Jody Ridley (born May 19, 1942, in Chatsworth, Georgia) is a former NASCAR driver. He won the 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year award and one race at Dover International Speedway the next year, the only Cup victory for Donlavey Racing.

His career statistics include 140 career starts, 1 win, 7 top fives, 56 top tens, and 2 top ten points finishes (5th in 1981, and 7th in 1980).

In the 1989 Daytona 500, Ridley took over for an injured Bill Elliott, but he would have a hard crash later in the race.

He now resides in Chatsworth, Georgia. He was inducted in the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in 2007.[1]


  1. "Inductees". Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (2008). Retrieved on 2008-07-30.

he now is partial owner of a used car lot and is restoring classic muscle cars

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