Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series

RCR Enterprises, LLC, doing business as Richard Childress Racing (RCR), is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The team is based in Welcome, North Carolina, and is owned and operated by former driver Richard Childress.

Car No. 3 historyEdit

Dale Earnhardt in the No. 3 car
Richard Childress (1968–1981)

RCR debuted at the 1969 Talladega 500 as a 1968 Chevrolet numbered 13. Childress himself drove the car, finishing 23rd after suffering axle problems. In 1972, the team came back to run fourteen races with Childress driving again, but didn't go full-time until 1976 when he would begin using the No. 3. Childress earned 11 Top 10 finishes and finished 11th in points that year. Over the next few years, he posted many Top 10s and twice was among the highest Top 10 points earners, but he never was in serious contention to win the championship. In 1981, he decided to end his career before the season ended, and handed his No. 3 ride to the defending Winston Cup champion, Dale Earnhardt, who brought his Wrangler sponsorship with him.

Ricky Rudd (1982–1983)

After posting six Top 10’s, Earnhardt left to drive for Bud Moore, and Ricky Rudd took his place for the 1982 season, with Piedmont Airlines becoming the sponsor. Rudd drove the car for both 1982 and 1983 finishing ninth in points both years, and winning twice in the latter. But after the season was over, Rudd was replaced by Earnhardt, with Wrangler back as sponsor (in perhaps an odd twist of fate, Rudd moved to Earnhardt's old ride, the No. 15 Bud Moore Engineering Wrangler-sponsored Ford Thunderbird, which actually kept its sponsorship despite Earnhardt leaving.[1]

Dale Earnhardt (1984–2001)

This time, Earnhardt was back for good. Earnhardt would dominate the Winston Cup Series from 1986 to 1994, winning six championships during those years,[1] with crew chiefs Kirk Shelmerdine and Andy Petree, and Goodwrench replacing Wrangler as the primary sponsor after 1987. Goodwrench executives originally wanted the car to be bright blue and white, but Childress convinced the company to run a mainly-black scheme, which would later become iconic.[2] After an injury in 1996 that almost forced Earnhardt to miss a race, Earnhardt's performance began to slow down, and went through 1997 without a victory, causing many to speculate that he was losing his edge. The next year, he won the Daytona 500, breaking a 20 race losing streak, although he had a mostly-unspectacular year other than that. The year after that one, he was able to score wins at Talladega, as well as cause more controversy, after he spun Terry Labonte out to win a race at Bristol. In 2000, he looked like he was finally regaining his old form, winning twice and finishing runner-up to Bobby Labonte in points, and his many fans hoped he was gearing up for his record-breaking 8th championship. However, this was not to be.

Kevin Harvick and the 29 (2001–2013)
 
Harvick awaiting Happy Hour prior to his win at Phoenix at 2006
 
Harvick's 2008 Cup Series car

Following Dale Earnhardt's death on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Childress changed the number of the car from 3 to 29, inverted the original paint scheme, and tabbed his 25-year-old Busch Series driver Kevin Harvick to drive it. Harvick originally was scheduled to drive the No. 30 car part-time before going full-time in 2002; but the death of the seven-time Winston Cup champion rushed Harvick into the spotlight.[3]

In just his third Winston Cup start, Harvick beat Jeff Gordon by mere inches (.006 seconds) to win the Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, dedicating the win to Earnhardt.[4] After posting another win at Chicagoland Speedway and finishing in the top-ten in points (Despite missing a race), Harvick won NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors. In 2002, his infamous temper escalated after announcing on his radio he would intentionally wreck another driver during a Craftsman Truck Series race. Having been put on probation at the time for actions in an earlier-season race, in response, NASCAR benched Harvick for the next race, and Harvick was replaced during that time by Kenny Wallace. Since then, Harvick has won eight races, including the prestigious Brickyard 400 and Daytona 500 while scoring a (at the time) career-best points effort of 4th in both 2006 and 2008. Despite a win early in the 2005 season, 14th-place efforts in 2004 and 2005 proved to be frustrating, as Harvick threatened to leave the team if performance did not improve. A series of strong runs near the end of 2005 seemed to satisfy him, however, and he was back in the car in 2006 with Reese's as a new co-primary sponsor. After a somewhat slow start, Harvick hit his stride in April, with a string of Top 10 finishes, including a win at Phoenix. This helped RCR to be a dominant force in NASCAR again. After weeks of speculation as to where Kevin would drive starting in 2007, he and RCR announced a new three-year deal that he would drive for him until 2009. For 2007, the team had a significant change in sponsorship. GM Goodwrench would move to an associate sponsor role on the No. 29, while Shell Oil Company and Pennzoil took over the primary sponsorships. Harvick's 2007 season started out on a high note with a win in the Daytona 500 in a close finish with veteran Mark Martin. Harvick would score another win at the All-Star Race, holding off Jimmie Johnson. Harvick entered a slump during the summer, and was involved in a trackside altercation with Juan Pablo Montoya. However, Harvick and his team held off a struggling Dale Earnhardt Jr. to make the Chase for the Cup. Harvick's Chase performance would not be a repeat of 2006, and he would finish 10th in the points. Harvick improved in 2008, he did not win but did score 19 top tens, tying a career-best 4th in the final points standings as a repeat of 2006. Harvick won the 2009 Budweiser Shootout and finished second in the Daytona 500.

 
One of Harvick's final runs with RCR, in a black & red Rheem Chevy in 2013.

After not making the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup as well as finishing a dismal 19th in the final standings once again with no wins, it was expected that Harvick would leave RCR after his contract ended at the conclusion of the 2010 season. However, after a strong start to the 2010 season, leading the most laps at the Daytona 500, consecutive runner-ups to Jimmie Johnson at Fontana & Las Vegas, and winning the 2010 Aaron's 499 at Talladega in an epic photo-finish over Jamie McMurray (his first win since 2007), Harvick signed a multi-year extension to his RCR contract in May 2010. Harvick also went on to win the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, Carfax 400 at Michigan, and ultimately finished third in the championship standings for the 2010 season, the highest finish of his career. The team's sponsor, Shell Oil Company and Pennzoil, left after the 2010 season and joined Penske Racing. Budweiser replaced it as the car's primary sponsor beginning in the 2011 season. Harvick and the 29 team recorded three wins early in the year at Fontana, Martinsville, and Charlotte. The team's consistency kept them near the top of the standings, and they recorded a fourth win at the 26th race in Richmond. Despite the team's Chase performance being inconsistent, Harvick would finish third in points for the second year in a row. For 2012, Harvick was reunited with Shane Wilson as his crew chief at Harvick's request. However, after struggling for most of the season, Childress reunited Harvick with Martin. Harvick won once that year with Martin at Phoenix International Raceway. Despite rumors that he would leave RCR for Stewart-Haas Racing after the 2013 season, the 29 team racked up four wins during the season, and once again finished third in points. Harvick would later announce his departure from RCR to Stewart-Haas midway through the season, taking sponsors Budweiser and Jimmy Johns with him.

Austin Dillon (2014–present)
 
Austin Dillon (shown in 2015) took over RCR's flagship car in 2014.

On December 11, 2013, Richard Childress announced that his eldest grandson Austin Dillon would replace Harvick for 2014 and contend for Rookie of the Year honors. In addition, the car was renumbered back to the 3, which had not been used since Dale Earnhardt's death, though RCR continued to pay for the rights to the number. New sponsor Dow Chemical and existing RCR sponsors General Mills, American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, and Realtree, came on to fund the return of the No. 3.[5][6] Austin had run the number in prior competition, including championship seasons in the Truck and Nationwide Series, as did his younger brother Ty.[5][6][7] The transition back to 3 was met with mixed reactions, with some fans welcoming the move with open arms, and others turning their backs on RCR and even NASCAR as a whole due to accusations of disrespect towards Earnhardt's legacy, and that the number 3 should have been retired, despite the fact that Austin got blessing to drive the number from Earnhardt's children and Chocolate Myers.[5] In addition to the return of the number 3, Austin was set to compete with what many deemed to be the strongest rookie class in the series' history, including talented youngster Kyle Larson and his runner-up for Nationwide Series ROTY Alex Bowman, Nationwide champion Justin Allgaier and Nationwide veteran Michael Annett, and former big team development drivers Parker Kligerman, Ryan Truex, and Cole Whitt. Larson and Dillon were viewed as the top contenders for the title.[8]

Dillon opened up 2014 with a bang, winning the pole at the season opening Daytona 500, then finishing ninth in the race after avoiding serious damage in a lap 145 wreck involving 13 cars.[9] Though his results were not spectacular (one Top 5 and four Top 10s), Dillon's results were very consistent (0 DNF's), and finishing 20th in points, losing Rookie of the Year to Kyle Larson.[10][11][12]

In the 2015 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona on July 5, Dillon started on the outside of the front row after qualifying was rained out, and led the first eight laps. Coming to the checkered flag, Dillon was hit in the left front tire by the spinning car of Denny Hamlin, causing him to flip into the catchfence over two rows of cars. Dillon climbed out of the car unharmed, save for a bruised tailbone and a bruise on his forearm, but five fans were injured by flying debris. Dillon was credited with a seventh-place finish.[13] Dillon ended 2015 with one Top 5 and five Top 10s, finishing 21st in points.

 
Austin Dillon in the No. 3 at Sonoma Raceway in 2018.

In 2016, Dillon showed strength out of the box when the season started, after 6 races he had two Top 5 finishes, four Top 10s, and won his second career pole at Fontana. Dillon showed speed over the first 26 races, and with so garnered career high numbers with four Top 5s and 13 Top 10s. [13]

His first victory in the Cup Series came in the 2017 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway after Jimmie Johnson, race leader, ran out of fuel with two laps remaining. On February 18, 2018, on the 17th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death, Austin Dillon charged back during overtime laps to win his first Daytona 500.[14]

Dillon started the 2018 season by winning the Daytona 500. The win coincided with the 20th anniversary of Earnhardt's Daytona 500 win and qualified Dillon in the Playoffs. Dillon, however, struggled to stay consistent throughout the season with two Top 5s and five Top 10 finishes. He was eliminated in the Round of 16 after hitting the outside wall twice at the Charlotte Roval race and finished the season 13th in points.

Despite Danny Stockman coming atop the pit box in 2019 (as was Dillon's crew chief when he won the Truck and Nationwide championships) along with two poles at Auto Club and Talladega plus his first career stage win at Michigan, Dillon failed to make the Playoffs for the first time since 2015 as he fell outside the Top 20 in points with no wins and Top 5s. On October 28, 2019, Stockman announced he would step down as the crew chief of the No. 3 team at the end of the 2019 season. Justin Alexander returned as the No. 3 team's crew chief in 2020 after having served that position in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.[15]

The 2020 season for Dillon and the No. 3 team was an improvement over the previous season. At Las Vegas, Dillon scored his first top-5 in nearly two years by finishing 4th. On July 19th, 2020 Dillon broke an 88-race winless streak by claiming his 3rd career victory at the 2020 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. As a result, Dillon and the No. 3 team qualified for the Playoffs for the first time since the 2018 season as well as the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race. RCR teammate Tyler Reddick also finished in 2nd-place to mark an RCR 1-2 finish for the first time since the 2011 Good Sam Club 500.[16] On August 15, it was announced that Dillon tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him to miss the 2020 Go Bowling 235 at Daytona. Kaz Grala was announced as his replacement for the race.[17] Grala finished 7th-place in his Cup debut. Dillon returned to racing with the team the following week at Dover. He began the playoffs with strong second and fourth-place finishes at Darlington and Richmond, respectively. However, a 32nd place finish at Las Vegas and mediocore top-20 finishes at Talladega and Charlotte Roval resulted in his elimination after the Round of 12. Dillon finished the season 11th in points, his highest since 2017.

