The Richard Childress Racing Museum located in Welcome, North Carolina may contain the largest collection of Dale Earnhardt’s No. 3 Chevrolets, but it is home to a wide variety of items and artifacts from the organization’s nearly 50-year history.
Each week during the 2018 season, we will celebrate Throwback Thursday by featuring an item in the newly redesigned Richard Childress Racing Museum by showcasing its story and unique history to the famed organization.
With the 2018 NASCAR season weeks away and several Cup teams – including Ryan Newman’s No. 31 team – testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week, the anticipation to see cars on track is growing.
In 1995, that eagerness to kick the season off was just as high. However, race fans were in for a treat as the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season kicked off at Phoenix International Raceway (now ISM Speedway) before the NASCAR Cup Series hit the high banks of Daytona.
After development and test races during the 1994 season, NASCAR officially introduced the NASCAR SuperTruck Series on Feb. 5, 1995. A total of 33 trucks entered the event, with Mike Skinner driving Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet.
While NASCAR Hall of Famers Ron Hornaday Jr. and Terry Labonte spent much of the afternoon battling for the lead, Skinner and his RCR Chevy took the top spot on Lap 33.
He spent the remainder of the race fighting with Labonte for the lead, taking advantage of a late-race restart to put the pressure on the back bumper of the Rick Hendrick-owned truck.
Driving hard into Turn 3 on the final lap, Skinner secured the lead and drove on to score the win in the inaugural series event.
Over the course of the 20-race inaugural season, Skinner and RCR went to Victory Lane eight times and earned the championship trophy at the end of the year.
RCR earned their second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011 with Austin Dillon behind the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet truck.
The trophy from Skinner’s inaugural race win at Phoenix and the championship-winning No. 3 Chevrolet are currently on display at the RCR Museum in Welcome, North Carolina.