Category Archives: Richard Childress Racing

Richard Childress Racing–Homestead Advance

Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series history at Homestead-Miami Speedway … Homestead-Miami Speedway is one of the few race tracks where team owner Richard Childress has yet to earn a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. Richard Childress Racing entries have finished second on four occasions: 2003 (Kevin Harvick), 2008 (Harvick), 2009 (Jeff Burton) and 2014 (Ryan Newman). In 57 starts, RCR has earned nine top-five and 23 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile, progressively-banked oval with drivers Dave Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Green, Harvick, Newman, Paul Menard and Mike Skinner. Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway are the other tracks on the current Cup Series schedule where RCR is still on the hunt for hardware. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Homestead Advance

Richard Childress Racing–Can-Am 500

Austin Dillon Drives No. 3 Realtree Chevrolet to 14th-Place Finish at Phoenix Raceway

“We had a really fast Realtree Chevrolet today. We struggled with a tight-handling condition on the front end, but Justin Alexander and everyone on the team did a good job making adjustments. We made an unscheduled pit-stop for a flat left-rear tire during a caution and ended up losing a little bit of track position. Later in the race, we ended up with a little bit of damage during a late-race restart that got pretty crazy and I think it hurt us a little bit. We ended up finishing 14th. Still, a pretty good day at Phoenix Raceway.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Can-Am 500

Richard Childress Racing–Ticket Galaxy 200

Austin Dillon Closes Out His 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Season with Top-10 Finish in the Ruud Chevolet
“I️ was a little bit worried to start the race after qualifying the Ruud Chevrolet 16th and racing in 14th during Stage 1, but Nick Harrison made an air pressure adjustment that really helped and the pit crew gained us a bunch of spots on pit road. I️ thought we were going to be okay for a while there, especially when we were racing in second. The handling of the Ruud Chevy started to get tight again in the final stage and we lost track position. I️ felt like the right front was just gone. We have some work to do on the XFINITY program at RCR, but I️ know we will get there. I️ am proud of my teammate, Daniel Hemric, for making it to the Final Four. That will be fun to watch him go for the champsionship at Homestead. Also, congrats to Chevrolet for winning the Manufacturer’s title. They clinched that up today, which is pretty awesome so congrats to everyone at Team Chevy on that accomplishment.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Ticket Galaxy 200

Richard Childress Racing Phoenix Preview

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Phoenix Raceway … Team owner Richard Childress has six victories at Phoenix Raceway, ranking him third on the all-time car owner victories list at the Avondale, Ariz. facility. This includes wins with Ryan Newman at the Series’ most recent appearance to the track in March 2017, along with Kevin Harvick in Nov. 2013, Nov. 2012 and March and Nov. 2006. Prior to that, Dale Earnhardt won the Checker 500 on Nov. 4, 1990. In 112 starts at Phoenix, the Welcome, North Carolina based organization boasts 19 top-five and 42 top-10 finishes. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing Phoenix Preview

Richard Childress Racing–Texas 300

Austin Dillon Shows Promise in the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway

“We had a decent start to the night in the Rheem Chevrolet. We pitted before Stage 2 to get some track position. There was a caution with 70 laps to go, and we took two tires, which allowed us to restart second. If we would have restarted on the bottom it would have been a different story, but we got hung on the outside on that restart and fell to eighth. We short pitted and after everything cycled out we ended up 10th. I think if things would have gotten jumbled back up and we had a couple of late-race restarts it would have ended differently. Still, I’m proud of this team, and we showed promise tonight. A win just wasn’t in the cards.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Texas 300

Richard Childress Racing–AAA Texas 500

Austin Dillon and the Dow Winter in PyeongChang Team Lead RCR Entries at Texas Motor Speedway with 13th-Place Finish

