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Austin Dillon Wins in No. 39 American Ethanol Chevrolet at Eldora Speedway
Making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start since earning the 2011 driving championship, Austin Dillon earned a memorable and historic race win in the No. 39 American Ethanol Chevrolet on Wednesday evening at Eldora Speedway.
The eldest grandson of Richard Childress drove from the 19th starting spot to Victory Lane, winning the first NASCAR national series race on dirt since 1970. Dillon advanced to sixth by lap 31 on the initial start, posting some of the fastest lap times in the 30-truck field. He was scored in the fourth position by the time the caution flag waved on lap 54, signaling the end of the first of three pre-designated segments. During the segment break, the Danny Stockman-led crew pitted for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.
Restarting from the fourth position for the second segment, Dillon took the race lead on lap 89 just as the caution flag was displayed to the field for an incident. He led the field to the restart on lap 96 and remained the race leader through the remainder of the second and third segments, surviving a green-white-checkered restart that extended the race three laps past its advertised distance to secure the win.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
"It's amazing, I love this dirt racing. It's so much fun. This is real racing right here. We started 19th and had to come from a long way. My American Ethanol truck could turn a little earlier in the middle and had drive, so that's where I could pass."
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Bass Pro Shops and RCR Partner to Bring Back Famous No. 3
Photo credit to Harold Hinson Photography
Richard Childress Racing and Bass Pro Shopshave reached a partnership agreement for third-generation driver Austin Dillon to compete in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado for the majority of the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.
This RCR/Bass Pro Shops partnership is the latest chapter of a relationship which began in 1998 when the nation’s No. 1 outdoor retailer signed on as an associate sponsor of RCR’s No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo with legendary driver Dale Earnhardt. The relationship continued with Kevin Harvick and the No 29 Chevrolet and, in 2004, Kerry Earnhardt, Dale’s eldest son, drove RCR’s No. 33 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Monte Carlo in six Sprint Cup Series races.
“All of us at Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats are tickled to death to once again partner with Richard Childress and the RCR team,” stated Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. “ Austin is a promising young driver with a great future ahead of him,” continued Morris. “He also has a passion for hunting, fishing, and conservation just like his grandpa.”
Bass Pro Shops was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Springfield , Mo. The outdoor retail leader has 56 stores throughout the United States and Canada , serving over 100 million sportsmen a year.
Dillon, 19, is the grandson of RCR President and CEO, Richard Childress , and the son of Mike Dillon , a former NASCAR driver who is now RCR’s vice president of competition. The Clemmons, N.C., native began his racing career in 2005 driving Bandaleros and Legends cars, progressing to dirt and asphalt Late Model cars by 2007. He earned rookie of the year honors and finished second in the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series East point standings. That same year, Dillon made his NASCAR Nationwide Series deb ut at Richmond International Raceway in September and earned a fourth-place finish at Memphis Motorsports Park in October in only his second race.
In 2009, Dillon competed in the NASCAR Camping World Series, ARCA Series, Nationwide Series and made two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driving RCR’s famous black No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado. In the fall of 2009, he enrolled in High Point University ’s Nido R. Quebin School of Communications as an incoming freshman student.
“I’m very excited about welcoming Bass Pro Shops back to RCR,” said Dillon. “Hunting and racing have always been two of my family’s biggest passions and to be able to bring them together through Bass Pro Shops is truly special. This great partnership will create more awareness to hunting and wildlife conservation.”
RCR won the first NCWTS race, at Phoenix International Raceway, and went on to capture the series’ first championship in 1995 with Mike Skinner driving the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Silverado. Skinner won 16 races in two seasons and Jay Sauter would earn four more victories before RCR discontinued the program at the conclusion of the 1999 season. In 132 NCWTS starts, RCR-prepared trucks earned 20 victories, 59 top-five and 85 top-10 finishes.
“It’s great to see the black No. 3 Chevy Silverado back on the track, especially with Bass Pro Shops on board with the program,” said Richard Childress , president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “I’m proud to have personally endorsed Bass Pro Shops since 1998 and I look forward to this exciting new chapter of our partnership. The great things Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops do for wildlife and outdoor conservation is very important. Austin and I are proud to spread the word about conservation as well as making the youth of America more aware of the importance and fun of hunting and fishing and conserving the great outdoors.”
RCR has fielded Chevrolet Silverados for eight drivers in the NCWTS: Bill Cooper, Austin Dillon, Mike Dillon , Tim George Jr., Dave Marcis, Jay Sauter, Jim Sauter, and Skinner.
About Bass Pro Shops Group:
Bass Pro Shops-55 retail stores in 26 states and Canada visited by over 100 million people annually, international catalog and internet retailing, American Rod & Gun wholesale division selling to over 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide, Outdoor World Incentives also selling Bass Pro Shops gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America and a restaurant division with 26 locations.
For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.
Tracker Marine Group– Manufactures and sells Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly, Fisher, Pro Craft, Kenner , Mako, and SeaCraft boats through Bass Pro Shops retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide. For more information go to www.trackermarine.com.
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Taylor Earnhardt Completes First Runs in RCR No. 3 Chevrolet Her Father Made Famous
GOODWOOD, England (July 3, 2009) – Taylor Earnhardt, daughter of Dale and Teresa Earnhardt, completed two hillclimb runs in the first day of the 17th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed driving the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo her father made famous.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is held on the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex , a place of significant British motorsports history. This year’s gathering includes a number of NASCAR stock cars in honor of the 50th anniversary of Daytona International Speedway that will participate in both demonstration and competition runs up the nine-turn, 1.16-mile hillclimb circuit.
“It was a great experience driving my dad’s race car today,” said the younger Earnhardt. “There are so many great race cars and race drivers here and I was honored to be able to run with them. The Goodwood Festival is an amazing event and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
The car was prepared and is being taken care of at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by former No. 3 team crew members Danny Lawrence and Rich Burgess. The No. 3 Chevy was the car Dale Earnhardt drove to his 76th and final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in October 2000 at Talladega ( Ala. ) Superspeedway. Lawrence is currently the assistant head engine builder/trackside manager for Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines and Burgess is the shop manager for RCR’s No. 31 Caterpillar team in the NSCS.
“ Taylor did a really good job,” said Lawrence . “She doesn’t have a lot of experience in a race car but she learned pretty quick and held her own out there. I was told there were about 125,000 fans here today so it had to be a little intimidating. But, she knows a thing or two about intimidating so it didn’t seem to bother her any. She should have even more confidence for tomorrow’s runs.”
Childress Denies Reported Lawsuit Against GM
Welcome, NC (June 22, 2009) – The following is a statement from Richard Childress , president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing regarding allegations that RCR has filed a lawsuit against General Motors:
“I would like to set the record straight that RCR has NOT filed a lawsuit against General Motors and I do not appreciate anyone suggesting otherwise. As is standard practice in bankruptcy proceedings, RCR has made a filing which is common among creditors in these situations. As previously stated as recently as this past weekend in Sonoma , RCR is proud to be associated with General Motors and we are working closely with them during these difficult economic times.”
About Richard Childress Racing
Richard Childress Racing (www.rcrracing.com), celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2009, has earned more than 180 victories and 12 NASCAR championships, including six in the Sprint Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. Its 2009 Sprint Cup Series lineup includes Casey Mears (No. 07 Jack Daniel’s), Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil), Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar) and Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper). Its 2009 Nationwide Series lineup includes Bowyer, Burton and Stephen Leicht (No. 29 Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express) as well as Austin Dillon and Sean Caisse (No. 2 RCR Chevrolet.)
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