Richard Childress Racing

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Richard Childress Racing
Richard Childress Racing.png
Owner(s)Richard Childress
BaseWelcome, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Cup Series
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Race driversCup Series:
3. Austin Dillon
8. Tyler Reddick
Xfinity Series:
2. Myatt Snider
SponsorsCup Series:
3. Bass Pro Shops, Dow (Mobility Science, Voratron), BetMGM, American Ethanol, Chevrolet, Huk Gear, Workrise, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, BREZTRI AEROSPHERE, The Cowboy Channel, Roland Corporation, Whelen
8. Lenovo, Caterpillar, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Quartz Hill Records, Alsco, BetMGM, Childress Vineyards, Roland Corporation, Kalahari Resorts, Okuma, Chevrolet Accessories, Food City, Realtree, Clark Pipeline Services
Xfinity Series:
2. TaxSlayer, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Crosley Brands, Shore Lunch, Superior Essex, Alsco
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened1969
Career
DebutCup Series:
1969 Talladega 500 (Talladega)
Xfinity Series
1995 Sundrop 400 (Hickory)
Camping World Truck Series:
1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Latest raceCup Series:
2021 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 (Texas)

Xfinity Series:
2021 Andy's Frozen Custard 335 (Texas)

Camping World Truck Series:
2014 Pocono Mountains 150 (Pocono)
Races competedTotal: 5,245
Cup Series: 3,132
Xfinity Series: 1,712
Camping World Truck Series: 322
ARCA Racing Series: 79
Drivers' ChampionshipsTotal: 14
Cup Series: 6
1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994
Xfinity Series: 5
2001, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2019
Camping World Truck Series: 2
1995, 2011
ARCA Racing Series: 1
2011
Race victoriesTotal: 236
Cup Series: 109
Xfinity Series: 86
Camping World Truck Series: 31
ARCA Racing Series: 10
Pole positionsTotal: 176
Cup Series: 53
Xfinity Series: 74
Camping World Truck Series: 39
ARCA Racing Series: 10

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The team is based in Welcome, North Carolina, and is owned and operated by Richard Childress. In the Cup Series, the team currently fields two Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE teams: the No. 3 full-time for Austin Dillon, and the No. 8 full-time for Tyler Reddick. In the Xfinity Series, the team currently fields one Chevrolet Camaro team: the No. 2 full-time for Myatt Snider. RCR has had at least one car successfully qualify for every Cup race since 1972, the longest such active streak, and is known for the longstanding use of the number 3 on its primary race car.

In addition to its in-house Cup Series teams, RCR has several technical alliances and partnerships with other teams. In the Cup Series, it is allied with Richard Petty Motorsports, Trackhouse Racing Team, and StarCom Racing, while Kaulig Racing enjoys a technical alliance with the team in the Xfinity Series.[1] Beyond this, RCR also has collaborative agreements with Beard Motorsports, although these are not technical alliances.

RCR has won NASCAR's Cup Series championship six times, all with driver Dale Earnhardt, as well as the Daytona 500 three times; Earnhardt in 1998, Kevin Harvick in 2007, and Austin Dillon in 2018. The team has also fielded cars for notables such as Jeff Burton, Mike Skinner, Ricky Rudd, Neil Bonnett, and Clint Bowyer.

Cup Series[edit]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Car No. 2 history[edit]

Kevin Harvick (1999–2001)

RCR has fielded this entry in the Nationwide Series since the fall North Carolina Speedway race in 1999, moving the entire team from the Craftsman Truck Series. Kevin Harvick was the first driver of the No. 2 AC Delco-sponsored Chevy,[2] winning three races and winning Rookie of the Year along with a third-place points finish, despite missing the spring race at North Carolina Speedway.[3] He went on to win the championship in the Busch Series in 2001 while running full-time in Winston Cup as well.

Johnny Sauter (2002) and Ron Hornaday Jr. (2003-2004)

In 2002, rookie driver Johnny Sauter won at Chicagoland and finished 14th in points.[4] The next year, Ron Hornaday drove the car full-time, winning one race and posting a third-place finish in points. He followed up that performance with another win and a drop to fourth in points the following year. Hornaday was not re-signed for 2005.[4]

Clint Bowyer (2005-2008)

In 2005, Clint Bowyer took the wheel, in a program headed up by veteran crew chief Gil Martin,[5] winning at Nashville Speedway and Memphis Motorsports Park to finish second in points.[6] Bowyer was back in the No. 2 car in 2006 with crew chief Dan Deeringhoff, while Martin moved up to run the No. 07 Jack Daniels-sponsored Cup car for Bowyer's rookie season. Bowyer would finish 3rd in points with a win a Dover.[6] 2006 was the final year for longtime sponsor AC Delco (sister company GM Goodwrench also withdrew from the Cup Series after 2006);[7] for 2007, BB&T signed on as the sponsor, with Bowyer running 21 races in the No. 2. Kenny Wallace drove for the team in a one-race deal at Gateway International Raceway, with a sponsorship from sandwich chain Jimmy John's. In 2008, Bowyer returned full-time, scoring 18 Top 10s in the first 21 races including a win at Bristol.[6]

Development drivers (2009)

In 2009, the No. 2 team ran a partial schedule with Sean Caisse and Austin Dillon sharing the ride.[8][9] The team shut down after 2009.

Elliott Sadler (2011–2012)
Elliott Sadler moved over from KHI in 2012, winning four races.

In late 2011, Kevin Harvick sold off his KHI organization, with the Nationwide Series team and equipment going to Childress' stable.[10] KHI's 2 car, driver Elliott Sadler, and sponsor OneMain Financial moved over to RCR. Sadler continued on the success from KHI, finishing second in the 2012 drivers championship for the second year in a row to Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.[11] Even though Sadler scored four wins, it was announced in September that he turned down an extension offered by Childress to continue in the second tier series;[12] he and sponsor OneMain Financial moved to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013,[11] which included a start in the Cup Series.

Brian Scott (2013–2015)

For 2013, former JGR driver Brian Scott took the wheel of the No. 2 under a multi-year contract (essentially swapping rides with Sadler). He brought sponsorship from the Idaho-based Shore Lodge and Whitetail Club, owned by his father.[11] The No. 2 team also switched back to RCR-style angled number logos from KHI-style logos. Scott had markedly improved consistency from his crash-marred seasons with Gibbs, with three Top 5s and 13 Top 10s en route to a seventh-place points finish. Scott's best run by far was at Richmond in September, where he led won the pole and led 229 laps. before being passed on the restart by Brad Keselowski with 11 laps to go, finishing second. Scott's team protested the restart-in-question, and after the race stated "We deserved to win that race."[13]

In the spring Richmond race, Scott and Nelson Piquet Jr. got into altercations on the cool down lap and on pit road following several on-track incidents that carried over from prior races. During the physical altercation, which got both teams' crew members involved, Piquet was shown kicking Scott in the groin, which Scott called "just a chicken move." Scott finished 20th in the race.[14]

Scott returned RCR in 2014, which included several starts in the No. 33 Cup car. Scott's performance continued to improve, winning another Richmond pole (in the Spring race),[15] poles at both Chicagoland races,[16] and was in contention to win several races. Scott ended the year with career bests in Top 5 finishes (six), Top 10s (23), and average start and finish (6.5 and 9.5 respectively). He would come away with a career-best fourth place in the championship standings, losing a numerical tiebreaker for third with former RCR driver Elliott Sadler.[17][18]

For 2015, Scott returned to the No. 2 Camaro, with Mike Hillman, Jr. replacing Phil Gould as crew chief.[17][18] Scott left the team for Richard Petty Motorsports in Cup Series at the end of the season.

Multiple drivers (2016–2017)

In 2016, the No. 2 began fielding variety of drivers driving including Austin Dillon and Paul Menard, with sponsorship from Rheem and Menards.[19][20] Dillon and Menard would run 27 races combined, with the former winning at Auto Club and the fall Bristol race. Sam Hornish, Jr., Ben Kennedy, Michael McDowell, and Regan Smith would also round out the No. 2 lineup. Hornish would win the spring Iowa race, while McDowell would take his first NASCAR victory at Road America. The 2 team would finish 6th in owners points.

For 2017, Dillon and Menard continued to run the No. 2 Camaro. Neither Dillon nor Menard won a race that year, with the No. 2 car having a best finish of 2nd in the Lilly Diabetes 250 with Menard behind the wheel.

