Ricky Craven bio: wife, TV shows, net worth, where is he today?

Ricky Craven bio: wife, TV shows, net worth, where is he today?

If you are a fan of stock car racing, then you must have heard the name of Ricky Craven. He is an analyst of the sport on Fox, popularly known for giving his brutally honest opinions. He is also a former driver who has won several awards making him an expert in stock car racing.

Ricky Craven biography
Ricky Craven is a retired stock car racing analyst and a former driver. Photo: @Ricky Craven
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So, who is Ricky Craven? In the article, you will get more information about Ricky Craven stats, age, wife, TV shows, net worth, and what he has been up to these days.

Ricky Craven profile

  • Name: Richard Allen Craven
  • Date of birth: May 24, 1966
  • Ricky Craven age: 55 as of 2021
  • Zodiac sign: Gemini
  • Gender: male
  • Ricky Craven Twitter: @RickyCraven32
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: Former NASCAR driver, stock car racing analyst

Ricky Craven biography

Not much is known about his childhood. What is known is that he was born in Newburgh, Maine, USA. He graduated from Hampden Academy, a public high school in Hampden, Maine.

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Ricky Craven wife

Ricky Craven family
Ricky with his daughter Riley Craven Alvarez on her wedding day. Photo: @Ricky Craven
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The former NASCAR driver is married to his long-time girlfriend Cathleen Craven. The pair tied the knot in 1996 in an intimate wedding ceremony. They have been blessed with three children, Riley, Richard, and Lydia. The couple prefers to keep their personal life away from the limelight.

Career

Craven discovered his love for car racing when he was still young. At the age of 15, he had already won twice at the Unity Raceway and went home with the Rookie of the Year Award. The following year he grabbed 12 feature events and the track championship. In 1984, he won the track championship at the Wiscasset Speedway along with the Rookie of the Year title.

Ricky Craven Motorsports

He made his first appearance at the NASCAR at Oxford Plains Speedway but finished 25th after his car’s engine failed. In 1990, he ran the Butch North Series taking home the Rookie of the Year Title. The following year, he became champion of the series after winning ten times in the No. 25 Chevrolet. In 1992, he moved to the Busch Series full-time.

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From 1993 to 1994 in the championship standings, he finished second. In 1995, he joined forces with Larry Kendrick Motorsports and Kodiak to run for the Winston Rookie of the Year. He qualified 31 races, finished top ten four times and got the award. In 1996, he had three Top Ten finishes but, unfortunately, crashed his car on his 130th lap. He parted ways with Hedrick for the No. 25 Chevy at Hendrick Motorsports.

In the 1997 Daytona 500, he finished third. That year he cancelled on two races due to injuries he suffered in a car crash. In 1998, he also missed several races because of the injuries and was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.

1999 was a terrible year for him after he joined SBII Motorsports to drive the No. 58 Ford Taurus. He never finished top 18 and failed to qualify for the Coca-Cola 600. He joined the Midwest Transit Racing team until 2000.

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Ricky Craven Tide car

Ricky Craven tide car
He won his first Monster Energy Series race at Martinsville in 2001 making the orange Tide car his own. Photo: @LegendsNascar
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In 2001, he teamed up with PPI Motorsports to drive the No. 32 Ford. He was first at the Michigan International Speedway and in the Old Dominion 500. He also won his first Winston Cup. In 2002, he won two poles and scored 9 top-ten finishes.

Ricky Craven 2003

2003 was a historic year for Ricky. On March 16, at the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, he won the 100th NASCAR car series after he stared 31st beating Kurt Busch. The Ricky Craven Kurt Busch margin of victory was 0.02 seconds. In 2005, he won the Kroger 200 in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, which was his final win at the NASCAR national series.

Ricky Craven Fox News

After he retired from racing, he went on to work for ESPN and Yahoo! Sports as a NASCAR analyst. After 19 years of working for ESPN, he left the network. He later joined Fox.

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Is Ricky Craven retiring?

As 2020 came to a close, he stepped away from racing after his contract with Fox expired. For his final words working in the station, he said, "I’ve had a great run for 14 years. I worked the same way I worked in my driving career. I had a second career that I didn’t know would exist".

Ricky Craven TV shows

The father of three has credits on several TV shows. They include:

  • 1996 Daytona 500
  • 1998 Daytona 500
  • ESPN Sports Century
  • NASCAR on Fox
  • NASCAR on TNT
  • NASCAR on Speed
  • NBC NASCAR
  • Mike & Mike
  • Good Morning America
  • Southern Speed: The Legend of Darlington
  • Unrivalled: Earnhardt vs Gordon
  • NASCAR Race Day

How much is Ricky Craven worth?

Over the years, the former NASCAR driver has gathered a net worth of around $16 million. His primary sources of income are his careers in driving and being an analyst on TV.

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Ricky Craven has become a legend in the world of car racing. He truly set the standards high for upcoming drivers. We wish him all the best in his endeavours.

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