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Monday, January 24, 2022

Long-Time NASCAR Spotter Rocky Ryan Stepping Down From the Spotter Stand

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 16: Michael McDowell, driver of the #34 Chicago Pneumatic Ford, leads the field during the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 235 at Daytona International Speedway on August 16, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Rocky Ryan, who has been a spotter in NASCAR for 26 years, will not return as a spotter for the 2021 NASCAR season. Ryan revealed the news in a Monday morning Tweet, where he revealed that he will be moving on to some new and exciting opportunities in Nashville, TN.

Over the years, Ryan has spotted for numerous race teams. Most recently, he served as the spotter for Michael McDowell and Front Row Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series this past season as well as JD Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Notable teams that Ryan has spotted for over the years include: Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Bill Davis Racing.

Among his many achievements in the industry, Ryan was the 2002 Daytona 500 champion spotter with Ward Burton. Additionally, he helped Kyle Busch win the 2009 NASCAR Busch Series driver championship, and he was the spotter on the 2007 and 2012 NASCAR Busch Series Owner Championship teams.

Ryan also served as the spotter for Johnny Benson’s 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship, as well.

With Ryan atop the spotter’s perch in 2020, Michael McDowell enjoyed his best season to date in his NASCAR Cup Series career. McDowell set career highs in top-10 finishes (four), Points Position (23rd), average finish (20.9) and lead lap finishes (23).

Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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  1. Thanks Toby, really cool of you noticing! I’m going to miss everyone, but these two opportunities are incredible, and I’m honored to be chosen. I wish the best to everyone that I have come in contact with these last 26 years. The support has been overwhelming.

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