Matt Tifft (2018)

On October 5, 2017, it was announced that Matt Tifft will be the driver of the No. 2 car in 2018 and compete for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship.

Tyler Reddick (2019)
Reddick in 2019

Defending Xfinity Series champion, Tyler Reddick was signed to the team for 2019. He ended up winning his second championship and was the first championship that was won back-to-back while driving for different teams (2018 was in JR Motorsports).

Myatt Snider (2021)

On December 10, 2020, it was announced that Myatt Snider will drive the No. 2 car full-time.[21] Snider picked up his first career win in the Contender Boats 250.

Car No. 2 results[edit]

Richard Childress Racing No. 2
NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Driver 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 Owners Pts
1999 Kevin Harvick 2 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR TEX NSV BRI TAL CAL NHA RCH NZH CLT DOV SBO GLN MLW MYB PPR GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR
DNQ
RCH DOV CLT CAR
42
MEM PHO HOM 134th 37
2000 DAY
5
CAR
DNQ
LVS
13
ATL
34
DAR
15
BRI
26
TEX
9*
NSV
4
TAL
16
CAL
14
RCH
3
NHA
18
CLT
8
DOV
6*
SBO
8
MYB
2
GLN
3
MLW
11
NZH
17
PPR
11
GTY
1*
IRP
8
MCH
9
BRI
1*
DAR
10
RCH
20
DOV
22
CLT
24
CAR
10
MEM
1
PHO
27
HOM
22
3rd 4113
2001 DAY
2
CAR
2
LVS
12
ATL
8
DAR
8
BRI
7*
TEX
1*
NSH
7
TAL
40
CAL
5
RCH
5
NHA
2*
NZH
2*
CLT
26
DOV
3*
KEN
1*
MLW
4*
GLN
3
CHI
27
GTY
1*
PPR
3
IRP
1
MCH
2
BRI
1*
DAR
14
RCH
27
DOV
14
KAN
38
CLT
4
MEM
3
PHO
3
CAR
5
HOM
37*
1st 4813
2002 Johnny Sauter DAY
17
CAR
13
LVS
3
DAR
11
BRI
35
TEX
15
NSH
23
TAL
33
CAL
39
RCH
22
NHA
21
NZH
11
DOV
40
NSH
19
KEN
24
MLW
12
DAY
6
CHI
1
GTY
11
PPR
34
IRP
4
MCH
22
BRI
33
DAR
25
RCH
36
DOV
16
KAN
15
CLT
37
MEM
14
ATL
10
CAR
20
PHO
7
HOM
19
15th 3538
Jay Sauter CLT
9
2003 Ron Hornaday Jr. DAY
16
CAR
12
LVS
9
DAR
9
BRI
12
TEX
17
TAL
4
NSH
16
CAL
10
RCH
15
GTY
28
NZH
1*
CLT
21
DOV
10
NSH
16
KEN
3
MLW
4
DAY
4
CHI
12
NHA
8
PPR
7*
IRP
8
MCH
28
BRI
2
DAR
11
RCH
7
DOV
6
KAN
14
CLT
12
MEM
4
ATL
13
PHO
5
CAR
17
HOM
15
3rd 4591
2004 DAY
7
CAR
10
LVS
26
DAR
23
BRI
9
TEX
17
NSH
31
TAL
3
CAL
11
GTY
2
RCH
12
NZH
11
CLT
7
DOV
29
NSH
5
KEN
4
MLW
1
DAY
9
CHI
10
NHA
6*
PPR
11
IRP
35
MCH
18
BRI
20
CAL
29
RCH
21
DOV
7
KAN
5
CLT
15
MEM
3
ATL
14
PHO
28
DAR
27
HOM
7
6th 4258
2005 Clint Bowyer DAY
12
CAL
4
MXC
7
LVS
9
ATL
21
NSH
5
BRI
13
TEX
6
PHO
13
TAL
19
DAR
10
RCH
9
CLT
32
DOV
19
NSH
1
KEN
3
MLW
10
DAY
5
CHI
6
NHA
16
PPR
2
GTY
8
IRP
2
GLN
15
MCH
30
BRI
4
CAL
3
RCH
11
DOV
2
KAN
16
CLT
33
MEM
1*
TEX
7
PHO
2
HOM
8
2nd 4869
2006 DAY
3
CAL
16
MXC
16
LVS
9
ATL
14
BRI
12
TEX
18
NSH
2
PHO
21
TAL
5
RCH
7
DAR
17
CLT
36
DOV
4
NSH
2
KEN
12
MLW
18
DAY
6
CHI
7
NHA
5
MAR
2
GTY
2
IRP
40
GLN
17
MCH
12
BRI
23
CAL
13
RCH
37
DOV
1
KAN
5
CLT
7
MEM
2
TEX
17
PHO
4
HOM
11
3rd 4683
2007 DAY
4
CAL MXC LVS
41
ATL
6
BRI
5
NSH TEX PHO
1*
TAL
13
RCH
1
DAR
5
CLT
3
DOV NSH
2
KEN MLW NHA
6
DAY
5
CHI
4
MCH
10
BRI
8
CAL RCH
33
DOV KAN
4
CLT
8
MEM TEX
4
PHO
3
HOM
9
28th 3157
Kenny Wallace GTY
34
IRP CGV GLN
2008 Clint Bowyer DAY
25
CAL
9
LVS
3
ATL
19
BRI
1*
NSH
2
TEX
3
PHO
8
MXC
6
TAL
25
RCH
9
DAR
2
CLT
6
DOV
9
NSH
4
KEN
9
MLW
3
NHA
9
DAY
4
CHI
7
GTY
8
IRP
18
CGV
9
GLN
23
MCH
10
BRI
2
CAL
7
RCH
3
DOV
10
KAN
2
CLT
4
MEM
16
TEX
6
PHO
4
HOM
5
2nd 5132
2009 Austin Dillon DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO
34
TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV IRP
18
IOW
28
GLN MCH
19
BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 50th 452
Sean Caisse NSH
29
KEN MLW NHA
22
DAY CHI GTY
2011 Elliott Sadler DAY
38
PHO
12
LVS
12
BRI
4
CAL
5
TEX
5
TAL
5
NSH
13
RCH
4
DAR
3
DOV
6
IOW
5
CLT
10
CHI
11
MCH
8
ROA
4
DAY
8*
KEN
5
NHA
12
NSH
30
IRP
16
IOW
3
GLN
10
CGV
10
BRI
8
ATL
10
RCH
6
CHI
6
DOV
14
KAN
3
CLT
4
TEX
9
PHO
27
HOM
6
6th 1177
2012 DAY
3
PHO
1
LVS
3
BRI
1
CAL
9
TEX
12
RCH
6
TAL
10
DAR
24
IOW
2
CLT
5
DOV
7
MCH
11
ROA
15
KEN
9
DAY
6
NHA
7
CHI
1
IND
15
IOW
1
GLN
12
CGV
4
BRI
5
ATL
4
RCH
12
CHI
8
KEN
5*
DOV
4
CLT
3
KAN
4
TEX
11
PHO
22
HOM
9
3rd 1228
2013 Brian Scott DAY
6
PHO
10
LVS
9
BRI
10
CAL
8
TEX
11
RCH
20
TAL
27
DAR
14
CLT
15
DOV
14
IOW
6
MCH
10
ROA
20
KEN
17
DAY
17
NHA
4
CHI
11
IND
2
IOW
13
GLN
11
MOH
12
BRI
9
ATL
10
RCH
2*
CHI
14
KEN
11
DOV
11
KAN
18
CLT
12
TEX
8
PHO
13
HOM
32
11th 1053
2014 DAY
17
PHO
12
LVS
7
BRI
14
CAL
12
TEX
12
DAR
11
RCH
5
TAL
33
IOW
6
CLT
5
DOV
7
MCH
5
ROA
16
KEN
8
DAY
16
NHA
7
CHI
6
IND
7
IOW
7
GLN
10
MOH
3*
BRI
11
ATL
7
RCH
5
CHI
9
KEN
2
DOV
7
KAN
9
CLT
10
TEX
6
PHO
7
HOM
10
7th 1154
2015 DAY
25
ATL
7
LVS
38
PHO
10
CAL
6
TEX
10
BRI
8
RCH
7
TAL
2
IOW
4
CLT
20
DOV
36
MCH
9
CHI
8
DAY
23*
KEN
19
NHA
29
IND
11
IOW
3
GLN
6
MOH
7
BRI
6
ROA
3
DAR
12
RCH
3
CHI
17
KEN
13
DOV
31
CLT
13
KAN
23
TEX
7
PHO
11
HOM
4
13th 1032
2016 Austin Dillon DAY
5
LVS
6
PHO
7
CAL
1
TEX
8
BRI
4
RCH
5
TAL
6
CLT
2
DAY
28
KEN
2
NHA
5
BRI
1
RCH
7
CLT
14
KAN
17
TEX
7
PHO
2
HOM
5
6th 2234
Paul Menard ATL
4
DOV
29
POC
7
MCH
3
IND
3
GLN
2
DAR
20
CHI
9
Ben Kennedy IOW
10
Sam Hornish IOW
6
MOH
2
KEN
4
Michael McDowell ROA
1*
Regan Smith DOV
13
2017 Austin Dillon DAY
3
ATL
8
LVS
5
PHO
33
TEX
4
BRI
13
RCH
4
CLT
3
DOV
28
BRI
8
DAR
10
CHI
5
DOV
23
CLT
4
KAN
6
TEX
10
PHO
9
10th 2193
Paul Menard CAL
36
POC
31
MCH
7
KEN
34
IND
2
GLN
5
RCH
19
Ben Kennedy TAL
4
IOW
20
DAY
16
NHA
6
IOW
23
MOH
26
ROA
18
KEN
11
HOM
18
2018 Matt Tifft DAY
19
ATL
12
LVS
11
PHO
7
CAL
8
TEX
6
BRI
35
RCH
4
TAL
25
DOV
8
CLT
9
POC
14
MCH
16
IOW
9
CHI
16
DAY
20
KEN
11
NHA
5
IOW
26
GLN
37
MOH
4
BRI
10
ROA
2
DAR
8
IND
6
LVS
36
RCH
5
CLT
6
DOV
15
KAN
6
TEX
7
PHO
3
HOM
10
12th 2254
2019 Tyler Reddick DAY
9
ATL
5
LVS
14
PHO
3
CAL
4
TEX
2
BRI
2
RCH
4
TAL
1*
DOV
3
CLT
1*
POC
2
MCH
1
IOW
15
CHI
9
DAY
16
KEN
3
NHA
4
IOW
5
GLN
5
MOH
4
BRI
1
ROA
3
DAR
2*
IND
30
LVS
1
RCH
10
CLT
2
DOV
12
KAN
2
TEX
29
PHO
3
HOM
1*
1st 4040
2021 Myatt Snider DAY
7
DAY
13
HOM
1
LVS
32
PHO
11
ATL
11
MAR
15
TAL
9
DAR
19
DOV
16
COA
21
CLT
26
MOH
29
TEX
33
NSH
31
POC
10
ROA
23
ATL
21
NHA
7
GLN
15
IND
7
MCH
36
DAY
8
DAR
9
RCH
25
BRI
8
LVS
15
TAL
31
CLT
8
TEX
21
KAN MAR PHO

