Category Archives: Richard Childress Racing

RCR Event Preview – Chicagoland Speedway

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Chicagoland Speedway … Richard Childress Racing has two victories at Chicagoland Speedway with Kevin Harvick’s back-to-back wins in 2001 and 2002. In 56 starts at the 1.5-mile suburban Chicago tri-oval, Richard Childress Racing teams have a combined 10 top-five, 19 top-10 finishes and one pole award with Jeff Burton in 2006. Continue reading RCR Event Preview – Chicagoland Speedway

RCR Post Race Report – Sonoma 350

Austin Dillon and the Dow Coatings Team Show Grit All Weekend At Sonoma Raceway

“It’s been a long weekend in the Dow Coatings Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, but the good news is we learned a lot that we can take back to Welcome and use in preparation for future trips to Sonoma Raceway. We fell behind in practice and just never recovered. During the race, I was just hanging on the best I could but it was difficult because the Dow Coatings Chevrolet was plowing tight. Who knows, maybe if we would have utilized a different strategy we could have gained a few positions at the finish, but the main issue is definitely working on our cars and on my skills as a road course racer. This race is over and we’re focused on Chicagoland Speedway now.”

-Austin Dillon

Daniel Hemric and RCR’s Poppy Bank Chevrolet Team Gain 10 Positions to Earn Top-15 Finish in First Sonoma Raceway Start

“I thought we did a great job of making the most of our day here at Sonoma Raceway. We didn’t have track position to start the race, but Luke Lambert did a great job of not worrying about points and trying to get us track position instead. Every time we did it we gained four or five spots. I’m proud of everyone on this No. 8 team and this Poppy Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for sticking with me all weekend. We got better every lap and that’s what our first road race as a group is all about. We’ll regroup and go to Chicagoland Speedway and try to continue to get better.”

-Daniel Hemric

Richard Childress Racing—Sonoma Advance

50 Years in Wine Country … Both Richard Childress Racing and Sonoma Raceway are celebrating their 50th anniversaries in 2019. In 71 starts at the 10-turn stadium course, Richard Childress Racing owns a storied history with two wins (with Dale Earnhardt in 1995 and with Robby Gordon in 2003), one pole award (Earnhardt, 1995), 14 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes. The Welcome, N.C.,-based team has led 140 laps at Sonoma Raceway, completed 7,443 of the 7,490 laps contested (99.4 percent) and has recorded just one DNF since the Cup Series made it’s debut at the track in 1989. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing—Sonoma Advance

RCR Event Preview – Iowa Speedway

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Iowa Speedway… In 53 Series starts at the 7/8-mile speedway, RCR has captured one victory with Elliott Sadler in 2012. The Welcome, North Carolina, organization has completed 13,173 laps of the 13,367 (98.5 percent) that they have competed. RCR has accumulated three pole awards, 14 top-five finishes, 28 top-10 finishes, led 538 laps and averages a starting position of 10.5 and finishing position of 11.8. Continue reading RCR Event Preview – Iowa Speedway

RCR Post Race Report – FireKeepers Casino 400

JUNE 10, 2019

2nd Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Camaro ZL1
10th Alex Bowman, No. 88 Nationwide Camaro ZL1
12th Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Accessories Camaro ZL1
14th Kyle Larson, No. 42 Credit One Bank Camaro ZL1
15th Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Camaro Zl1 Continue reading RCR Post Race Report – FireKeepers Casino 400

Tyler Reddick and the No. 2 KCMG Chevrolet Team Capitalize on Fuel Strategy En Route to Third Win of 2019

Tyler Reddick and the No. 2 KCMG Chevrolet Team Capitalize on Fuel Strategy En Route to Third Win of 2019

“That’s one way to sneak in with a win! I’m so proud of the No. 2 KCMG team for all their hard work today. The balance of our Camaro this weekend was tricky to nail down, but we made progress throughout the race and got better each run. We knew strategy would probably come into play at Michigan as far as deciding who would win, so when the opportunity came to pit under a late caution that would put us right on our number for fuel to make it to the end, we took it and came out third. We knew that the No. 20 and No. 00 couldn’t make it unless a caution came out, so I focused more on maintaining a gap on the rest of the field and saving more fuel than on chasing those two guys down. Luck was on our side today, and we were able to run away with the win. I can’t thank everyone at RCR enough for the cars were showing up with at the track. We’re having a lot of fun this year, and I think that shows with the results.”

