Rick Houston is a veteran motorsports journalist, with more than 15 years of experience in the sport.
Rick’s first credentialed race was at Bristol in April 1991. He would go on to serve as sports editor for The Alleghany News in Sparta, N.C. for two years, before joining the staff of Winston Cup Scene in November 1994. He was eventually named Busch Series editor prior to the 1997 season, and came to be known as one of the division’s leading proponents.
His book “Second To None: The History of the NASCAR Busch Series” was published in September 2001. Today, Rick is a full-time freelance journalist, concentrating mostly on NASCAR and various projects for a number of different Christian publications.
Also hugely interested in manned spaceflight, Rick is currently at work with several different authors on a book detailing NASA’s lunar landings. He is responsible for the lead chapter, on Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the surface of the moon.
Rick is married to Jeanie, a district court judge in four northwestern North Carolina counties. They have twin sons, Adam (named after Adam Petty) and Jesse. He also has a son, Richard, from a previous marriage.
RICK HOUSTON'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS
RICK HOUSTON DRIVES AT TALLEDEGA IN '08
Driving this car at Talladega Superspeedway was the most memorable moment of Rick’s career in motorsports. While working on a story about the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, his best speed at the end of the backstretch was just shy of 178 mph. (Rick Houston Collection)
RICK HOUSTON DRIVES THE PACE CAR AT TALLEDEGA IN 2000
If driving at Talladega was Rick’s most memorable moment, this was a close second. Prior to the 2000 Busch Series season finale at Homestead, Rick drove NASCAR’s second pace car. That’s Rick behind the wheel of the white car, just ahead of Buckshot Jones (00) and Ron Hornaday (3). Check out Rick’s column on the experience here … (Rick Houston Collection)
RICK PULLS PRACTICAL JOKE ON "BUCKSHOT" JONES
And then … then there was the time that Rick and fellow reporter Bill Kiser (left, in blue jacket) convinced Buckshot Jones that an illegal part had been discovered on the car he’d just driven to a win at New Hampshire International Speedway. It was the beginning of a series of practical jokes between Rick and Buckshot, which culminated in Rick whacking the driver with a whipped cream pie as he was being interviewed on ESPN. (Rick Houston Collection)
RICK HOUSTON'S RECOMMENDED LISTENING
“Speaking Louder Than Before”, Jeremy Camp’s amazing new CD. This guy’s talent is just incredible. He’s one of the people I’d invite to my “if you could share a meal with anyone, who would it be” dinner.
“Revelation”, the latest CD from the best Christian rock band around, Third Day.