Car No. 3 history[edit]

The No. 3 car was initially run in the then-Busch Series by Dale Earnhardt, Inc. beginning in 1989, winning two back-to-back championships with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 1998 and 1999.[22] The No. 3 made its debut as part of the RCR stable in 2002 at the EAS/GNC Live Well 300 at Daytona, driven twice that year by Earnhardt, Jr. with sponsorships from the Nabisco brands Oreo and Nilla. Earnhardt won the Daytona race but finished 36th at the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Charlotte after being involved in a crash. The No. 3 car returned for one race in 2010 at the Subway Jalapeño 250 at Daytona with a sponsorship from Wrangler, in a joint venture between RCR, JR Motorsports, and Dale Earnhardt, Inc.[23] The car was once again driven by Earnhardt, Jr. with a paint scheme resembling the one used by his late father when he first drove for RCR.[23] Earnhardt would go on to win the race, his first victory in 87 Nationwide Series starts, and the first victory in a Nationwide Car of Tomorrow.[24] Prior to the start, Earnhardt, Jr. claimed that it would most likely be the last time he would drive the No. 3 car.[23]

Austin Dillon (2012–2013)
Ty Dillon's 2014 Nationwide Series car

In 2012, the team moved to full-time status with Childress's grandson Austin Dillon driving, led by crew chief Danny Stockman. The team had a sponsorship from AdvoCare for 20 races, and Bass Pro Shops and American Ethanol for the others.[22] Dillon stayed in the championship hunt throughout the season, sweeping both Kentucky races[25] and easily claiming Rookie of the Year.[26] Dillon would finish third in points behind teammate Elliott Sadler and champion Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.[26] Dillon returned in 2013, with a sponsorship from AdvoCare covering the entire season.[27] Despite not going to victory lane, the No. 3 team scored five consecutive poles midway through the season and seven total on the year. Dillon managed to stay consistent enough to beat Sam Hornish, Jr. for the championship, becoming the first team to win a championship without a victory.[28] Austin would move up to the Cup Series in 2014.

Ty Dillon (2014–2017)

For 2014, younger brother Ty Dillon took over the No. 3 for 2014 with sponsorships from Yuengling, Bass Pro Shops, and WESCO.[29] Dillon earned a pole in the third race of the season at Las Vegas, and scored his first career victory at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway after leading 24 laps, one of only three rookies to win a race in 2014.[30] Dillon earned three poles, seven Top 5 finishes, and 24 Top 10 en route to a fifth-place points finish, losing Rookie of the Year honors to champion Chase Elliott. He followed it up with a career-best 3rd place in points for 2015 and 5th place in 2016 despite not winning a race either year.

Multiple drivers (2017–2018)
Lagasse in the Childress No. 3 car at Road America in 2017

In 2017 Ty Dillon would run 27 of the 33 races alongside his rookie Cup series campaign. Scott Lagasse Jr. and Brian Scott would round out the No. 3's schedule.

In 2018, Ty would share the No. 3 with his brother Austin along with Jeb Burton and Shane Lee. Brendan Gaughan also drove the No. 3 in 2018.

2018 Xfinity car at Road America driven by Brendan Gaughan

Car No. 3 results[edit]

Richard Childress Racing No. 3
NASCAR Xfinity 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 Owners Pts
2002 Dale Earnhardt Jr 3 Chevy DAY
1*
CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT
36
DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL CAR PHO HOM
2010 DAY CAL LVS BRI NSH PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA NHA DAY
1*
CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT GTY TEX PHO HOM
2012 Austin Dillon DAY
5
PHO
4
LVS
7
BRI
12
CAL
5
TEX
5
RCH
9
TAL
17
DAR
5
IOW
4
CLT
11
DOV
6
MCH
5
ROA
18
KEN
1*
DAY
4
NHA
3
CHI
6
IND
5
IOW
15
GLN
23
CGV
9
BRI
4
ATL
6
RCH
6
CHI
3
KEN
1
DOV
10
CLT
6
KAN
2
TEX
6
PHO
6
HOM
5
2013 DAY
21
PHO
6
LVS
6
BRI
11
CAL
5
TEX
3
RCH
35
TAL
10
DAR
11
CLT
14
DOV
8
IOW
2
MCH
20
ROA
10
KEN
6
DAY
5
NHA
3
CHI
3
IND
12
IOW
4
GLN
12
MOH
21
BRI
3
ATL
8
RCH
12
CHI
4
KEN
2
DOV
6
KAN
6
CLT
2
TEX
5
PHO
3
HOM
12
2014 Ty Dillon DAY
7
PHO
10
LVS
11
BRI
6
CAL
8
TEX
9
DAR
10
RCH
14
TAL
15
IOW
8
CLT
10
DOV
8
MCH
9
ROA
19
KEN
7
DAY
11
NHA
12
CHI
5
IND
1
IOW
5
GLN
8
MOH
19
BRI
4
ATL
9
RCH
9
CHI
7
KEN
3*
DOV
10
KAN
5
CLT
30
TEX
15
PHO
4
HOM
7
8th 1148
2015 DAY
3
ATL
3
LVS
8
PHO
6
CAL
14
TEX
12
BRI
5
RCH
9
TAL
8
IOW
14
CLT
7
DOV
8
MCH
13
CHI
9
DAY
26
KEN
15
NHA
6
IND
9
IOW
4
GLN
5
MOH
3
BRI
4
ROA
10
DAR
15
RCH
8
CHI
5
KEN
2
DOV
28
CLT
6
KAN
4
TEX
5
PHO
5
HOM
7
7th 1172
2016 DAY
13
ATL
5
LVS
7
PHO
6
CAL
17
TEX
13
BRI
7
RCH
2
TAL
19
DOV
5
CLT
8
POC
3
MCH
15
IOW
2
DAY
14
KEN
7
NHA
34
IND
9
IOW
2
GLN
11
MOH
4
BRI
25
ROA
12
DAR
12
RCH
6
CHI
11
KEN
27
DOV
2
CLT
11
KAN
12
TEX
16
PHO
7
HOM
2
9th 2214
2017 DAY
19
ATL
17
LVS
24
PHO
10
CAL
10
TEX
8
BRI
6
RCH
19
TAL
14
CLT
18
DOV
10
POC
8
MCH
6
DAY
21
KEN
5
NHA
8
IND
10
GLN
7
BRI
4
DAR
7
RCH
3
CHI
8
DOV
13
CLT
15
KAN
9
TEX
16
PHO
13
11th 2182
Scott Lagasse Jr IOW
32
MOH
22
ROA
23
HOM
21
Brian Scott IOW
3
KEN
8
2018 Austin Dillon DAY
32
LVS
12
CAL
4
MCH
1
NHA
10
GLN
25
12th 2175
Ty Dillon ATL
13
PHO
13
TEX
12
CLT
4
KEN
14
BRI
15
DAR
9
IND
33
Shane Lee BRI
14
TAL
15
POC
12
IOW
16
DAY
6
IOW
13
LVS
30
RCH
9
DOV
17
KAN
4
TEX
23
PHO
14
HOM
20
Jeb Burton RCH
12
DOV
12
CHI
34
Brendan Gaughan MOH
12
ROA
24
CLT
17

