite highlight in my career, said Ricky Rudd. I carried a lot of weight that day. It was my first as owner and driver, that’s a pretty big deal.”
The 1994 season would be one of Rudd’s most successful. Not only did he win at “The Magic Mile”, he also charted six top-fives, 15 top-tens, a pole, and finished fifth in the points battle.
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