Beginning as a childhood dream of becoming a race car driver while selling peanuts and popcorn at the local track, Richard Childress bought his first race car for $20 and went on to build what is widely considered one of the legendary organizations in the history of motorsports.
Richard Childress Racing became synonymous with success and championships with the legendary Dale Earnhardt and the famed black No. 3 Chevrolet. RCR has earned 12 championships, more than 200 victories, and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three main series.
RCR is also renowned and respected for the consistent performance it delivers to its partners, both on the track and in the marketplace.
Richard Childress Racing continues its tradition of success, far beyond the hopes and dreams of that young boy and a $20 race car.
RCR Quick Facts
RCR was a one-team NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shop (No. 3 team) from 1969-1994. A NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program (No. 3) was added in 1995 and a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team (No. 31) was added for the 1997 season. A two-team NASCAR Nationwide Series program (Nos. 2 and 21) was started for the 2000 season and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team ceased operation. A third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team (former No. 30, most recently No. 07) was started in 2001 to run a part-time schedule and became a full-time program in 2002. A third NASCAR Nationwide Series team (No. 29) was added in 2006 to run a partial schedule and became a full-time program in 2007. Two years later, the No. 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team was formed, giving RCR four entries for the 2009 season. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization returned to three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams in 2010 and rejuvenated its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program (No.3) and added an ARCA Racing Series team (No. 31) before expanding to four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entries, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and two ARCA Racing Series teams for the 2011 season.
Childress was the first NASCAR team owner to win championships in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Dale Earnhardt - 1986, '87, '90, '91, '93 and '94), NASCAR Nationwide Series (Harvick - 2001, Harvick and Johnny Sauter - 2003, Harvick - 2006, Burton and Scott Wimmer - 2007, Bowyer - 2008) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Mike Skinner - 1995).
An RCR team has finished in the top 10 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings in 24 of the last 29 seasons … 1992, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2009 were the years RCR did not
An RCR team has earned a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in 26 of the last 29 seasons (including 2011) … 1997, 2004 and 2009 were the seasons RCR did not
RCR has nearly 180 points-race victories in NASCAR competition, including the 1998 and 2007 Daytona 500 and the 1995, 2003 and 2011 Brickyard 400
RCR has a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at 19 of 22 current tracks (Homestead, Kansas and Las Vegas) and 20 overall (defunct tracks North Wilkesboro and Rockingham)
RCR won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Award in 1997 with Skinner and in 2001 with Harvick
RCR's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory came in 1983 with Ricky Rudd at Riverside (Calif.) International Speedway
Childress was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver from 1969 to 1981, recording six top-five and 76 top-10 finishes in 285 starts. He finished fifth in the point standings in 1975 and earned top-10 points finishes in five of the eight full seasons he competed as a driver. He retired as a driver in mid-1981, naming Earnhardt to finish the season in his car.