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Day: March 7, 2020

Craven Takes Provisional at Richmond

Craven Takes Provisional at Richmond – Ricky Craven was forced to take a provisional starting spot (38th) for the Saturday night race at Richmond International Raceway. With an early qualifying draw, fourth, Craven went out in bright sunshine on a green track. Adding to the challenges for Craven was the fact that the team had to run sticker tires on the right side.

Unlike other racetracks, the fast qualifying setup at Richmond is on scuffed tires. Unfortunately during the final practice run to scuff tires, Craven indicated there was a vibration on the right side so the team was forced to run the sticker tires instead of scuffs. The final car bumped the Tide Pontiac from the top 36. Based on points, the 15 was assigned the first provisional, 37th, and Craven will start in the second provisional spot of 38th.

The race is Saturday night under the lights and will be telecast live on FX

Pontiac Racing Welcomes PPI Motorsports for 2003
DETROIT, Mich., Aug. 17, 2002 — Pontiac Racing has added the Cal Wells owned PPI Motorsports team to its 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup team lineup. PPI currently fields the No. 32 Tide entry driven by Ricky Craven.

“We are very excited to have Cal Wells and the Tide racing team join Pontiac as we look forward to the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup series,” said Lynn Myers, Pontiac-GMC General Manager. “Their energy and excitement about the new Grand Prix race car has been tremendous.”

The addition of Wells’ Hickory, North Carolina-based operation to the Pontiac Grand Prix camp is the first since the addition of A.J. Foyt Racing [#14 Pontiac] and Eel River Racing [#27 Pontiac] to the Winston Cup Series in 2000.

“When we first discussed the possibility of the Tide team coming to Pontiac, it was very clear that Cal was serious about doing whatever it takes to win a championship,” said Robert Kraut, marketing director for Grand Prix. “That type of attitude is exactly what we need as we put the new Grand Prix race car on the track next year.”

As a Winston Cup car owner, Wells directed his team to victory lane in just 58 starts, claiming the checkers at Martinsville Speedway on October 15, 2001 with Craven at the wheel. In 86 Winston Cup races, Wells’ organization has posted seven top-five and thirteen top-ten finishes.

“Certainly a lot of thought went into the decision to switch to Pontiac for 2003,” said Wells. “I really wrestled with this opportunity and ultimately determined that Pontiac was going to provide the best opportunity for the Tide 32 team to compete among the best in Winston Cup. I’m very excited for Ricky (Craven), this PPI Motorsports team and Tide as we look to our future together.” https://www.macaupoker99a.com/

Craven, who is an eight year-veteran of the Winston Cup circuit, has flourished since joining forces with Wells’ organization. In addition to his Martinsville victory, Craven has captured three pole positions, seven top-fives, twelve top-tens and more than $3.6 million in earnings in less than two seasons at PPI Motorsports.

Blair Corporation Joins PPI Motorsports As Sponsor

Blair Corporation Joins PPI Motorsports As Sponsor – Hickory, NC (September 23, 2002) — Blair Corporation, a national direct marketer and cataloger, has signed a multi-year agreement to sponsor the #32 Tide entry of PPI Motorsports and driver Ricky Craven.

Blair Corporation will provide the PPI Motorsports team with team clothing and apparel from its Custom Wear line beginning in 2003. In addition, the company’s Blair.com website logo will appear on the #32 Tide Pontiac beginning with the 2003 Daytona 500. idn poker 88

“The sponsorship agreement with Blair Corporation presents us with a wonderful opportunity to showcase their apparel on our team,” said team owner Cal Wells. “These are fantastic folks and we are pleased to have them on board for 2003 and beyond,” he added.

“NASCAR, PPI Motorsports and Tide Racing offer us a unique opportunity to create awareness with potential customers, as well as to heighten our visibility with current customers,” explains Dave Edwards, Operations Director of Blair’s E-Commerce Division. “In only two years, the Blair.com website has become a very popular destination for consumers seeking quality and value in apparel and home furnishings. This alliance only enhances our position in the marketplace,” he added.

James McCollough of Blair Custom Wear believes the opportunities to gain brand exposure for Blair’s business-to-business marketing initiatives is accelerated by the affiliations created via its NASCAR partnerships. “We are confident the relationships developed between PPI Motorsports, the Tide Racing affiliates and Blair will benefit all parties well into the future.”

PPI Motorsports and driver Ricky Craven are currently ranked 16th in the 2002 Winston Cup point standings with 3 top-five finishes and 7 top-ten finishes. The team also has two Bud Pole Awards and 13 top-ten qualifying efforts in 2002.

About Blair – Headquartered in Warren, Pennsylvania, Blair Corporation sells a broad range of women’s and men’s apparel and home products through direct marketing, in addition to other websites. Blair Custom Wear is the Corporation’s relatively new business-to-business venture which offers basic apparel items, such as shirts and jackets, as well as accessories that are custom embroidered with lettering and logos designed to identify and promote specific organizations. Blair Corporation employs over 2,700 people and operates facilities and retail outlets in Northwestern, Pennsylvania as well as a catalog outlet in Wilmington, Delaware. The Company, which has annual sales of more than $580 million, is publicly traded on the American Stock Exchange (Amex: BL).