“We were able to grab a couple of Stage points at the end of Stage 1 and Stage 2 today, which I am really proud of. My crew chief, Justin Alexander, and the entire Dow Winter in PyeongChang team did a great job of keeping up with adjustments throughout the race. We could hit our marks as good as anybody. Speed-wise, we weren’t the fastest car, but we are obviously doing something right because it seems like nobody could keep up behind me. With everyone running such similar speeds today, track position was big. I’m proud of the team for all working together to get this 13th-place finish.” Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–AAA Texas 500

Richard Childress Racing Retains Andy Petree as Advisor

Richard Childress Racing Retains Andy Petree as Advisor
Former team owner, driver and championship-winning crew chief to assist RCR in an advisory role for competition area

WELCOME, N.C. (October 25, 2017) – NASCAR veteran Andy Petree will assist Richard Childress Racing in an advisory role in the competition area. Petree, who has held numerous roles in his 30-year stock car racing career, will be retained as an outside resource. Petree has experience as a championship-winning crew chief, driver, team owner and most recently, as an analyst for Fox Sports.

“We welcome Andy to RCR in an advisory role,” said RCR Chairman and CEO Richard Childress. “Andy is someone I’ve known for many years and his knowledge of our industry runs deep. He is well respected within our community and will provide a fresh perspective as we evaluate opportunities to improve.”

Petree’s NASCAR accomplishments are admirable; he was the crew chief for the late Dale Earnhardt when he won championships in 1993 and 1994. Petree worked as a car owner from 1996 to 2004 and fielded teams in all three of NASCAR’s top touring series. In 2015, Petree worked with Fox Sports as an analyst for its NASCAR broadcast and daily television show.

Richard Childress Racing–Hollywood Casino 400

The Name of the Game is Recovery for Austin Dillon and the Dow Racing Team at Kansas Speedway

“It was a really good comeback by the Dow Racing team today. We fell behind a little bit after we had to come back down pit road to tighten lug nuts, which cost us some track position. For the rest of the race, the pit crew was on it and gained us spots pretty much every stop. We ended up with some front end damage in that big wreck, but luckily it didn’t end our day. We were just too tight at the end to gain any additional positions.”

– Austin Dillon
Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Hollywood Casino 400

Richard Childress Racing–Kansas Lottery 300

Austin Dillon Recovers from Challenges to Earn Sixth-Place Finish in Rheem Chevrolet

“We started off really fast today in the Rheem Chevrolet. I found grip early, and we were posting the fastest lap times of the field. Once the track started to rubber up, the rest of the field moved up to my line and caught up. Then, we got behind there with a tire that corded. We fought back and finished sixth. The car handled really well, and it was a good recovery for our team. It makes me excited for Texas. .”

– Austin Dillon

Ty Dillon Earns Top-10 Finish in the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet

“When we started the race, our Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet was just way too tight. My crew chief, Matt Swiderski, took a big swing at adjustments during the first stage break and got my balance how I needed it for the second stage. We used strategy to flip the stage during a caution before the final break, and we were able to restart in first for the final stage. I held on for a couple laps before people with fresher tires caught up. We knew that would happen, but it gave us the advantage that we needed to hold our track position in the top 10 to finish out the race.”

– Ty Dillon

Late-Race Pit Road Penalty Hurts Daniel Hemric and the Blue Gate Bank Team’s Day at Kansas Speedway

“I’ll take the blame on that one. I struggled getting into the pit box all day and getting the Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet pointed the right way. I put some rear brake into it and just got too aggressive. I was trying to get all I could get and overstepped it. It put us in a bad spot for the pit stop, and the car was over the line. The guys already had the right-front tire off the car and put the sticker tire on before we backed up. We got penalized a lap for that. It was not ideal. We fought through and passed a bunch of cars at the end, but we got trapped a lap down and never got the caution we needed. The name of the game is pressure, and you have to rise up. Today we didn’t do that. I did not do that. I’ve just got to do better, and we’ll be fine moving forward.”

