Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fast Facts: Richard Childress Racing

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Richard Childress Racing was founded in 1969 by then driver Richard Childress. Since then, it has grown into one of the premier teams in NASCAR – not just Sprint Cup, but Nationwide, Camping World Trucks, and its many development series.

  • RCR currently fields Chevrolet Impalas in the Sprint Cup Series for #27 Paul Menard (Menards), #29 Kevin Harvick (Budweiser/Jimmy John’s), #31 Jeff Burton (Caterpillar), and #33 Clint Bowyer (General Mills/BB&T).

  • Childress also fields Chevrolet Silverados in the Truck Series for #3 Austin Dillon (Bass Pro Shops) and #22 Joey Coulter, as well as ARCA Racing Series rides for development drivers #31 Tim George Jr. and #41 Ty Dillon. In the past RCR has fielded cars in the Nationwide Series as well. 

  • RCR’s winningest driver was Dale Earnhardt, the seven-time Cup Series champion. Earnhardt won 69 of his 76 victories with RCR, as well as six of the seven titles. Earnhardt’s famous #3 has not been seen in a Sprint Cup race since his death at Daytona in 2001, but Austin Dillon, grandson of Childress, drives a black #3 in the Truck Series.


  • RCR operates a museum on site of its shop. It’s housed in what was the original #3 shop and the original museum – now totaling 47,000 square feet. It features 46 race cars, one race truck, and one transporter, as well as numerous pieces of memorabilia depicting RCR history. The curator of the museum is Earnhardt’s famed gasman, Danny “Chocolate” Myers.


  • Find out more about RCR and the RCR Museum at http://www.rcrnetwork.com/.

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