Dillon began the 2021 season with a third-place finish at the 2021 Daytona 500, but poor finishes at the Daytona road course, Indianapolis, and Michigan, along with the lack of a win, prevented him from making the playoffs.

Car No. 3 resultsEdit

Richard Childress Racing No. 3
NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
1972 Richard Childress 96 Chevy RSD DAY RCH
29
ONT
DNQ
CAR
37
ATL BRI
18
DAR NWS
27
MAR
29
TAL
DNQ
CLT DOV
37
MCH
19
RSD TWS
31
DAY BRI
26
TRN
18
ATL TAL MCH NSV
16
DAR RCH
25
DOV
33
MAR
33
NWS
25
CLT CAR TWS 37th 1521.25
1976 3 RSD
7
DAY
9
CAR
23
RCH
6
BRI
20
ATL
11
NWS
9
DAR
9
MAR
8
TAL
24
NSV
17
DOV
10
CLT
17
RSD
11
MCH
18
DAY
12
NSV
28
POC
9
TAL
8
MCH
13
BRI
10
DAR
36
RCH
25
DOV
20
MAR
10
NWS
23
CLT
15
CAR
27
ATL
25
ONT
36
11th 3428
1977 RSD
6
DAY
23
RCH
10
CAR
17
ATL
19
NWS
8
DAR
17
BRI
8
MAR
10
TAL
21
NSV
26
DOV
21
CLT
14
RSD
8
MCH
34
DAY
19
NSV
27
POC
17
TAL
20
MCH
33
BRI
8
DAR
8
RCH
26
DOV
7
MAR
15
NWS
6
CLT
16
CAR
18
ATL
21
ONT
10
9th 3463
1978 RSD
20
RCH
8
CAR
8
DAR
27
10th 3566
Olds DAY
13
ATL
15
BRI
6
DAR
28
NWS
10
MAR
8
TAL
9
DOV
33
CLT
20
NSV
8
RSD
15
MCH
10
DAY
24
NSV
3
POC
24
TAL
25
MCH
31
BRI
7
RCH
11
DOV
12
MAR
12
NWS
14
CLT
9
CAR
10
ATL
30
ONT
11
1979 RSD
15
DAY
17
ATL
20
TAL
24
CLT
10
TWS
7
RSD
6
MCH
23
DAY
37
TAL
10
MCH
10
8th 3735
Chevy CAR
5
RCH
26
NWS
7
BRI
11
DAR
16
MAR
14
NSV
6
DOV
29
NSV
7
POC
12
BRI
11
DAR
29
RCH
15
DOV
13
MAR
13
CLT
14
NWS
10
CAR
7
ATL
15
ONT
16
1980 RSD
6
CAR
14
NWS
11
MAR
11
NSV
29
DOV
8
TWS
6
RSD
18
MCH
14
NSV
9
POC
9
MCH
27
BRI
9
DAR
12
RCH
11
DOV
37
NWS
19
MAR
25
CLT
11
CAR
7
ATL
9
ONT
21
10th 3742
Olds DAY
13
RCH
22
ATL
13
BRI
29
DAR
21
TAL
12
CLT
11
DAY
8
TAL
6
1981 Chevy RSD
4
19th 3043
Pontiac DAY
38
RCH
13
CAR
22
ATL
17
BRI
16
NWS
17
DAR
31
MAR
22
TAL
13
NSV
13
DOV
17
CLT
19
TWS
14
RSD
18
MCH
19
DAY
21
NSV
17
POC
23
TAL
26
Dale Earnhardt MCH
9
BRI
27
DAR
6
RCH
6
DOV
15
MAR
26
NWS
4
CLT
25
CAR
9
ATL
24
RSD
4
1982 Ricky Rudd DAY
35
RCH
22
BRI
27
ATL
25
CAR
15
DAR
29
NWS
9
MAR
4
TAL
24
NSV
19
DOV
22
CLT
7
POC
6
RSD
29
MCH
5
DAY
7
NSV
4
POC
31
TAL
9
MCH
14
BRI
7
DAR
31
RCH
4
DOV
11
NWS
25
CLT
31
MAR
2
CAR
28
ATL
7
RSD
2
9th 3537
1983 Chevy DAY
24
RCH
28
CAR
6
ATL
10
DAR
4
NWS
27
MAR
5
TAL
8
NSV
14
DOV
24
BRI
26
CLT
32
RSD
1*
POC
31
MCH
6
DAY
21
NSV
5
POC
7
TAL
16
MCH
27
BRI
14
DAR
25
RCH
2
DOV
13
MAR
1*
NWS
6
CLT
9
CAR
3
ATL
26
RSD
37
9th 3693
1984 Dale Earnhardt DAY
2
RCH
6
CAR
14
ATL
2
BRI
7
NWS
8
DAR
5
MAR
9
TAL
27
NSV
19
DOV
5
CLT
2
RSD
5
POC
8
MCH
2
DAY
8
NSV
3
POC
10
TAL
1
MCH
7
BRI
10
DAR
38
RCH
3
DOV
5
MAR
12
CLT
39
NWS
7
CAR
13
ATL
1
RSD
11
4th 4265
1985 DAY
32
RCH
1
CAR
10
ATL
9
BRI
1*
DAR
24
NWS
8
MAR
25
TAL
21
DOV
25
CLT
4*
RSD
40
POC
39
MCH
5
DAY
9
POC
39
TAL
24
MCH
22
BRI
1*
DAR
19*
RCH
4
DOV
7
MAR
1
NWS
4
CLT
20
CAR
8
ATL
4
RSD
5
8th 3561
1986 DAY
14
RCH
3*
CAR
8
ATL
2*
BRI
10
DAR
1*
NWS
1*
MAR
21
TAL
2
DOV
3
CLT
1
RSD
5
POC
2
MCH
6
DAY
27*
POC
7
TAL
26*
GLN
3
MCH
5
BRI
4
DAR
9
RCH
2
DOV
21
MAR
12
NWS
9
CLT
1
CAR
6
ATL
1*
RSD
2
1st 4468
1987 DAY
5
CAR
1*
RCH
1*
ATL
16*
DAR
1*
NWS
1*
BRI
1
MAR
1*
TAL
4
CLT
20
DOV
4
POC
5
RSD
7
MCH
1*
DAY
6
POC
1*
TAL
3
GLN
8
MCH
2*
BRI
1*
DAR
1*
RCH
1*
DOV
31
MAR
2*
NWS
2
CLT
12
CAR
2
RSD
30
ATL
2
1st 4696
1988 DAY
10
RCH
10*
CAR
5
ATL
1*
DAR
11
BRI
14
NWS
3*
MAR
1*
TAL
9
CLT
13
DOV
16
RSD
4
POC
33
MCH
4
DAY
4*
POC
11
TAL
3
GLN
6
MCH
29
BRI
1*
DAR
3
RCH
2
DOV
2
MAR
8
CLT
17*
NWS
6
CAR
5
PHO
11
ATL
14
3rd 4256
1989 DAY
3
CAR
3
ATL
2
RCH
3
DAR
33
BRI
16
NWS
1*
MAR
2
TAL
8
CLT
38
DOV
1*
SON
4
POC
3
MCH
17
DAY
18
POC
9
TAL
11
GLN
3
MCH
17
BRI
14
DAR
1*
RCH
2
DOV
1*
MAR
9
CLT
42
NWS
10*
CAR
20
PHO
6
ATL
1*
2nd 4164
1990 DAY
5*
RCH
2
CAR
10
ATL
1*
DAR
1
BRI
19
NWS
3
MAR
5
TAL
1*
CLT
30
DOV
31
SON
34
POC
13
MCH
1
DAY
1*
POC
4
TAL
1*
GLN
7
MCH
8
BRI
8*
DAR
1*
RCH
1*
DOV
3
MAR
2
NWS
2*
CLT
25
CAR
10
PHO
1*
ATL
3
1st 4430
1991 DAY
5
RCH
1
CAR
8
ATL
3
DAR
29
BRI
20
NWS
2
MAR
1*
TAL
3*
CLT
3
DOV
2*
SON
7
POC
2
MCH
4
DAY
7
POC
22
TAL
1*
GLN
15
MCH
24
BRI
7
DAR
8
RCH
11
DOV
15
MAR
3
NWS
1
CLT
25
CAR
7
PHO
9
ATL
5
1st 4287
1992 DAY
9
CAR
24
RCH
11
ATL
3
DAR
10
BRI
18
NWS
6
MAR
9
TAL
3
CLT
1
DOV
2
SON
6
POC
28
MCH
9
DAY
40
POC
23
TAL
40
GLN
9
MCH
16
BRI
2
DAR
29
RCH
4
DOV
21
MAR
31
NWS
19
CLT
14
CAR
8
PHO
10
ATL
26
12th 3574
1993 DAY
2*
CAR
2
RCH
10
ATL
11
DAR
1*
BRI
2
NWS
16
MAR
22
TAL
4*
SON
6*
CLT
1*
DOV
1*
POC
11
MCH
14
DAY
1*
NHA
26
POC
1*
TAL
1*
GLN
18
MCH
9
BRI
3
DAR
4
RCH
3
DOV
27
MAR
29
NWS
2
CLT
3
CAR
2
PHO
4
ATL
10
1st 4526
1994 DAY
7
CAR
7
RCH
4
ATL
12
DAR
1*
BRI
1*
NWS
5
MAR
11
TAL
1
SON
3
CLT
9
DOV
28
POC
2
MCH
2
DAY
3
NHA
2
POC
7
TAL
34
IND
5
GLN
3
MCH
37
BRI
3
DAR
2
RCH
3
DOV
2
MAR
2
NWS
7
CLT
3
CAR
1*
PHO
40
ATL
2
1st 4694
1995 DAY
2
CAR
3
RCH
2
ATL
4
DAR
2
BRI
25
NWS
1*
MAR
29
TAL
21
SON
1
CLT
6
DOV
5
POC
8
MCH
35
DAY
3
NHA
22
POC
20
TAL
3
IND
1
GLN
23
MCH
35
BRI
2
DAR
2*
RCH
3
DOV
5
MAR
1*
NWS
9
CLT
2
CAR
7
PHO
3
ATL
1*
2nd 4580
1996 DAY
2
CAR
1
RCH
31
ATL
1*
DAR
14
BRI
4
NWS
3
MAR
5
TAL
3
SON
4
CLT
2
DOV
3
POC
32
MCH
9
DAY
4
NHA
12
POC
14
TAL
28*
IND
15
GLN
6*
MCH
17
BRI
24
DAR
12
RCH
20
DOV
16
MAR
15
NWS
2
CLT
6
CAR
9
PHO
12
ATL
4
4th 4327
1997 DAY
31
CAR
11
RCH
25
ATL
8
DAR
15
TEX
6
BRI
6
MAR
12
SON
12
TAL
2*
CLT
7
DOV
16
POC
10
MCH
7
CAL
16
DAY
4
NHA
2
POC
12
IND
29
GLN
16
MCH
9
BRI
14
DAR
30
RCH
15
NHA
8
DOV
2
MAR
2
CLT
3
TAL
29
CAR
8
PHO
5
ATL
16
5th 4216
1998 DAY
1*
CAR
17
LVS
8
ATL
13
DAR
12
BRI
22
TEX
35
MAR
4
TAL
36
CAL
9
CLT
39
DOV
25
RCH
21
MCH
15
POC
8
SON
11
NHA
18
POC
7
IND
5
GLN
11
MCH
18
BRI
6
NHA
9
DAR
4
RCH
38
DOV
23
MAR
22
CLT
29
TAL
32
DAY
10
PHO
3
CAR
9
ATL
13
8th 3928
1999 DAY
2
CAR
41
LVS
7
ATL
40
DAR
25
TEX
8
BRI
10
MAR
19
TAL
1*
CAL
12
RCH
8
CLT
6
DOV
11
MCH
16
POC
7
SON
9
DAY
2
NHA
8
POC
9
IND
10
GLN
20
MCH
5
BRI
1
DAR
22
RCH
6
NHA
13
DOV
8
MAR
2
CLT
12
TAL
1
CAR
40
PHO
11
HOM
8
ATL
9
7th 4492
2000 DAY
21
CAR
2
LVS
8
ATL
1
DAR
3
BRI
39
TEX
7
MAR
9
TAL
3
