Rick started racing in 1957 in amateur races. In 1964, he turned pro. He rode Novice until 1966, when he won enough points to move to the next level of professional racing.
In 1967 as a Junior, he won 7 main events and the North/South Shootout in Louisville, Kentucky. He won the Junior Nationals at Sedalia, MO, and got 2nd place in the Indiana State Championship. He started the 1968 season as an Expert rider. He made 4 Nationals that year and was ranked 10th in indoor short track.
In 1969, Rick had family obligations, which led to less racing. He hired Jerry Powell to race for him in 1970, and Jerry won many races that summer including the National TT at Peoria. At the end of the season, Rick sold the bike and retired from professional racing.
He stayed in the motorcycle business selling Triumphs and Suzuki until 1983. In 1986, he became an instructor of motorcycle mechanics at Central Nine Career Center, where he stayed until 2006. Jerry and his wife have ridden a motorcycle in every state, including Hawaii. They have also ridden in all but 2 of the Canadian Provinces. They average 10,000 miles a year.