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Derrike Cope

American racecar driver Derrike Cope was born on Nov. 3, 1958, in San Diego, Calif. In high school, he enjoyed auto racing and baseball, but a knee injury while being scouted by the major league baseball teams ended his professional baseball dreams; instead he devoted himself to racing. He won the 1990 Daytona 500, his first NASCAR competition win. He became an overnight sensation after that, appearing on the David Letterman Show that same week. Despite the major win, he ended the season in 18th place in points. In 1994, he won his first career Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway. 1995 was Cope's most consistent season with 8 top-tens. For the rest of his racing career, he was battling sponsorship changes.