-Tyler Reddick

RCR Event Preview – Pocono Raceway

Richard Childress Racing at Pocono Raceway … In 161 starts at Pocono Raceway, RCR team owner Richard Childress has two wins, both with Dale Earnhardt, who won on July 19, 1987 and July 18, 1993. Additionally, RCR has earned one pole award, 16 top-five and 55 top-10 finishes with 610 laps led at the uniquely-shaped three-turn track. Childress, a former driver in NASCAR’s top division, contributed two of those top-10 finishes under the RCR banner. Continue reading RCR Event Preview – Pocono Raceway

RCR Post Race Report – Coca-Cola 600

Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Chevrolet Team Show Speed in Coca-Cola 600 But Retire Early
Following On-Track Incident

“I’m disappointed because we had a fast Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Chevy Camaro ZL1 all weekend so I thought we would have a stronger race today then what we did. We were a victim of circumstance, but that’s what happens in racing sometimes. We worked hard throughout the race to adjust our car and keep up with changing track conditions, but our race ended early after an accident during the final Stage. I saw the No. 42 car spinning. I don’t know if it would have turned out in our favor if I would have slowed down and tried to get stopped, but I saw a gap so I made the decision to go all the way to the left to try and get through it. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. It’s part of it. We’ll be ready for Pocono Raceway next week.”

-Austin Dillon

Early Contact Hinders Daniel Hemric’s Efforts in First
Coca-Cola 600 Start with Cessna Chevrolet

“I really hate this night did not turn out better than it did for everyone on this Cessna Chevrolet Team. Luke Lambert and everyone on this team gave me a really fast No. 8 Cessna Chevy. We showed that in practice throughout the weekend and in qualifying on Thursday night. The car took off really well to start the race but we got so many cautions in Stage 1 that we made a strategy call to stay out and were able to grab the lead by doing that. Being able to lead in my first Coca-Cola 600 was a cool experience for sure, but the cars with fresher tires were much quicker on the restart. One of them made contact with the right rear and sent me into the outside wall off Turn 4. I’m really proud of everyone on this team, because they never gave up. We hit pit road as much as possible the rest of the night and they made repairs as best they could. We kept adjusting on it and just tried to do all we could to get to the end. When the caution came out with about 35 laps to go, we took the wave around to get one lap back and hoped for a quick caution, but we never got that when we needed and had to hit pit road under green with 20 laps to go. We will head to Pocono and try to change our luck there.”
-Daniel Hemric

RCR Post Race Report – Alsco 300

Tyler Reddick Tames the Beast at Charlotte Motor Speedway

“Man, that Tame the Beast Chevy was one of the best race cars I’ve ever sat in. Randall Burnett and my team really used the two off-weekends to their advantage and spent a lot of time working to find what we needed to have just that edge we wanted to have when we roll of the hauler at these tracks. This Chevrolet was just awesome right from the start of the weekend. I almost hated having the Friday off in between practice day and the race. I wanted to get out there and race right away. Charlotte Motor Speedway has been a challenge for me in the past, so I knew I needed to be on my game to get us to Victory Lane. Luckily, I was able to do just that. The handling fired off a little loose today but by the time the final stage came around it was right where I wanted it. The boys on pit road got it done today, which helped a lot too. This was a huge team effort, and I can’t thank everyone for their support. This has been an awesome start to the year.”

-Tyler Reddick

RCR Post Race Report – All-Star Race

Austin Dillon Battles to Seventh-Place Finish in Wild All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

“I’m proud of my Richard Childress Racing Team. They gave me a solid Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 tonight even though we weren’t able to get the win and the million dollar paycheck. Our restarts were good and we could make a lot of ground up on the top if I got in the right line. We had a pretty good run going, but we ended up making contact with the No. 18 car and the damage from that wreck really hurt the handling of our car. After that, we ended up with more damage when the No. 11 car wrecked, and that further affected our handling. I thought I had a good restart at the end but the left-front wouldn’t turn anymore from all the damage. It was still a productive weekend and we learned a lot that we can apply to the Coca-Cola 600 next weekend.”