Excitement :You know how your skin tingles when you’re outside in an approaching electrical storm? That’s just how it feels to me around PPI with the excitement about Daytona. Over the last few months, our very own Pontiac Widetrack Attack Team has been nose-to-the-grindstone-busy back at the shop! Old cars have been re-bodied. New cars have been built. Hundreds of new parts were ordered and received, then measured and re-measured on and off the cars. New engines have been built. New decals affixed and more. We’ve all kind of kept to ourselves with our minds on the specific tasks that we had ahead of us. There always is a lot of work to be done between seasons but this has been even more challenging with the changes in personnel and equipment for the upcoming season.

We have extremely high standards for ourselves at PPI. And, we don’t forget it. Confidence is nourishment for us and we never go hungry. But, we have pleasantly surprised even ourselves with how well our people have come together and our hard work has produced great racecars for the upcoming year.

Just this week, it seemed as though people were coming up for air. They are smiling and talking about winning at Daytona. We can’t wait to go racing! We really can win Daytona! We have a great car, a great driver, and great employees behind the scenes. We built our excitement directly into our cars. We can win!

Tide Celebrates 15 Years of NASCAR Racing

Tide Celebrates 15 Years of NASCAR Racing – Hickory, NC (July 30, 2002) — Tide Racing will be celebrating 15 years as a primary sponsor in NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing this weekend at the Brickyard. In addition to their regular #32 Winston Cup entry of Ricky Craven, they will also sponsor Darrell Waltrip’s #17 Craftsman Truck in the Friday event at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Both teams will sport Tide’s “retro” look, which goes back to their original Tide “America’s Favorite” logo for the paint schemes and white crew uniforms.

Ricky Craven:
“Being behind the Tide wheel is a dream for me. I am so proud to be associated with Tide and honored to be sharing this weekend with Darrell. I hope some of that DW magic rubs off on me. Our hope is to bring home two victories during the Indianapolis weekend.”
“This is an exciting event, obviously one of the four biggest races of the year. When you combine that with Tide’s 15th anniversary celebration, we’re expecting a fantastic weekend.”
“PPI Motorsports has a great record of finishes in the Brickyard 400 and we want to put ourselves in position to back it up in 2002.”

Darrell Waltrip:
Jeff (Hammond) and I want to thank Tide for including us in this special weekend. We are so happy to be reunited with Tide again and I have such fond memories of driving the #17 Winston Cup car to victory lane.” idn poker
Brian McNamara (Tide Brand Manager):
“Reaching the milestone of 15 years as a primary sponsor in Winston Cup is an occasion for celebration. What better way than to have both Darrell and Ricky driving in the same weekend in vehicles that pay tribute to the early days of Tide Racing. We want to thank the NASCAR fans for their support along the way and hope they enjoy this trip back in history.”


  • Tide’s involvement began in 1987 with Hendrick Motorsports and Darrell Waltrip.
  • Tide sponsored teams have raced to 19 victories including the Daytona 500 (Waltrip, 1989) and the Brickyard 400 (Rudd, 1997)
  • Tide drivers have included Darrell Waltrip (1987-1990), Ricky Rudd (1991-1999), Scott Pruett (2000) and Ricky Craven (2001-present)
  • Tide as a sponsor has 5 victories at Martinsville, 3 victories at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, 2 victories at Dover and one victory at Daytona, Atlanta, Bristol, Darlington, Michigan, New Hampshire, Phoenix, Rockingham and Indianapolis
  • Of the Tide victories, Waltrip won 9, Rudd won 9 and Craven has one.

Did you know that when Tide signed on as a NASCAR sponsor in 1987…

  • Ronald Reagan was President and Mikhail Gorbachev was his Russian counterpart. They had a historic meeting in Washington that year
  • The stock market crashed, losing over 500 points in October
  • Beverly Hills Cop III was at the top of the box office
  • Madonna led the pop charts with “Open Your Heart”
  • The Cosby Show was the #1 rated sitcom on television
  • Michael Douglas won “Best Actor” for his portrayal of Gordon Gecko in ‘Wall Street’
  • U2 had the album of the year, “The Joshua Tree”
  • The Giants beat the Broncos 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI

Ricky Craven Wins CBS Sportsline Race of Champions

Ricky Craven Wins CBS Sportsline Race of Champions – Hickory, NC In a “Survivor” type format, Ricky Craven was the last man standing in the CBS Sportsline Race of Champions online contest. Craven beat out Gil de Ferran in a head to head duel of NASCAR vs. open wheel stars.

Over 20 weeks ago, the contest pitted 25 drivers from NASCAR in one column and 25 open wheel drivers in another. Each week, fans logging onto the site had an opportunity to vote off a driver from each column.

