Rajah Caruth
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ARCA grad Rajah Caruth makes history with his Truck Series win at Las Vegas

He doesn’t come from a racing background. In fact, he comes from an academic background with parents deeply ingrained in the education system in the Washington D.C. area, not particularly known as a motorsports hotbed.

He caught the racing bug as a child after watching the movie “Cars,” and he started his career on iRacing when he was 16. Later that year, he drove in his first actual race, a Legends car event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In 2020, he moved to late models as part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series at South Carolina’s Greenville-Pickens Speedway. He won once that year and followed it with a pair of same-day victories at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway in 2021. His fourth win came at Tri-County Motor Speedway that May.

He had proven himself to be naturally fast and a quick learner in a race car.

So, it should come as no surprise that Rajah Caruth found himself celebrating his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway just five years after he climbed aboard a race car for the first time.

Rajah Caruth
Rajah Caruth stands by his vehicle during practice/qualifying for the General Tire 125 for the ARCA Menards Series East at Dover Motor Speedway on April 29, 2022. (Amanda Rhoades/ARCA Racing)

Caruth spent the 2021 season driving for Rev Racing in the ARCA Menards Series East; he scored two top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes on his way to third in the final series standings.

He made the leap into the ARCA Menards Series full-time in 2022, when he posted eight top-five finishes, including a career-best second at Kansas Speedway, and 14 top-10 finishes on his way to third in the final standings. He also made his first handful of starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Team Alpha Prime and scored an impressive 12th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway.

Success on the ARCA Menards Series platform earned Caruth a full-time seat in the Truck Series with GMS Racing in 2023, with an impressive sixth-place finish at Darlington the best of his rookie season. For 2024, he made the move to Spire Motorsports and started the season with a career-best third at Daytona International Speedway. He backed it up with an eighth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway before scoring his first win, from his first career pole, in the third race of 2024 at Las Vegas.

Caruth is currently a senior at Winston-Salem University studying motorsports management.