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Russ Dugger, a born January 12, 1975, in Mountain Grove, Missouri, is an American professional racing driver.
Dugger was a student at the University of Twenties, and his involvement in motorsports at the time was one of many competing for time. He enrolled at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Georgia, where he majored in music with emphasis on performing and teaching music professionally. He was invited to perform and awarded a chair with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra during his studies.
After graduating college, he felt a call to serve his country and jumped into the United States Air Force, which eventually led to the opportunity to play trumpet in the United States Air Force Band, which he did for five years before deciding to concentrate on motorsports. He currently lives in Owasso, Oklahoma.
In addition, Dugger is a member of the Aaron Gillming Foundation, an Oklahoma-based group that provides assistance to families who have lost loved ones to impaired drivers. In his debut in the Truck Series, he has also represented Tulsa-based charity The Little Light House.
Before he began competing in full-size cars, Dugger was a world-class R/C racer. Many nitro R/C manufacturers had sponsored him to compete in national and international competitions, specializing in both 1/8 scale on-road nitro pan car and 1/8 scale nitro off-road buggy classes.
Mark Eldridge of Mobile Soundstage Engineering, he has piloted a one-of-a-kind street legal 2006 Dodge Charger show car that was converted from a retired NASCAR chassis for private and charity ride-along races around Hallett Motor Racing Circuit.
Dugger has raced a variety of race cars, showing an aptitude for car control and a reputation as a natural performer. He has raced or driven in dirt micro sprint cars in TaG karts, on road courses in GT1 and GTO cars, and then in both the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Truck Series.
Dugger appeared in the ARCA test session at Daytona in December 2007, where he gained valuable superspeedway seat time, but did not get off the ground running in the following February.
In February 2010, Dugger got his first ARCA start in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway, the same event in which Danica Patrick made her first appearance in stock car racing. He steered the No. 246. Mario Gosselin, a DGM Racing's Mario Gosselin, who met through an acquaintance in 2007 in Daytona, is a 12 Accell Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Gosselin was the crew chief for Dugger's first race and was captivated by his results throughout the open test and race weekend. Despite being found in a lap 7 wreck, Dugger claimed the race in 48.283 seconds at 186.401 mph.
Dugger made his second ARCA appearance in the Rattlesnake 150 at Texas Motor Speedway in April 2010. He will again pilot the No. 580. Accell Construction Chevrolet, fielded by DGM Racing, but with George Church as crew chief, the operation was launched. He started in 31st position in qualifying, but he went to a 14th-place finish and ended on the lead lap, owing to rain.
In the Kansas Lottery 150 at Kansas Speedway, Dugger's third ARCA debut came in September, 2010. In the No. 77, Racing with the DGM Racing crew is the No. 1 in the United States. Accell Construction Chevrolet, he was able to attend the open practice a week before the race event. As a result of their success in the competition, the team and pilot became more familiar with the route. Dugger qualified in the 19th position as crew chief, but he earned a 12th-place finish in a second appearance, finishing on the lead lap. For the most part of the season, Dugger was in the top ten for a large portion of the run, as high as ninth before the last late warning flag was released.
Dugger returned to Daytona with DGM Racing in 2015, but the team was unable to qualify. He went to Talladega that year and finished fifth in the event, then to Kansas Speedway, where he finished 11th, his best finish in the race.
Dugger made two appearances (Martinsville, Phoenix), and his first appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series came at Phoenix, where he had brake issues.
In 2012, Dugger revealed that he would participate in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events with primary and secondary sponsorship from JPO Absorbents and Vacuworx Global. According to an interview with Tulsa World newspaper, running in a limited schedule kept "Rookie of the Year" options open for 2013. Events include events at Kansas, Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol, Kentucky, Martinsville, and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Motorsports career results
(Bold) (British – Pole position was granted by qualifying time). Italics – Pole position earned by points or practice time. (Most laps led) – a success.
(Bold) (Bold) – Pole position earned by qualifying time). Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * The majority of laps led. (The small number denotes the finish position.)