This is a collection of stories and images for an eight-part series highlighting Richard Childress’ 2017 induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Each of the items will be featured in Childress’ “shadow box” for one year inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Throughout Richard Childress’ 48-year career, it’s quite possible that he has accumulated over 500 trophies from race wins, poles, exhibitions and awards.
But when his eldest grandson, Austin Dillon, delivered him the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship trophy, it instantly became one of his favorites.
“Austin’s truck championship stands for a lot more than just winning a series title,” Childress said. “He worked hard to get to where he was and proved that it was the right decision for him to pursue racing.”
“And of course, for me, as a grandfather and a team owner, it was special to see my family involved with winning RCR a championship.”
RCR is no stranger to the Truck Series – Childress helped Bill France Jr. launch the series in 1995 when he fielded a team driven by Mike Skinner. RCR won the series title that season.
“Both Truck championships that we won are special to me.” Childress said. “It was a hallmark moment for RCR when Skinner won the first-ever championship – it was a risk expanding to a second team but we succeeded. Austin’s championship in 2011 proved that he can be a great race car driver and RCR was the right place for him.”
The 25-pound shiny silver trophy will be enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame for one year, representing RCR’s success as the first team to win in all three of NASCAR national touring series, but more importantly as a family business.
“I want people who look at this exhibit to know that Austin’s championship was a major milestone in RCR’s history. RCR is proud to have competed in the Truck Series and have success with two championships and over 30 wins.”
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