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Richard Childress
Richard Childress
(born September 21, 1945) is a former NASCAR
NASCAR
driver and the current team owner of Richard Childress Racing
Richard Childress Racing
(RCR). As a business entrepreneur, Childress became one of the wealthiest men in North Carolina. A 2003/2004 business venture was the opening of a vineyard in the Yadkin Valley AVA, an American Viticultural Area located in North Carolina.[1] Childress was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is on the Board of Directors to the National Rifle Association.[2] His grandsons Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon
and Ty Dillon
Ty Dillon
are NASCAR competitors.

Contents

1 Driving career 2 Ownership of Richard Childress
Richard Childress
Racing 3 Personal life 4 Controversies

4.1 Alleged Favoritism Towards Teams 4.2 Kyle Busch 4.3 2010 New Hampshire controversy 4.4 Tire deflations

5 Motorsports career results

5.1 NASCAR

5.1.1 Grand National Series 5.1.2 Winston Cup Series

5.1.2.1 Daytona 500

6 See also 7 References

7.1 Further reading

8 External links

Driving career[edit] Childress' career in NASCAR's top levels started auspiciously when a drivers' strike at Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway
left NASCAR
NASCAR
President William France Sr.
William France Sr.
looking for scab drivers. Childress started his first race as a scab. By 1971, Childress began racing on the top level as an independent driver, using the number 96. He changed to number 3 in 1976 as a tribute to Junior Johnson's past as a driver. Although he never won as a driver, he proved to be average behind the wheel registering six top-5, seventy-six top-10 finishes, with a career-best of third in 1978.[citation needed] Ownership of Richard Childress
Richard Childress
Racing[edit] Main article: Richard Childress
Richard Childress
Racing

Childress working the pits in 1986

He retired from driving in 1981 after Rod Osterlund sold his NASCAR team to J.D. Stacy, and Osterlund's driver, Dale Earnhardt, did not want to drive for Stacy. Childress, with recommendations from R. J. Reynolds Tobacco, chose to retire and put Earnhardt behind the wheel of his No. 3 car, complete with Wrangler Jeans sponsorship. That first alliance lasted for the season. Ricky Rudd
Ricky Rudd
was hired in 1982 and drove for two years, giving Childress his first career victory in June 1983 at Riverside. Earnhardt returned for the 1984 season, and together with Childress formed one of the most potent combinations in NASCAR history. They won championships in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1994. In the mid-1990s, Childress began expanding his racing empire, fielding entries in the Busch Series
Busch Series
and Craftsman Truck Series. The team won the 1995 Craftsman Truck Series
Craftsman Truck Series
championship with driver Mike Skinner in the series' first season. He expanded to a two-car operation in what is now known as the Sprint Cup, with driver Skinner driving the No. 31. In the first part of the 2000s, he expanded to three cars, with the No. 30 car driven by Jeff Green. Earnhardt was killed on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Childress promoted Busch driver Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
to drive the renumbered No. 29. Harvick would win in only his third start, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. With Harvick having won the Busch Series
Busch Series
championship in 2001 and 2006, RCR became the first team in NASCAR
NASCAR
history to win all three of NASCAR's national championship series. RCR also won the Busch Series
Busch Series
owners championships in 2003 with Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
and Johnny Sauter
Johnny Sauter
and in 2007 with Scott Wimmer
Scott Wimmer
and Jeff Burton. RCR won the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
and the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series
Nationwide Series
Championship, both with Childress' grandson Austin Dillon driving the No. 3.[citation needed] Childress' full-time drivers in the Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
are:

Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon
No. 3 Ryan Newman No. 31

Childress' full-time drivers in the Xfinity Series are:

Matt Tifft
Matt Tifft
No. 2 Daniel Hemric
Daniel Hemric
No. 21

Personal life[edit]

A section of Interstate 85
Interstate 85
between exit 96 and exit 102 has been declared the Richard Childress
Richard Childress
Freeway.

