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 D. K. (Donald Keith) Ulrich
Born: April 10, 1944
Home: Woodbury, NJ

Donald Keith (D.K.) Ulrich is a former driver/owner in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. As a driver, he had sixteen top ten finishes in 273 starts. His last race came in 1992.

As car owner, he fielded cars for many years for young drivers such as Morgan Shepherd, Tim Richmond, and Ernie Irvan. He sold the team to Jasper Motorsports in 1994.

He was the stepfather of actor Skeet Ulrich.

D.K. Ulrich was one of the most popular independent car owners in NASCAR stock-car history.

Ulrich devised a plan as to where he would lease or rent race cars to drivers desiring to make it in NASCAR’s Grand National division (now the Sprint Cup Series).

People and drivers who came through Ulrich’s shop, located across the street from Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., went on to better things.

One of the most successful graduates from Ulrich’s school of racing was the late Tim Richmond. Ernie Irvan also started in an Ulrich car.

The first Cup car Richmond drove, after coming to NASCAR from the open-wheel ranks, was a car owned by Ulrich.

At one time, Ulrich, who was born in Woodbury, N.J., and moved to the Concord area in the late 1960s from California to be closer to NASCAR racing, had Sandy Jones, Peter Sospenzo and Jimmy Long working on the same crew. All three have gone on to bigger and better things in NASCAR. Sospenzo’s still a crew chief and Long heads up the research department at Hendrick Motorsports.

“D.K. had a plan, which he put into working order, where he would lease race cars out to drivers who wanted to get a start in NASCAR,” said Jones, a longtime NASCAR crewman/crew chief from Alabama. Tim Richmond was one of those drivers.

“When D.K. started the idea, everybody sort of laughed at him. They said it would never work and a lot of people accused him of taking advantage of those young guys.

“But, at the time, there wasn’t any of the mega-car teams, like today, and there was hardly any place for a young driver, with no experience, to get a start.”

“D.K. treated those drivers as fair and square as he possibly could and most of them went on to continue their racing lives,” said Whitt King, a former NASCAR crewman for several teams, who now works for Jeff Hammond Enterprises.

Although Ulrich never won a Cup race in more than 200 starts, he established a very good living through his NASCAR connections.

Ulrich started a flying service, now headquartered at the Statesville, N.C., airport, transporting crewman from various teams to races on the weekends. He still provides that service.

“It was something that was needed,” said Ulrich, who now spends most of his time in New Mexico. “The work these guys do on the weekend, they don’t need to be spending all their time going through security in airports. We get them to where they’re going and then get them to the track and we’re there when they’re ready to leave after the race.”

Ulrich, 65, has two sons, Skeet, a fledgling actor, and Jeff, who has dabbled in motorsports marketing.

Ulrich even became successful in real estate, purchasing Crooked Island, located in the Bahamas chain of islands which he since has sold.

“It hasn’t been all great, but it hasn’t been that bad either,” Ulrich says of his NASCAR experiences.

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1983 Van Scoy 500 - Finished 16th

1986 Champion Spark Plug 400


1986 Goody's 300


DK with Tim Richmond, one of his drivers


DK & Tim, "Urban Cowboys"


 

