SPARTA — He has more total championships (15) than NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series has years in existence (14).
Yet with nothing left to prove in his former sport, American Motorcyclist Association legend Ricky Carmichael has turned to NASCAR's blue-collar circuit for a daunting new challenge.
He is known simply as "the GOAT" (Greatest of All-Time) in the world of motocross, but Carmichael is adjusting to being just another rookie in the NASCAR garage as he runs his first full season in the Truck Series.
Following a career in which he won five Supercross championships and 10 National Outdoor titles, Carmichael shifted to life on four wheels, finishing sixth in points in his rookie season in the 2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series.
This year, while running the No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet for owner Kevin Harvick, Carmichael has more than held his own against the Hornadays and Bodines of the world.
In eight starts heading into Saturday night's 150-lap race at Kentucky Speedway, Carmichael had posted an average finish of 18.8 including an eighth-place run at Fontana, Calif., in February. He wound up seventh in Saturday's Built Ford Tough 225.
"Man, I learn something every week I show up to the track," Carmichael said. "The biggest thing is just how hard each track is to adjust to. It's frustrating when you feel like you have a good truck and then you can't pass. This series is so competitive."
Though running up front was customary for Carmichael in his motocross days, the 29-year-old X Games gold medalist has been stuck in the field in the Truck Series.
Two weeks ago, Carmichael battled an ill-handling truck and persevered to finish 14th at Memphis, his third top-15 run of the year.
"I'm pretty proud of how we've done so far, and I really look forward to the rest of the season," Carmichael said. "I've learned a lot and think I've held my own being realistic with expectations."
Moss making a run
Once again, Randy Moss's name is becoming synonymous with success in the sporting world.
One year after announcing the launch of Randy Moss Motorsports at Kentucky Speedway, the NFL star returned with a team that already has become one of premier squads in the Truck Series.
Moss won his first race as an owner when former Truck champion Mike Skinner drove the No. 5 Toyota Tundra to victory at Kansas in April. Skinner, third in the points standings, finished second Saturday night behind points leader Ron Hornaday.
"I can't believe it's already been a year since I started this partnership," Moss said. "There are great opportunities for us, and we are setting our goals high. As much as it's nice to look back and see the accomplishments, we are looking forward to the future."