– Daniel Hemric

Brandon Jones Overcomes Radio Issues to Finish 11th at Kansas Speedway in the American Ethanol/Casey’s General Store Chevrolet

“It’s always a challenge when radio issues happen during a race, but the No. 33 American Ethanol/ Casey’s General Store team really came together and managed to still get a great 11th-place finish out of the day. We fired off lacking rear grip at the start of the race, but that grip came in eventually. From there on out, I was just fighting a snug feeling all day. Having to communicate with hand signals back to my crew chief, Brandon Thomas, was tough but luckily we have a great spotter in Doug Campbell and he was able to relay to the team what I was feeling. It feels good to overcome an issue like that and still walk away with a solid finish.”

– Brandon Jones

Brendan Gaughan and the South Point/City Lights Shine Team Fight Back from Disappointing Qualifying Effort to Finish 13th at Kansas Speedway

“Today, it was about track position and considering we started 24th and got all the way up to 10th shows the quality of car we had. I cannot be more pleased with the pit crew. They were on point. They gained spots on pit road for me every time. We had a top-10 car and after the final stop, we were four laps short on fuel so we conserved a little and then went all out with about two laps to go. I brushed the wall trying to get 12th position and unfortunately that slowed us down a little. Considering where we started, I’m pretty pleased with our finish.”

– Brendan Gaughan

Richard Childress Racing–Kansas Advance

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Kansas Speedway … In 74 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has one win, visiting victory lane in 2013 with Kevin Harvick, among five top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,831 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards, 107 wins, 486 top-five finishes and 1,049 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 16.1. 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 Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Kansas Advance

Richard Childress Racing–Alabama 500

Unavoidable, Multi-Car Incident on Lap 173 Collects the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet and ends Austin Dillon’s Race Early

“We ended up in a wreck that ended our day early in the American Ethanol Chevrolet. It’s just part of speedway racing. What do you do? You can go and race hard all day. You can ride in the back and try to not to get in one of those big wrecks. We chose to run right in the pack and it bit us today. I was proud we earned some stage points at the end of Stage 2.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Alabama 500

Richard Childress Racing–Talladega Advance

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Talladega Superspeedway … Richard Childress began his driving career at Talladega Superspeedway in 1969 and is in a tie for the most all-time car owner victories at the storied Alabama-based race track with 12 wins. Dale Earnhardt visited Victory Lane nine times, while Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer swept the 2010 events at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Bowyer added to the Welcome, N.C.-based organization’s total by claiming RCR’s 100th Cup Series win when NASCAR’s senior series visited the facility in October 2011. In 169 starts, RCR also has four pole awards, 41 top-five, 68 top-10 finishes and has led 1,837 laps of competition Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Talladega Advance

Richard Childress Racing–Bank of America 500

Austin Dillon Finishes 16th at Charlotte Motor Speedway Following Unscheduled Late-Race Pit Stop

“We came to Charlotte Motor Speedway with high expectations after winning the May race and the team did a great job preparing a competitive Dow Chevrolet. We came with a slightly different setup than May and I told the guys that this setup seemed even more competitive than the car I had in the spring. We were running solid in the top-10 throughout the race. We were on track for a great finish but we ended up making an unscheduled pit stop under green with less than 15 laps to go for a vibration. Still, we were able to get back on the lead lap and finish 16th. I’m proud of everyone for their hard work.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Bank of America 500

Richard Childress Racing–Drive for the Cure 300

Austin Dillon Races a Fast Rheem Chevrolet to Top-Five Finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway

“That was a fun race tonight in the Rheem Chevrolet. We were a little bit too loose, but we had a good restart at the end of the race. I had clean air and my brother was in the car in front of me and went high. If he would have went low I think I would have cleared Alex Bowman for the lead. We were probably just a little bit too loose at the end of the race, but clean air would have definitely helped. We were posting lap times faster than the leader tonight. I just wasn’t able to get it done. I’m proud of the Rheem team. Racing on the top groove was fun. I was the first one to get up there and find it. I just katy barred the door there for a while.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Drive for the Cure 300

