Richard Childress Racing at Pocono Raceway … In 154 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 54 top-10 finishes with 608 laps led at the uniquely-shaped three-turn track. Childress, a former Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Pocono Advance
Strong Run Spoiled By Unavoidable Late-Race Crash for Austin Dillon and the Dow Molykote Smart Lubrication Chevrolet Team
“It just seemed like our race strategy never played out in our favor today. Near the end of the race, everybody got bunched up there. The No. 6 car got hooked to us and I was forced to get out of the car. I thought I’d still able to at least roll and we could have finished the race. There was a lot of blocking going on out there with drivers trying to win one of our biggest races in the Brickyard 400. Everybody wants it. Hopefully it’s good for the fans to see the aggression out of all of the drivers. We all want it really bad. I wanted it really bad for everyone at Dow and for Molykote.”
– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Brickyard 400
Paul Menard Scores Runner-Up Finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Richmond/Menards Chevrolet
“We had a really good Richmond/Menards Chevrolet, with solid long-run speed. It didn’t fire off quite as fast as I would have liked, but it seemed after five-10 laps some guys got tight on the exit so I could carry momentum down the straightaway and pick our way up through there. I thought we had a shot at William (Byron), but he was better than me through Turn 1. I just had to lift too much and play catch-up from Turn 2 to (Turns) 3 and 4 back to the start-finish line. I made a pretty aggressive dive into Turn 1 on the last lap to try and get him loose, but he made it stick and he won. Congratulations to him.”
Richard Childress Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway … In 64 previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has posted two pole awards (Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jeff Burton in 2006), three wins (Dale Earnhardt in 1995, Harvick in 2003 and Paul Menard in 2011), 11 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes. RCR Chevrolets have also been atop the leaderboard for a total of 268 laps and with the exception of one, each entry has been running at the finish of every event at the Brickyard, dating back to the inaugural race in 1994.
Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Brickyard 400 Advance
Austin Dillon Fights Back from Early Spin for Top-15 Finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
“I’m really proud of everyone on the Dow Racing team. We were able to run top-10 lap times all day. I still think there is some speed to be gained in the downforce of our cars, but I know that’s something we’re all actively working on improving. We pulled together as a team to recover from an early spin and got ourselves in a good position late in the race for a top-10 finish. We gambled on a strategy call for our last pit stop and it just didn’t work out. That happens sometimes in racing. Now it’s time to turn our focus towards Indianapolis Motor Speedway and work on our strategy for one of the toughest tracks on the circuit.”
Ben Kennedy Earns Sixth-Place Finish in No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet
“That was a heck of a race. It was fun to drive the Richmond/Menards Chevrolet. The drive off was killer on the long run. I feel like that’s where we really gained the most. On the last stop, we opted for an air pressure adjustment to give us better turn through the center of the corners, and I think Randall Burnett definitely made the right call. Right after that last stop we were the strongest. I appreciate this opportunity with Richard Childress Racing and I can’t wait for Iowa Speedway.”
– Ben Kennedy
Late-Race Penalty Spoils Top-Five Finish for Ty Dillon
“We had a top-five run going in our Rheem/WATTS Chevrolet, but driver error took us out of it. We worked through stages one and two to get our handling where we needed it to be. We still struggled to turn through the center, but we ran our fastest laps of the race in the final stage. All of the leaders needed one last stop for fuel at the end to make it. I wanted to get all that I could coming to pit road since I was in fifth place, but I took too much and my right-side tires just barley clipped the orange box at the commitment line. It’s a bummer that we can’t seem to put one of these races together, but we’ve got the speed to run with the leaders. We were one the fastest cars on track in the last laps, so it’s definitely disappointing to not get the finish. We can’t focus on this though. I need the team to hold their heads up and turn their focus to Indianapolis, one of my favorite tracks on the circuit.”
– Ty Dillon
Daniel Hemric Fights Track Conditions to Finish 12th in Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
“I have to thank Danny Stockman and the entire No. 21 team. They never gave up on today’s race and kept adjusting on this Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet all day long. We had a solid car in practice, but with the changing weather conditions and the PJ1, it was just a struggle to get a good handle on it today. We were certainly hoping for a better outcome, but we’ll learn from this and move on to next weekend.”