NASCAR Winston Cup Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1971 27 12 of 48 0 0 0 0 1526 0 3,955 53 27.6 24.0
1972 28 4 of 31 0 0 0 0 1001 0 2,695 64 30.0 20.5
1973 29 11 of 28 0 0 0 0 2006 0 3,955 36 35.3 27.5
1974 30 15 of 30 0 0 0 0 3194 0 11,955 32 30.3 20.3
1975 31 16 of 30 0 0 1 0 3448 0 16,525 27 24.1 21.4
1976 32 30 of 30 0 0 2 0 8489 0 69,435 14 22.0 18.0
1977 33 30 of 30 0 0 0 0 6735 0 69,677 15 22.7 22.1
1978 34 22 of 30 0 0 3 0 6175 1 54,550 22 19.9 17.3
1979 35 31 of 31 0 0 5 0 8995 0 113,457 12 20.2 16.7
1980 36 11 of 31 0 0 1 0 1734 0 23,055 38 17.7 24.5
1981 37 15 of 31 0 1 1 0 4504 0 38,095 32 23.0 20.7
1982 38 25 of 30 0 0 1 0 7102 0 78,120 24 25.2 20.2
1983 39 22 of 30 0 0 2 0 6983 0 85,245 24 28.1 18.0
1984 40 9 of 30 0 0 0 0 2565 0 31,040 42 27.8 24.3
1985 41 1 of 28 0 0 0 0 286 0 1,350   40.0 32.0
1986 42 10 of 29 0 0 0 0 2159 0 47,795 37 30.4 23.8
1987 43 7 of 29 0 0 0 0 1876 0 30,915 40 31.4 24.6
1990 46 1 of 29 0 0 0 0 185 0 4,265 91 38.0 33.0
1992 48 1 of 29 0 0 0 0 21 0 4,165 90 40.0 39.0
19 years 273 0 1 16 0 68984 1 690,249   24.8 20.6


Grand National East Series Statistics

 
Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1972 28 11 of 15 0 0 0 0 496 0 2,460 23 19.6 18.1
1973 29 3 of 15 0 0 1 0 0 0 750 20   12.0
2 years 14 0 0 1 0 496 0 3,210   19.6 16.8

