Rodney Childers

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Rodney Childers
Childers at Martinsville Speedway in 2024
BornRodney Scott Childers
(1976-06-07) June 7, 1976 (age 47)
Mooresville, North Carolina, U.S.
Achievements2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish119th (2000)
First race2000 Myrtle Beach 250 (Myrtle Beach)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of December 23, 2023.

Rodney Scott Childers (born June 7, 1976) is an American professional stock car racing crew chief and former driver. He works for Stewart-Haas Racing as the crew chief of their No. 4 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series driven by Josh Berry and previously driven by Kevin Harvick. Harvick and Childers won the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship together.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Rodney Childers was born in Mooresville, North Carolina. Before becoming crew chief, Childers himself was a racer, competing in the World Karting Association when he was 12 years old. He won seven championships in the state of South Carolina and five championships at the national level before moving to the Late Model Stock Car division in 1997. From 1999 to 2002 he competed in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series and the Hooters Pro Cup Series. In 2000, Childers made his Busch Series debut at Myrtle Beach Speedway, driving the No. 49 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Jay Robinson Racing.

Childers retired from driving in 2003 to concentrate on becoming a mechanic. He first worked with Penske-Jasper Racing as a mechanic for the No. 77 Dodge, before becoming car chief. In June 2005, Childers was named Scott Riggs' crew chief at MB2/MBV Motorsports for the rest of the season, where Riggs scored two top-fives and four top-10 finishes. He moved with Riggs to Evernham Motorsports at the start of the 2006 season, and stayed with him until October 2007, when he became Elliott Sadler's crew chief at Evernham. He stayed with Sadler until the end of 2008, when he moved to Michael Waltrip Racing.

Childers used to own a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500. It was given to him by MWR co-owner Robert "Rob" Kauffman after he and driver David Reutimann won the 2009 Coca-Cola 600. Reutimann also received a Mustang from Kauffman. Childers repeated the talents they used to win the Coca-Cola 600 to win Reutimann an upset Cup victory at Chicago. After Reutimann went winless in 2011, he was replaced by Mark Martin and one of Childers' lifelong friends, Brian Vickers. Childers and the team was renumbered to 55. Vickers won the No. 55 team a victory at Loudon.

On August 23, 2013, despite the Loudon win, Childers announced that he was leaving MWR to become Kevin Harvick's crew chief at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.[2] Childers was released from his crew chief duties by MWR following the 2013 Irwin Tools Night Race, but remained under contract for the remainder of the season.[3]

Harvick and Childers combined to win the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.[1] Since the title reign, the duo have been consistent in finishing within the NASCAR playoffs. The two have combined to win 36 points races, 25 poles and one All-Star race win since the start of the No. 4 team.

On October 5, 2022, Childers was suspended for four races and fined US$100,000 for an L2 Penalty during post-race inspection after the Talladega playoff race. The penalty came under Sections 14.1 (vehicle assembly) and 14.5 (body) in the NASCAR Rule Book, both of which pertain to the body and overall vehicle assembly rules surrounding modification of a single-source supplied part. In addition, the No. 4 team was docked 100 driver and owner points.[4]

On June 21, 2023, SHR announced that Childers would stay as crew chief of the No. 4 car in 2024 season with new driver Josh Berry after the retirement of Kevin Harvick.[5]

Motorsports career results[edit]


(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Busch Series[edit]

NASCAR Busch 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 NBSC Pts Ref


  1. ^ a b Pockrass, Bob (November 16, 2014). "Move to Stewart-Haas Racing changed Kevin Harvick's life". Sporting News. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Pockrass, Bob (August 23, 2013). "Crew chief Rodney Childers leaving MWR for Stewart-Haas". Sporting News. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  3. ^ Pockrass, Bob (August 26, 2013). "Rodney Childers released by Michael Waltrip Racing". Sporting News. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "NASCAR hits No. 4 Cup team with L2-level penalty for modification of single-source part". NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. October 5, 2022. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  5. ^ Sturniolo, Zach (June 21, 2023). "Josh Berry to drive No. 4 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2024". NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 23, 2023.
  6. ^ "Rodney Childers – 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved November 7, 2023.

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