– Daniel Hemric
Right-Front Wheel Issue Dampens Brandon Jones’ Day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
“We just can’t catch a break this season. Our No. 33 Sparco Chevrolet Camaro was fast at New Hampshire Motor Speedway today. We were running top-10 lap times from the drop of the green flag but had to battle through the field because of our starting spot. We were making good progress during Stage 2, but about halfway through the stage I started to get a vibration in the corners of the track. After pitting and determining there was an issue with the right-front tire, the Sparco team worked hard in the garage to get me back out on track for as many laps as possible. It wasn’t the day we wanted, but I appreciate all the hard work the 33 team gave today to get everything we could from this race.”
– Brandon Jones
Unscheduled Pit Stop Results in 17th-Place Finish for Brendan Gaughan and South Point Hotel and Casino Team
“We took a big swing at the South Point Hotel and Casino Chevrolet after the rain delay and the changes really helped, but after that, I couldn’t get it to roll through the center regardless of what I tried. Then around lap 125, I thought we had a tire going down and we tried to ride it out hoping for a caution, but we didn’t get the break we needed. We had to pit under green. We’re still not sure what the issue was. It’s unfortunate, but a heck of a lot better than our circumstances last week. This team never gives up. I just wish we could have gotten a better finish for Shane Wilson. This track means a lot to him.”
– Brendan Gaughan
Richard Childress Racing in the Bluegrass State … In 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kentucky Speedway, Richard Childress Racing holds an average starting position of 16.6 and an average finishing position of 17.4, completing 5,054 of the contested 5,073 laps (99.6 percent).
RCR in the MENCS … In 2,789 Monster Energy Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 481 top-five finishes and 1,041 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–Kentucky Advance
Brian Scott to Drive the No. 3 Daniel Defense Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing
Scott Returns from Retirement to Compete at Iowa and Kentucky
WELCOME, N.C. (July 3, 2017) – Brian Scott will return to Richard Childress Racing (RCR) to pilot the No. 3 Daniel Defense Chevrolet for two races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) this season. After announcing his NASCAR retirement at the end of 2016 to move home to Idaho with his family, Scott will make a brief return to the sport with his former team to pilot the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro for the second NXS race at Iowa Speedway on July 29 and the September 23rd race at Kentucky Speedway.
“Everyone at RCR is pleased to have Brian Scott back in one of our cars, even if it’s only for a couple of races,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. “He is a great friend of the company and did well for us in the past. We appreciate that he’s going to come out of retirement to drive our No. 3 Chevrolet. I have no doubt that once Brian is behind the wheel again, he will have the same desire to win that he’s had in the past.”
Daniel Defense, a leading manufacturer of premium firearms, rail systems and accessories, joined RCR at the start of the season to sponsor the No. 3 Chevrolet in select races. These two races with Scott will be Daniel Defense’s final primary sponsorship races of the year, but their associate sponsorship will continue throughout 2017. Earlier this season, Ty Dillon drove the Daniel Defense Chevrolet to a 10th-place finish at Dover International Speedway.
Prior to his retirement, Scott drove three full-time NXS seasons for RCR from 2013-2015. He finished as high as fourth (2014) in the championship point standings. An avid outdoorsman and a veteran NASCAR racer, Scott is a natural fit for the No. 3 Daniel Defense Chevrolet.
“I’m looking forward to climbing back into a RCR Chevrolet,” said Brian Scott. “Iowa and Kentucky were good tracks for our team. I have no doubt that with the advanced engineering and work they’ve put into their programs since then that we will be even stronger. These two races are all about having fun and, I hope, getting the No. 3 team to Victory Lane.”
Damage Hinders Top-Five Run for Ben Kennedy at Daytona International Speedway
“We had a extremely fast and well balanced Rheem Chevrolet this weekend at Daytona. It’s always fun to know when you’re hopping in one of these RCR cars with that ECR horsepower, that you’ll have a chance of taking it to the winner’s circle. I hate we got stuck back in the back near the end, especially after running up front for most of the race. A 15th-place finish just doesn’t seem right for this team. I’m proud of Randall Burnett and this entire team and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel at Loudon in a couple weeks.”
– Ben Kennedy
Ty Dillon’s Strong Day in Daytona Ended by Final-Stage Accident
“We had a strong No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevy today. I could drive it up to the front and stay there. In the first two stages I was able to work with my teammate Ben Kennedy a lot, and we could help each other get to the front of the line. We were having a great day. Obviously, being wrecked while leading the bottom lane was not how we’d hoped to finish out our day. I thought we’d be able to at least come back in the last 10 laps once we got everything fixed to get a top 15 finish out of it, but we got caught up in the overtime wreck too. We’ve been fast at every superspeedway this year but we just keep getting hit with bad luck. This was our last one of the year though, so we’ll put this behind us and turn our focus to Kentucky.”