-Austin Dillon

Daniel Hemric’s Strong Showing in All-Star Open Comes to an End After Wreck in Segment 2

“When you come to Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR All-Star weekend the only thing that matters is winning, and I am disappointed we didn’t get that done tonight. This No. 8 Bass Pro Shops/Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was fast as can be, and we showed that by winning the pole on Friday night. We led the majority of the opening segment during the All-Star Open and I thought we were in a good spot to transfer into the All-Star Race but the caution came out and the car was just too tight to hang onto the lead on the overtime restart. We came in during the stage break and Luke Lambert and the guys put four tires on our Bass Pro Shops/Caterpillar Chevrolet and made a chassis adjustment that really improved the handling. We were racing hard with the No. 47 when we got together and it ended our day. We had one of the fastest cars in the field and it is really a shame we didn’t get the chance to race in the main event tonight.”

-Daniel Hemric

RCR Event Preview – Charlotte Motor Speedway

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Charlotte Motor Speedway … In 165 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing teams have earned eight points-paying victories (four wins with Dale Earnhardt, one with Jeff Burton, two with Kevin Harvick and one with Austin Dillon) and four All-Star race victories (three with Earnhardt and one with Harvick), giving RCR 12 total Cup Series checkered flags at the Concord, N.C.-based track. RCR boasts 23 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track. Childress, a former driver on NASCAR’s senior circuit, contributed two of those top-10 finishes from 1978 to 1979. The Welcome, N.C. organization has led a combined 1,156 laps at the Charlotte facility. Continue reading RCR Event Preview – Charlotte Motor Speedway

RCR Event Preview – All-Star Race

Four All-Star Wins for RCR … Richard Childress Racing has won four Monster Energy All-Star races with drivers Kevin Harvick (20017) and Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990 and 1993). Earnhardt’s 1987 All-Star victory included the legendary “Pass in the Grass.”

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,945 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 50 pole awards,108 wins, 489 top-five finishes and 1,071 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 16.2. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, ’87, ’90, ’91, ’93 and ’94, six NASCAR Xfinity Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Menards Series title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series.
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RCR Post Race Report – Digital Ally 400

Austin Dillon Fights Tough-Handling No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kansas Speedway

“We have a lot of studying and work to do on this No. 3 team, but I’m proud of everyone’s efforts and I know we will get there. We just battled handling issues all weekend long. We started the race loose on entry in turns 3 and 4, and too tight at the bottom of the track. Danny Stockman and the team worked hard all race to make adjustments to the American Ethanol Chevrolet, but our night really suffered when we were bit by a caution flag with about 50 laps remaining. We beat the leaders off pit road but a scoring miscue caused us to lose a lap that we never gained back. We fought back to a 17th-place finish. We’re heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway next and that’s been a strong place for us in the past so I’m ready to get there and represent RCR at our home track.”

-Austin Dillon

Daniel Hemric Records Top-20 Finish with Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway

“On the initial run to start the race we were too tight on the short run and way too tight in traffic. Every run after that Luke Lambert and all the guys on this crew got this No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet better and better. I thought we were making gains and just got caught with that caution in the middle of green flag pit stops. We had pitted early to try and get track position but that caution came out and trapped us two laps down. We took the wave around, got one of those laps back and from that point on we just tried to race those cars on our lap and get as many positions as possible. We would have liked to have finished better than 18th, but I am proud that these guys never gave up and we got the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet better and better each run. I’m looking forward to getting back home to Charlotte for the next two weeks. Hopefully, we can race our way into the All-Star Race through the Open, but if not I hope all the fans out there show their support for this No. 8 team in the fan vote.”

-Daniel Hemric

Tyler Reddick Claims a Top-10 Finish in Tame the Beast Camaro ZL1 at Kansas Speedway in Second Cup Series Race

“Well, that was a memorable night for the No. 31 Tame The Beast Chevrolet Camaro ZL1! I really appreciate all the hard work from everyone at RCR this weekend. We had a good car, definitely a long run car, and that played to our advantage. As the top line came in throughout the night, I was able to run well up there. Our Tame the Beast Camaro was a little edgy, but handled well for the most part. I got shuffled back on that late race restart, which didn’t do us any favors, but we got another shot at it with the green-white-checkered finish. A top-10 finish in my second Cup outing isn’t bad at all, and I’m looking forward to hopefully having more chances like this in the future.”

-Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick Looking to Tame The Beast at Kansas Speedway

Tyler Reddick Looking to Tame The Beast at Kansas Speedway
Tame The Beast, an Emerging Leader in Men’s Grooming Products, to be aboard Reddick’s
No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kansas Speedway

WELCOME, N.C. (May 7, 2019) – Tame the Beast®, a trendsetter in the men’s grooming industry that creates products with arousing scents and energizing properties, will make its NASCAR debut through its partnership with Richard Childress Racing on Tyler Reddick’s No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway this weekend.

Tame the Beast encourages men to embrace their inner beast with their uniquely masculine grooming products. Products include a variety of scents and purposes, such as the Extreme Yawp Hair, Beard & Body Wash, Nutt Butter, and Caffeine Conditioner. The Nashville, Tennessee-based company uses all-natural, intense botanicals, including eucalyptus, ginseng, and pomegranate, in all of their products.

“We’re thrilled to support Tyler,” said John Cascarano, founder of Tame the Beast. “We’re all about helping men perform at their peak, and clearly Tyler is racing at the top of his game.”

Reddick made his NASCAR Cup Series debut earlier this year in the Daytona 500, finishing 27th after being caught up in a major wreck late in the race. The defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion is currently leading the points in the 2019 Xfinity Series season, capturing one win, two pole awards, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes so far this year.

Tame the Beast, whose motto is to “Groom Boldly™,” has found a great match in Reddick, who is known for his aggressive driving style and giving each lap everything he’s got.

“Tame the Beast is an edgy, bold brand that’s making noise in the men’s grooming industry,” said Reddick. “I think that fits well with my driving style and the attitude of my RCR team this season. We’re out there every weekend, going hard to get every spot we can and often driving on the edge to get it. I’m excited to be partnering with Tame the Beast and helping spread their message to groom boldly.”

This will be Reddick’s first Kansas Speedway start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 22-year-old driver has two starts at the 1.5-mile speedway in the Xfinity Series, collecting one pole and two top-five finishes.

RCR Post Race Report – Delaware

Austin Dillon Fights Tough-Handling No. 3 AAA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Dover International Speedway

“Our 19th-place finish at Dover today wasn’t indicative of the fight this team showed all race long. The No. 3 AAA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 started off the day tight on exit and stayed that way until the end of the Stage 1. My pit crew did a great job when we pitted on Lap 105 during the caution and gained us several spots in the process to help us with track position. After that first stop, our No. 3 AAA Chevy really took off and felt it was in the best shape it had been all weekend. However, a few laps later, it became really free and I battled loose entry and exit throughout the rest of Stage 2. Unfortunately, this caused us to go a lap down and finish the stage in the 19th spot. The final stage began with several wedge and trackbar adjustments to try and dial in the No. 3 AAA Chevrolet. This helped out quite a bit until after the final green flag pit stop. Our Chevrolet tightened up right after that stop and was tough to handle for the rest of the race. Even though The Monster Mile was a beast today, I look forward to conquering it later in the year. For now, we’ll regroup as a team during this short week in order to get back on track for Kansas next weekend.”
-Austin Dillon

Daniel Hemric Records 25th-Place Finish with Caterpillar Chevrolet in First Dover Start

“They call this place The Monster Mile for a reason, and it was a monster to us today. We fought the handling of the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 all weekend, but Luke Lambert and these guys didn’t give up on it and kept working from the time we unloaded and all throughout the race. We never did get it to where we needed it to be and then on top of that, we had to pit with less than 20 laps to go for a loose wheel. We will take what we learned today and make sure we are in a better spot coming back here in the fall. I have to say thanks to all of the fans that came back today after yesterday’s rain out. The crowd was impressive for a Monday race, and hopefully they enjoyed the show.”
-Daniel Hemric

RCR Post Race Report – Allied Steel Buildings 200

Tyler Reddick Captures Seventh-Consecutive Top-Five Finish of the Season with Third-Place Finish at Dover

“This weekend was another solid weekend for our No. 2 Roland Chevrolet Camaro. It was different to start off with single-car qualifying, but we got a top-five starting spot so we were OK with that. We fired off the race a lot tighter than I expected, but also with a lack of rear grip so it was a tough balance to manage. My crew chief Randall Burnett and the team did a good job on helping with adjustments throughout the race. Right before that late-race caution with about 20 laps to go, the car really started to come to me, we just needed a little bit more. It’s awesome though to have collected another top-five this season and continue to keep our streak of earning stage points in every stage this year. We’ve got some good momentum going over at the No. 2 RCR team, and I can’t wait for us to continue at Charlotte in a few weeks.”