It all came down to Craven vs. de Ferran in the final week and Craven prevailed. Were it the real “Survivor”, Craven would be the only man left on the island. idn poker88

Ricky Craven and his legion of fans have been following the contest diligently and upon hearing of his victory, he had the following to say:

“I am absolutely the most fortunate driver in America right now to have the type of support I enjoy with my loyal fans. They worked so hard on this contest to see that I won. I’ve been following the results weekly and so has my sponsor, Tide and Procter & Gamble. They are obviously thrilled as well. This contest that CBS Sportsline put together was all about the fans. I think it shows their commitment to racing and their passions for their favorite drivers.”

I’ve said for the last 18 months that I am driving for the greatest group of people in racing…and now it’s very clear that I have the fans to match.”

Ricky Craven Smiling As The ‘Tide’ Continues To Turn

Hickory, NC — Ricky Craven, driver of the #32 Tide Ford is finding more and more reasons to smile as the first third of the season draws to a close. The Newburgh, Maine native is sitting 13th overall in the Winston Cup point standings as the summer stretch begins. Aside from being the highest ranked single car team in NASCAR Winston Cup competition all season, Craven has plenty to smile about regarding his individual accomplishments along the way.

Craven and the PPI Motorsports team got off to a healthy start this year by quickly capturing two Bud Pole Awards and two-top 5 finishes in the first five races of 2002. The team has three top-five finishes, including a season best 3rd place effort last week at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in the longest race of the year–the Coca-Cola 600, and four top-ten finishes in the first twelve points events. He’s qualified in the top-ten 7 times in 12 races and has completed 94% of all laps this year. He has led in four separate events (175 laps), which include Rockingham, Darlington, Martinsville and Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Compare these stats to Craven’s 2001 campaign and it’s easy to see that things have turned around for the Cal Wells’ backed effort. This same week last year, Craven was ranked a season low 30th in the Winston Cup point standings. He had two top-tens and one top-5 finish to his credit. Mechanical failures and engine woes sidelined the team in six of the first twelve events. The PPI Team has not had a single mechanical failure in all of 2002 competition, a point not lost with Cal Wells during their weekly shop meetings.

“We continue to focus on assembling the critical building blocks of a successful Winston Cup operation,” said Wells. “Ricky Craven has proven to be the most single biggest factor in how we’ve produced this season, along with (crew chief) Mike Beam and (engineer) Roy McCauley. We remain committed to our season long goal of exploiting our talent in this most competitive arena that is NASCAR.”

Craven echoed the team’s enthusiasm.

“I can’t remember having this much fun in my career,” said a satisfied Craven. “Each week, these guys put a car under me that is capable of running up front and in contention for a win. We have a saying around here about ‘being in the game’ each week. With the exception of Daytona, we haven’t gone to the racetrack without that feeling. As a driver, it’s the best situation you could ask for.”

As the series heads to Dover, Delaware this weekend, the Tide Team is looking forward to backing up their strong start. It’s a long summer stretch, but if they can keep up their consistency, they may very well reach the first goal of their three-year plan–to finish top-10 in points at the end of the season.

Craven Sits On Pole In Race For Charity

Craven Sits On Pole In Race For Charity – Ricky Craven will lead the field of over 500 participants in his sixth annual snowmobile ride January 25th at Moosehead Lake in the state of Maine. With an already heavy snow accumulation at Moosehead Lake and 5 years of successful rides in the past, this year the ride looks to be the best ever. All participants in the ride enjoy a fun filled day with Ricky and ride on picturesque woodland trails. Most important of all is that all the participants bring in money for donations to some of Ricky’s favorite charities.

In all there are five charities that receive donations from the event: The Marrow Foundation, the international leader in the facilitation of unrelated marrow and blood stem cell transplantation; Children’s Miracle Network, an International non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals throughout North America; The Make-A-Wish Foundation, a foundation that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses in order to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy; The Travis Roy Foundation, a foundation designed to help with care and research for victims of paralysis, created on behalf of Travis Roy who was paralyzed in his first shift in his first college hockey game; Give Kids the World, a charity that allows children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to stay in a special village and enjoy the many Central Florida theme parks and attractions. idnpoker

Last year the ride generated over $114,000 in donations for the charities. In the five-year history of the charity ride, Ricky and his friends have donated over $380,000 to these great charitable organizations. As a racer, family man and someone who has visited with many of the individuals who are helped by these organizations, Ricky is thrilled to able to support these charities every year. “This event is something that I look forward to every year. Each time we do it, the ride gets bigger and better. It is tremendous that we can all have a great day riding snowmobiles in my home state of Maine but it is even more important that we are doing this to help all these great charities. We have over 100 volunteers that help with the ride and we could not do it without their donation of their time and effort”.
The ride itself starts at 8:30 a.m. on the 25th of January and winds through trails on and around Moosehead Lake. Included with the ride is a 7:30 a.m. breakfast and lunch along with a special autograph session that includes lots of prizes. For information on joining Ricky in the ride please contact Ricky Craven Motorsports