 
Owner Statistics

Year Driver Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn
1971 Dick May 1 0 0 0 0 436 0 855 32 35.0 19.0
1971 Roy Mayne 1 0 0 1 0 320 0 2,050 39 37.0 10.0
1971 D.K. Ulrich 12 0 0 0 0 1526 0 3,955 53 27.6 24.0
1972 D.K. Ulrich 4 0 0 0 0 1001 0 2,695 64 30.0 20.5
1973 D.K. Ulrich 11 0 0 0 0 2006 0 8,695 36 35.3 27.5
1973 Frank Warren 3 0 0 0 0 828 0 1,705 16 31.7 24.7
1974 Tony Bettenhausen Jr 1 0 0 0 0 443 0 1,300 20 36.0 20.0
1974 Ed Negre 1 0 0 0 0 150 0 1,025 23 28.0 21.0
1974 Harry Schilling 1 0 0 0 0 65 0 1,005 122 29.0 24.0
1974 D.K. Ulrich 14 0 0 0 0 3148 0 11,000 32 30.9 19.8
1975 Randy Bethea 1 0 0 0 0 251 0 1,055 109 39.0 33.0
1975 D.K. Ulrich 16 0 0 1 0 3448 0 15,775 27 24.1 21.4
1978 D.K. Ulrich 22 0 0 3 0 6175 1 53,800 22 19.9 17.3
1979 Al Elmore 1 0 0 0 0 389 0 1,265 88 18.0 15.0
1979 D.K. Ulrich 30 0 0 5 0 8612 0 99,030 12 20.5 16.8
1980 Mike Alexander 1 0 0 1 0 409 0 3,130   12.0 10.0
1980 Stan Barrett 3 0 0 1 0 987 0 13,760   23.0 11.3
1980 Joe Booher 1 0 0 0 0 376 0 2,350 56 30.0 11.0
1980 Harry Dinwiddie 1 0 0 0 0 173 0 5,250 82 38.0 12.0
1980 Tommy Gale 1 0 0 0 0 194 0 3,405 18 24.0 19.0
1980 Sterling Marlin 1 0 0 1 0 413 0 4,335 49 17.0 7.0
1980 Dick May 2 0 0 1 0 962 0 6,625 32 15.5 11.5
1980 J.D. McDuffie 1 0 0 0 0 145 0 2,800 16 23.0 30.0
1980 Lennie Pond 1 0 0 0 0 156 0 5,385 30 26.0 11.0
1980 Tim Richmond 5 0 0 0 0 1359 0 14,925 41 22.6 19.2
1980 Ricky Rudd 3 0 0 0 0 791 6 8,025 35 6.7 20.7
1980 Dick Skillen 1 0 0 0 0 76 0 2,785 96 22.0 28.0
1980 D.K. Ulrich 10 0 0 1 0 1732 0 22,575 38 16.6 23.5
1980 Bill Whittington 2 0 0 1 0 183 0 7,385 102 35.0 20.0
1981 Rick Baldwin 1 0 0 0 0 149 0 1,550   29.0 21.0
1981 Joe Booher 3 0 0 0 0 577 0 3,295 82 30.7 22.0
1981 Chuck Bown 1 0 0 0 0 118 0 1,950 67 41.0 39.0
1981 E. Forbes-Robinson 1 0 0 0 0 246 0 870 35 24.0 23.0
1981 Tommy Gale 3 0 0 0 0 906 0 3,045 15 27.3 20.7
1981 Cecil Gordon 3 0 0 0 0 622 0 2,020 23 23.7 24.0
1981 Terry Herman 2 0 0 0 0 238 0 7,035   26.0 22.5
1981 Kevin Housby 1 0 0 0 0 53 0 2,480 103 36.0 36.0
1981 Don Hume 1 0 0 0 0 101 0 590   33.0 33.0
1981 Slick Johnson 1 0 0 0 0 110 0 1,425 65 24.0 35.0
1981 Rick Knoop 1 0 0 0 0 197 0 3,405   30.0 20.0
1981 Al Loquasto 1 0 0 0 0 184 0 2,345   32.0 24.0
1981 Sterling Marlin 1 0 0 0 0 244 0 730 93 26.0 26.0
1981 Dick May 2 0 0 0 0 582 0 3,375 37 31.5 25.0
1981 Bob McElee 2 0 0 1 0 803 0 5,450   27.0 12.0
1981 Tim Richmond 13 0 0 3 0 3738 0 50,555 16 21.7 17.7
1981 Ronnie Thomas 1 0 0 0 0 137 0 1,075 26 32.0 32.0
1981 D.K. Ulrich 13 0 1 1 0 3831 0 35,270 32 24.5 20.7
1982 Stan Barrett 1 0 0 0 0 65 0 5,585 96 41.0 31.0
1982 Randy Becker 1 0 0 0 0 85 0 1,065 103 31.0 21.0
1982 Joe Booher 2 0 0 0 0 371 0 3,300   31.0 19.5
1982 Ferrel Harris 1 0 0 0 0 146 0 2,625   40.0 23.0
1982 Jimmy Hensley 3 0 0 1 0 791 0 3,205   24.0 20.3
1982 Terry Herman 1 0 0 0 0 113 0 4,220   31.0 13.0
