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Encyclopedia > Richard Childress

Richard Childress (born September 21, 1945 in Winston-Salem, NC) is a former NASCAR driver and successful team owner in NASCAR Nextel Cup competition. As a business entrepreneur, Childress has become one of the wealthiest men in North Carolina. September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NASCAR Nextel Cup logo The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ...

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Driving career

Childress's career in NASCAR's top levels started auspiciously as a drivers' strike at Talladega Superspeedway left NASCAR President Bill France looking for replacement drivers. Childress was such a driver, and started his first race as a replacement. Talladega Superspeedway is now the official name of a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama, that was formerly Alabama International Motor Speedway. ... William Bill Henry Getty France, Sr. ...


By 1971, Childress began racing on the top level as an independent driver, using the number 3 as a tribute to Junior Johnson's past as a driver. Although he never won as a driver, he had six top-5, seventy-six top-10 finishes, with a career-best of third in 1978. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Robert Glen Johnson, Jr. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ...


Ownership

He retired from driving in 1981 after Rod Osterlund sold his NASCAR team to J. D. Stacy, and Osterlund's driver, Dale Earnhardt, did not want to drive for Stacy. Childress, with recommendations from R. J. Reynolds Tobacco, chose to retire and put Earnhardt behind the wheel of his #3 car, complete with Wrangler Jeans sponsorship. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


That first alliance lasted for the season. Ricky Rudd was hired in 1982 and drove for two years, giving Childress his first career victory in June 1983 at Riverside, California. Earnhardt returned for the 1984 season, and together with Childress formed one of the most potent combinations in NASCAR history. They won championships in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1994. Ricky Rudd Ricky Rudd racing at the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Riverside International Raceway (Sometimes known as RIR or Riverside Raceway) was a racing track or road course in Riverside, California. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


In the mid-1990s, Childress began expanding his racing empire, fielding entries in the Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series. He also expanded to a two-car operation in what is now known as Nextel Cup, with driver Mike Skinner driving the #31. In the first part of the 2000s, he expanded to three cars, with the #30 car driven by Jeff Green. NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series logo The Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ... Mike Skinner can refer to: The NASCAR driver, Mike Skinner. ... Jeff Green (born September 6, 1962 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver who drives the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger for the Petty Enterprises team, and a part-time Busch Series driver in the #25 U.S. Marines Ford Taurus for Team Rensi Motorsports. ...


Tragically, Earnhardt would be killed in the 2001 Daytona 500 on the last lap. Childress promoted Busch driver Kevin Harvick to drive the renumbered #29. Harvick would win in only his third start, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Kevin Harvick (born December 8, 1975 in Bakersfield, California) is an American race car driver and car owner, competing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series for Richard Childress, driving the #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet, and owning his own #6 GM Goodwrench and #92 Yard-Man Chevrolet Silverados in the Craftsman... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ...


With Harvick having won the Busch Series championship in 2001, RCR became the first team in NASCAR history to win all three of NASCAR's national championship series.


Current Nextel Cup drivers

07 - Clint Bowyer
29 - Kevin Harvick
31 - Jeff Burton Clint Bowyer from Emporia, KS was born May 30, 1979. ... Kevin Harvick (born December 8, 1975 in Bakersfield, California) is an American race car driver and car owner, competing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series for Richard Childress, driving the #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet, and owning his own #6 GM Goodwrench and #92 Yard-Man Chevrolet Silverados in the Craftsman... Jeff Burton Jeff Burton (born June 29, 1967) of South Boston, Virginia is an auto racer. ...


Former Nextel Cup drivers

3 - Dale Earnhardt
07 - Dave Blaney
30 - Jeff Green
30 - Steve Park
31 - Mike Skinner
31 - Robby Gordon To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Dave Blaney (born October 24, 1962) in Hartford, Ohio is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver and is currently searching for a new ride for the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. ... Jeff Green (born September 6, 1962 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver who drives the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger for the Petty Enterprises team, and a part-time Busch Series driver in the #25 U.S. Marines Ford Taurus for Team Rensi Motorsports. ... Steve Park is a Korean-American comedian. ... Mike Skinner can refer to: The NASCAR driver, Mike Skinner. ... Robby Gordon (born in Bellflower, California, on January 2, 1969) is an American racing driver, who currently competes in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. ...


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Richard Childress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (392 words)
Richard Childress (born September 21, 1945 in Winston-Salem, NC) is a former NASCAR driver and successful team owner in NASCAR Nextel Cup competition.
Childress was such a driver, and started his first race as a replacement.
By 1971, Childress began racing on the top level as an independent driver, using the number 3 as a tribute to Junior Johnson's past as a driver.
Richard Childress Racing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2019 words)
Recently Childress has expanded his intrests into the food industry, recently coming out with his own brand of wine and sausages.
On February 18, 2001, on the last lap of the Daytona 500, Earnhardt was tagged from behind and crashed head-on into the turn 4 wall.
Deciding to carry on, Childress changed the number of the car to 29, changed the paint schme from fl to white, and chose his Busch Series driver Kevin Harvick to drive the car.
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