With the 2019 season serving as the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing, we plan to dip into the archives to present the stories of iconic moments, race wins, championships and much more as part of our weekly Throwback Thursday series.
The NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series hit Pocono Raceway after spending a few weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Richard Childress Racing has earned a total of two Cup Series wins at Pocono, along with two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series wins.
This weekend, the Cup and Xfinity Series will share the ‘Tricky Triangle’ with the ARCA Racing Series, which races on Friday afternoon. In addition to the four wins in the Cup and Truck Series, RCR has two ARCA wins at Pocono, with Tim George Jr. and Ty Dillon delivering wins for the company in 2011.
In the June 11 event, Dillon started second with George Jr. rolling off in the seventh position. Throughout the entire race, heavy fog blanketed the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway.
Pole-sitter Brennan Poole and Chris Buescher led the majority of the event, but Dillon was able to put his No. 41 Chevrolet in the top spot for three laps.
With 51 laps complete, a stalled car brought the leaders to pit road, with George Jr. coming off second to Grant Enfinger, who took just two tires. On the restart, George Jr.’s No. 31 Chevrolet overpowered Enfinger and took the lead into Turn 1 on the outside lane.
As the field reached the Tunnel Turn on that restart with 24 laps to go, ARCA officials threw the caution for heavy fog. Spotters atop the grandstands could not see the majority of the track and the race was stopped after just 59 laps, giving George Jr. and RCR the victory.
“Sometimes you have to have luck and sometimes you have to have speed, and today we definitely had both,” George Jr. said after climbing from the car on pit road.
The win was the first of George Jr.’s ARCA Racing career and came in his 50th start in the series.
When the series returned to the ‘Tricky Triangle’ in August, Dillon once again put the No. 41 Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Chevrolet on the outside of the front row, but rain would postpone the event one day to Sunday.
Entering the weekend, Dillon and the No. 41 RCR team was on a hot streak, earning six wins in 12 races and enjoying a point lead of 370 over Frank Kimmel.
The race featured one of the most bizarre wrecks at Pocono when Buster Graham was involved in a multi-car wreck at the end of the frontstretch. As Graham’s car slid through the infield grass it hit an access road and lifted in the air, clearing an Armco barrier and landing on the other side.
Dillon took the lead from Max Gresham on Lap 17 and never looked back. He led the next 34 laps to take the checkered flag to win his seventh race of the season and third in a row.
“Wow, these guys are awesome,” Dillon said in Victory Lane. “Three in a row. Our seventh win of the year … This No. 41 Chevy was awesome all weekend, like it’s been all year. I can’t believe we’ve just had such great race cars.”
It was a solid day for the organization all around, as George Jr. delivered a second-place finish in the No. 31 Chevrolet that gave RCR a 1-2 finish.
Dillon and the No. 41 RCR team would go on to win the 2011 ARCA Racing Series championship by 340 points over Buescher thanks to seven win, 13 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes, seven pole awards, and 673 laps led.