Rodney Childers (born June 7, 1976) is an American Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chief and former stock car racing driver. He is currently employed at Stewart-Haas Racing as the crew chief for the No. 4 Ford Mustang, driven by Kevin Harvick, winner of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Childers was born in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Childers in 2014
|Born||June 7, 1976|
Mooresville, North Carolina
|Achievements||2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|1 race run over 1 year|
|Best finish||119th (2000)|
|First race||2000 Myrtle Beach 250 (Myrtle Beach)|
Before becoming crew chief, Childers himself was a racer, competing in the World Karting Association when he was 12 years old. He won seven championships in the state of South Carolina and five championships at the national level before moving to the Late Model Stock Car division in 1997. From 1999 to 2002 he competed in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series and the Hooters Pro Cup Series. In 2000, Childers made his Busch Series debut at Myrtle Beach Speedway, driving the #49 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Jay Robinson Racing.
Childers retired from driving in 2003 to concentrate on becoming a mechanic. He first worked with Penske-Jasper Racing as a mechanic for the #77 Dodge, before becoming car chief. In June 2005, Childers was named Scott Riggs' crew chief at MB2/MBV Motorsports for the rest of the season, where Riggs two top-fives and four top-10 finishes. He moved with Riggs to Evernham Motorsports at the start of the 2006 season, and stayed with him until October 2007, when he became Elliott Sadler's crew chief at Evernham. He stayed with Sadler until the end of 2008, when he moved to Michael Waltrip Racing.
Childers used to own a 67 Shelby Mustang GT500. It was given to him by MWR co-owner Robert "Rob" Kauffman after he and driver David Reutimann won the Coca-Cola 600. Reutimann also received a Mustang from the co-owner of MWR. Childers repeated the talents they used to win the Coke 600 to win Reutimann an upset Cup victory at Chicago. After Reutimann went winless in 2011 the driver was released by MWR, to be replaced by Mark Martin and one of Childers' lifelong friends, Brian Vickers. Childers and the team was renumbered to 55. Vickers won the #55 team a victory at Loudon.
On August 23, 2013, despite the Loudon win, Childers announced that he was leaving MWR to become Kevin Harvick's crew chief at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. Childers was released from his crew chief duties by MWR following the 2013 Irwin Tools Night Race, but remained under contract for the remainder of the season.
Harvick and Childers combined to win the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. Since the title reign, the duo have been consistent in finishing within the NASCAR playoffs. The two have combined to win 22 points races, 18 poles and 1 Allstar race win since the start of the 4 team.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
|NASCAR Busch Series results|
|2000||Jay Robinson Racing||49||Chevy||DAY||CAR||LVS||ATL||DAR||BRI||TEX||NSV||TAL||CAL||RCH||NHA||CLT||DOV||SBO||MYB
- Pockrass, Bob (November 16, 2014). "Move to Stewart-Haas Racing changed Kevin Harvick's life". Sporting News. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
- Pockrass, Bob (2013-08-23). "Crew chief Rodney Childers leaving MWR for Stewart-Haas". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-08-24. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- Pockrass, Bob (August 26, 2013). "Rodney Childers released by Michael Waltrip Racing". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
- Bruce, Kenny (2014-04-10). "WINDS OF CHANGE: CHILDERS' EVENTFUL PATH TO NASCAR". NASCAR. Retrieved 2014-04-10.