Car No. 21 history[edit]

Mike Dillon (2000–2001)

The No. 21 debuted in 2000, with Rockwell Automation as the sponsor and Childress' son-in-law Mike Dillon as the driver. Dillon posted two Top 10 finishes and finished 23rd in points that year. Six races into 2001, he was injured at Bristol Motor Speedway and it was announced at the time he would be out for the rest of the season. Since then, he has taken on other roles with the team. His replacement was Mike Skinner but after his injury, Jeff Purvis briefly took over, winning at Pikes Peak, before Skinner returned. After Skinner's release, Robby Gordon had the driving duties for the balance of the season.

Jeff Green and Jay Sauter (2002)

The next year, Jeff Green and Jay Sauter drove the car.[31] With Green winning twice at Bristol and Charlotte and Sauter having a best finish of 4th at Nashville

Kevin Harvick (2003–2007)
Brandon Miller in the No. 21 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2005

In 2003, the team set out to win the Busch Series Owner's Championship with a sponsorship from The Hershey Company's PayDay brand. Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick was tabbed to drive 15 of the 34 races, with development driver Johnny Sauter filling out the rest of the schedule.[32] Harvick ended up competing 19 races, with three wins and Top 10s in all but one race, and RCR became the first team to win an owner's points title with two different drivers.[33] Harvick would serve as the team's anchor driver there afterwards, with Clint Bowyer doing the co-driving honors in 2004[34] and Brandon Miller in 2005 and sponsorships from Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.[34] Jeff Burton drove the car at Bristol in 2005. In 2006, Harvick and Burton split the driving duties in the car with sponsorship from United States Coast Guard, as Harvick attempted to run the entire Busch Series schedule in three different cars. Burton won at Atlanta, and Harvick won three more races, pulling out to an over 700-point lead in the points standings with five races to go in the 2006 season. AutoZone replaced the sponsorship with Coast Guard in 2007, and Harvick drove along with development driver Timothy Peters, until Peters was replaced by multiple dirt late model series champion Tim McCreadie.[35] [36] [37]

Bobby Labonte (2008)

Beginning in 2008, Bobby Labonte was tapped to drive the 21 car for 15 races of the season.[38] In May 2008, the team shut down due to financial problems but returned at the Emerson Radio 250 to debut Austin Dillon, son of former driver Mike Dillon and grandson to Richard Childress.

John Wes Townley (2010)

In 2010, RCR hired John Wes Townley as driver of car No. 21, with family-owned Zaxby's as the sponsor.[39] On April 9, Townley was pulled from the No. 21 car after a practice crash at Phoenix, which had proceeded an arrest for possession of alcohol as a minor. RCR said the move was for precautionary reasons, but Townley never returned to the team and would return to his former team RAB Racing.[39][40] Clint Bowyer took over driving duties at Phoenix, and Scott Riggs drove at Nashville and Kentucky in June. Zaxby's, meanwhile, scaled back to sponsoring 21 of the season's 35 races.[39] After the July Daytona race, Morgan Shepherd stepped behind the wheel for several weeks, taking a break for Bristol to handle his own car for Faith Motorsports, which didn't make the field. RCR and Shepherd formed Shepherd Racing Ventures on August 31 to keep the No. 21 running the rest of the year.[41] Bowyer drove with the Zaxby's sponsorship at Atlanta, Richmond, Charlotte, and Texas while Shepherd drove either without a sponsor or with limited sponsorship from Zaxby's and other companies for the other seven races.[41] Following the season, Shepherd returned full-time to his Faith Motorsports operation with RCR transferring the No. 21 owners points to Shepherd, while RCR shut the 21 team down.

Part-time (2011–2013)

In 2011, RCR briefly restarted its Nationwide program, running a few races with development driver Tim George, Jr. and sponsorship from Applebee's.[42] In 2012, the No. 21 ran at Charlotte and Homestead with Joey Coulter. The car returned in 2013 with Dakoda Armstrong,[43][44] Brendan Gaughan,[45] and Kevin Harvick driving, taking a best finish of fifth at Indianapolis.

Daniel Hemric (2017–2018)
Daniel Hemric in the No. 21 at Richmond Raceway in 2018

The No. 21 was revived for Daniel Hemric who drove full-time in 2017 and 2018. Despite being a consistent front runner, Hemric never won a race before moving up to the Cup series for the 2019 season.

Part-time (2019)

RCR cut back to one full-time team with the No. 21 running a limited schedule with Kaz Grala and Joe Graf Jr..

Multiple drivers (2020)

In 2020, the No. 21 was returned to full-time competition after inheriting the No. 2 owner points. This car was shared by Myatt Snider, Anthony Alfredo, Kaz Grala, and Earl Bamber.

Car No. 21 results[edit]