CAL
17
RCH
10
CLT
3
DOV
6
MCH
2
POC
4
SON
6
DAY
8
NHA
6
POC
25
IND
8
GLN
25
MCH
6
BRI
4
DAR
3
RCH
2
NHA
12
DOV
17
MAR
2
CLT
11
TAL
1
CAR
17
PHO
9
HOM
20
ATL
2
2nd 4865
2001 DAY
12
9th 4406
Kevin Harvick 29 CAR
14
LVS
8
ATL
1
DAR
14
BRI
24*
TEX
7
MAR
34
TAL
12
CAL
25
RCH
17
CLT
2
DOV
8
MCH
10
POC
15
SON
14
DAY
25
CHI
1*
NHA
8
POC
20
IND
11
GLN
7
MCH
41
BRI
2
DAR
8
RCH
2
DOV
6
KAN
16
CLT
8
MAR
22
TAL
32
PHO
17
CAR
27
HOM
7
ATL
3
NHA
26
2002 DAY
36
CAR
19
LVS
25
ATL
39
DAR
3
BRI
10
TEX
25
TAL
28
CAL
35
RCH
40
CLT
34
DOV
28
POC
39
MCH
27
SON
14
DAY
11
CHI
1
NHA
9
POC
6
IND
5
GLN
14
MCH
3
BRI
4
DAR
40
RCH
18
NHA
33
DOV
30
KAN
11
TAL
27
CLT
22
MAR
31
ATL
40
CAR
26
PHO
17
HOM
20
21st 3501
Kenny Wallace MAR
32
2003 Kevin Harvick DAY
4
CAR
25
LVS
13
ATL
19
DAR
36
BRI
7
TEX
15
TAL
2
MAR
16
CAL
29
RCH
6
CLT
13
DOV
27
POC
25
MCH
18
SON
3
DAY
9*
CHI
17
NHA
2
POC
12
IND
1
GLN
5
MCH
2
BRI
2
DAR
2
RCH
16
NHA
13
DOV
4*
TAL
7
KAN
6
CLT
10
MAR
7
ATL
20
PHO
34
CAR
15
HOM
2
5th 4770
2004 DAY
4
CAR
13
LVS
21
ATL
32
DAR
8
BRI
3
TEX
13
MAR
19
TAL
3
CAL
9
RCH
25
CLT
23
DOV
10
POC
20
MCH
17
SON
12
DAY
14
CHI
10
NHA
13
POC
32
IND
8
GLN
6
MCH
16
BRI
24
CAL
28
RCH
12
NHA
10
DOV
19
TAL
2
KAN
35
CLT
36
MAR
8
ATL
35
PHO
4
DAR
32
HOM
10
14th 4228
2005 DAY
28
CAL
6
LVS
5
ATL
21
BRI
1
MAR
32
TEX
13
PHO
19
TAL
12
DAR
14
RCH
5
CLT
14
DOV
25
POC
8
MCH
25
SON
37
DAY
24
CHI
19
NHA
22
POC
6
IND
19
GLN
15
MCH
22
BRI
37
CAL
14
RCH
10
NHA
10
DOV
19
TAL
10
KAN
24
CLT
28
MAR
15
ATL
22
TEX
16
PHO
23
HOM
8
14th 4072
2006 DAY
14
CAL
29
LVS
11
ATL
39
BRI
2
MAR
7
TEX
5
PHO
1
TAL
23
RCH
3*
DAR
37
CLT
34
DOV
3
POC
13
MCH
10
SON
24
DAY
9
CHI
4
NHA
5
POC
5
IND
3
GLN
1
MCH
11
BRI
11
CAL
15
RCH
1
NHA
1*
DOV
32
KAN
15
TAL
6
CLT
18
MAR
9
ATL
31
TEX
3
PHO
1*
HOM
5
4th 6397
2007 DAY
1
CAL
17
LVS
27
ATL
25
BRI
4
MAR
41
TEX
29
PHO
10
TAL
6
RCH
7
DAR
17
CLT
21
DOV
20
POC
11
MCH
7
SON
2
NHA
8
DAY
34
CHI
4
IND
7
POC
17
GLN
36
MCH
15
BRI
16
CAL
14
RCH
7
NHA
17
DOV
20
KAN
6
TAL
20
CLT
33
MAR
10
ATL
15
TEX
10
PHO
6
HOM
19
10th 6199
2008 DAY
14
CAL
8
LVS
4
ATL
7
BRI
2
MAR
12
TEX
11
PHO
19
TAL
24
RCH
8
DAR
39
CLT
14
DOV
38
POC
13
MCH
12
SON
30
NHA
14
DAY
12
CHI
3
IND
37
POC
4
GLN
6
MCH
8
BRI
4
CAL
4
RCH
7
NHA
10
DOV
6
KAN
6
TAL
20
CLT
13
MAR
7
ATL
13
TEX
7
PHO
7
HOM
2
4th 6408
2009 DAY
2
CAL
38
LVS
12
ATL
4
BRI
30
MAR
11
TEX
27
PHO
30
TAL
38
RCH
34
DAR
11
CLT
31
DOV
17
POC
24
MCH
18
SON
29
NHA
34
DAY
26
CHI
19
IND
6
POC
12
GLN
35
MCH
12
BRI
38
ATL
2
RCH
9
NHA
32
DOV
12
KAN
24
CAL
10
CLT
18
MAR
10
TAL
21
TEX
5
PHO
24
HOM
3
19th 3796
2010 DAY
7*
CAL
2
LVS
2
ATL
9
BRI
11
MAR
35
PHO
13
TEX
7
TAL
1
RCH
3
DAR
6
DOV
7
CLT
11
POC
4
MCH
19
SON
3
NHA
5
DAY
1*
CHI
34
IND
2
POC
4
GLN
11
MCH
1
BRI
14
ATL
33
RCH
9
NHA
5
DOV
15
KAN
3
CAL
7
CLT
8
MAR
3
TAL
2
TEX
6
PHO
6
HOM
3
3rd 6581
2011 DAY
42
PHO
4
LVS
17
BRI
6
CAL
1
MAR
1
TEX
20
TAL
5
RCH
12
DAR
17
DOV
10
CLT
1
KAN
11
POC
5
MCH
14
SON
9
DAY
7
KEN
16
NHA
21
IND
11
POC
14
GLN
6
MCH
22
BRI
22
ATL
7
RCH
1*
CHI
2
NHA
12
DOV
10
KAN
6
CLT
6
TAL
32
MAR
4
TEX
13
PHO
19
HOM
8
3rd 2345
2012 DAY
7
PHO
2*
LVS
11
BRI
11
CAL
4
MAR
19
TEX
9
KAN
6
RCH
19
TAL
25
DAR
16
CLT
8
DOV
2
POC
14
MCH
10
SON
16
KEN
11
DAY
23
NHA
8
IND
13
POC
17
GLN
15
MCH
16
BRI
15
ATL
5
RCH
10
CHI
12
NHA
11
DOV
13
TAL
11
CLT
16
KAN
11
MAR
32
TEX
9
PHO
1
HOM
8
8th 2321
2013 DAY
42
PHO
13
LVS
9
BRI
14
CAL
13
MAR
13
TEX
13
KAN
12
RCH
1
TAL
40
DAR
5
CLT
1
DOV
8
POC
9
MCH
2
SON
10
KEN
10
DAY
3
NHA
7
IND
19
POC
17
GLN
13
MCH
2
BRI
34
ATL
9
RCH
11
CHI
3
NHA
20
DOV
6
KAN
1*
CLT
6
TAL
12
MAR
6
TEX
8
PHO
1*
HOM
10
3rd 2385
2014 Austin Dillon 3 DAY
9
PHO
24
LVS
16
BRI
11
CAL
11
MAR
15
TEX
21
DAR
11
RCH
27
TAL
15
KAN
19
CLT
16
DOV
20
POC
17
MCH
30
SON
17
KEN
16
DAY
5
NHA
14
IND
10
POC
15
GLN
16
MCH
22
BRI
28
ATL
24
RCH
20
CHI
16
NHA
11
DOV
24
KAN
8
CLT
13
TAL
12
MAR
12
TEX
21
PHO
38
HOM
25
20th 958
2015 DAY
14
ATL
39
LVS
20
PHO
15
CAL
16
MAR
41
TEX
20
BRI
10
RCH
27
TAL
35
KAN
22
CLT
16
DOV
33
POC
19
MCH
20
SON
17
DAY
7
KEN
25
NHA
8
IND
25
POC
13
GLN
36
MCH
4
BRI
13
DAR
22
RCH
27
CHI
43
NHA
22
DOV
23
CLT
7
KAN
41
TAL
14
MAR
18
TEX
11
PHO
20
HOM
14
21st 832
2016 DAY
9
ATL
11
LVS
5
PHO
9
CAL
24
MAR
4
TEX
19
BRI
26
RCH
20
TAL
3
KAN
6
DOV
33
CLT
12
POC
37
MCH
8
SON
22
DAY
7
KEN
16
NHA
13
IND
9
POC
13
GLN
31
BRI
4
MCH
16
DAR
12
RCH
13
CHI
14
NHA
16
DOV
8
CLT
32
KAN
6
TAL
9
MAR
17
TEX
37
PHO
39
HOM
12
14th 2223
2017 DAY
19
ATL
32
LVS
25
PHO
18
CAL
11
MAR
5
TEX
33
BRI
13
RCH
20
TAL
36
KAN
16
CLT
1
DOV
13
POC
13
MCH
27
SON
18
DAY
36
KEN
19
NHA
15
IND
21
POC
21
GLN
26
MCH
7
BRI
39
DAR
4
RCH
21
CHI
16
NHA
19
DOV
16
CLT
16
TAL
29
KAN
14
MAR
13
TEX
13
PHO
14
HOM
11
11th 2224
2018 DAY
1
ATL
14
LVS
13
PHO
17
CAL
10
MAR
30
TEX
26
BRI
15
RCH
15
TAL
35
DOV
26
KAN
17
CLT
34
POC
12
MCH
14
SON
16
CHI
37
DAY
9
KEN
22
NHA
21
POC
13
GLN
27
MCH
4
BRI
13
DAR
16
IND
22
LVS
11
RCH
6
CLT
39
DOV
7
TAL
17
KAN
11
MAR
30
TEX
10
PHO
8
HOM
11
13th 2245
2019 DAY
16
ATL
21
LVS
20
PHO
21
CAL
10
MAR
11
TEX
14
BRI
14
RCH
6
TAL
14
DOV
19
KAN
17
CLT
34
POC
37
MCH
26
SON
24
CHI
10
DAY
33*
KEN
35
NHA
32
POC
19
GLN
31
MCH
13
BRI
34
DAR
10
IND
12
LVS
12
RCH
22
CLT
23
DOV
18
TAL
6
KAN
20
MAR
22
TEX
13
PHO
24
HOM
8
21st 700
2020 DAY
12
LVS
4
CAL
24
PHO
36
DAR
11
DAR
20
CLT
14
CLT
8
BRI
6
ATL
11
MAR
37
HOM
7
TAL
39
POC
19
POC
14
IND
18
KEN
13
TEX
1
KAN
27
NHA
13
MCH
31
MCH
8
DOV
15
DOV
9
DAY
25
DAR
2
RCH
4
BRI
12
LVS
32
TAL
12
CLT
19
KAN
11
TEX
11
MAR
23
PHO
18
11th 2277
Kaz Grala DAY
7
2021 Austin Dillon DAY
3
DAY
34
HOM
12
LVS
12
PHO
17
ATL
6
BRI
21
MAR
14
RCH
10
TAL
8
KAN
10
DAR
16
DOV
14
COA
12
CLT
6
SON
13
NSH
12
POC
21
POC
13
ROA
11
ATL
12
NHA
17
GLN
15
IND
31
MCH
36
DAY
17
DAR
10
RCH
11
BRI
15
LVS
13
TAL
11
CLT
15
TEX
14
KAN
10
MAR
13
PHO
15
17th 935
2022 DAY
25
CAL
2
LVS
11
PHO
21
ATL
35
COA
10
RCH
10
MAR
3
BRI
31
TAL
2
DOV
23
DAR
9
KAN
13
CLT GTW SON NSH ROA ATL NHA POC IND MCH RCH GLN DAY DAR KAN BRI TEX TAL CLT LVS HOM MAR PHO -* -*

