Angela Ruch is one of three women competing in NASCAR. The 35-year-old from Puyallup, Washington competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports and the No. 44 Silverado for Niece Motorsports.
She comes from a racing family, with her grandfather Donald Cope beginning racing at 18 years old. His brothers, Guy and Jerry, were also drag racers who went on to compete in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and claimed the Division Six Championship in 1970. Her father Darren also was a drag racer, while their uncle was a late-model driver where he went on to win the Winston Cup. He won the Daytona 500 in 1990. Her twin sister Amber is also a driver.
Racing is in her blood.
“My fondest memories from go-karting days, I can’t really name just one. I think for me it was traveling every single weekend with my family to different racetracks at such a young age, and dominating in every series that I entered, even against grown men who had been doing it for fifteen plus years. I would say I gained a ton of confidence. Looking back to the go-karting days, those were some of the best memories I’ve ever had,” she said in an interview with Rubbings Racing.
“As far as the late model racing, I will always remember when my dad and I drove to Vernon, Canada. Twenty-five cars showed up and I qualified on the pole, then they inverted the field, so I started last. I came up through the field and my crew guys forgot a lug nut, so I came in the pits for a quick stop, got back out, and won the race! My dad and I still talk about that race today.”
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