Richard Childress Racing No. 21
NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Driver 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 Owners Pts
2000 Mike Dillon 21 Chevy DAY
9
CAR
17
LVS
22
ATL
19
DAR
13
BRI
37
TEX
38
NSV
37
TAL
34
CAL
28
RCH
19
NHA
36
CLT
18
DOV
32
SBO
20
MYB
37
GLN
19
MLW
25
NZH
37
PPR
20
GTY
32
IRP
12
MCH
22
BRI
32
DAR
21
RCH
17
DOV
8
CLT
20
CAR
36
MEM
27
PHO
31
HOM
DNQ
- -
2001 DAY
29
CAR
19
LVS
18
ATL
20
DAR
28
BRI
37
Mike Skinner TEX
9
NSH
6
TAL
5
CAL
23
RCH
3
NHA
3
CLT
5
DOV
4
MLW
11
CHI
2
MCH
6
BRI
11
DAR
24
DOV
19
Ted Christopher NZH
19
Travis Kvapil KEN
28
Robby Gordon GLN
5
KAN
11
CLT
23
Jeff Purvis GTY
15
PPR
1*
IRP
21
Johnny Sauter RCH
5
MEM
13
PHO
11
CAR
30
HOM
35
2002 Jeff Green DAY
25
CAR
11*
LVS
5
DAR
3
BRI
1*
TEX
5
CAL
2
RCH
39
CLT
1
DOV
2
CHI
7
MCH
3
BRI
5
DAR
3
RCH
12
DOV
4*
KAN
7
CLT
4
ATL
17
CAR
6*
PHO
31
HOM
10
Jay Sauter NSH
15
TAL
30
NHA
30
NZH
7
NSH
4
KEN
21
MLW
13
DAY
37
GTY
13
PPR
17
IRP
36
MEM
8
2003 Kevin Harvick DAY
3
CAR
10
LVS
2*
BRI
1*
CAL
3*
RCH
1
CLT
9
NHA
2*
MCH
1
BRI
5*
DAR
5*
RCH
2
DOV
9
CLT
9
ATL
9
PHO
2
CAR
14
HOM
6
Johnny Sauter DAR
5
TEX
37
TAL
26
NSH
2
GTY
7
NZH
10
DOV
21
NSH
11
KEN
17
MLW
13
DAY
5
CHI
27
PPR
4
IRP
11
KAN
34
MEM
3
2004 Kevin Harvick DAY
4
CAR
3
LVS
1
DAR
21
BRI
2
CAL
8
RCH
3
CLT
3
DOV
6
DAY
8
CHI
41
NHA
5
MCH
30
BRI
4
CAL
3
RCH
7
DOV
6
CLT
11
PHO
13
DAR
23
Clint Bowyer TEX
36
NSH
4
TAL
22
GTY
12
NZH
18
NSH
3
KEN
10
MLW
10
PPR
4
IRP
17
KAN
32
MEM
4
ATL
20
HOM
39
2005 Kevin Harvick DAY
2
CAL
2
MXC
2
LVS
2
PHO
4
TAL
18
RCH
12
CLT
11
DOV
29*
DAY
2
CHI
1
NHA
8*
MCH
13
BRI
3
RCH
1*
KAN
4
CLT
24
TEX
1
PHO
4
HOM
4
Brandon Miller ATL
32
NSH
25
TEX
36
NSH
43
KEN
16
MLW
24
PPR
10
GTY
6
IRP
39
CAL
23
MEM
20
Jeff Burton BRI
2*
DAR
5
GLN
6
DOV
27
2006 DAY
30
CAL
4
ATL
1*
TEX
6
CLT
35
Kevin Harvick MXC
3
LVS
3*
BRI
2*
NSH
1
PHO
1
TAL
2
RCH
1
DAR
7
CLT
8
DOV
13
NSH
6
KEN
9
MLW
19
DAY
3
CHI
4
NHA
2
MAR
1*
GTY
5
IRP
1*
GLN
7
MCH
8
BRI
2
CAL
2
RCH
1*
DOV
3
KAN
1
MEM
1
TEX
1*
PHO
2
HOM
6
2007 DAY
1
LVS
4
ATL
5
TAL
10
DAR
10
NHA
1*
DAY
2
CHI
1
CGV
1
GLN
1*
MCH
3
TEX
1
PHO
5
HOM
16*
Timothy Peters CAL
17
BRI
25
NSH
32
TEX
41
PHO
13
NSH
20
KEN
17
P. J. Jones MXC
24
Scott Wimmer RCH
10
CLT
9
DOV
3
BRI
5
KAN
15
CLT
13
Tim McCreadie MLW
28
GTY
14
IRP
12
RCH
32
DOV
24
MEM
16
Clint Bowyer CAL
5
2008 Bobby Labonte DAY
15
LVS
34
ATL
5
BRI
29
TEX
4
Stephen Leicht CAL
10
NSH
12
PHO
7
TAL
34
RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL TEX
18
PHO
Austin Dillon RCH
26
DOV KAN CLT MEM
4
Scott Wimmer HOM
6
2010 John Wes Townley DAY
23
CAL
30
LVS
15
BRI
26
NSH
18
PHO
Wth
Clint Bowyer PHO
11
TEX
35
TAL
6
RCH
23
DAR
39
DOV
25
CLT
10
DAY
6
CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI
7
CGV ATL
14
RCH
7
DOV KAN CAL CLT
5
GTY TEX
30
PHO HOM
Scott Riggs NSH
9
KEN
9
Tim George Jr. ROA
32
Austin Dillon NHA
25
2011 Tim George Jr. DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL
36
NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY
21
KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN
21
CGV
DNQ
BRI ATL RCH CHI DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM
2012 Joey Coulter DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT
10
DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
14
2013 Brendan Gaughan DAY PHO LVS
DNQ
BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR ROA
11
KEN DAY NHA CHI BRI
15
ATL RCH CHI
Dakoda Armstrong CLT
31
DOV IOW MCH CHI
15
IND KEN
13
DOV KAN
19
CLT TEX PHO HOM
Kevin Harvick IND
5
IOW
2017 Daniel Hemric DAY
31
ATL
9
LVS
13
PHO
7
CAL
11
TEX
32
BRI
5
RCH
3
TAL
38
CLT
13
DOV
13
POC
9
MCH
12
IOW
21
DAY
32
KEN
9
NHA
12
IND
8
IOW
7
GLN
11
MOH
2
BRI
7
ROA
15
DAR
18
RCH
4
CHI
4
KEN
7
DOV
4
CLT
7
KAN
18
TEX
14
PHO
5
HOM
34
8th 2231
2018 DAY
26
ATL
11
LVS
6
PHO
6
CAL
5
TEX
3
BRI
3
RCH
29
TAL
23
DOV
3
CLT
7
POC
3
MCH
2
IOW
3
CHI
5
DAY
8
KEN
2
NHA
11
IOW
11
GLN
16
MOH
3
BRI
24
ROA
3
DAR
11
IND
5
LVS
29
RCH
3
CLT
10
DOV
7
KAN
2*
TEX
10
PHO
2
HOM
5
3rd 4033
2019 Kaz Grala DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX
18
BRI RCH
14
TAL DOV
14
CLT POC NHA
14
IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA
5
DAR IND LVS 37th 175
Joe Graf Jr. MCH
DNQ
IOW
19
CHI DAY
23
KEN RCH
14
CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM
2020 Myatt Snider DAY
33
LVS
16
PHO
14
CLT
10
BRI
5
POC
4
MAR
23
PHO
18
11th 2185
Anthony Alfredo CAL
6
DAR
14
ATL
10
HOM
4
HOM
11
TAL
6
IND
20
KEN
6
KEN
6
TEX
27
DOV
11
DOV
13
DAY
21
DAR
27
BRI
6
LVS
8
TAL
12
KAN
29
TEX
3
Kaz Grala KAN
13
ROA
4
RCH
9
RCH
9
CLT
31
Earl Bamber DAY
33

Car No. 29 history[edit]

Part-time (2002–2006)
The No. 29 car in 2007.

The 29 car first appeared in 2002, with Kevin Harvick (driver of the 29 Cup Series car) running four races with sponsorship from GM Goodwrench, Action Racing Collectibles, Sonic, and Sylvania. Jim Sauter also made his final career start at the Milwaukee Mile with Rockwell Automation and Nilfisk-Advance sponsorship, racing as a teammate to his sons Jay and Johnny and against his other son Tim.[46][47] The car appeared again in 2003 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Johnny Sauter driving and the PayDay sponsorship, as a thank you from Richard Childress for Sauter's help in winning the 2003 owners' championship for the 21 team.[34] In 2004 several drivers including Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Ricky Craven, Brandon Miller and Kevin Harvick ran in the 29.

The 29 car returned in 2005 at Bristol Motor Speedway as part of a promotion for Reese's Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lovers Cups. The promotion involved the 29 painted as the Chocolate Lovers car and the 21 painted as the Peanut Butter Lovers car. The plan was for Jeff Burton to drive the 29 while Kevin Harvick would drive the 21. Qualifying was rained out, so the entries were switched to assure that both cars would make the field (Harvick was a past champion and the No. 29 was not locked in). Burton drove the 21 while Harvick drove the 29. Harvick won the race in this car with Burton finishing second in the 21. Later in the season, Mayflower Transit came on to sponsor Burton after a seven-year relationship with him.[48]

On March 17, 2006, Holiday Inn announced its sponsorship of the 29 for ten races with Burton returning as its driver.[49] The new car made its 2006 debut at Richmond. Burton finished in the top ten seven out of the ten times the car raced in 2006,[50] including a win at Dover in June.[51] Burton started 36th after qualifying was rained out, and passed Kurt Busch with 18 laps to go.[52]

Full-time (2007–2009)

In 2007, the No. 29 went full-time and, like the No. 21 several years before, Childress set out to win the owners' championship for a second time without a full-time driver. Burton and Scott Wimmer, who had just lost a Cup Series ride due to lack of sponsorship, shared the No. 29 with Holiday Inn sponsoring. Burton won five times including the finale at Homestead and Wimmer put together several strong finishes in his time in the car, and Childress had his second Busch Series owners' championship in which no full-time driver raced for the team.[53]

Stephen Leicht's car at Milwaukee in 2009.