Car No. 8 historyEdit

Kirk Shelmerdine (1981)

The No. 8 car debuted in 1981 at Texas World Speedway as McDonald's sponsored Pontiac with Kirk Shelmerdine as the driver. He finished 33rd.

Daniel Hemric (2018–2019)
 
Hemric's No. 8 Cup Series car at Richmond Raceway in 2019

The No. 8 car returned in 2018 running part-time with Daniel Hemric making his Cup series debut at the spring Richmond race and the Charlotte Roval race. The car was sponsored by Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, who sponsored Hemric in four races of the 2017 Xfinity Series season.[18][19] Hemric finished 32nd at Richmond and 23rd at Charlotte.[20]

It was announced on December 14, 2018, that the No. 31 team would be changing numbers to No. 8 for the 2019 season.[21] Despite winning one pole, the No. 8 was largely inconsistent and struggled to compete on a weekly basis, scoring a season-best finish of 5th at the spring Talladega race and a 25th place finish in the standings. On September 17, 2019, RCR announced that Hemric would be released from his contract at the end of the season.[22][23]

Tyler Reddick (2020–present)
 
Tyler Reddick in the No. 8 at Sonoma Raceway in 2021

On October 2, 2019, RCR officially announced Tyler Reddick as the driver of the No. 8 for the 2020 season.[24][25] The team had a vast improvement, scoring nine top 10s and a runner-up finish in the first Texas race. Reddick ended the season 19th in the standings.

The 2021 season saw Reddick become more consistent in his finishes, with one top-fives and ten top-10 finishes during the regular season. A fifth place finish at the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona enabled him to make the playoffs for the first time.[26] Reddick was eliminated from the playoffs following the conclusion of the Round of 16 at Bristol.[27]

Car No. 8 resultsEdit

Richard Childress Racing No. 8
NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
1981 Kirk Shelmerdine 8 Pontiac RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT TWS
33
RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL RSD NA 0
2018 Daniel Hemric Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH
32
TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT
23
DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 43rd 20
2019 DAY
34
ATL
20
LVS
23
PHO
18
CAL
33
MAR
27
TEX
33
BRI
30
RCH
19
TAL
5
DOV
25
KAN
18
CLT
21
POC
13
MCH
12
SON
15
CHI
19
DAY
18
KEN
24
NHA
37
POC
7
GLN
35
MCH
26
BRI
12
DAR
37
IND
34
LVS
17
RCH
25
CLT
33
DOV
21
TAL
21
KAN
31
MAR
17
TEX
16
PHO
21
HOM
12
25th 530
2020 Tyler Reddick DAY
28
LVS
18
CAL
11
PHO
33
DAR
7
DAR
13
CLT
8
CLT
14
BRI
36
ATL
16
MAR
16
HOM
4
TAL
20
POC
30
POC
35
IND
8
KEN
10
TEX
2
KAN
13
NHA
10
MCH
18
MCH
24
DAY
18
DOV
13
DOV
18
DAY
29
DAR
23
RCH
11
BRI
4
LVS
38
TAL
7
CLT
12
KAN
25
TEX
15
MAR
24
PHO
19
19th 780
2021 DAY
27
DAY
38
HOM
2
LVS
22
PHO
29
ATL
26
BRI
7
MAR
8
RCH
20
TAL
7
KAN
7
DAR
12
DOV
8
COA
9
CLT
9
SON
19
NSH
18
POC
11
POC
9
ROA
8
ATL
6
NHA
13
GLN
10
IND
21
MCH
29
DAY
5
DAR
18
RCH
15
BRI
12
LVS
6
TAL
39
CLT
2
TEX
9
KAN
22
MAR
18
PHO
19
13th 2250
2022 DAY
35
CAL
24*
LVS
7
PHO
3
ATL
28
COA
5
RCH
12
MAR
18
BRI
2*
TAL
39
DOV
30
DAR
2
KAN
30
CLT GTW SON NSH ROA ATL NHA POC IND MCH RCH GLN DAY DAR KAN BRI TEX TAL CLT LVS HOM MAR PHO -* -*

Car No. 27 historyEdit

No. 30
Jeff Green & Steve Park (2001–2003)

What eventually became the No. 27 car at RCR was formed in 2001 as the No. 30 America Online-sponsored Chevrolet, with AOL signing a four-year contract. Childress initially planned to have Kevin Harvick drive the car on a limited basis during that season as part of a transition from the Busch Series to Winston Cup for 2002.[3][28][29][30][31] After Dale Earnhardt's death, Harvick was moved into RCR's primary car and 2000 Busch Series champion Jeff Green was selected to drive the car in his place.[3][28] Originally planning to debut at Atlanta in March,[30] the team debuted at the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway in April,[32][33] with Green finishing 21st. The team qualified for six more races that season, with Green earning a pole at the Sharpie 500 at Bristol in August,[28] and went full-time the next season as scheduled with Green behind the wheel.[28][34]

Green posted six Top 10s in the 2002 season, including a career best second at Loudon in July,[35] and finished seventeenth in points.[36] Although the team started 2003 with a Daytona 500 pole,[36] Green and the team failed to jell as Childress had hoped and on May 5, was fired following the first race at Richmond. In what amounted to a trade between organizations, Green was replaced by the former driver of the No. 1 car for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., Steve Park, with Green taking Park's ride at DEI.[37][38][39][40] Green's firing was largely connected to an altercation between him and teammate Kevin Harvick during the Richmond race in which Harvick wrecked Green while racing for a top 10 position, igniting an already tumultuous relationship between the two drivers that went back to their competition in the Busch Series.[36][37][38] Park would score a pole at Daytona in July[41] and earn two Top 10s but had only six finishes inside the Top 20, ending the season 32nd in points.

Johnny Sauter (2004)

In 2004, Childress promoted 25-year-old Busch Series driver Johnny Sauter to the ride, hoping he would rise to the occasion like Harvick had in 2001. Kevin Hamlin moved over from the 31 team to serve as Sauter's crew chief.[42] Sauter had helped secure the 2003 Busch Series owner's championship in a partial schedule with RCR, while finishing 8th in driver points.[43] Sauter failed to score a top ten, ranked at the bottom of the Raybestos Rookie standings, and was released just 13 races into the season.[44] After that, Dave Blaney drove the car,[44] only skipping Infineon Raceway when Jim Inglebright took the wheel. A couple of weeks after it was announced Blaney would be in the car for rest of the year, Jeff Burton became available after parting ways with Roush Racing's No. 99 car, leaving Blaney out in the cold. Burton was signed to a multi-year contract and drove the car for the rest of the year beginning at Michigan in August.[44][45] When Robby Gordon left to start his own team, Burton moved to the 31.

No. 07
Dave Blaney (2005)
 
Clint Bowyer in the No. 07 car in 2007.
 
Bowyer at Daytona in 2008.

With AOL leaving as sponsor, Childress had two voids left to fill. He decided to rehire Blaney, and signed Jack Daniel's to sponsor the car, marking one of the first hard liquor sponsorships in NASCAR's history. The team also changed its number to 07 to commemorate JD's slogan "Ol' No. 7".[46] Blaney posted just 2 top ten finishes during 2005, finishing 26th in the standings.

Clint Bowyer (2006–2008)

Blaney moved to Bill Davis Racing in 2006, while rookie Clint Bowyer was placed in the No. 07 Jack Daniels Chevrolet for RCR. In his second season, Bowyer took the first win for this team at the Sylvania 300 at Loudon. Bowyer finished third in the final standings in 2007.[47] In 2008, Bowyer got his second win at Richmond at the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400, and finished fifth in points.[47]

Casey Mears (2009)

On August 23, 2008, former Hendrick Motorsports driver Casey Mears was signed to drive the 07 in 2009, with Bowyer moving to the No. 33.[48] Mears struggled in the new ride, however, and had to take on three crew chiefs during the season. More troubling was the fact that Jack Daniel's announced on September 21, 2009 that they would be leaving RCR at the end of the year, leaving the 07 without a sponsor.[47][48][49] Childress decided to release Mears at the end of the year,[50]

No. 27
Paul Menard (2011–2017)
 
Paul Menard's No. 27 Menards Chevy with Mastercraft Door on the hood in 2012

On August 11, 2010, Paul Menard was signed to drive the fourth RCRcar after he decided to leave the struggling Richard Petty Motorsports. The car was re-numbered to 27, and MENARDS Home Improvement, owned by Paul's father John Menard, came on to sponsor the car in a multi-year agreement.[50][51] Former TRG Motorsports partner Tom Pumpelly was listed as the owner of the No. 27 and the No. 35th place owner's points were given to Menard to guarantee a spot in the first five races. The 27 opened the season with a 9th-place finish at the Daytona 500.[52] Menard would go on to win the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 31, leading a total of 21 laps and using a fuel mileage gamble to take the victory. It was the first and only career win for Menard. The victory also made Paul eligible for the $3 million Sprint Summer Showdown.[53][54][55] Menard spent most of the season flirting with the top 12 in points. Menard and the 27 team would end up finishing 17th in points.

