NASCAR & Auto Racing

Rudd’s 906th start to be his last

Ricky Rudd said all he’s trying to do is make it through what he says will be the final race weekend of his career.

Rudd stepped away from full-time racing after the 2005 season, but at that time he never said he was retiring. After returning for 2007, though, he is saying that will be it.

“It really hasn’t sunk in,” said Rudd, who missed five races near the end of the season after injuring his shoulder in a crash at California Speedway. “It has been kind of a crazy year. ...All of a sudden, the season is over with.

“As a driver, over the years, I had to sort of turn off the emotion switch and learn how to do that. Sometimes when you turn it off you kind of get cold-hearted and you don’t think about things.

"I am sure that when the checkered flag flies there will probably be a few emotions running there. But in the meantime, it’s business as normal.”

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