Holiday Inn signed a multi-year extension near the end of 2007, with Scott Wimmer signing on for 23 races, and Burton filling out the rest. The new deal also brought on branding from Holiday Inn Express, which included commercials featuring Burton.[54] Burton had two poles, but also had two DNFs and went winless in 13 starts. Wimmer, meanwhile had a pole at Bristol and 13 top 10s. This included a win at Nashville, where he went by teammate Clint Bowyer with 21 laps to go to take the victory.[55] Wimmer left the team following the 2008 season.[56]

The 2009 season saw a change in driver lineup for the No. 29 team. Longtime driver Jeff Burton was joined by Cup teammate and 2008 Nationwide Series Champion Clint Bowyer, as well as up and comer Stephen Leicht. Bowyer's championship crew chief Dan Deeringhoff also moved from the No. 2 team over to the 29 for all three drivers.[57] After seeing Burton's name on the window of the car during a photoshoot (Burton being the longest tenured in the 29), the three drivers entered into a competition between each other: whoever could score the most wins in the 17 races between February and July would have their name placed on the car for the remainder of the season, including the other drivers appearances. Burton was set to drive 7 events in the first half of the season, Bowyer in 6 events including the opener at Daytona International Speedway, and Leicht at four standalone events.[58] The drivers did not have as much success as anticipated; Bowyer scored the team's only two wins (the 2nd races at both Daytona and Dover), Burton had 10 top 10s but only two top 5s, and Leicht had 6 top 10s in nine total starts with a best finish of 6th (twice). Burton also made his 300th career Nationwide Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.[59] After 2009, RCR shut down the team after Holiday Inn pulled its sponsorship.

Car No. 29 results[edit]

Richard Childress Racing No. 29
NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Driver 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 Owners Pts
2002 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI
24
TEX
6
NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN BRI
30
DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL CAR PHO
37
HOM
Jim Sauter MLW
29
DAY CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH
2003 Johnny Sauter DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH CAL RCH GTY NZh CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL PHO CAR HOM
12
2004 Bobby Labonte DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX
11
NSH TAL
Tony Stewart CAL
2
GTY RCH NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY
Ricky Craven CHI
11
NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI CAL RCH
Kerry Earnhardt DOV
23
Brandon Miller KAN
16
CLT MEM
Kevin Harvick ATL
15
PHO DAR HOM
1
2005 DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL NSH BRI
1
TEX PHO TAL DAR RCH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI
Jeff Burton CAL
16
RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM
2006 Kevin Harvick DAY
5
CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL
Jeff Burton RCH
2
DAR CLT
6
DOV
1
NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI
3
NHA MAR GTY IRP
5
GLN MCH
10
BRI
33
CAL RCH
40
DOV KAN
40
CLT TEX
3
PHO HOM
Timothy Peters MEM
13
2007 Scott Wimmer DAY
13
MXC
30
BRI
9
NSH
7
TAL
34
NSH
4
KEN
3
MLW
2
NHA
11
DAY
31
GTY
2
IRP
7
RCH
8
DOV
29
MEM
6
PHO
4
Jeff Burton CAL
7
LVS
1
ATL
1
TEX
10
PHO
3
RCH
3*
DAR
4
CLT
4
DOV
19
CHI
3
CGV
10
GLN
2
MCH
4
BRI
40
CAL
1
KAN
8
CLT
1*
MEM TEX
8
HOM
1
2008 Scott Wimmer DAY
18
BRI
12
NSH
1
MXC
7
TAL
9
RCH
10
DOV
12
NSH
7
KEN
2
MLW
6
NHA
12
DAY
7
GTY
30
IRP
4
CGV
11
MCH
22
BRI
6
RCH
2
DOV
4
MEM
22
TEX
13
PHO
19
Jeff Burton CAL
8
LVS
24
ATL
3
TEX
2
PHO
31
DAR
21
CLT
8
CHI
8
GLN
14
CAL
4
KAN
14
CLT
2
HOM
35
2009 Clint Bowyer DAY
3
BRI
3
TAL
31
DOV
3
NHA
14
DAY
1
BRI
7
RCH
11
DOV
1
KAN
9
CAL
26
PHO
4
Jeff Burton CAL
6
LVS
10
TEX
8
PHO
20
RCH
31
DAR
8
CLT
9
CHI
11
GLN
6
MCH
9
ATL
5
CLT
9
HOM
3
Stephen Leicht NSH
11
NSH
6
KEN
31
MLW
8
GTY
6
IRP
13
IOW
10
CGV
8
MEM
9
Casey Mears TEX
2

Car No. 33 history[edit]

Multiple Drivers (2012–2015)

For 2012, the No. 33 car was transferred to RCR to run for the owners championship. 2011 champion Tony Stewart drove the No. 33 with sponsorship from Nabisco's Oreo and Ritz brands at the season opener in Daytona. Kevin Harvick ran 13 races with South Point, Pinnacle Foods, Hunt Brothers Pizza and AdvancePierre Foods sponsoring, Brendan Gaughan drove for 10 races with South Point sponsoring,[45] Menard ran for 7 races, and Max Papis drove at Road America, both with sponsorship from Menards and Rheem.[20] Harvick would be the only driver to win in the No. 33, winning at Richmond and Texas.

The No. 33 car returned in 2013 mainly driven by Harvick and Ty Dillon. Tony Stewart would take the No. 33 team to victory lane at the season opener at Daytona, which was marred by a last lap incident. The No. 33 team would take its second and last win of the season with Harvick at Atlanta. Dakoda Armstrong ran Fontana with sponsorship from WinField.[43][44] Paul Menard, Max Papis, Truck series driver Matt Crafton, and Ryan Gifford[60] all took turns driving the car with MENARDS sponsorship.

In 2014, Menard returned to the car for a few races, scoring a win at Michigan. Rookie Cale Conley drove several races with OKUMA and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America sponsoring.[61]

Paul Menard after winning at Road America in 2015.

For 2015, Austin Dillon, Menard, and Brandon Jones shared the ride with sponsorship from Rheem and Menards.[62][63][64][20] Menard scored a win in August at Road America in his native Wisconsin, taking the lead on pit strategy and holding off Ryan Blaney.[65]

Brandon Jones (2016–2017)

For 2016, Brandon Jones will run full-time, competing for Rookie of the Year. Menards and Nexteer Automotive will sponsor the effort.[20][66][67] Mike Hillman, Jr. was named the crew chief for the team.[20] In his first season with the team he would finish 10th in points with 13 top tens, however he regressed in 2017 missing the chase and scoring only 3 top tens to finish 16th in points.

On November 17, 2017, it was announced that RCR is downsizing to three teams in 2018, shutting down the 33 and 62 team after the 2017 season.[68]

Car No. 33 results[edit]