In 2012 and 2013, Menard's results were similar, scoring 9 top 10s in both seasons and finishing 16th and 17th in points respectively, with only three DNF's over the two years. At the 2013 season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway, Menard was involved in a freak incident, when his right rear wheel caught fire due to rubber from a previous tire issue being wrapped around the rear axle and igniting from a cut brake line. The tire proceed to explode on pit road, sending black smoke in all directions, and ending their day. ESPN analyst Andy Petree described it as "like a bomb went off" during the telecast of the race.[56] In a less infamous incident at Darlington in April of the next year, Menard blew a right front tire and slammed the turn 2 wall. Once again on pit road, rubber collected under the car (in addition to fluid leaking from the engine) caught fire and exploded, ending the 27 car's race.[57]

Menard returned to the 27 for 2014, with the car running schemes more oriented towards the associate sponsors of MENARDS featured on the hood of the car.[58] Six races prior to the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Indy in July, Menard was involved in an incident with part-time driver Juan Pablo Montoya, sending Menard into the turn 3 wall and relegating him to a 34th-place finish. The incident upset both driver and crew (Menard was dropped to 16th in points).[59] After the fall Richmond race, Menard remained winless and ranked 20th in points.[60]

Menard made his first chase appearance in 2015, but got eliminated after the first round and finished 15th in the final standings. After two mediocre seasons, (25th in 2016, 23rd in 2017), Menard left the team to go race for Wood Brothers Racing for the 2018 season. The No. 27 team was shut down after the 2017 season, with the team's charter being leased and eventually sold to StarCom Racing.[61]

Car No. 27 resultsEdit

Richard Childress Racing No. 27
NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2001 Jeff Green 30 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL
21
RCH CLT DOV
DNQ
MCH
17
POC SON DAY CHI
36
NHA POC IND
21
GLN MCH BRI
42
DAR RCH
40
DOV KAN CLT
DNQ
MAR TAL PHO CAR HOM ATL
34
NHA 48th 539
2002 DAY
19
CAR
17
LVS
33
ATL
41
DAR
25
BRI
27
TEX
16
MAR
22
TAL
16
CAL
11
RCH
13
CLT
20
DOV
38
POC
34
MCH
18
SON
5
DAY
21
CHI
12
NHA
2
POC
26
IND
19
GLN
12
MCH
9
BRI
35
DAR
12
RCH
3
NHA
26
DOV
13
KAN
17
TAL
5
CLT
29
MAR
32
ATL
24
CAR
10
PHO
35
HOM
38
17th 3704
2003 DAY
39
CAR
31
LVS
27
ATL
25
DAR
19
BRI
20
TEX
7
TAL
29
MAR
26
CAL
26
RCH
40
33rd 2856
Steve Park CLT
27
DOV
32
POC
35
MCH
27
SON
41
DAY
39
CHI
26
NHA
8
POC
25
IND
15
GLN
26
MCH
5
BRI
29
DAR
20
RCH
31
NHA
34
DOV
26
TAL
DNQ
KAN
22
CLT
36
MAR
12
ATL
36
PHO
39
CAR
34
HOM
19
2004 Johnny Sauter DAY
26
CAR
14
LVS
24
ATL
30
DAR
26
BRI
15
TEX
24
MAR
31
TAL
14
CAL
21
RCH
19
CLT
40
DOV
20
22nd 3704
Dave Blaney POC
29
MCH
15
DAY
15
CHI
37
NHA
33
POC
27
IND
21
GLN
24
Jim Inglebright SON
19
Jeff Burton MCH
12
BRI
4
CAL
15
RCH
23
NHA
15
DOV
33
TAL
13
KAN
15
CLT
9
MAR
11
ATL
6
PHO
11
DAR
13
HOM
36
2005 Dave Blaney 07 DAY
14
CAL
34
LVS
13
ATL
8
BRI
20
MAR
34
TEX
26
PHO
24
TAL
19
DAR
29
RCH
27
CLT
29
DOV
36
POC
24
MCH
29
SON
19
DAY
27
CHI
38
NHA
20
POC
20
IND
30
GLN
34
MCH
32
BRI
23
CAL
22
RCH
33
NHA
33
DOV
20
TAL
15
KAN
25
CLT
13
MAR
16
ATL
24
TEX
28
PHO
25
HOM
6
27th 3289
2006 Clint Bowyer DAY
6
CAL
14
LVS
15
ATL
27
BRI
29
MAR
22
TEX
19
PHO
5
TAL
40
RCH
10
DAR
23
CLT
19
DOV
17
POC
21
MCH
39
SON
16
DAY
10
CHI
9
NHA
27
POC
41
IND
4
GLN
14
MCH
33
BRI
38
CAL
3
RCH
12
NHA
24
DOV
8
KAN
9
TAL
35
CLT
23
MAR
23
ATL
25
TEX
5
PHO
33
HOM
10
17th 3833
2007 DAY
18
CAL
6
LVS
36
ATL
6
BRI
8
MAR
11
TEX
16
PHO
22
TAL
35
RCH
9
DAR
9
CLT
29
DOV
8
POC
10
MCH
16
SON
4
NHA
37
DAY
7
CHI
10
IND
13
POC
8
GLN
16
MCH
17
BRI
3
CAL
20
RCH
12
NHA
1*
DOV
12
KAN
2
TAL
11
CLT
2
MAR
9
ATL
6
TEX
19
PHO
11
HOM
39
3rd 6377
2008 DAY
24
CAL
19
LVS
28
ATL
6
BRI
3
MAR
10
TEX
10
PHO
2
TAL
9
RCH
1
DAR
15
CLT
25
DOV
36
POC
39
MCH
26
SON
4
NHA
22
DAY
9
CHI
22
IND
19
POC
6
GLN
23
MCH
20
BRI
7
CAL
10
RCH
12
NHA
12
DOV
8
KAN
12
TAL
5
CLT
12
MAR
9
ATL
20
TEX
4
PHO
12
HOM
5
5th 6381
2009 Casey Mears DAY
15
CAL
24
LVS
30
ATL
16
BRI
24
MAR
21
TEX
21
PHO
20
TAL
16
RCH
9
DAR
36
CLT
33
DOV
9
POC
14
MCH
24
SON
23
NHA
11
DAY
34
CHI
28
IND
19
POC
25
GLN
15
MCH
6
BRI
13
ATL
25
RCH
30
NHA
13
DOV
17
KAN
15
CAL
11
CLT
7
MAR
18
TAL
25
TEX
21
PHO
27
HOM
19
21st 3759
2011 Paul Menard 27 DAY
9
PHO
17
LVS
12
BRI
5
CAL
16
MAR
38
TEX
5
TAL
12
RCH
37
DAR
22
DOV
24
CLT
29
KAN
19
POC
14
MCH
4
SON
17
DAY
8
KEN
24
NHA
24
IND
1
POC
10
GLN
32
MCH
26
BRI
30
ATL
18
RCH
34
CHI
20
NHA
20
DOV
16
KAN
12
CLT
17
TAL
12
MAR
24
TEX
15
PHO
9
HOM
16
17th 947
2012 DAY
6
PHO
31
LVS
7
BRI
10
CAL
19
MAR
26
TEX
18
KAN
18
RCH
13
TAL
17
DAR
13
CLT
15
DOV
17
POC
9
MCH
22
SON
20
KEN
12
DAY
14
NHA
17
IND
14
POC
11
GLN
12
MCH
9
BRI
10
ATL
8
RCH
23
CHI
15
NHA
12
DOV
22
TAL
28
CLT
27
KAN
3
MAR
12
TEX
27
PHO
9
HOM
11
16th 1006
2013 DAY
21
PHO
20
LVS
10
BRI
9
CAL
8
MAR
19
TEX
17
KAN
10
RCH
13
TAL
26
DAR
19
CLT
13
DOV
20
POC
30
MCH
14
SON
14
KEN
30
DAY
43
NHA
17
IND
12
POC
32
GLN
17
MCH
4
BRI
6
ATL
24
RCH
5
CHI
22
NHA
22
DOV
18
KAN
7
CLT
24
TAL
4
MAR
22
TEX
15
PHO
16
HOM
39
17th 949
2014 DAY
32
PHO
23
LVS
3
BRI
21
CAL
9
MAR
10
TEX
9
DAR
41
RCH
24
TAL
6
KAN
17
CLT
8
DOV
10
POC
26
MCH
4
SON
5
KEN
15
DAY
16
NHA
19
IND
34
POC
33
GLN
32
MCH
4
BRI
9
ATL
18
RCH
18
CHI
21
NHA
15
DOV
16
KAN
9
CLT
42
TAL
36
MAR
14
TEX
17
PHO
23
HOM
4
21st 944
2015 DAY
25
ATL
13
LVS
12
PHO
14
CAL
4
MAR
23
TEX
41
BRI
11
RCH
15
TAL
3
KAN
18
CLT
14
DOV
8
POC
31
MCH
8
SON
13
DAY
16
KEN
15
NHA
25
IND
14
POC
11
GLN
13
MCH
12
BRI
24
DAR
26
RCH
26
CHI
17
NHA
15
DOV
25
CLT
36
KAN
19
TAL
6
MAR
15
TEX
13
PHO
13
HOM
21
14th 2262
2016 DAY
18
ATL
18
LVS
15
PHO
38
CAL
15
MAR
8
TEX
26
BRI
15
RCH
22
TAL
26
KAN
40
DOV
11
CLT
17
POC
33
MCH
18
SON
16
DAY
36
KEN
18
NHA
18
IND
10
POC
35
GLN
22
BRI
32
MCH
18
DAR
16
RCH
40
CHI
21
NHA
25
DOV
22
CLT
34
KAN
20
TAL
13
MAR
25
TEX
28
PHO
10
HOM
14
26th 678
2017 DAY
5
ATL
25
LVS
19
PHO
21
CAL
28
MAR
19
TEX
36
BRI
16
RCH
25
TAL
9
KAN
35
CLT
13
DOV
33
POC
20
MCH
22
SON
11
DAY
3
KEN
21
NHA
22
IND
16
POC
19
GLN
18
MCH
34
BRI
16
DAR
16
RCH
28
CHI
14
NHA
20
DOV
26
CLT
19
TAL
12
KAN
12
MAR
20
TEX
23
PHO
15
HOM
16
23rd 631

Car No. 31 historyEdit

Beginnings (1988–1994)

For over a decade, car No. 31 was Childress's R&D car. It debuted in 1988 at North Carolina Speedway, as No. 22 and Rodney Combs driving, finishing dead last. The car wasn't seen again until 1993, as No. 31 and Earnhardt's longtime friend Neil Bonnett driving at Talladega Superspeedway. In this race, Bonnett, already on a comeback, was involved in a horrifying accident, but made it out okay. After driving another race in the season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway as a start and park entry that year for RCR, Bonnett died testing Phoenix Racing's No. 51 Country Time Lemonade car for the 1994 Daytona 500.