-Tyler Reddick

Kaz Grala Shows Speed, Late Race Spin Derails Potential Top-Ten Finish

“It was a fun one at the Monster Mile, but unfortunately we didn’t get the finish we deserved. We had a really fast No. 21 Hot Scream Chevrolet Camaro, but we couldn’t get the track position today. We had various issues leading up to the major issue we had with the No. 23, when we spun with about 40 laps to go. We went a lap down and fought our way into the free pass position, but never caught another caution to get back on the lead lap. This team fought all day, and we had top-10 speed. I think if we ever got the track position, we could of run in the top five. It’s frustrating, but we’ll move onto the next one. I know everyone on this No. 21 team is ready and able to get the job done.”

– Kaz Grala

RCR Event Preview – Dover International Speedway

Richard Childress Racing at Dover International Speedway … RCR has earned four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Dover International Speedway, the last win was in September 2006 when Jeff Burton drove the No. 31 Chevrolet to Victory Lane. Three additional victories came with Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel, including both events at the Monster Mile in 1989 as well as the spring race in 1993. RCR has also earned one pole award, 24 top-five and 57 top-10 finishes in 171 combined starts at the high-banked, one-mile oval. Childress, a former driver in NASCAR’s top division, contributed three of those top 10s from 1976-1980. Continue reading RCR Event Preview – Dover International Speedway

Austin Dillon Captures Second Pole of Season and Collects Stage Points at Talladega Superspeedway

Austin Dillon Captures Second Pole of Season and Collects Stage Points at Talladega Superspeedway

“I thought that Chevrolet did a really good job today. The racing was pretty good. We didn’t tear up too much stuff, and with all of the downforce this new package has, we could really move around the racetrack. If you did get hit, you could try to save it; so I thought that allowed for really good racing today. I chose the outside lane on the last run. Kyle Larson and I were committed to each other, but I don’t think the outside works as well with the spoilers we have on our cars right now. There’s just not enough grip until the end of a run. At the end of a run, it becomes stronger. I’m proud of everyone on this No. 3 Dow Chevrolet team from their efforts this weekend. We’re headed to Dover to try and earn a win for RCR and ECR.”
-Austin Dillon Continue reading Austin Dillon Captures Second Pole of Season and Collects Stage Points at Talladega Superspeedway

RCR Post Race Report – Richmond 400

Austin Dillon and the No. 3 AAA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Team Show Speed at Richmond Raceway En Route to 6th-Place Finish

“We had a meeting on Monday and talked about what we needed to do here at Richmond Raceway as a team and then we came here and we did it, so I am really proud of everyone on this Richard Childress Racing team. We had a really fast AAA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 tonight, especially during the last run. I think we actually had a little something for at least the top three spots. We had a little bit of a mess-up on our last pit stop and lost some track position, but we passed some good cars there at the end, including Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. I’m really proud of the AAA team. I just wish we could have been a little further forward to see what we had. I saved a lot of my stuff for the end and was ready for that last run. But, we didn’t have enough. I’m definitely excited about the direction our team is going. It’s always good to go into the off weekend with a solid, top-10 finish.”
-Austin Dillon

Daniel Hemric and Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Team Use Richmond Raceway Top-20 Finish as Momentum Builder

“Coming out of Richmond with a top-20 finish? We’ll take it. This No. 8 team is focused on putting one foot in front of the other. It’s great to have a group of guys that haven’t given up on me. We didn’t finish exactly where we wanted, but we definitely out-kicked our coverage from the positions we’ve put ourselves in over the last few weeks. We’ll take it and hopefully it’s a building moment for everyone on this No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team. I still love racing at Richmond and I feel like I know what I need when we come here in the Fall to contend and run where our teammate Austin Dillon was tonight. Those guys had good speed all weekend, so hopefully we can trend a little bit in that direction and build on it.”
-Daniel Hemric