Richard Childress
Richard Childress
currently resides in one of the largest mansions in northwestern Davidson County, North Carolina. The Richard Childress Racing Museum is located in nearby Lexington, along with numerous racing maintenance shops. The Childress Vineyards
Childress Vineyards
winery is located a few miles south of the museum in Lexington at the US 52/US 64 interchange. Childress remains active in his current county of residence, attending fundraisers and supporting local candidates for office.[citation needed] He also owns a home in the famous Spruce Creek Fly In, Port Orange, Florida which he purchased from his friend, Mark Martin. In 2008, Richard and his wife Judy established The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma[3] with the mission to lead national efforts to reduce death and disability following injury to children less than 18 years old.[4] The Childress Institute is focused on funding research and medical education throughout the U.S. to improve treatment, as well as raising public awareness.[4] Childress has a number of racers in his family. His son-in-law is RCR general manager Mike Dillon, long-time Nationwide Series
Nationwide Series
driver who made one Sprint Cup start (1998 California 500) in an RCR car. Austin and Ty Dillon
Ty Dillon
(sons of Mike, grandchildren of Richard) are NASCAR drivers. In 2017 he was elevated from Second Vice President[5] to First Vice President[6] of the National Rifle Association,which in accordance with NRA tradition means he can be expected to serve as the organization's president from 2019 to 2021. Controversies[edit] Alleged Favoritism Towards Teams[edit] During the 2003 Pontiac
Pontiac
Excitement 400, there was a feud between RCR drivers Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
and Jeff Green. In 2001, Green helped RCR start what is currently the #27 Chevrolet
Chevrolet
team in the Cup series. Back then, the #27 was #30 and it was sponsored by AOL, with Green as the driver. Harvick and Green had a Busch Series
Busch Series
rivalry, but rejected notions that they couldn't get along. During the race, Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
wrecked Green with 128 laps to go, taking Green out of the race. An upset Green replied by confronting Harvick's crew chief Todd Berrier in the #29 pit stall, forcing Richard Childress
Richard Childress
to restrain him. Green later said to the medias that, "It's tough to be teammates when it seems like there is only one car at RCR." Green was fired the next day by Richard Childress, who said that change was needed after the relationship had gone awry.(21) Kyle Busch[edit] Childress was involved in a physical altercation with fellow Camping World Truck Series owner and current driver Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
following the Truck race on June 4, 2011. Joey Coulter, driver of Childress's No. 22 Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Silverado, battled tightly for position with the No. 18 Toyota Tundra
Toyota Tundra
of Busch. Coulter would eventually hold off Busch, taking the 5th spot in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. Once the race had concluded, Busch purposely bumped into the 22 truck on the cool-down lap.[7] Childress reportedly approached Busch in the garage area, took off his jewelry (a gold watch) and proceeded to punch Busch in the face. The fight was broken up and insults were exchanged before Childress put Busch in a headlock and hit him again.[8] Two days later, NASCAR
NASCAR
fined Childress $150,000 and placed him on probation through the end of the year.[9] Busch was not fined or disciplined. NASCAR
NASCAR
President Mike Helton
Mike Helton
stated that "[Busch] did nothing that would have warranted the actions of Richard Childress."[10] 2010 New Hampshire controversy[edit] In 2010 at the Sylvania 300, Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer
won the race in Childress' No. 33 Cheerio's car. However his car failed inspection twice. The car didn't meet specifications. Two days later NASCAR
NASCAR
penalized Bowyer's team with a 6-week crew chief suspension, a 150-point deduction and a $150,000 fine for crew chief Shane Wilson. NASCAR
NASCAR
executive Robin Pemberton said Childress' team didn't lose the win only because Mike Helton considered the team punished enough. Childress filed an appeal. The penalty dropped Bowyer back to 12th in points, 185 points behind then championship leader Denny Hamlin. Childress appealed the decision, which reduced the suspension to four races and $100,000, but the 150-point deduction was upheld. The penalty eliminated any shot Bowyer had at the Cup series championship that year. Despite the penalties, Childress was pleased with the outcome of the penalties being reduced, claiming that chief appellate officer John Middlebrook was fair in the appeal. Childress maintained during the appeals and to this day that the car failed inspection because it had been damaged by a pushing truck that pushed the car into victory lane when it ran out of gas. Tire deflations[edit] Following the 2015 Auto Club 400, NASCAR
NASCAR
officials received rumors that teams in NASCAR
NASCAR
were purposely deflating their tires. Deflation of the tires provides more control and grip on the track. Officials confiscated the tires of several teams including the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing car driven by Ryan Newman. Two weeks later, NASCAR penalized Childress's team with a $125,000 fine and a 6-race suspension for No. 31 crew chief Luke Lambert, and other key players. Also Newman was stripped of 75 driver & owner points. The penalty dropped him from 8th in the standings to 26th. Childress and Newman appealed the penalties. They filed an appeal to the National Motorsports Appeal Panel. A hearing was scheduled for April 16. The penalties were slightly reduced. The $125,000 fine for Lambert was reduced to $75,000, the point deductions were reduced to 50 but the suspensions were upheld. Childress filed an appeal to the Final Appeals Board. There, the appeals board upheld the penalties, leaving Lambert and key players suspended. Newman dropped from 8th to 18th in the standings as a result. Motorsports career results[edit] NASCAR[edit] (key) (Bold – Pole position
Pole position
awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position
Pole position
earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.) Grand National Series[edit]