Mike Skinner (1996–2001)
 
Mike Skinner, the first full-time driver of the No. 31, in 1997 with the Lowe's scheme he ran until 2001.
 
Mike Skinner races the No. 31 Chevrolet in the 2000 Coca-Cola 600.

In 1996, the car returned with defending Craftsman Truck Series champion Mike Skinner driving with Realtree sponsoring the car in four of the five races it ran.[62][63][64] The team finally ran full-time in 1997, with Skinner driving and Lowe's signing a five-year deal to sponsor the entry. The move made RCR a multi-car operation for the first time.[65][66] Skinner won the pole position for both of the races at Daytona, and defeated what has turned out to be a very scant field of drivers for Rookie of the Year.[30][67] He suffered some injuries in 1998, and Morgan Shepherd and Childress' son-in-law Mike Dillon filled in for him. Teamed with crew chief Larry McReynolds, 1999 was his best season ever, winning the pole position twice, and finished tenth in points after being the championship leader at one point earlier in the year.[67] Skinner would finish 12th in points in 2000,[68] earning his career-best finish of second at Talladega.[69] However, Skinner was never able to win a points-paying race, although he won two exhibition races in Japan, at Suzuka and Twin Ring Motegi, respectively, as well as some other non-point events.[1][67][69]

Robby Gordon (2001-2004)
 
Robby Gordon in the No. 31 Cingular Chevy at PIR in 2004. All three of Robby Gordon's Cup wins came in the No. 31.

For the 2001 season, McReynolds was replaced by Royce McGee.[68] In 2001, Skinner suffered a concussion and a broken ankle in an early race crash at the inaugural race at Chicagoland in July. Robby Gordon was named his replacement in the No. 31 car.[1][69][70] Gordon struggled heavily, missing two races and failing to post a finish better than 25th in his first four starts for the team.[1][69] During this time in August, Cingular Wireless (then the sponsor of Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 01 car) was announced as the new sponsor for 2002 signing a four-year deal, with Lowe's not renewing their contract and moving to Hendrick Motorsports.[71] Skinner returned at Bristol, but he just wasn't the same. Skinner was released from the final year of his contract in August,[72] and left the team after Dover in September to have season-ending surgery.[69] Gordon once again took his place at Kansas.[69]

At Watkins Glen, Gordon was dominating the race when the telemetry box in his car used by NBC Sports burst into flames, injuring a crew member and ending the No. 31's day.[1][73] In spite of struggles, it was announced in November 2001 that Gordon would drive the car full-time the next year.[74] Robby Gordon continued driving the car for the final races of 2001, DNQing twice (at Charlotte and Atlanta), and missing one race that Jeff Green drove in his place. In the rescheduled season finale at New Hampshire, Robby Gordon was engaged in a closing-laps battle with eventual champion Jeff Gordon. With 16 laps to go, leader Jeff Gordon was stuck behind the 12th-place No. 77 car of Robert Pressley trying to stay on the lead lap, with Robby right on his tail. In the middle of turns three and four, Robby gave a bump to Jeff Gordon while he had slowed down to try to pass the lapped car of Mike Wallace, sending him into Wallace's No. 12 car and inflicting damage on the 24 car. Jeff was black-flagged while attempting to retaliate under caution, and Robby went on to earn a controversial first career victory. It was also the 31 car's first victory.[65][74]

Armed with a big surge of momentum and a new sponsor in Cingular Wireless, Gordon had five top-ten finishes and finished 20th in points in 2002. 2003 was even better, as he swept both road course events and finished 16th in points.[75] After his performance dipped down in 2004, Gordon decided to leave and start his own team, the No. 7 with Robby Gordon Motorsports,[75] and Jeff Burton was tabbed as his replacement.

Jeff Burton (2005–2013)
 
Burton in the pits during his 2007 win at Texas
 
Burton celebrates after winning at Texas in 2007
 
2008 Cup car at Daytona

2005 was Jeff Burton's first full year at RCR, and he had six top-tens and three top-fives for the year, including a third in the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix in April and a second-place finish in the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

In 2006, Burton won the pole for four races, bringing his total number of career pole wins to six. The four pole wins were for the Daytona 500, the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Prior to qualifying for the Daytona 500, Burton was extremely enthusiastic about the improvements to RCR as a whole. The Allstate 400 pole gave Richard Childress Racing the front row as teammate Clint Bowyer recorded the second fastest time. Burton's best finish came in the Chicagoland race where he recorded a second-place finish. He led the most laps at Indianapolis and Bristol's Sharpie 500, setting the pace for more than half the race. In the Busch Series, he won at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway, breaking his four-year winless streak in any series. Burton won the Dover 400 at Dover International Speedway allowing him to take the points lead. However, a series of relatively poor finishes in subsequent races, including a flat tire at Talladega while running in the top five and an engine failure at Martinsville, eliminated Burton from contention for the championship.

Burrton won the Samsung 500 (Texas) on April 15, 2007, driving the Prilosec OTC-sponsored Chevrolet, passing Matt Kenseth on the final lap, making him the first driver with multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished tied for 7th in the 2007 standings and finished the year in 8th

Burton came very close to winning the 50th running of the Daytona 500. He qualified 36th and by the end of the race had worked his way up in the field. He led prior to the race's final caution, but when the green flag dropped with four laps to go, lost several positions and wound up finishing 13th.

Burton won the 2008 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Following contact between Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, Burton passed both Harvick and Stewart for the 2nd position. On the ensuing restart Burton passed Denny Hamlin coming off of Turn 2 to win the Food City 500 and finishing off a sweep of the podium for Richard Childress Racing. Burton also won the 2008 Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Burton took the lead from Greg Biffle with just over 70 laps to go. During the final round of pit stops Burton took fuel only and held off a hard charging Jimmie Johnson for his first multiple win season since 2001. Burton improved to sixth in points

 
Burton in the No. 31 at Las Vegas in 2012. Burton's final four wins came with RCR

Burton had a new sponsor on the No. 31 beginning in 2009, after Caterpillar Inc., his brother Ward Burton's former sponsor at Bill Davis Racing, was signed through 2011. Burton was expected to make a run for the championship. Burton's best finish that year was a pair of second-place finishes in the final two races at Phoenix and Homestead.

In 2010, he rebounded but he had still not won a race, he finished second in both Dover races. He nearly won the fall Martinsville but a flat tire with 15 laps to go gave Denny Hamlin the win. A couple weeks later he and Jeff Gordon got into a wreck long after the caution was out. Burton walked up the track to confront Gordon and the two got into a shoving match. Burton finished 12th in the final standings. Afterwards, Burton assumed responsibility for the incident, stating he was attempting to catch up to Gordon, but was unable to see in the sunlight's glare.

 
Burton during the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500

In 2011, Burton opened the season by winning the second Gatorade Duel qualifying race, edging out his Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer. After that, Burton's season went downhill. He was leading the Daytona 500 halfway when his engine gave out. He nearly won the Coca-Cola 600 but got spun out on the final restart. Though wanting another caution, the yellow flag never came out because NASCAR wanted to see the race finish under green, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leading when the accident occurred. His teammate Kevin Harvick passed Earnhardt Jr. within the last 500 yards of the race, because Dale Jr. ran out of gas. This led to controversy because fans were speculating that NASCAR wanted Earnhardt to win and go back to victory lane in the first time in three years. Burton's first top 10 came in the twenty first race at Watkins Glen International. Burton had a strong run at the fall race at Talladega, leading on the last lap and out of turn four being pushed by Clint Bowyer. At the tri-oval, Bowyer slingshotted to Burton's outside and won by a hood, giving Richard Childress his 100th win as a team owner, Bowyer redeeming his 0.002 second loss to Jimmie Johnson at the track in the spring. In 2012, Burton gained the sponsorship in Wheaties, BB&T and EnerSys. The 31 team also switched crew chiefs too, and Drew Blickensderfer became the crew chief. After a dismal 2012, Blickensderfer was released 4 races early and Luke Lambert became Burton's crew chief in 2013. Shane Wilson became interim crew chief until the end of 2012. Burton had six Top 10s in 2012 including a dramatic 2nd-place finish at Daytona in July after saving his car from spinning on the final lap. At the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Burton would make his 1,000th career NASCAR start, the sixth driver in NASCAR history to do so.

On September 4, 2013, Richard Childress Racing announced that Burton would not be returning to RCR in 2014.

Ryan Newman (2014–2018)
 
Ryan Newman in the No. 31 at Talladega in 2016

In September 2013, Burton announced that he would be stepping out of the No. 31 at the end of the season due to a lack of additional sponsorship. On September 9, it was announced that Ryan Newman will drive the No. 31 beginning in 2014,[76] bringing sponsor Quicken Loans with him from Stewart-Haas Racing for 12 races.[77] Kevin Harvick had transferred to Stewart-Haas Racing, Newman's previous team, essentially meaning the two drivers were switching teams, although they did not end up in the same rides.

In 2015, Newman had a productive season. He picked up a few top fives in the spring, but his season changed. After the 2015 Auto Club 400, Newman's team was penalized with one of the harshest penalties ever. Key members of his team including Lambert were suspended for six races and fined $75,000 and stripped of 75 driver and owner points for having intentionally altered their tires. Newman appealed the penalty which got slightly reduced on appeal but the suspensions were upheld.

Newman struggled throughout the 2016 season, only managing 10 top tens and 2 top fives. He finished off the season with a poor 25th-place finish at Homestead Miami Speedway. Newman finished 11th in the 2016 Daytona 500. This was an improvement from 2015's finish which was a 38th-place finish.

