Whole new race world for Ricky Carmichael

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:03 PM ET

TALLADEGA, Alabama — When your nickname is (GOAT) — as in Greatest Of All Time — one would think that casting that fame aside would be hard thing.

But Ricky Carmichael has done just that.

Carmichael will jump inside the No. 4 Turner Racing Chevrolet on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway with none of the lights, camera, action backdrop that was a constant in his previous life as the world’s best Moto-Cross motorcycle racer.

It wasn’t that Carmichael was just champion in the world of two-wheel racing, he was much more than that.

Just look at his resume: 23 American Motorcycle Association championships; 42 Gold medals in the X-Games.

And now Carmichael wants to get to the top of NASCAR.

The 30-year-old Florida native ran a part-time schedule last season and this year has been a regular in the Campers World series with a couple of starts in the Nationwide series.

On Saturday he’ll tackle Talladega. He said he knows that it is still a learning process for him but in this, his third try at the big track, he wants to get to he end all in one piece.

“The goal this weekend for me is to finish the race,” Carmichael said. “I’ve been here three times and was involved in a wreck each time, so just making it to the end will be an accomplishment for me.”

Carmichael’s most recent race was last week at Martinsville Speedway, where he started sixth and secured another top-10 by finishing in ninth. So far this season, Carmichael has scored two top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

It’s not the kind of numbers that Carmichael put on the board on his way to “GOAT” status, but he is convinced that he’ll start winning on four wheels soon.

“I’m getting it more and more very race,” he said. “I knew it wouldn’t be easy.”

— Dean McNulty


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