NASCAR
NASCAR
Grand National Series
Grand National Series
results

Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 NGNC Pts Ref

1969 Richard Childress
Richard Childress
Racing 13 Chevy MGR MGY RSD DAY DAY DAY CAR AUG BRI ATL CLB HCY GPS RCH NWS MAR AWS DAR BLV LGY CLT MGR SMR MCH KPT GPS NCF DAY DOV TPN TRN BLV BRI NSV SMR ATL MCH SBO BGS AWS DAR HCY RCH TAL 23 CLB MAR NWS CLT SVH AUG CAR JFC MGR TWS NA 0 [11]

1971 Garn Racing 96 Chevy RSD DAY DAY DAY ONT RCH CAR HCY BRI ATL CLB GPS SMR NWS MAR DAR SBO 21 TAL ASH KPT 22 CLT DOV 18 MCH RSD HOU GPS 23 DAY BRI DNQ AST 28 ISP 31 TRN 36 NSV 21 ATL BGS 21 ONA MCH TAL CLB 27 HCY DAR MAR DNQ CLT

RCH 20 NWS TWS

46th 601 [12]

Faustina Racing 5 Plymouth

DOV 30 CAR MGR

Winston Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Series
Winston Cup Series
results

Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 NWCC Pts Ref

1972 Richard Childress
Richard Childress
Racing 96 Chevy RSD DAY RCH 29 ONT DNQ CAR 37 ATL BRI 18 DAR NWS 27 MAR 29 TAL CLT DOV 37

TWS 31 DAY BRI 26 TRN 18 ATL TAL MCH NSV 16 DAR RCH 25 DOV 33 MAR 33 NWS 25 CLT CAR TWS 37th 1521.25 [13]

Warren Racing Plymouth

MCH 19 RSD

1973 Garn Racing Chevy RSD DAY DNQ RCH CAR 9 BRI 20 ATL 13 NWS 16 DAR 4 MAR 24 TAL 22 NSV 23 CLT 11 DOV 18 TWS 35

MCH 14 DAY 27 BRI 25 ATL 23 TAL 31 NSV 20 DAR 40 RCH 12 DOV 16 NWS 17 MAR 25 CLT 18 CAR 14

15th 5169.5 [14]

98

RSD 17

1974 96 RSD DAY 40 RCH 16 CAR 36 BRI 20 ATL 27 DAR 39 NWS 22 MAR 10 TAL 11 NSV 26 DOV 21 CLT 34 RSD 15 MCH 6 DAY 23 BRI 24 NSV 23 ATL 11 POC 12 TAL 13 MCH 27 DAR 18 RCH 24 DOV 18 NWS 7 MAR 24 CLT 41 CAR 24 ONT 12

16th 735.44 [15]

1975 88 RSD 11

5th 3818 [16]

96

DAY 18 RCH 9 CAR 6 BRI 9 ATL 15 NWS 17 DAR 22 MAR 9 TAL 10 NSV 16 DOV 16 CLT 23 RSD 9 MCH 10 DAY 13 NSV 6 POC 5 TAL 13 MCH 31 DAR 7 DOV 6 NWS 8 MAR 4 CLT 8 RCH 21 CAR 21 BRI 13 ATL 12 ONT 10

1976 Richard Childress
Richard Childress
Racing 3 Chevy RSD 7 DAY 9 CAR 23 RCH 6 BRI 20 ATL 11 NWS 9 DAR 9 MAR 8 TAL 24 NSV 17 DOV 10 CLT 17 RSD 11 MCH 18 DAY 12 NSV 28 POC 9 TAL 8 MCH 13 BRI 10 DAR 36 RCH 25 DOV 20 MAR 10 NWS 23 CLT 15 CAR 27 ATL 25 ONT 36

11th 3428 [17]

1977 RSD 6 DAY 23 RCH 10 CAR 17 ATL 19 NWS 8 DAR 17 BRI 8 MAR 10 TAL 21 NSV 26 DOV 21 CLT 14 RSD 8 MCH 34 DAY 19 NSV 27 POC 17 TAL 20 MCH 33 BRI 8 DAR 8 RCH 26 DOV 7 MAR 15 NWS 6 CLT 16 CAR 18 ATL 21 ONT 10

9th 3463 [18]

1978 RSD 20

RCH 8 CAR 8

DAR 27

10th 3566 [19]

Olds

DAY 13

ATL 15 BRI 6 DAR 28 NWS 10 MAR 8 TAL 9 DOV 33 CLT 20 NSV 8 RSD 15 MCH 10 DAY 24 NSV 3 POC 24 TAL 25 MCH 31 BRI 7

RCH 11 DOV 12 MAR 12 NWS 14 CLT 9 CAR 10 ATL 30 ONT 11

1979 RSD 15 DAY 17

ATL 20

TAL 24

CLT 10 TWS 7 RSD 6 MCH 23 DAY 37

TAL 10 MCH 10

8th 3735 [20]

