He is superstitious of tails-up pennies.
His favorite meals are chicken and pasta dishes.
He two younger brothers, Mike and Kenny, also compete in NASCAR.
In 1998, he was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
Being called Rusty was a result of his younger brother, Kenny, not being able to fully pronounce Russell when they were young. What Kenny could pronounce sounded like Rusty so that eventually became what he was called.
Rusty named all of his winning cars. His best known and favorite car was known as Midnight. Midnight was a very successful car for Rusty winning several races from 1992 until 1997 when it was retired.
In 1980, he finished second in his very first Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway to his future long-time rival and good friend Dale Earnhardt. In addition, he also drove for Roger Penske who would eventually become he car owner from 1991 till the end of his Cup career in 2005.
Probably the only driver in NASCAR history to have over 50 wins and not one of them being the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 or Southern 500.
After going 105 races without a win, Rusty finally broke the string with a win in Martinsville in the spring of 2004. It was his 55th and final win.
Rusty failed to win a race in 2002, and it was the first time he had a winless season in 16 years.
He got his pilot's license in 1984 and since then maintained a strong interest in flying.
Other sponsors of his are Goodyear, Lennox, Meda Westvaco, Bosch, Bud, and Simpson.
36 out of his 54 Winston Cup victories was with Penske's organization.
He has one at least one race every season since 1986.
He won the inaugural Suzuka Thunder 100 in Suzuka, Japan.
He won the Nextel Chase for the Cup in 1989.
He was the 1984 Rookie of the Year.
He was the 1983 ASA champion.
In 1993 he had 10 wins and finished 2nd for the Chase for the Cup.
He ran his first Cup race in 1980 with the Cliff Stewart Racing Team.
He passed Lee Petty for sixth on the all-time win list.
His total career earnings are over $39 million.
His 20 top-10 finishes in 29 races allowed him to win the title over Dale Earnhardt by just 12 points.
He drives a Dodge.
His main sponsor is Miller Lite.
He has over 55 Cup wins.
His team is Penske Racing.
His hobbies are flying and playing golf.
His car is #2.
His nickname is Rubberhead, given to him by Dale Earnhardt.
After winning his 50th Cup series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, he was asked if there was going to be a party.
Rusty: "What do you think, we're sponsored by a beer company for Christsake!"