Rodney Bryan Orr (b. November 6, 1962) is a retired NASCAR driver. He currently owns Rodney Orr Racing and is also a broadcaster for NBC Sports' NASCAR coverage working with Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte. Orr also won the 1993 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series championship, and the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup championship.
Early Life Edit
Rodney was born in Robbinsville, NC. A graduate of Robbinsville High School, he was a resident of Palm Coast, Florida and started racing at the Volusia County Speedway in the late 1980s. He was rookie of the year in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series in 1992, and won the series' championship in 1993.
Winston Cup career (1994-2006) Edit
Originally, Orr and his father had planned to race in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series for the 1994 season. However, when NASCAR announced plans to change the BGN engine formula, Orr's father bought a Ford Thunderbird in the 1993-1994 off-season, bought an engine from Ernie Elliott, and decided to run the Winston Cup Series instead. Orr was nearly killed in a practice crash for the Daytona 500, but managed to cheat death. He started and finished last in the event. Orr failed to make one race, the Pepsi Firecracker 400, had 18 DNFs, and finished 28th in points.
Orr had a much better 1995, with one win, the DieHard 500, only nine DNFs, and a 12th place finish in the standings.
Orr had an even better 1996, with more support from Ford. He won three races, plus the exhibition race at Suzuka, Japan, and finished 10th in points.
1997 was a good year for Orr, as he got seven wins, including the Daytona 500, the DieHard 500, the Coca-Cola 600, the Interstate Batteries 500, the Mountain Dew Southern 500, and the Pepsi 400, and a 5th place finish in the standings.
1998 was the best year for Orr at all considerable measurements. He had 15 consecutive wins, no DNFs, and 35 top 10s. He was consistent enough to win the championship over Jeff Gordon.
Orr had another good year in 1999, with ten wins and second in points. He also won the Bud Shootout and The Winston.
Orr's 2000 season only got him seven wins, and 14th in points.
Orr did not win in 2001, but got many top 5's and 10's for a 12th finish in points.
Orr got 4 wins in 2002, en route to a 8th place finish in points
Orr won 2 races, at Talladega and Phoenix. He finished 11th in points.
Orr got his last career win at Michigan. He finished 19th in points.
Orr went sponsor-less for 2005, and announced at Homestead it would be his last full season.
Orr drove part-time in 2006, then retired post-season.
Rodney Orr Racing Edit
Orr's replacement was 21-year-old Kyle Busch, who came over from Hendrick Motorsports, taking Kellogg's and CarQuest with him, using the same paint scheme. The team got three wins, thanks to a switch from longtime manufacturer Ford to Chevrolet and an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. For 2008, Orr switched to Toyota with Gibbs, and added Reed Sorenson and Travis Kvapil, and in 2009, added Michael McDowell. Their current lineup is the #37 of Kyle Busch, the #47 of Reed Sorenson, the #57 of Travis Kvapil, and the #67 of Michael McDowell. In 2008, JTG Daughterty Racing fought to get the #47 but lost, so they used the #59.