In 2017, RCR re-signed Newman to a multi-year contract. On March 19, 2017, Newman won at Phoenix, breaking a four-year winless streak for himself and a nine-year winless streak for the No. 31 team. The team, however, struggled throughout the 2018 season, failing to make the Playoffs and finishing 17th in the points standings. On September 15, 2018, Newman announced he will not return to RCR in 2019.[78]

Tyler Reddick (2019)

In September 2018, RCR announced that newcomer Daniel Hemric will race full-time in the No. 31, replacing Newman beginning in 2019 while competing for 2019 Rookie of the Year honors.[79] On December 14, 2018, it was announced that the No. 31 car would be changing to No. 8 starting with the 2019 season.[21] In February 2019, RCR announced that the No. 31 would enter in the Daytona 500 with the car being driven by rookie Tyler Reddick.[80]

Car No. 31 resultsEdit

Richard Childress Racing No. 31
NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
1988 Rodney Combs 22 Chevy DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV RSD POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT
DNQ
NWS CAR
40
PHO ATL 58th 46
1993 Neil Bonnett 31 DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL
34
GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL
42
55th 98
1996 Mike Skinner DAY CAR
12
RCH ATL DAR BRI
36
NWS MAR TAL
17
SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV
19
MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO
13
ATL 47th 529
1997 DAY
12
CAR
25
RCH
26
ATL
21
DAR
30
TEX
22
BRI
35
MAR
32
SON
16
TAL
16
CLT
34
DOV
9
POC
41
MCH
42
CAL
33
DAY
41
NHA
21
POC
6
IND
9
GLN
19
MCH
30
BRI
34
DAR
36
RCH
29
NHA
35
DOV
19
MAR
31
CLT
DNQ
TAL
33
CAR
23
PHO
28
ATL
23
30th 2669
1998 DAY
8
CAR
32
LVS
29
ATL
42
DAR
28
BRI
32
TEX
33
CLT
29
DOV
27
RCH
30
MCH
29
POC
29
SON
17
NHA
5
POC
30
IND
4
GLN
3
MCH
19
BRI
7
NHA
15
DAR
26
RCH
8
DOV
32
MAR
16
CLT
21
TAL
7*
DAY
3
PHO
16
CAR
21
ATL
9
20th 3373
Morgan Shepherd MAR
11
TAL
35
Mike Dillon CAL
35
1999 Mike Skinner DAY
4
CAR
6
LVS
4
ATL
6
DAR
32
TEX
42
BRI
21
MAR
4
TAL
36
CAL
10
RCH
30
CLT
9
DOV
19
MCH
18
POC
22
SON
17
DAY
4
NHA
23
POC
10*
IND
12
GLN
9
MCH
36
BRI
23
DAR
36
RCH
11
NHA
27
DOV
21
MAR
6*
CLT
3
TAL
13
CAR
17
PHO
20
HOM
6
ATL
8
10th 4003
2000 DAY
16
CAR
21
LVS
27
ATL
30*
DAR
14
BRI
13
TEX
12
MAR
19
TAL
2
CAL
7
RCH
33
CLT
7
DOV
9
MCH
20
POC
9
SON
20
DAY
9
NHA
39
POC
7
IND
9
GLN
36
MCH
16
BRI
14
DAR
43
RCH
30
NHA
24
DOV
11
MAR
8
CLT
20
TAL
6
CAR
14
PHO
11
HOM
23
ATL
6
12th 3898
2001 DAY
26
CAR
24
LVS
18
ATL
9
DAR
37
BRI
18
TEX
30
MAR
32
TAL
29
CAL
32
RCH
24
CLT
11
DOV
11
MCH
20
POC
12
SON
34
DAY
41
CHI
42
MCH
18
BRI
34
DAR
24
RCH
33
DOV
20
26th 3235
Robby Gordon NHA
25
POC
28
IND
30
GLN
40
KAN
14
CLT
DNQ
MAR
38
TAL
19
PHO
7
CAR
37
ATL
DNQ
NHA
1
Jeff Green HOM
9
2002 Robby Gordon DAY
13
CAR
24
LVS
37
ATL
18
DAR
24
BRI
20
TEX
41
MAR
34
TAL
33
CAL
12
RCH
37
CLT
16
DOV
8
POC
19
MCH
33
SON
11
DAY
29
CHI
8
NHA
7
POC
25
IND
8
GLN
3
MCH
21
BRI
20
DAR
17
RCH
28
NHA
17
DOV
17
KAN
13
TAL
12
CLT
38
MAR
23
ATL
20
CAR
11
PHO
27
HOM
26
20th 3632
2003 DAY
6
CAR
29
LVS
23
ATL
17
DAR
28
BRI
17
TEX
18
TAL
10
MAR
21
CAL
27
RCH
4
CLT
17
DOV
9
POC
28
MCH
22
SON
1*
DAY
40
CHI
7
NHA
5
POC
18
IND
6
GLN
1*
MCH
6
BRI
35
DAR
28
RCH
29
NHA
21
DOV
23
TAL
12
KAN
25
CLT
38
MAR
36
ATL
21
PHO
32
CAR
20
HOM
30
16th 3856
2004 DAY
35
CAR
36
LVS
30
ATL
17
DAR
4
BRI
19
TEX
23
MAR
30
TAL
5
CAL
12
RCH
24
CLT
20
DOV
14
POC
8
MCH
33
SON
24
DAY
19
CHI
17
NHA
25
POC
7
IND
25
GLN
16
MCH
25
BRI
12
CAL
9
RCH
32
NHA
32
DOV
23
TAL
9
KAN
28
CLT
18
MAR
23
ATL
16
PHO
35
DAR
15
HOM
29
23rd 3646
2005 Jeff Burton DAY
29
CAL
19
LVS
17
ATL
15
BRI
36
MAR
16
TEX
12
PHO
3
TAL
10
DAR
21
RCH
16
CLT
22
DOV
12
POC
19
MCH
11
SON
30
DAY
11
CHI
30
NHA
14
POC
37
IND
20
GLN
43
MCH
26
BRI
2
CAL
35
RCH
18
NHA
9
DOV
11
TAL
35
KAN
28
CLT
14
MAR
5
ATL
8
TEX
30
PHO
15
HOM
25
18th 3803
2006 DAY
32
CAL
5
LVS
7
ATL
35
BRI
34
MAR
33
TEX
6
PHO
9
TAL
4
RCH
15
DAR
9
CLT
6
DOV
4
POC
9
MCH
11
SON
7
DAY
15
CHI
2
NHA
7
POC
9
IND
15*
GLN
11
MCH
42
BRI
9*
CAL
16
RCH
9
NHA
7
DOV
1
KAN
5
TAL
27
CLT
3
MAR
42
ATL
13
TEX
38
PHO
10
HOM
14
7th 6228
2007 DAY
3
CAL
4
LVS
15
ATL
4
BRI
2
MAR
6
TEX
1
PHO
13
TAL
34
RCH
43
DAR
10
CLT
24
DOV
12
POC
13
MCH
24
SON
3
NHA
7
DAY
16
CHI
7
IND
8
POC
11
GLN
40
MCH
14
BRI
12
CAL
4
RCH
18
NHA
18
DOV
7
KAN
36
TAL
43
CLT
4
MAR
12
ATL
5
TEX
6
PHO
9
HOM
8
8th 6231
2008 DAY
13
CAL
12
LVS
5
ATL
10
BRI
1
MAR
3
TEX
6
PHO
6
TAL
12
RCH
11
DAR
10
CLT
6
DOV
8
POC
5
MCH
15
SON
13
NHA
12
DAY
37
CHI
19
IND
9
POC
21
GLN
17
MCH
11
BRI
42
CAL
17
RCH
6
NHA
4
DOV
9
KAN
7
TAL
4
CLT
1
MAR
17
ATL
18
TEX
13
PHO
9
HOM
40
6th 6335
2009 DAY
28
CAL
32
LVS
3
ATL
14
BRI
8
MAR
15
TEX
9
PHO
15
TAL
10
RCH
3
DAR
12
CLT
25
DOV
16
POC
9
MCH
26
SON
34
NHA
31
DAY
16
CHI
37
IND
25
POC
21
GLN
38
MCH
18
BRI
34
ATL
18
RCH
16
NHA
16
DOV
16
KAN
23
CAL
30
CLT
14
MAR
15
TAL
5
TEX
9
PHO
2
HOM
2
17th 4022
2010 DAY
11
CAL
3
LVS
11
ATL
20
BRI
10
MAR
20
PHO
25
TEX
12
TAL
32*
RCH
4
DAR
8
DOV
2
CLT
25
POC
7
MCH
8
SON
27
NHA
12
DAY
5
CHI
7
IND
8
POC
8
GLN
9
MCH
24
BRI
16
ATL
4
RCH
13
NHA
15
DOV
2
KAN
18
CAL
23
CLT
20
MAR
9*
TAL
41
TEX
36
PHO
19
HOM
31
12th 6033
2011 DAY
36
PHO
26
LVS
21
BRI
20
CAL
15
MAR
24
TEX
11
TAL
16
RCH
16
DAR
33
DOV
11
CLT
21
KAN
25
POC
20
MCH
24
SON
21
DAY
21
KEN
19
NHA
16
IND
35
POC
17
GLN
9
MCH
17
BRI
15
ATL
13
RCH
29
CHI
15
NHA
13
DOV
11
KAN
21
CLT
18
TAL
2
MAR
6
TEX
27
PHO
4
HOM
10
20th 935
2012 DAY
5
PHO
33
LVS
14
BRI
6
CAL
22
MAR
22
TEX
29
KAN
22
RCH
31
TAL
10
DAR
18
CLT
19
DOV
22
POC
15
MCH
21
SON
11
KEN
24
DAY
2
NHA
21
IND
32
POC
22
GLN
30
MCH
19
BRI
33
ATL
12
RCH
6
CHI
24
NHA
15
DOV
27
TAL
10
CLT
28
KAN
28
MAR
22
TEX
19
PHO
13
HOM
19
19th 883
2013 DAY
30
PHO
10
LVS
26
BRI
32
CAL
17
MAR
18
TEX
23
KAN
18
RCH
5
TAL
28
DAR
21
CLT
12
DOV
11
POC
11
MCH
10
SON
31
KEN
19
DAY
16
NHA
3
IND
43
POC
36
GLN
26
MCH
8
BRI
13
ATL
34
RCH
18
CHI
14
NHA
8
DOV
14
KAN
12
CLT
21
TAL
21
MAR
11
TEX
24
PHO
17
HOM
23
20th 906
2014 Ryan Newman DAY
22
PHO
7
LVS
7
BRI
16
CAL
20
MAR
20
TEX
16
DAR
10
RCH
8
TAL
18
KAN
11
CLT
15
DOV
31
POC
7
MCH
15
SON
11
KEN
3
DAY
24
NHA
5
IND
11
POC
8
GLN
41
MCH
11
BRI
13
ATL
7
RCH
9
CHI
15
NHA
18
DOV
8
KAN
6
CLT
7
TAL
5
MAR
3
TEX
15
PHO
11
HOM
2
2nd 5042
2015 DAY
38
ATL
10
LVS
3
PHO
3
CAL
5
MAR
27
TEX
12
BRI
5
RCH
11
TAL
7
KAN
10
CLT
6
DOV
18
POC
39
MCH
18
SON
9
DAY
8
KEN
20
NHA
11
IND
11
POC
23
GLN
15
MCH
8
BRI
10
DAR
13
RCH
20
CHI
4
NHA
10
DOV
19
CLT
15
KAN
11
TAL
12
MAR
7
TEX
22
PHO
11
HOM
17
11th 2314
2016 DAY
11
ATL
24
LVS
13
PHO
39
CAL
14
MAR
10
TEX
17
BRI
9
RCH
18
TAL
28
KAN
7
DOV
16
CLT
10
POC
12
MCH
11
SON
8
DAY
18
KEN
3
NHA
7
IND
31
POC
12
GLN
16
BRI
28
MCH
17
DAR
8
RCH
28
CHI
19
NHA
20
DOV
17
CLT
4
KAN
12
TAL
14
MAR
16
TEX
10
PHO
12
HOM
25
18th 895
2017 DAY
21
ATL
35
LVS
17
PHO
1
CAL
15
MAR
8
TEX
26
BRI
14
RCH
7
TAL
25
KAN
40
CLT
9
DOV
4
POC
14
MCH
15
SON
15
DAY
5
KEN
22
NHA
27
IND
3
POC
14
GLN
25
MCH
4
BRI
6
DAR
7
RCH
3
CHI
23
NHA
13
DOV
13
CLT
40
TAL
2
KAN
33
MAR
14
TEX
20
PHO
20
HOM
10
16th 2196
2018 DAY
8
ATL
22
LVS
11
PHO
11
CAL
21
MAR
19
TEX
27
BRI
10
RCH
37
TAL
9
DOV
33
KAN
30
CLT
35
POC
25
MCH
22
SON
24
CHI
15
DAY
8
KEN
21
NHA
6
POC
8
GLN
19
MCH
15
BRI
12
DAR
19
IND
10
LVS
9
RCH
15
CLT
11
DOV
17
TAL
25
KAN
15
MAR
8
TEX
18
PHO
11
HOM
15
17th 769
2019 Tyler Reddick DAY
27
ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN
9
CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 41st 38

