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Biography
Derrike Cope
Born: Nov 03, 1958
Hometown: Spanaway, Wash
Resides: Huntersville, NC
Primary Series: Nextel Cup

Career Victories
  • 1990: Winner of the 1990 Daytona 500
  • When he was in high school, Derrike Cope was planning on being a professional baseball player for a living. The Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles were scouting Cope during his high school days, but Derrike's father Don insisted he take the scholarship that Whitman College offered. In 1978, Derrike was playing catcher in a collegiate game when his plans changed. He tried to retrieve a wild pitch and when he turned to throw, his knee gave way. Cope was told his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments were severed. During his recovery, he helped his brother with his race car. Cope's father was an engine builder for some of the best drivers in Winston West competition. Cope started to become interested in racing and after driving a few times, decided racing would be his new career. "I had just started racing at Spanaway (Washington) Speedway when the throttle on my race car stuck and my car hit the wall, flipped and hit the embankment," he said. "I was blinded in my right eye for several weeks following that accident. "An injury like that could have altered my whole life. I had to do a lot of thinking before my sight came back about what I would do. Once my eye had recovered, I went on with my career, and rarely do I think of what could have happened." In 1984, Cope was named rookie of the year in the Winston West Series with two wins.
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    #55 Nascar Auto Racing Car made by Chevrolet and Sponsored by SWAT Motorsports driven by Derrike Cope
    Car Information
    Car Number: #55
    Driver: Derrike Cope
    Sponsored by:
    SWAT Motorsports
    Owner:
    Crew Chief:
    Dan Glauz
    Car Make: Chevrolet

    Car #55 Driver History


    YearDriverRankPointsStartsWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
    2002Bobby Hamilton32283231003$2,196,960
    2002Ron Hornaday58671000$181,611
    2002Greg Biffle482704000$394,773
    2001Bobby Hamilton18357036137$2,275,900
    2000Kenny Wallace26287434011$1,723,970
    1999Kenny Wallace22321034035$1,376,708
    1998Hut Stricklin501132000$337,106
    1994Butch Miller532122000$17,335
    1994Tim Fedewa64941000$8,565
    1994Jimmy Hensley41121915000$199,870
    1993Ted Musgrave25285329025$424,215
    1992Ted Musgrave18331529017$407,610
    1991Ted Musgrave23284129000$197,310
    1989Phil Parsons21280628023$269,012
    1988Phil Parsons93630291615$409,405
    1987Phil Parsons14332729017$137,665
    1986Benny Parsons30155516024$100,985
    1985Benny Parsons29142714016$72,450
    1984Benny Parsons271870141710$211,665
    1983Benny Parsons29165716045$119,760
    1982Benny Parsons188616035$237,860
    1981Tommy Ellis632274011$13,475
    1980Don Whittington4601001$18,885
    1979Wayne Watercutter652123000$2,380
    1979Bill Meazel120671000$1,000
    1978Bill Baker102611000$550
    1977Bill Baker96792000$2,540
    1976Larry Phillips12101000$1,990
    1976Sonny Easley384504001$11,290
    1976Sam Beler111611000$585
    1975John Banks871033000$2,760
    1975Bill Osborne722002000$2,230
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