Bobby Hamilton is taking over the Tide Ride next year and
Ricky Craven is out.
Ricky Craven is “my” guy – basically just because he’s from Maine. AFAIK, he’s the one New Englander in NASCAR. I’ve been to Moosehead Lake where he resides/hangs out many times.
He’s a nice guy – every winter he participates in a Snowmobile ride for charity up in Maine. He was born in the town my aunt lives in.
He was in a bad accident many years back but Cal Wells gave him a shot and he was an all right driver for him. He’s driven 3 models of car in the last 3 years so I think it’s been hard for his team to achieve consistency.
But, he’s also not the worlds greatest driver and is having a VERY lousy, frustrating year. Although last year he won at Darlington in what was (and still is) the closest finish ever in a NASCAR race.
It’s conceivable that another owner would give him a shot, but not likely. Nowadays, the trend is towards youth and Ricky’s not going to do anything for anyone coming in as a 38 year old.
Especially not when on top of Bobby Hamilton being ready, it looks like Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are pretty close to being ready to come up.
Anyway, sayonara Ricky.