Richard Childress is enjoying seeing his grandkids, Austin and Ty Dillon, rise through the ranks.
Richard Childress Racing, long one of
NASCAR’s established and successful
powerhouses, is going through a
generational transformation with an
eye toward the future.
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Formed more than four decades ago
by then-independent owner/driver
Richard Childress, the team has since
gone on to accumulate 11 Owners’
Championships in NASCAR’s top three
divisions, with the late, great Dale
Earnhardt winning six of his seven
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
championships driving for RCR.
Now, though, the future of the team is
pointed toward Childress’s grandsons,
Austin and Ty Dillon, who in 2012 won
Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR
Nationwide Series and Camping World
Truck Series, respectively.
Last season, Austin, 22, won three NNS
poles and two races, parlaying 16 top-five
and 27 top- 10 finishes into a final ranking
of third overall in the point standings.
In the much shorter, 22-race Truck
Series schedule, 20-year-old Ty took his
Chevy Silverado to one victory, seven
top-five and 17 top- 10 finishes, ending
the year fourth overall in points.
In 2013, each of the Dillon boys will
“we’re really going good as a
return to his respective RCR ride and race
team. It says a lot for the
future of rcr”
for a championship, Austin in Nationwide
and Ty in the Truck Series.
Austin will also enter the 2013
Daytona 500, the opening points race
of the Sprint Cup Series, driving the
No. 33 RCR Chevrolet SS, with
sponsorship from Honey Nut Cheerios.
“We’ve got to get in the race first,” says
Austin of his impending debut in stock car
racing’s biggest event. “That’s the first
thing we have to worry about. We’ll have
some testing in January and make sure
we bring a good car and do everything I
can as a driver to get in the race. Once
we’re locked in, it’s going to be fun.”
As for Ty, he’s excited about the future.
“We’re really going good as a team,” he
says. “It says a lot for the future of RCR,
not only just me and Austin as drivers,
but our teams moving up and getting
stronger and stronger in every series.”
“To see the success Austin had in his
rookie NASCAR Nationwide Series season,
especially with the two wins and Rookie of
the Year honors, has surpassed our
expectations,” says Childress, talking as a
team owner and a proud grandparent.
“For Ty to be Rookie of the Year in the
Truck Series, after Joey Coulter did it last
year and Austin in 2010, is a pretty cool
deal for RCR, ECR and our family.”