No. 62 South Point Chevrolet Camaro Paint Scheme Will Honor Las Vegas Victims at Charlotte Motor Speedway

No. 62 South Point Chevrolet Camaro Paint Scheme Will Honor Las Vegas Victims at Charlotte Motor Speedway
#VegasStrong featured on the hood of South Point Chevy driven by Las Vegas-native Brendan Gaughan

WELCOME, N.C. (October 6, 2017) – Veteran NASCAR driver and Las Vegas-native Brendan Gaughan will carry a special paint scheme this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway honoring the victims of the recent tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip. The hood of the No. 62 South Point Chevrolet Camaro will feature the iconic “Las Vegas” script and #VegasStrong in gold and black block lettering. Continue reading No. 62 South Point Chevrolet Camaro Paint Scheme Will Honor Las Vegas Victims at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Daniel Hemric Returns to Richard Childress Racing in 2018 The 26-year-old will contend for the NASCAR XFINITY Series title in No. 21 Chevrolet

Daniel Hemric Returns to Richard Childress Racing in 2018
The 26-year-old will contend for the NASCAR XFINITY Series title in No. 21 Chevrolet

WELCOME, N.C. (October 5, 2017) – Kannapolis, North Carolina native and current playoff contender Daniel Hemric will return to Richard Childress Racing for the 2018 season to again compete for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship, driving the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro. Continue reading Daniel Hemric Returns to Richard Childress Racing in 2018 The 26-year-old will contend for the NASCAR XFINITY Series title in No. 21 Chevrolet

Matt Tifft Joins Richard Childress Racing’s XFINITY Series Driver Lineup in 2018

Matt Tifft Joins Richard Childress Racing’s XFINITY Series Driver Lineup in 2018
The 21-year-old driver will pilot the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro full-time and compete for series championship beginning in 2018

WELCOME, N.C. (October 5, 2017) – Richard Childress Racing has signed Matt Tifft to a multi-year agreement to join RCR’s NASCAR XFINITY Series driver lineup. Tifft will pilot the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro beginning in 2018 and will compete for the 2018 driver championship. The 21-year-old driver is currently a contender in the XFINITY Series Playoffs in his rookie season. Continue reading Matt Tifft Joins Richard Childress Racing’s XFINITY Series Driver Lineup in 2018

Richard Childress Racing–Bank of America 500 Advance

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Charlotte Motor Speedway … In 160 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 Richard Childress Racing–Bank of America 500 Advance

Richard Childress Racing–Dover 400

Austin Dillon and the AAA Team Fight Hard All Day at Dover International Speedway But Miss Round of 12 by 4 Points

“We finished 16th and missed the Round of 12 by just four points. Truthfully, I put it back on myself in Chicago. I got a speeding penalty there where we were going to get stage points and a top 10 run and that just kind of crushed our points situation. Today was more luck than anything when the No. 33 spun out and put us two laps down. I had to take the wave around and we fought out of that hole to get back on to the lead lap. The No. 17 (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.) played the strategy right and got the stage points. We were racing him pretty much the rest of the day. So, we tried some more strategy stuff by staying out there at the end on older tires and we didn’t get the caution. Congratulations to the No. 17 team for moving on to the next round. Our AAA team will just keep working hard and see if we can’t get a win by the end of the year and come back stronger next year. I’m proud of my guys. They fought hard. I would have liked to battle down to the end with the No. 31. But, that first caution kind of killed our day right there.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Dover 400

Richard Childress Racing–Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200

Dover International Speedway Lives up to Its “Monster Mile” Moniker for Austin Dillon and the Rheem Team in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Race

“Usually, when you unload from the truck fast it sets up your entire weekend for success. We didn’t unload fast this weekend and it showed. This race was an all-around struggle. We never got control of the handling and ended up getting off-sequence on pit strategy to try and stay on the lead lap. It didn’t work, unfortunately. We’ll regroup and try to get a win for this Rheem team next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a track I’ve had a lot of success at.”

– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200