Chevy

CAR 5 RCH 26

NWS 7 BRI 11 DAR 16 MAR 14

NSV 6 DOV 29

NSV 7 POC 12

BRI 11 DAR 29 RCH 15 DOV 13 MAR 13 CLT 14 NWS 10 CAR 7 ATL 15 ONT 16

1980 RSD 6

CAR 14

NWS 11 MAR 11

NSV 29 DOV 8

TWS 6 RSD 18 MCH 14

NSV 9 POC 9

MCH 27 BRI 9 DAR 12 RCH 11 DOV 37 NWS 19 MAR 25 CLT 11 CAR 7 ATL 9 ONT 21 10th 3742 [21]

Olds

DAY 13 RCH 22

ATL 13 BRI 29 DAR 21

TAL 12

CLT 11

DAY 8

TAL 6

1981 Chevy RSD 4

25th 2144 [22]

Pontiac

DAY 38 RCH 13 CAR 22 ATL 17 BRI 16 NWS 17 DAR 31 MAR 22 TAL 13 NSV 13 DOV 17 CLT 19 TWS 14 RSD 18 MCH 19 DAY 21 NSV 17 POC 23 TAL 26 MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL

Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
& Associates 41 Buick

RSD 39

Daytona 500[edit]

Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish

1973 Garn Racing Chevy DNQ

1974 36 40

1975 36 18

1976 Richard Childress
Richard Childress
Racing Chevy 36 9

1977 32 23

1978 Olds 19 13

1979 31 17

1980 22 13

1981 Pontiac 18 38

See also[edit]

Childress Vineyards List of celebrities who own wineries and vineyards

References[edit]

^ "Childress Vineyards". Childress Vineyards. Retrieved 2013-10-02.  ^ "Board Spotlight: Richard Childress
Richard Childress
NRA Publications and Magazines". Nrapublications.org. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-02.  ^ " NASCAR
NASCAR
Foundation". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05.  ^ a b " Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma
Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma
mission".  ^ Richard Childress
Richard Childress
named NRA Second Vice-President ^ [1] ^ " NASCAR
NASCAR
owner Richard Childress
Richard Childress
reportedly fights Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
- latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2013-10-02.  ^ "Kyle Busch, Richard Childress
Richard Childress
have an altercation after Trucks race". baltimoresun.com. 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2013-10-02.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
fined $150K for altercation with Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
- ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2013-10-02.  ^ " NASCAR
NASCAR
clears Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
in incident". Msn.foxsports.com. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2013-10-02.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1969 NASCAR
NASCAR
Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1971 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1972 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1973 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1974 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1975 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1976 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1977 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1978 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1979 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1980 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016.  ^ " Richard Childress
Richard Childress
– 1981 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 

21. Rodman, Dave (2003). Green out at RCR, no replacement named. NASCAR.com. Retrieved October 19, 2006. Further reading[edit]

Associated Press
Associated Press
(2011-11-04). "No. 3 to return full time to Nationwide". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 

External links[edit]

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NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Class of 2017

Inducted Members

Richard Childress Rick Hendrick Mark Martin Raymond Parks Benny Parsons

Squier Hall Award

Benny Phillips

Landmark Award

H. Clay Earles

v t e

Richard Childress
Richard Childress
Racing

Personnel

Richard Childress Mike Dillon Dave Marcis Chocolate Myers Danny Efland Jason Jarrett

Drivers

Monster Energy Cup Series

(3) Austin Dillon (8) Daniel Hemric (31) Ryan Newman

Xfinity Series

(2) Matt Tifft (3) Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon
/ Ty Dillon
Ty Dillon
/ Shane Lee / Brendan Gaughan (21) Daniel Hemric

Crew chiefs

Monster Energy Cup Series

(3) Gil Martin / Slugger Labbe (27) Justin Alexander (31) Luke Lambert
Luke Lambert
/ Todd Parrott

Xfinity Series

(2) Mike Hillman Jr. (3) Danny Stockman Jr. / Nick Harrison (33) Nick Harrison / Danny Stockman Jr. (62) Shane Wilson

Past drivers

A. J. Allmendinger Dave Blaney Clint Bowyer Jeff Burton Richard Childress Cale Conley Joey Coulter Matt Crafton Mike Dillon Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt
Jr. Tim George Jr. Jeff Green Robby Gordon Kevin Harvick Ron Hornaday Jr. Sam Hornish Jr. Brandon Jones Ben Kennedy Scott Lagasse Jr. Stephen Leicht Michael McDowell Casey Mears Paul Menard Brandon Miller Steve Park Jeff Purvis Ricky Rudd Elliott Sadler Jay Sauter Johnny Sauter Brian Scott Kirk Shelmerdine Morgan Shepherd Mike Skinner Regan Smith Scott Wimmer

Partnerships and affiliations

Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Germain Racing GMS Racing Jeremy Clements Racing JTG Daugherty Racing Leavine Family Racing Richard

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