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Richard Childress

 

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Long before he became one of the preeminent car owners in NASCAR history, Richard Childress was a race car driver with limited means. Still, he persevered, which is what you do when you purchase your first race car for $20 at the age of 17.

Childress, the consummate self-made racer, was respectable behind the wheel. Between 1969-81 he had six top-five finishes and 76 top 10s in 285 starts, finishing fifth in the NASCAR premier series standings in 1975.

Having formed Richard Childress Racing in 1972, Childress retired from driving in 1981. The rest, as they say, is history.

Much of that history is linked to one of NASCAR's greatest drivers, inaugural NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, who won six championships and 67 races between 1984-2000 for RCR.

But Childress has had other successes. In addition to Earnhardt's championships, Childress drivers have given him five others. His total of 11 national series owner championships is second all-time. Childress was the first NASCAR owner to win championships in all three of NASCAR's national series.

April 10, 2013  10:01 PM ET

Always liked this guy, one cool ol man

April 11, 2013  03:47 PM ET

Things are not the same over at RCR since Earnhardt died.. they're not that top level team anymore.. Harvick has had his moments but hasn't lived up the expectations that have been put on him.. Burton has been a huge disappointment and Menard is showing promise.. time will only tell how the grand kids will do when they come up.. but it shouldn't be in the 3 when they do

April 11, 2013  08:58 PM ET
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Things are not the same over at RCR since Earnhardt died.. they're not that top level team anymore.. Harvick has had his moments but hasn't lived up the expectations that have been put on him.. Burton has been a huge disappointment and Menard is showing promise.. time will only tell how the grand kids will do when they come up.. but it shouldn't be in the 3 when they do

agree.......but Childress has already said he will let Austin run the 3......:-((

April 12, 2013  02:27 PM ET

yayyyyy still on here.

April 13, 2013  02:19 PM ET

Not to take anything away from Mr. Childress but I believe the the Brickyard 400 should be named after President Ronald Reagan. He was a true NASCAR fan - ask Richard Petty. In my opinion naming the race after President Reagan would go a long, long why in the healing of America.

 
April 14, 2013  04:19 PM ET
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Not to take anything away from Mr. Childress but I believe the the Brickyard 400 should be named after President Ronald Reagan. He was a true NASCAR fan - ask Richard Petty. In my opinion naming the race after President Reagan would go a long, long why in the healing of America.

Well said Sir, couldn't agree more. Thanks for your imput

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