1982 Tommy Houston 1 0 0 0 0 238 0 875 88 29.0 25.0
1982 Bob Jarvis 1 0 0 0 0 47 0 2,300 92 38.0 35.0
1982 Slick Johnson 10 0 0 0 0 1883 2 15,415 29 27.3 26.3
1982 Al Loquasto 5 0 0 0 0 519 0 14,090 81 28.0 26.4
1982 Dick May 4 0 0 0 0 1073 0 5,255 55 29.8 21.5
1982 Joel Stowe 1 0 0 0 0 57 0 705   22.0 27.0
1982 D.K. Ulrich 22 0 0 1 0 6709 0 66,580 24 24.5 20.9
1983 Al Elmore 4 0 0 0 0 1151 0 13,155   28.2 18.8
1983 Tommy Gale 1 0 0 0 0 390 0 1,580 23 27.0 22.0
1983 Mark Martin 2 0 0 0 0 415 0 5,745 30 19.5 28.5
1983 Jim Sauter 4 0 0 0 0 1093 0 22,765 68 21.5 23.0
1983 Connie Saylor 1 0 0 0 0 153 0 4,875 101 17.0 18.0
1983 D.K. Ulrich 16 0 0 2 0 5623 0 68,595 24 27.2 16.2
1984 Clark Dwyer 4 0 0 0 0 1156 0 15,855 23 30.2 25.2
1984 Doug Heveron 2 0 0 0 0 593 0 7,285 36 33.0 18.5
1984 Jimmy Ingalls 3 0 0 0 0 491 0 8,865 68 31.7 33.0
1984 Jim Sauter 3 0 0 0 0 737 0 18,015 88 29.7 24.7
1984 Connie Saylor 1 0 0 0 0 150 0 4,330 43 33.0 27.0
1984 Morgan Shepherd 2 0 0 0 0 496 0 5,545 29 27.0 24.5
1984 D.K. Ulrich 9 0 0 0 0 2565 0 31,040 42 27.8 24.3
1985 Eddie Bierschwale 26 0 0 0 0 6559 0 107,265 24 31.2 23.6
1985 D.K. Ulrich 1 0 0 0 0 286 0 1,350   40.0 32.0
1986 Joe Booher 2 0 0 0 0 556 0 8,930 71 34.0 24.5
1986 Trevor Boys 9 0 0 0 0 2179 2 54,360 34 27.8 25.2
1986 Rick Knoop 1 0 0 0 0 88 0 6,995 95 29.0 20.0
1986 Richard Petty 1 0 0 0 0 123 0 5,465 14 37.0 38.0
1986 Jim Sauter 1 0 0 0 0 155 0 6,210 49 41.0 23.0
1986 D.K. Ulrich 10 0 0 0 0 2159 0 47,795 37 30.4 23.8
1987 Bobby Baker 1 0 0 0 0 380 0 3,500 82 30.0 23.0
1987 Trevor Boys 1 0 0 0 0 191 0 16,795 45 28.0 23.0
1987 Ron Esau 1 0 0 0 0 90 0 4,165 107 39.0 22.0
1987 Ernie Irvan 3 0 0 0 0 974 0 13,175 53 27.7 18.7
1987 Rick Knoop 3 0 0 0 0 686 0 17,375 83 36.3 23.0
1987 Connie Saylor 6 0 0 0 0 1335 0 33,065 42 33.2 27.3
1987 D.K. Ulrich 7 0 0 0 0 1876 0 30,915 40 31.4 24.6
1988 Ernie Irvan 25 0 0 0 0 7337 1 93,020 26 29.6 23.5
1989 Ernie Irvan 29 0 0 4 0 8286 69 144,347 22 23.8 21.2
1990 Troy Beebe 2 0 0 0 0 251 0 13,115 71 33.5 34.0
1990 Eddie Bierschwale 1 0 0 0 0 191 0 20,125 54 41.0 32.0
1990 Jim Bown 1 0 0 0 0 73 0 6,675 61 42.0 22.0
1990 Charlie Glotzbach 2 0 0 0 0 257 0 12,255 70 38.5 31.0
1990 Rick Mast 14 0 0 0 0 3935 0 82,570 31 26.6 25.7
1990 Ted Musgrave 2 0 0 0 0 628 0 10,600 49 25.5 24.0
1990 Jerry O'Neil 1 0 0 0 0 74 0 2,975 51 36.0 26.0
1990 Jim Sauter 1 0 0 0 0 203 0 4,900 58 33.0 34.0
1990 D.K. Ulrich 1 0 0 0 0 185 0 4,265 91 38.0 33.0
1990 Rick Ware 1 0 0 0 0 42 0 2,295 97 35.0 36.0
1991 Ted Musgrave 29 0 0 0 0 9074 6 197,310 23 29.6 22.0
1994 P.J. Jones 1 0 0 0 0 67 0 6,085 59 35.0 35.0
1994 Greg Sacks 31 0 0 3 1 8266 38 374,728 31 19.7 27.0
1995 Bobby Hillin, Jr. 18 0 0 1 0 4410 2 237,120 37 27.8 23.3
1995 Davy Jones 7 0 0 0 0 1680 0 109,925 46 28.6 29.6
21 years 547 0 1 33 1 139296 127 2,446,950   26.7 22.5

     

 

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