Car No. 33 historyEdit

Part-time beginnings (2003–2008)

What is now the No. 33 car started as the No. 90 car in 2003. RCR entered the No. 90 Chevrolet in the fall Talladega race with John Andretti driving. The car was sponsored by AOL 9.0 and was numbered 90 for marketing purposes. Ron Hornaday, Jr. ran the No. 90 in the season-ending Ford 400 with Childress Vineyards on the hood. In 2004, it was announced that Kerry Earnhardt would drive the car (renumbered to 33) in five NASCAR Nextel Cup races.[81][82] Mike Skinner would run the car in the Daytona 500, finishing 22nd. Earnhardt drove the car in the other three restrictor plate races with Bass Pro Shops sponsoring, getting his best finish of 24th. He attempted all of the restrictor plate races again in 2005, finishing 17th at Talladega. In addition, road course ringer Brian Simo brought home a 10th-place finish at Infineon Raceway. Clint Bowyer (Childress' Busch Series driver) made his Nextel Cup debut in this car with a Sylvania sponsorship at Phoenix in April 2005. Scott Wimmer ran the season finale in 2005, attempted two races in 2006 (making one start), and only made one start out of seven attempts in 2007. On May 2, 2008, Wimmer attempted but failed to qualify for the 2008 Crown Royal presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond. Wimmer had sponsorships from Holiday Inn and Camping World/RVs.com. Ken Schrader and Mike Wallace ran one race apice in 2008.

Clint Bowyer (2009–2011)
 
Clint Bowyer's No. 33 in the pits at Homestead–Miami Speedway in 2010

RCR expanded to 4 full-time NASCAR Cup Series teams in 2009 with sponsorship from General Mills' Cheerios and Hamburger Helper sponsorships on the No. 33 Chevrolet. On August 23, 2008, RCR driver Clint Bowyer was announced as the driver of the No. 33 General Mills-sponsored Chevrolet Impala SS for the 2009 season. Casey Mears took over Bowyer's previous car, the No. 07 Jack Daniel's-sponsored Chevrolet Impala SS. In his first race in the car, Bowyer finished fourth in the 2009 Daytona 500. However, the team failed to win in 2009.

The Hartford joined the team as an additional a sponsor of the No. 33 during 2010, and Bowyer's consistency improved markedly. The team had a fairly solid season in 2010.

However, in 2011, the team struggled with consistency. With the departure of Bowyer to Michael Waltrip Racing for 2012, General Mills moved its sponsorship over to the No. 31 team, leaving the No. 33 team without a driver or sponsor.

Circle Sport (2012–2015)

The No. 33 began 2012 with the intent of running only as long as sponsorship would allow.[83] Kroger and General Mills sponsored at the Daytona 500 with Elliott Sadler driving.[84] Brendan Gaughan drove the next four races with his family's South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa on the car.[85] Elliott's brother Hermie Sadler then drove at Martinsville with Anderson's Maple Syrup sponsoring. This would be the last race for the 33 under RCR control, fielded as a collaboration with the new team ownership (see below).[83][86]

In April 2012, Childress announced that he sold the No. 33 to Joe Falk and Mike Hillman, Sr., who had fielded the No. 40 twice earlier in the season but had yet to qualify for a race. However, they kept the number 33, with the team assuming the name Circle Sport. Falk and Hillman took over the car at Texas in April. The transfer allowed RCR to field the number for their entries on limited occasions.[86][87] In the first of these occasions, Austin Dillon ran the car under the RCR banner with American Ethanol, finishing 24th at the June Michigan race. For 2013, the same arrangement continued,[87] with Dillon running the No. 33 as an RCR entry for selected races including Daytona, Michigan, and Indianapolis. Brian Scott ran an RCR car in his Cup debut at the 2013 Bank of America 500, finishing 27th.[88]

In 2014, RCR ran the 33 in the first two races of the season with Scott and his family's Whitetail Club.[89] Scott finished fifth in his Daytona Duel to earn a spot in the Daytona 500, then finished 25th in the race after several accidents.[90] Scott ran the next race at Phoenix, starting and finishing 32nd. Scott was involved in a controversy in the fifth race of the season at Fontana, when he spun out Cup Series regular Aric Almirola, who expressed displeasure at Scott's driving and source of sponsorship after getting out of the car.[91] Scott would finish 35th in that race. Brian then won the pole at the spring Talladega race, his first career Cup pole.[92] Scott would not lead any laps, however, and finished 42nd after crashing out. 2000 Cup Champion Bobby Labonte, who was doing test driving for RCR, drove the same car at the summer Daytona race, under the Circle Sport banner.[93] The car again had speed in qualifying, timing in 4th. Labonte would contend for the lead for much of the race but finish 26th after being swept up in the Big One. Richard Childress' younger grandson Ty Dillon drove at Atlanta and Phoenix in the fall, with sponsorship from Rheem, Realtree and Charter Communications.[94][95]

Ty Dillon attempted the 2015 Daytona 500 in the No. 33 for RCR with Cheerios and Kroger sponsoring.[96] Dillon qualified for the Daytona 500 and finished 28th. Brian Scott qualified for Atlanta in the No. 33 (under the Circle Sport banner) the next week, but gave up his seat to HScott Motorsports after their driver Michael Annett missed the race. Under NASCAR rules, Falk would receive owner's points.[97] Scott raced the next week at Las Vegas for RCR, finishing 13th, and also ran well two races later at Fontana before finishing 27th. Scott made the field at Talladega in May, but finished last after a blown engine and subsequent crash collecting Michael Waltrip.[98] Dillon ran the car at Kansas in May promoting SpongeBob SquarePants character Plankton.[99] Scott drove the car at Dover with Acme Markets and Kraft, finishing 36th after a crash with Kyle Busch.[100] Dillon returned at Pocono and Michigan in June with Yuengling and Nexium sponsoring in respective events.[101][102] Scott returned with Shore Lodge at the July Daytona race and the Brickyard 400. The 33 shut down at the end of the season.

Car No. 33 resultsEdit

Richard Childress Racing No. 33
NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2003 John Andretti 90 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX TAL MAR CAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV TAL
15
KAN CLT MAR ATL PHO CAR 62nd 103
Ron Hornaday Jr. HOM
20
2004 Mike Skinner 33 DAY
22
CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR 51st 465
Kerry Earnhardt TAL
35
CAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH
DNQ
SON DAY
28
CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI CAL TAL
24
KAN CLT MAR ATL
DNQ
PHO DAR HOM
Johnny Sauter RCH
DNQ
NHA
DNQ
DOV
2005 Kerry Earnhardt DAY
DNQ
CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX TAL
17
DAR RCH CLT DOV POC MCH DAY
42
CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV TAL
39
KAN CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 53rd 454
Clint Bowyer PHO
22
Brian Simo SON
10
2006 Scott Wimmer DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM
12
60th 127
2007 DAY CAL LVS ATL
DNQ
BRI MAR TEX
DNQ
PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND
31
POC GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV
DNQ
KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 54th 142
2008 DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH
DNQ
DAR 50th 165
Ken Schrader CLT
33
DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN
Mike Wallace TAL
30
CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM
2009 Clint Bowyer DAY
4
CAL
19
LVS
2
ATL
6
BRI
13
MAR
5
TEX
22
PHO
26
TAL
39
RCH
18
DAR
37
CLT
36
DOV
11
POC
12
MCH
10
SON
8
NHA
20
DAY
29
CHI
9
IND
18
POC
3
GLN
9
MCH
8
BRI
21
ATL
29
RCH
6
NHA
10
DOV
15
KAN
21
CAL
9
CLT
6
MAR
19
TAL
12
TEX
7
PHO
7
HOM
11
15th 4359
2010 DAY
4
CAL
8
LVS
8
ATL
23
BRI
40
MAR
7
PHO
9
TEX
36
TAL
7
RCH
12
DAR
32
DOV
17
CLT
7
POC
9
MCH
22
SON
31
NHA
7
DAY
17
CHI
4
IND
4
POC
15
GLN
32
MCH
13
BRI
4
ATL
7
RCH
6
NHA
1*
DOV
25
KAN
15
CAL
2
CLT
17
MAR
38
TAL
1
TEX
7
PHO
21
HOM
12
10th 6155
2011 DAY
17
PHO
27
LVS
15
BRI
35
CAL
7
MAR
9
TEX
2
TAL
2
RCH
6
DAR
31
DOV
6
CLT
15
KAN
18
POC
16
MCH
8
SON
4
DAY
36
KEN
35
NHA
17
IND
13
POC
18
GLN
11
MCH
8
BRI
26
ATL
36
RCH
22
CHI
7
NHA
26
DOV
8
KAN
7
CLT
24
TAL
1
MAR
19
TEX
9
PHO
10
HOM
6
13th 1047
2012 Elliott Sadler DAY
27
37th[1] 253[2]
Brendan Gaughan PHO
27
LVS
34
BRI
22
CAL
43
Hermie Sadler MAR
31
TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV POC
Austin Dillon MCH
24
SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV TAL CLT KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM
2013 DAY
31
PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV POC MCH
11
SON KEN DAY NHA IND
26
POC GLN MCH BRI ATL
19
RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN TEX
22
PHO HOM 38th[3] 441[4]
Brian Scott CLT
27
TAL MAR
2014 DAY
25
PHO
32
LVS BRI CAL
35
MAR TEX DAR RCH TAL
42
KAN CLT
32
DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI HOM
28
40th[5] 337[6]
Ty Dillon ATL
25
RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO
27
2015 DAY
28
ATL KAN
26
CLT POC
18
MCH
14
SON HOM
23
35th[7] 458[8]
Brian Scott LVS
13
PHO CAL
27
MAR TEX
BRI RCH TAL
43
DOV
38
DAY
42
KEN NHA IND
36
POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH
22
CHI
22
NHA DOV CLT KAN
12
TAL MAR TEX
14
PHO

^ From 2012-2015, RCR shared their owner points with Joe Falk's team, Circle Sport. The 33 car ran races not raced by RCR under the ownership of Falk, thus making their owner's points for the 33 reflective of an entire 36 race season rather than the part time schedule RCR ran.

Car No. 98 historyEdit

Austin Dillon made his Cup Series debut at Kansas in October 2011, with sponsorship from Camping World on the No. 98 Chevrolet. The car was fielded in association with music executive Mike Curb and promoted the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration.[103] The entry was allowed because of NASCAR's policy that allows teams to field a fifth car if it is fielded for a rookie in seven or less races.

Car No. 98 ResultsEdit

Richard Childress Racing No. 98
NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2011 Austin Dillon 98 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT KAN POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN
26
CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 51st 18

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