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Carmichael moving up NASCAR ranks

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09:18 AM ET 10.02 | Legendary off-road motorcycle racer Ricky Carmichael slowly but steadily keeps working his way up NASCAR's ladder after making the switch to stock cars. The 30-year-old Floridian, widely viewed as the best motocross and supercross rider ever with a remarkable 15 championships, has been toiling in stock-car racing's lower ranks since 2007. But on Saturday, Carmichael will move up a notch by making his first start in the Nationwide Series, NASCAR's equivalent of baseball's triple-A minor leagues, at the series' race at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway oval.

Los Angeles Times

Ricky Carmichael, John Harrelson/Getty Images Ricky Carmichael, John Harrelson/Getty Images
October 2, 2010  09:25 AM ET

He will certainly be as good or better than Danica. It must be quite a difference to cars from motorcycles. At least he's been running truck races for a few years unlike the girl wonder.

October 2, 2010  10:02 AM ET

Give me a break. he has not shown anything to me, its a change of ownership that moved him up.Turner sold, right? I think there is this thing called "the chase" or something like that going on? not sure, its never mentioned HERE. What drivel.

October 2, 2010  10:06 AM ET

you want to watch an up and comer? Watch the #7 this weekend. NO DANICA! and the car ran at the top of the practice charts. Anxious to see what Josh Wise does today. His year to date stats aren't great, but better than the other much-ballyhood driver in the #7

October 2, 2010  10:59 AM ET

His ascent was slowed. Remember when Mark Martin agreed to drive the 01 car for Ginn Racing and mentor the young Carmichael? That never really worked out as I believe Ginn backed out on several deals and wasn't the person everyone thought he was.

October 2, 2010  11:45 AM ET

I am so hung over this morning I actually think I see a new post on the T&R racing page. I have to stop drinking that cheap lighter fluid.

October 2, 2010  03:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

His ascent was slowed. Remember when Mark Martin agreed to drive the 01 car for Ginn Racing and mentor the young Carmichael? That never really worked out as I believe Ginn backed out on several deals and wasn't the person everyone thought he was.

Didn;t mark also think Logano was sliced bread?

October 2, 2010  03:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I am so hung over this morning I actually think I see a new post on the T&R racing page. I have to stop drinking that cheap lighter fluid.

only one answer to the problem Rick, keep the buzz going and come down slowly. You do not see a new article here, it is merely a bunch of words somebody at T&R posted.

October 2, 2010  05:22 PM ET

The talent pool in the Nationwide series ain't what it use to be.. hope the guys in the Cup series stay around awhile cause there really ain't any talent coming up to replace them

October 2, 2010  10:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

you want to watch an up and comer? Watch the #7 this weekend. NO DANICA! and the car ran at the top of the practice charts. Anxious to see what Josh Wise does today. His year to date stats aren't great, but better than the other much-ballyhood driver in the #7

Wise had a decent finish , Carmichael wasn't that far behind him though.

October 3, 2010  01:10 AM ET

Stokley would be proud

October 3, 2010  09:27 AM ET

Looks like we have peace in the valley.

October 3, 2010  10:16 AM ET

I don't know what carmichael will amount to, but hes already way better than danica. But really who isn't? lol It cracks me up when people say danica can drive a racecar good. please

October 3, 2010  10:49 AM ET
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I don't know what carmichael will amount to, but hes already way better than danica. But really who isn't? lol It cracks me up when people say danica can drive a racecar good. please

So true, I think a few folks are realizing that now.

October 3, 2010  01:11 PM ET

LOL @ Rickapolis...you always have the perfect wisecrack.

Maybe Carmichael will surprise us all....and Lord knows we need some surprises in racing LOL

October 4, 2010  05:18 PM ET

Carmichael was a beast on bikes.....he's got the instinct...see if it can translate into NASCAR wins........

 
October 4, 2010  08:26 PM ET
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That is my feelings as well. JJ came from motocross. There are other motocross racers that have moved to 4 wheels that have done pretty good as well. Ricky Johnson in off road, Jeff ward in open wheel. Without change, gaining new caliber drivers for the series will only be known if when the popularity of nascar returns.

I thought Johnson was offroad..but 4wheels, not 2? I used to run with Bob 'Hurricane' Hannah..(Ok...ONCE..but it was SOOo cool). Still probably the best rider I've ever seen. Larry Rosseler too...He's running 4wheel Desert/Baja races now. Used to run with him out in the Mojave.....good times. Been around all sorts of racing..raced Desert Cross Country Motorcycles, pit crew'd a Blown Alcohol Hydro boat, hung out with Larry Dixon when he was with Prudohmme in Top Fuel. Only attend NASCAR..but it would have been a blast to be involved more...closest I get is bracket racing at Pomona when track was still available...fun, but grassroots. Guess I feel the need for speed :)

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