Joe Runs for Friend
Joe is scheduled to run in the Moran Chevrolet/Stan Yee Memorial 150 Saturday evening, June 27.
Limited Nationwide Schedule in 2009
Joe is scheduled to run a very limited schedule in the Nationwide Series in 2009.
Photos from the Nashville race are posted.
Cup racing for over 41 years?
Did you know that Joe ran his first Cup race in 1963? He finished 10th. He has been in Cup races in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and 2000's. He has also raced in Cup, Busch, ARCA, and the Craftsman Truck Series. He is also a USAC Champion.....
A Surprise Entry
Ruttman was presented with an opportunity to run in the ACRA race at Chicagoland this past weekend.
After qualifying in the fourth position with hopes of his 4th ARCA victory, Ruttman had to settle for a 19th place finish after the engine dropped a valve.
Joe and Toyota
ASHEBORO, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2003) - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra race truck, which will make its racing debut in February 2004 at Daytona, ran its initial test yesterday at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.
The historic session was the first for the manufacturer since it officially submitted the truck to NASCAR in July. Veteran racer Joe Ruttman handled the driving duties at the 0.455-mile oval.
"It was another significant step in the truck program's progression," said Jim Aust, vice president of Motorsports at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and president and CEO of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) U.S.A. "For Toyota, it is a special day as we prepare for the Tundra's debut at Daytona next February. It is a rewarding moment for those who have worked on the truck program over the last year."
The test was conducted to learn the Tundra race truck's basic characteristics, evaluate systems, and gain first impressions on down force and balance.
"It's really an honor to be first to climb behind the wheel of the Tundra," said Ruttman, a NASCAR Craftsman Truck veteran since the series' inception in 1995. "For being its first time on the track, I was really impressed with the truck's performance. It hit as close to the mark as any new race vehicle could hope to achieve for a first test. I'm really looking forward to experiencing the truck's learning curve and contributing to its progression."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra will continue testing throughout the fall in preparation for the 2004 season.
Reprinted courtesy of Toyota Motorsports.
Toyota and Tundra are registered tradmarks of the Toytoa Motor Company.
Photos from the
If you are working on a family tree (Ritterhouse or Ruttman side), we would be glad to pass on the little information we have. (And any information you have would be greatly appreciated)
Note - If you have family you can trace back to Woodward, Oklahoma, the Plains Indians and Pioneer Historical Foundation put together two books about the families from that area. It is a great resource.
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Live Chat Room
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A Race Ended Early
Joe started the race from the 25th position. But an early altercation with Coy Gibbs ended the day for the FDNY Ground Zero Chevy.
"I was hoping for a great run for the FDNY," Joe said. "I am disappointed because I think we might have had something for them today," he added.
Note - Joe is still looking for a ride for the remainder of the season.
Jim Rosenblum Racing is proud to announce that “Chief” Joe Ruttman will be driving the FDNY(Fire Department New York)
Racing team Ground Zero #28 Truck at Darlington for the Craftsman Anniversary 200 on March 15, 2002.
Ruttman, who is currently number four in the points standings, gives an added dimension of competitiveness to Jim Rosenblum Racing’s Campaign. The “Ground Zero” #28 Truck will raise funds for the FDNY Widows and Children's Fund.
Ruttman - “I am looking forward to Darlington, and I’m especially enthusiastic to offer my support to the World’s number one Fire Department, FDNY, and the Widows and
Children’s Fund through America’s number one sport.. NASCAR racing.”
The Ground Zero #28 truck will also be displaying an honor for fireman Joshua Earley, the first to die in the line of duty in Charlotte, N.C. since 1934.
Joe Finishes 4th
After leading and running in the top 5 for most of the day, Joe brings the Obee's Dodge home in 4th! It was an awesome run for a new team.
"I have a lot of people to thank. I want to thank Jim Patrick (Obee's President) for stepping up when we needed him.
And I want to thank Rodney Smith for putting this team together. They did an outstanding job. I also have to thank the Dr. Pepper crew for pitting the truck. Those guys had fast pitstops, and that kept me in the hunt.
Really, everything was a miracle the way it worked out. I was talking with Mr. Patrick and we agreed that it was fate, or maybe more than that - maybe it was meant to be." Joe said with a smile.
Joe and Jim Patrick (Obee's President) after Daytona
Joe and Mr. Patrick on pitroad after the race
Thank you to Truckseries.com for the pictures (above)
Thank you to Duke Williams for the pictures!
Note - The truck Joe is driving was made for short tracks and not superspeedways. But because the team does not have a superspeedway truck, they are attempting to show how "Super" a short track truck can be!
Photos from past Races
To see photos from the Indy race, click here.
To see photos from the Chicago race, click here.
To see photos from the Busch race in Kentucky, click here.
We will be adding more soon!
Birthday & Anniversary Wishes!!
We wanted to extend a "Happy Birthday" to our friends!
Maylin Ruttman - Joe's granddaughter
Nicki Ruttman (Joe's Youngest daughter)
Alexa Almond - Joe's granddaughter
Clara Ruttman - Troy Ruttman's wife
I Finally Have One Again!
Joe and his new Mini Cooper.
Joe has been looking for a Mini Cooper for over 20 years. He originally had one in the 60's.
Have Joe Speak at Your corporate Event!
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