NASCAR ROTY RANKINGS 1977: Ranking the Rookie of the Year Classes Through the Years

Ricky Rudd
Join me as we take a look at every NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year class from 1972 (the start of the modern era) through 2021, going from the worst to the first in terms of overall careers of each year’s rookie class.


Winner: Ricky Rudd (Rudd).  Runners Up: Sam Sommers (MC Anderson), Janet Guthrie (Lynda Ferreri), Tighe Scott (Walter Ballard), Tommy Gale (Langley/Gray), Gary Myers (Myers).  Aborted Attempts: none

How their careers turned out: Ricky Rudd wound up having one of the most-consistent careers in Nascar, as well as being one of the few drivers to successfully transition from a major team to owner-driver.  There’s virtually no information about Sam Sommers, Tighe Scott, Tommy Gale, or Gary Myers, but at least none of them abandoned Nascar to run IndyCar.

“Fun” “Fact” about the winner: Ricky Rudd got his big break in 1982 with Richard Childress Racing, then two years later became the first of many drivers to be royally screwed-over by Dale Earnhardt.

Ranking: #26 out of 50 updated four times weekly

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