Richard Childress Racing No. 33
NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Driver 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 Owners Pts
2012 Tony Stewart 33 Chevy DAY
8
Kevin Harvick PHO
5*
BRI
9
RCH
3*
TAL
22
CLT
4*
KEN
3
DAY
28
NHA
2
BRI
15*
ATL
3*
RCH
1*
CLT
2
TEX
1*
Brendan Gaughan LVS
5
CAL
10
DAR
26
IOW
10
CHI
28
IOW
14
CGV
11
KEN
3
PHO
26
HOM
3
Paul Menard TEX
2*
MCH
8
IND
8
GLN
8
CHI
5
DOV
2
KAN
16*
Ty Dillon DOV
7
Max Papis ROA
4
2013 Tony Stewart DAY
1
Kevin Harvick PHO
33
BRI
5
TEX
5
RCH
2*
CLT
5
IND
5
ATL
1*
CHI
9
DOV
3
CLT
4
PHO
9
Ty Dillon LVS
11
TAL
24
DAR
13
DOV
23
DAY
27
BRI
7
RCH
16
TEX
12
HOM
14
Dakoda Armstrong CAL
15
Max Papis IOW
31
ROA
17
MOH
4
Paul Menard MCH
3
NHA
32
IND
6
KAN
2
Matt Crafton KEN
3
CHI
10
KEN
3
Ryan Gifford IOW
9
Brendan Gaughan GLN
14
2014 Matt Crafton DAY PHO LVS
12
Cale Conley BRI
11
CAL TEX DAR
32
RCH
17
TAL IOW
30
CLT DOV
31
CHI
12
BRI
15
ATL RCH
17
KEN
6
DOV
11
CLT
33
Paul Menard MCH
1
ROA KEN
4
DAY NHA
19
IND
6
IOW GLN
9
MOH CHI
11
KAN
4
HOM
12
Austin Dillon TEX
7
PHO
2015 Austin Dillon DAY
4
LVS
1*
PHO
4
CAL
38
TEX
5
BRI
16
RCH
8
TAL
3
CLT
1*
DOV
4
CHI
3
DAY
1
NHA
2
RCH
9
DOV
7
CLT
1
KAN
16
TEX
3
PHO
14
HOM
2
4th 1187
Paul Menard ATL
6
MCH
18
KEN
6
IND
4
GLN
9
ROA
1
DAR
25
CHI
4
Brandon Jones IOW
8
IOW
20
MOH
29
BRI
13
KEN
5
2016 DAY
7
ATL
11
LVS
6
PHO
11
CAL
9
TEX
9
BRI
11
RCH
15
TAL
18*
DOV
25
CLT
7
POC
8
MCH
10
IOW
12
DAY
29
KEN
11
NHA
11
IND
10
IOW
16
GLN
13
MOH
19
BRI
9
ROA
16
DAR
9
RCH
23
CHI
10
KEN
26
DOV
17
CLT
16
KAN
8
TEX
19
PHO
18
HOM
15
13th 901
2017 DAY
28
ATL
14
LVS
15
PHO
15
CAL
32
TEX
15
BRI
20
RCH
33
TAL
37
CLT
16
DOV
29
POC
36
MCH
9
IOW
23
DAY
19
KEN
40
NHA
34
IND
9
IOW
10
GLN
14
MOH
14
BRI
20
ROA
25
DAR
23
RCH
23
CHI
12
KEN
13
DOV
39
CLT
13
KAN
11
TEX
35
PHO
15
HOM
14
21st 549

Car No. 62 history[edit]

Brendan Gaughan (2014–2017)
Brendan Gaughan's winning car at Road America in 2014.

In 2014, Brendan Gaughan and crew chief Shane Wilson moved up from the Truck Series to the Nationwide Series, bringing family-owned South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa and longtime number 62 with him. The team used the owners points of the No. 33 team from 2013; the No. 33 scaled back to part-time.[69] Gaughan scored his first career Nationwide win at Road America in June, after struggling early and sliding off the track on several occasions, but gaining an advantage as downpours forced the competitors to switch to treaded rain tires. When pole-sitter Alex Tagliani ran out of fuel before a Green-White-Checkered finish, Gaughan assumed the lead and fended off Chase Elliott and a hard-charging Tagliani (on fresh slick tires). Brendan dedicated the win to his late grandfather Jackie Gaughan.[70] Gaughan scored his second win of the season at Kentucky in September, passing teammate Ty Dillon on the final restart.[71] Gaughan scored a total of seven top tens to finish eighth in points.

Gaughan and South Point returned for 2015.[72] At Richmond in May, two pit crew members from the 62 team were injured in a fire when fuel from a malfunctioning gas can ignited.[73][74] The next week, Gaughan was involved in a crash at Talladega that sent the 62 car spinning down pit road, injuring two crew members from Biagi-DenBeste Racing.[73] Gaughan's best finish of the season was a runner up at California.

Gaughan returned for 2016. Gaughan did not get back to victory lane in 2016 but scored 4 top 5s and 16 top tens throughout the season including a 2nd place at Road America(the site of his first win).

Brendan Gaughan and South Point returned for the 2017 season, but he failed to score a victory after running solidly all year. However, on November 17, 2017, it was announced that RCR is downsizing to three teams in 2018, shutting down the 33 and 62 team after the 2017 season.[68]

Car No. 62 results[edit]

Richard Childress Racing No. 62
NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Driver 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 Owners Pts
2014 Brendan Gaughan 62 Chevy DAY
6
PHO
16
LVS
16
BRI
7
CAL
15
TEX
11
DAR
22
RCH
20
TAL
34
IOW
12
CLT
17
DOV
12
MCH
22
ROA
1
KEN
6
DAY
28
NHA
16
CHI
11
IND
19
IOW
11
GLN
28
MOH
20
BRI
6
ATL
14
RCH
18
CHI
13
KEN
1
DOV
28
KAN
13
CLT
16
TEX
16
PHO
8
HOM
29
13th 954
2015 DAY
29
ATL
12
LVS
6
PHO
8
CAL
2
TEX
33
BRI
9
RCH
11
TAL
39
IOW
10
CLT
18
DOV
7
MCH
12
CHI
4
DAY
25
KEN
9
NHA
11
IND
13
IOW
5
GLN
10
MOH
12
BRI
10
ROA
16
DAR
13
RCH
16
CHI
10
KEN
6
DOV
16
CLT
15
KAN
10
TEX
12
PHO
12
HOM
23
14th 1012
2016 DAY
10
ATL
13
LVS
10
PHO
13
CAL
7
TEX
12
BRI
16
RCH
7
TAL
5
DOV
15
CLT
10
POC
14
MCH
18
IOW
15
DAY
5
KEN
13
NHA
9
IND
16
IOW
11
GLN
8
MOH
8
BRI
5
ROA
2
DAR
16
RCH
18
CHI
8
KEN
6
DOV
9
CLT
13
KAN
31
TEX
15
PHO
35
HOM
8
12th 2161
2017 DAY
5
ATL
13
LVS
35
PHO
27
CAL
33
TEX
19
BRI
35
RCH
35
TAL
30
CLT
9
DOV
20
POC
6
MCH
14
IOW
26
DAY
9
KEN
39
NHA
17
IND
13
IOW
13
GLN
9
MOH
7
BRI
30
ROA
5
DAR
13
RCH
21
CHI
13
KEN
14
DOV
10
CLT
11
KAN
13
TEX
17
PHO
32
HOM
13
17th 685

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Truck No. 2 history[edit]

For 2012, RCR took over the No. 2 truck of KHI that won the Owners Championship in 2011. The truck was split by Tim George, Jr. running 12 races with Applebee's sponsoring, with a best finish of 9th, Brendan Gaughan in 7 races with a best finish of 2nd,[72] and Harvick at both Martinsville races and Dover, winning at the spring Martinsville race. George, Jr. was set to run another partial season in 2013, but he decided to move to Wauters Motorsports instead.[75]

Austin Dillon ran the No. 2 truck at Eldora in 2014 with sponsorship from American Ethanol.

Truck No. 3 history[edit]

Mike Skinner (1995–1996)
Jay Sauter in 1997, running the classic GM Goodwrench scheme.

In the infant years of the CWTS (then known as the SuperTruck Series), RCR fielded its own truck team, the No. 3 Goodwrench Chevy. 37-year-old driver Mike Skinner was signed to drive the truck for the 1995 season. Skinner won the series' inaugural race at Phoenix International Raceway, passing Winston Cup driver Terry Labonte on the final lap of the race.[76][77] He went on to win eight races, and won the series first championship by a 126-point margin.[3][76][77] Skinner won eight more races and finished third in points in 1996.[76][77] Skinner scored a total of 16 wins and 15 poles over two seasons.[77]

Jay Sauter (1997–1999)

After Skinner moved onto the Cup series, Jay Sauter hopped on board, winning four times and finishing in the top 10 in points all three years. He was the last driver to win for RCR in the NASCAR Truck Series, until July 11, 2010, when Childress's grandson, Austin Dillon, won the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway. After 1999, Childress moved the program up to the NASCAR Busch Series.[citation needed]

Austin Dillon (2009–2011)
Third-generation driver Ty Dillon at Rockingham in 2012.

The truck team returned during the 2009 season as the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Childress's grandson, Austin Dillon for the inaugural race at Iowa Speedway. Dillon would start 9th and finish 12th despite an early spin.

In 2010, Dillon drove the No. 3 truck full-time sponsored by Bass Pro Shops. Austin won an impressive 5 poles, 2 wins (Iowa and Vegas), and had 15 top tens en route to a 5th-place finish in the championship and the 2010 ROTY award.

In 2011, Dillon drove the No. 3 truck to two wins at Nashville and Chicago, winning the championship over Johnny Sauter.

