Rick Houston is a veteran journalist with twenty-five years of full-time experience.
Rick has produced countless bylines for a wide variety of publications and websites, including everything from NASCAR to NASA to NCAA sports. He served as a staff writer and Busch Series editor for Winston Cup Scene from November 1994 to August 2003. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Rick has also written nine books and contributed chapters to two others, and served as an associate producer and consultant on the documentary film Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo produced by Haviland Digital about the people who worked in mission control during the Apollo era. That project was inspired by Rick’s book, Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control (University of Nebraska Press 2015).
Several of Rick’s NASCAR-related works – including Second to None: The History of the NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR’s Greatest Race: The 1992 Hooters 500 and Dale Vs. Daytona: The Intimidator’s Quest to Win the Great American Race – are now considered benchmark works against which other books in the genre are judged.
Rick has been married to his wife, Jeanie, since 1996. They have twin sons, Jesse and Adam. Rick has another son, Richard, from a previous marriage.
Steve started covering motorsports in 1972 with the Martinsville (Va.) Bulletin. He then spent 10 years as the motorsports writer for the Roanoke Times & World-News before joining what was then Grand National Scene, a small NASCAR weekly, in 1981. Waid went on to work with NASCAR Scene, the leading motorsports publication in the country, and its sister publication, the monthly magazine NASCAR Illustrated. He is the recipient of the George Cunningham Award for the NMPA Writer of the Year and the Henry T. McLemore Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to motorsports.
He is the co-author, with Tom Higgins, of the Junior Johnson biography, "Junior Johnson: Brave In Life." He was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 2014 and awarded the Squier-Hall Award for lifetime motorsports media excellence by the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2018.