Rich Kuiken, Jr.
Dirt Late Model Driver


Hometown: Staffordville, NJ

Resides In: Concord, NC

Hobbies: Fishing, Bowling, Dirt Biking, Mountain Biking

Occupation: Dynamic Test Engineer



I am a third generation racecar driver. My grandfather, Ray Kuiken, who raced under the name Ray Cook, was a NASCAR Modified Champion at Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ in 1955. He also was an accomplished dirt racer, racing at Orange County Speedway, NY for many years in the 1960's. My father, Rich Kuiken Sr., also raced for many years on both dirt and asphalt.

In 1997, at age 6, I began my racing career in the quarter midgets at Sandstone Speedway. In my first year I won two races in the Jr. Novice class at Little Airport Speedway in New Castle, DE. In my seven years of quarter midget racing I compiled 17 A-main wins, and 72 top 3 finishes. Also in 2003, the only year Sandstone Speedway had a points championship, I was the Champion in the Heavy Honda class and 2nd place in the Heavy 160 class.
At the end of the 2003 season, at age 12, we bought a 250cc microsprint and ran it three times at Middleford Speedway in Seaford, DE to get some seat time for the next year.

In 2004, at age 13, I ran in the 250cc Jr. Class at Middleford. I won once and finished 4th in the point standings. During the course of the year I was having motor problems with my 250cc motor and decided to put our 270cc motor in to go race at Hamlin Speedway in Pennsylvania to run the 270cc Rookie Micro Sprint class. I ran at Hamlin three times and won every time. At the end of the year when we were done with the 250cc Jr. point standings we ran the 270cc class at Middleford and got one more win.

At the end of the 2004 season we bought a 600cc microsprint. In 2005, at age 14, we ran both the 270cc and the 600cc micro at  Kutztown Fairgrounds on Wednesday nights and on Saturdays we raced other tracks including Bridgeport, Hill Valley, Path Valley, Greenwood Valley, Lanco (Clyde Martin Memorial), Trailways, Linda's, Middleford and Airport Speedways. I finished 5th in points at Kutztown Fairgrounds with two wins in the 600cc class and 7th in points in the 270cc Class. By the end of 2004, I had raced at 32 different tracks in 11 states.

In 2006, I raced a slingshot at the Atlantic City Indoor Race in the Young Lions Division. I couldn't race my 600cc Micro Sprint because at that time in New Jersey you had to be at least 16 years old to race one, I was 14. After leading at the beginning of the race, I was pushed up into the wall and finished 12th. We raced a full schedule in 2006 at Lanco/Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in the 600cc Division where I finished 7th in the point standings. Also I ran a full schedule at Kutztown Fairgrounds where I finished 5th in points (600cc Class). I also ran a 270cc Microsprint for part of the season in the Joe Hogan owned #88H. In July 2006, we ran the Super 600 Showdown, there were over 100 cars there and I qualified for the A-Main and finished 9th.

At the end of 2006 we sold the 600cc Micro Sprint and started racing an asphalt modified. We raced two races at the end of the 2006 season at Mahoning Valley Speedway, PA and Lancaster Raceway Park, NY.

In 2007 we raced in the Atlantic City Indoor Race in the Champ Kart and Slingshot Divisions. We won the Dirty Dozen Qualifying Race in the Slingshot Division. We also ran some NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races, some ASA Southern Modified Tour races and the North South Shootout in Concord, NC.

In 2008 we raced again in the Atlantic City Indoor Race in January in the Slingshot and Champ Kart Divisions. We also ran the entire NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour finishing 10th in points, and the ASA Southern Modified Tour finishing 9th in points. We will also raced in the North South Shootout again.

In 2009 we raced in the Atlantic City Indoor Race in the Champ Kart Division. We got wrecked in that race and did not finish. We also raced a partial schedule on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour in the Bryan Fishel owned #44. This included the inaugural race for the modifieds at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN. At the end of the season we raced in the Tommy Comerford Memorial Race at Wall Stadium in NJ.

We only raced a limited schedule in 2010 due to a lack of sponsorship. We started off the year racing at Mahoning Valley Speedway in PA. But I broke my thumb and could not race again until July. We raced a few more races at Mahoning and also at Wall Stadium including the Turkey Derby.

In 2011 we raced at New Egypt Speedway in a Big Block Dirt Modified, thanks to Joe Bertothy Racing, Dave Cruickshank of Dover Brake and Bobby Varin for their generosity. We also ran an asphalt race, The Turkey Derby, at Wall Stadium.

In 2012 we raced some asphalt modified races on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and some dirt modified races at New
Egypt Speedway.

In 2013 Rich graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical
Engineering. He raced a few dirt modified races at Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport, NJ.

2014 was a rebuilding year. We acquired the #00Jr Dirt Late Model which Rich started racing in 2015.

We are seeking additional sponsorship. Interested parties, please e-mail rich.kuiken00@gmail.com.

 


Photos of Rich's previous rides