– Ty Dillon
Daniel Hemric’s No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet Caught Up In Late-Race Wreck at Daytona International Speedway
“Coming here to Daytona, the first thing was to try and make it to the first pit stop – something we haven’t been able to do all year at the superspeedways. We accomplished that goal. We got some stage points early. We played our strategy and hung out toward the back in the middle part of the race. We were making good progress toward the front of the pack in our Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet with a couple of laps to go. I got caught up in typical superspeedway racing. I’m not sure what I’ve got to do to finish one of these things, but we made a lot of headway today making a lot of laps.”
– Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones Rallies to Top-20 Finish After Late-Race Wreck
“We were doing everything right with this race. Our No. 33 Rain-X / Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet was excellent and able to do basically whatever I wanted on the track. After we got taken out in the first two plate races from the front in the Stage 1, we decided to hang back for the first stage this time around. The weather delays changed our strategy for the rest of the race, but we adjusted and had a shot at the win before we got turned with just a few laps left. I’m so proud of this team though for pushing through and fixing up the car enough for us to pick up some spots and finish the race in the top-20. That’s real teamwork and what will help us make the Chase.”
– Brandon Jones
Brendan Gaughan Pilots the USAF Special Tactics / South Point Chevrolet to Top-10 Finish at Daytona International Speedway
“We were smart once and lucky twice, and that’s what it takes at Daytona. We had a great USAF Special Tactics Chevrolet today. There is a military term ‘SA’ which means situational awareness. When the Special Tactics operators knock down doors and go places they have to know what’s around them. You have to understand what is around you and what is with you, and that’s what you have to do at Daytona. We had good ‘SA’ and pulled back before the first wreck. In the end we tried to find the right teammates and people to work with and draft with, and got a solid top-10 finish. Well take it!”
– Brendan Gaughan
Austin Dillon and the No. 3 American Ethanol Team Sidelined by Multi-Car Incident at Daytona International Speedway
“I didn’t see exactly what happened during the multi-car incident that ended our night early so am not sure. I tried to slow down. I downshifted but it wasn’t enough. We knocked the oil cooler and radiator out. It’s just part of this deal–you have to shove yourself in a bad position. I should have been smarter and rode around like half of the others in the field, but we were trying to get some bonus points coming to the end of the stage. It didn’t work out. Overall, though, I was proud to carry the American Ethanol patriotic paint scheme this weekend and close out the NASCAR Salutes refreshed by Coca-Cola program by honoring U.S. Military Veterans. It was cool to meet a group of them at the track this weekend and I’m thankful for their service.”
Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Daytona International Speedway … Dating back to 1976, Richard Childress Racing has won 11 poles and collected five points-paying victories at the most-storied race track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit. RCR owns two Daytona 500 wins (Dale Earnhardt – 1998, Kevin Harvick – 2007), three Coke Zero 400 trophies (Earnhardt – 1990, 1993 and Harvick – 2010) and 14 qualifying races, including 10-consecutive victories with Earnhardt (1990 – 1999). In addition, RCR has earned the Advance Auto Parts Clash trophy a total of eight times, with drivers Harvick (2009, 2010, 2013) and Earnhardt (1986, ’88, ’91, ’93, and ’95).
RCR in the MENCS … In 2,786 Monster Energy Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 479 top-five finishes and 1,039 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.
3 on 3 Basketball … Austin and Ty Dillon are hosting the 3rd Annual 3-on-3 Celebrity Basketball Tournament presented by The Dow Chemical Company to benefit the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., on Wednesday, July 26. The 16-team, double-elimination tournament will start at 3 p.m. and the final game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Austin Dillon Collects Stage Points But Late-Race Spin Wipes Out Top-10 Finish
“The team gave me a great Dow Coatings Material Chevy all weekend and I feel bad for what happened there in the closing laps. We qualified 19th, which was my career-best start at Sonoma Raceway. We raced our way into the top 10 and collected stage points in the first two stages. After the spin in Turn 11, I had no rear grip the rest of the way. I’m bummed that it happened but I can’t say enough about this entire No. 3 team. It was a lot of fun out there.”