Ty Dillon (2012–2013)

After winning the Truck Series championship, Austin moved up to the Nationwide Series, passing down the No. 3 truck to his brother Ty Dillon for 2012. Ty would take his first win at Atlanta and nearly won the championship at Homestead before crashing while battling Kyle Larson. Ty finished 4th in standings.

In the 2013 WinStar World Casino 350K, Dillon won the 100th victory in NASCAR for a No. 3.[78]

Part-time (2014)

Ty Dillon returned to the No. 3 truck with Bass Pro Shops for the dirt race at Eldora in 2014. After the Eldora race, Austin Dillon then won with the No. 3 at Pocono, with Yuengling as a sponsor.

Truck No. 39 history[edit]

In 2013 RCR purchased the No. 39 owners points from RSS Racing to field the truck for Austin Dillon in the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, with sponsorship from American Ethanol. Dillon led a race-high 63 laps, and won after a green-white-checker finish.[79][80] The truck, the trophy and the famed piece of dirt track are on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.[79] The No. 39 owners points were then sold back to RSS Racing.

Truck No. 62 history[edit]

Brendan Gaughan in the No. 62 at Rockingham Speedway in 2013
Joey Coulter (2011–2012)

Childress' second truck entry debuted in 2011 with Joey Coulter behind the wheel of the No. 22. Coulter stayed consistent throughout the year, having the least DNF's among all other rookies. Coulter would eventually prevail over Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Parker Kligerman to win Rookie of the Year. Coulter would get his first win in the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway, his first win in 36 attempts in the Camping World Truck Series.

Brendan Gaughan (2013)

For 2013, Truck Series veteran Brendan Gaughan drove the truck, now numbered 62, for the full season. Gaughan would come close to finding victory lane on multiple occasions, scoring 10 top 5s and 13 top 10s to finish 7th in points. Gaughan and the No. 62 team moved up to the Nationwide series in 2014.[72]

Driver development[edit]

RCR has featured a strong development program since the 1990s that has groomed several NASCAR regulars, most notably 2014 Cup Series Champion Kevin Harvick[2] and Richard Childress' own grandsons Austin and Ty Dillon. Other notable former development drivers include Johnny Sauter, Mike Skinner, Clint Bowyer, Timothy Peters, John Wes Townley, Joey Coulter, and Ryan Gifford.[11]

K&N Pro Series and ARCA Racing Series[edit]

Ty Dillon in the No. 41 at Pocono Raceway in 2011

RCR fielded a 31 car in the ARCA Racing Series in 2006, with Kevin Harvick Incorporated driver Burney Lamar running three races and RCR development driver Timothy Peters running one. The car returned in 2007 in six races, with Peters, Alex Yontz, and Tim McCreadie, scoring three top ten finishes.[81]

In 2008, Austin Dillon ran the full Camping World East Series schedule in the No. 3 Garage Equipment Supply Chevrolet. Initially driving for Andy Santerre Motorsports,[82] Dillon moved under the RCR umbrella after four races.[83] Dillon scored a win in his series debut at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (after Peyton Sellers winning car was disqualified)[84] and finished second in points. Dillon also ran a single ARCA Racing Series event at Rockingham Speedway, finishing seventh in the No. 31 Chevrolet.

The 3 car ran five East Series races in 2009 sponsored by longtime RCR partner Mom N' Pops, with Austin Dillon running two races and brother Ty Dillon running three. Ryan Gifford ran four races in the East Series in the 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet with 3 top 10s, and made one start in the West Series.[85] Austin also ran three ARCA races in the No. 31, with two second-place finishes. Kyle Grissom, son of Steve Grissom, drove the car at Rockingham to a 16th-place finish.

Ty Dillon ran eight of the ten K&N East Series races in 2010, scoring a win at Gresham Motorsports Park. Dillon also ran three ARCA races, scoring two victories in the No. 41 Chevrolet.[86] The team also fielded the No. 31 Chevy full-time in ARCA for Tim George, Jr.,[87] finishing 9th in points with five top 10 finishes. Dillon moved full-time in the ARCA Series in 2011[86] along with George, Jr. Dillon won the ARCA championship with an impressive seven wins and seven poles.[88] George improved to 7th in points and scored a weather-shortened win at Pocono.[89]

Partnerships and affiliations[edit]

ECR Engines[edit]

ECR Engines, also known as ECR Technologies[90] and formerly Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies,[91] is the engine department for Richard Childress Racing, located on the RCR campus in Welcome, North Carolina. The company builds Chevrolet engines for RCR and several teams in the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Truck Series, and ARCA Racing Series. It also produces engines for all Cadillac DPi-V.Rs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series. Current ECR clients include Richard Petty Motorsports, Germain Racing, StarCom Racing, Beard Motorsports, Kaulig Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Action Express Racing, and JDC-Miller Motorsports.[92] Former clients included Furniture Row Racing, Wayne Taylor Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Tommy Baldwin Racing, Leavine Family Racing, and Juncos Racing.[90][91][93][94]

The partnership was formed in May 2007 as a cooperation between Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Richard Childress Racing to develop and build common engines for the Chevrolet NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series teams campaigned by the two companies.[90][91] The partnership was inherited in 2008 by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, following the merger between DEI and Chip Ganassi Racing.[95][96] At the time, the Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series) and Truck Series engine departments were located at the DEI facility in Mooresville.[97] The company is now known as ECR Engines, no longer connected with DEI or CGR.[98][99] In 2016, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of RCR.[90][100]

ECR Engines has secured 8 straight IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Engine Manufacturers Championships from 2012 - 2018 with 5 overall wins at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in years 2014, 2017-2020.[101][102]

Technical alliances[edit]

RCR also holds technical alliances with several teams, including Germain Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, and StarCom Racing in the Cup Series, as well as Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity Series. Under these relationships, RCR provides engines, equipment, and technical support.[103][104][105][106] RCR's first alliance model was in the mid-1990s as RAD (Richard, Andy, and Dale), an aerodynamics program shared with DEI and Andy Petree Racing.[91]

RCR previously held a successful alliance with Furniture Row Racing,[107][108][109] JTG Daugherty Racing, Leavine Family Racing, and GMS Racing.

In 2021, RCR and Hendrick Motorsports will formalize a joint venture focused on engine R&D and the establishment of a common Chevrolet engine specification. The effort will be led by Jeff Andrews of Hendrick Motorsports and Richie Gilmore of RCR[110]

Sponsorship controversies[edit]

2007[edit]

Following the 2007 Daytona 500, the paint scheme of Kevin Harvick's winning No. 29 car infuriated NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco, particularly the large Shell Oil logos on the car and team uniforms. Harvick had also worn his Shell firesuit during the Busch Series race he won the day before. Sunoco believed its exclusive rights to provide fuel to the sport also gave them exclusive marketing rights to gasoline, with other companies' limited to marketing secondary products such as motor oil.[111] The 29 team altered its paint scheme the following week with smaller Shell decals, and larger emphasis of co-sponsor Pennzoil.[112] It is to note that Sunoco sponsored Billy Hagan's race team from 1989 to 1992 with Sterling Marlin and Terry Labonte while Unocal 76 was the fuel supplier. Shell/Pennzoil remains in the sport with Team Penske's No. 22.

The 31 car with AT&T logos at Daytona in 2008

Meanwhile, AT&T had repeatedly requested that NASCAR allow them to advertise the AT&T Mobility brand on the No. 31 car following their merger with Cingular Wireless, but NASCAR refused to allow it, citing the Sprint Nextel contract. Cingular and Alltel (the sponsor of Team Penske's No. 12) had been grandfathered in when Nextel entered the sport in 2004, with the drivers wearing white Nextel Cup Series logos on their fire suits, but the change in ownership of the former led Sprint to contest the sponsorship.[112] After trying and failing to get NASCAR to approve the addition of the globe logo to the rear of the car, AT&T filed a lawsuit against NASCAR on March 16, 2007.[113] On May 18, a federal judge ruled that AT&T should be allowed to replace the Cingular logos with AT&T logos, and said that AT&T was likely to win the lawsuit.[114] The AT&T logo ran on the No. 31 at the NASCAR Nextel Cup All-Star Challenge on May 19 and every race afterwards until NASCAR ordered the sponsorship off before the 2007 Sharpie 500. RCR and Jeff Burton went a step further, with Burton showing up in a logo-less firesuit, and the black and orange car ran without Cingular or AT&T logos. A settlement before the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 was made where AT&T Mobility could sponsor the car until the end of 2008.[115]

See also[edit]

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