– Austin Dillon Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Sonoma 350
Ben Kennedy Shows Speed in the No. 2 Rheem Chevy in Iowa
“We had a great race tonight. Our No. 2 Rheem Chevy was really fast, especially on the long run. My team did a great job getting it dialed in. We started out pretty free, but we made good changes and progressively got better throughout the night. It’s unfortunate that the finish doesn’t reflect how our strong our race actually was, but that’s what happens in racing. I’m excited to hop back in the No. 2 car with Rheem next week and come back to Iowa next month.”
Richard Childress Racing in Wine Country … In 66 starts at the 10-turn stadium course, Richard Childress Racing owns two wins, with Dale Earnhardt in the 1995 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 and with Robby Gordon in the Save Mart 350 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, completed 6,894 of the 6,940 laps contested (99.3 percent) and recorded just one DNF (Did Not Finish) over that stretch (1989-2016). Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Sonoma Advance
Challenging Day for Austin Dillon and the Dow Salutes Veterans Team Ends with 27th-Place Finish at Michigan International Speedway
“Well what can you really say? We have a lot of work to do moving forward but I’m sure Richard Childress Racing will be up for the challenge. We changed just about everything on the No. 3 Dow Salutes Veterans Chevy from the time we unloaded on Friday morning until the Checkered flag. During the race we ended up losing a lap to the race leader and even though we were in position to try and earn that lap back, luck was never on our side today. I’m glad Michigan International Speedway is behind us but proud of the team for the effort they put in today. They never gave up.”
Consistency All-Around Leads Paul Menard to Top-10 Finish at Michigan International Speedway
“We had a really solid day all the way around in our No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro. I was able to race inside the top five for a majority of the race and really had some good speed on long runs and exiting the corner. We struggled a little when the sun came out in the middle of the race, the car got pretty loose, but we adjusted in the final segment. Our team did a really good job of giving me a solid race car this weekend and our result today proved that. It’s finishes like today that are important to keeping this No. 2 team in the hunt for the owner’s championship this season.”
– Paul Menard Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Michigan 250
Richard Childress Racing at Michigan International Speedway … In 160 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, RCR teams have earned three wins, two with Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990) and the most recent with Kevin Harvick (August 2010). Additionally, RCR has claimed 23 top-five and 55 top-10 finishes with 10 different drivers including Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR’s top division, who recorded top-10 finishes at MIS in June 1978 and August 1979.
RCR in the MENCS … In 2,778 Monster Energy Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,107 wins, 479 top-five finishes and 1,039 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–Michigan Preview
Austin Dillon Battles Adversity, Grinds Out a 13th-place Finish
“Our No. 3 Dow Chevrolet was decent all day. The balance felt good for most of the race, but would tighten up in Turn 3 every now and then, so I had to really focus on my entry and exit in that corner. One of the biggest challenges was the heat. By lap 28, it felt like my A/C unit overheated or something and from there I had no air conditioning. I was alright during most of the race, but that red flag was just miserable. I was able to make it through and started dumping water on my face when I could, which helped a little bit. But we battled through the challenges; that’s what this team does. We were able to hang on and grab a 13th-place finish.” Continue reading Austin Dillon Battles Adversity, Grinds Out a 13th-place Finish
Mid-Race Spin Costs Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Top-10 Finish
“I’m not really sure what happened when I spun there on lap 49. I was coming off of Turn 2 and I think I just got pretty loose. I really hate it for these guys on the Richmond / Menards team. They gave me a really fast race car that was obvious they put a lot of hard work into. Our long-run speed was pretty solid and I thought we had a top-five car. I’m glad I’m back in the No. 2 car next weekend in Michigan because we definitely have shown speed in our race cars.” Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Pocono Green 250
VELVEETA® Shells & Cheese Partners with Richard Childress Racing to Offer LIQUID GOLD Championship Experience
VIP race weekend sweepstakes and retail activation highlight Kraft Heinz brand’s partnership with RCR’s No. 31 Chevrolet SS
WELCOME, N.C. (June 7, 2017) – VELVEETA® Shells & Cheese is partnering with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and the No. 31 Chevrolet SS team to give NASCAR fans a taste of the one and only LIQUID GOLD. VELVEETA Shells & Cheese will serve as the primary sponsor for select races, beginning June 18 at Michigan International Speedway, and an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2017 season. The paint scheme was unveiled live on FS1’s “NASCAR Race Hub” this evening. Continue reading VELVEETA® Shells & Cheese Partners with Richard Childress Racing to Offer LIQUID GOLD Championship Experience