Tag:Richard Childress
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:41 pm

Bass Pro to sponsor Dillon brothers

Posted By Pete Pistone

From News Release

Bass Pro Shops will continue its partnership with Richard Childress Racing in 2012, serving as a primary sponsor of both Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet Impala in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Ty Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats will be the primary sponsor throughout the year on the No. 3 truck during Ty Dillon’s first full season in the series. The No. 1 outdoor retailer leader will also be the primary sponsor for five races of Austin Dillon’s rookie season in the Nationwide Series and an associate sponsor throughout the season.

“We are pleased to once again partner with our good friend and hunting buddy Richard Childress for the 2012 racing season,” stated Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. “Austin and Ty are both remarkably talented racers with a promising future ahead of them. They are also tremendous ambassadors for the outdoors and hunting and fishing. I look forward to seeing them both race and hopefully spending a little time with them and grandpa out hunting or fishing.”

The RCR/Bass Pro Shops partnership began in 1998 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. Austin Dillon picked up the mantle in 2010, earning two victories and the Truck Series Rookie of the Year honors before capturing the championship in just his second season in the series. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats also was a sponsor for Ty Dillon’s championship season in the 2011 ARCA Series presented by Menards.

“The continuation of the Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats partnership with my grandsons is rewarding, both professionally and personally,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “We are proud to fly the Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats banner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and look forward to being successful with both race teams.”

Bass Pro Shops was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Springfield, Mo. The outdoor retail leader has 58 stores throughout the United States and Canada, serving over 112 million sportsmen a year.

“I’m a hunter and a fisherman so it’s really cool to have the support of Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats,” said Austin Dillon. “It means a lot to me that Johnny Morris and everyone at Bass Pro are going to follow me to the NASCAR Nationwide Series. We were able to win some races for them and a championship in theTruck Series so I hope we can find them continued success in the Nationwide Series this year.”

“It’s an honor to be a part of the Bass Pro Shops family,” said Ty Dillon. “I’m really excited that they will be embarking on my first full season in the Truck Series with me. Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats have been a huge part of my career and my goal is to bring them as much success as my brother, Austin, did these past two seasons.” 

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 6:12 pm

Brendan Gaughan to run Nationwide, Trucks for RCR

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

WELCOME, N.C. (December 8, 2011) - Veteran NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan will compete in 10 races on the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, driving Richard Childress Racing's No. 33 Chevrolet Impala, and in eight races on the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, driving RCR's No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado. 

Gaughan, 36, is the 2002 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year and competed fulltime in the Nationwide Series in 2009 and 2010, earning one pole and 17 top-10 finishes in 71 career starts. He finished ninth in the 2009 driver championship point standings and 11th in 2010. The two-time NASCAR Camping World Series West champion (2000-2001) has also earned eight victories and 63 top-10 finishes in 187 Truck Series starts, finishing 12th in the 2011 driver championship point standings. Gaughan was also part of the five-driver lineup that won the GT3 division of the 2011 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona sports car race at Daytona International Speedway. 

"The last few years, I have been racing for teams that try to buy their engineering or equipment from organizations as great as RCR, but doing that is never the same as racing for RCR," said Gaughan. "I have always steered away from switching to a part-time schedule in the past but I had to look at where I would have the best opportunity to win races again and the opportunity to race for Richard Childress is one I couldn't pass up. By sharing the Nationwide Series seat with RCR's Cup Series drivers, I know I'm going to be in the best equipment in the garage and have the best opportunity to win races to get myself back to where I want to be and that is to compete fulltime again."

Gaughan's Nationwide and Truck Series races will be sponsored by South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with the exception of two Nationwide Series events which will be sponsored by Menards. 

The Las Vegas native's 18-race schedule will kick-off with the Truck Series event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and includes visits in both series to his home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gaughan's Nationwide Series events include races at Iowa Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway among others. His Truck Series line-up includes events at Texas Motor Speedway, where he is a four-time winner, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and others, as well as the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

"Brendan is a proven race winner and champion so we're excited to have him driving for RCR," said Richard Childress, president and chief executive officer of Richard Childress Racing. "He will be a great addition to RCR's overall driver lineup as we re-launch our NASCAR Nationwide Series program and continue the strength of our Camping World Truck Series program in 2012." 

The complete crew chief and remaining driver lineup for the No. 33 Nationwide Series team and the No. 2 Truck Series team will be announced at a later date. 

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:56 pm

Pocono's Mattiolis Named Myers Brothers Recipient

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

Drs. Joseph and Rose Mattioli, owners and founders of Pocono International Raceway, today were named the recipients of the prestigious Myers Brothers Award. Voted on each year by the membership of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA), the Myers Brothers Award recognizes individuals and/or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. It is named after two of the sport’s pioneers, Billy and Bob Myers.

The award was presented at the annual NASCAR, NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon, part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week activities in Las Vegas. The Mattioli’ grandson and Raceway CEO, Brandon Igdalsky accepted the award on behalf of his grandparents, who were unable to attend.

Drs. Joe and Rose Mattioli lived their dream of bringing NASCAR racing to the Pocono (Pa.) Mountains, opening Pocono Raceway in 1968. They hosted their first NASCAR 500-mile race in 1974, introducing fans and drivers to a track that would long be known for its unique shape and racing style. They were always on hand at races, greeting media members and drivers and working tirelessly to improve and enhance their facility and to always keep the fans in mind.  A total of 68 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races have been held at Pocono Raceway. It is the only race track, hosting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, that is entirely family owned and operated. 

In a prepared statement, read by his grandson, Dr. Mattioli stated “Having been a part of NASCAR for most of my life, I am honored that I would be awarded the prestigious Myers Brothers Award. The history of this award is so meaningful to both Rose and I…. and knowing the caliber of the past recipients, I am left speechless. As you all know, that doesn't happen too often. Although I would love to be there in person, I am proud that my grandsons Brandon and Nick, who are now running the track after my retirement, are able to accept this prestigious honor on my behalf. I am very humbled – thank you all very much!” 

“Dr. Joe and Dr. Rose Mattioli represent the true heart and spirit of NASCAR,” NMPA President Rea White said. “They always recognized that NASCAR was more about people than anything else. Their legacy in the sport goes far beyond the Pocono track they labored to build.” 

“Doc” and Dr. Rose join an élite group of winners of the Myers Brothers Award including such giants in the sport of stock car racing as:  Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Rusty Wallace and Rick Hendrick.

The 2011 award finalist were the Wood Brothers, Jeff Gordon, Sprint, Jimmie Johnson and Jack Roush.

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:51 pm

Prestigious Shuman Award to Richard Childress

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

Richard Childress, president and chief executive officer of Richard Childress Racing, was named the 2011 NASCAR Buddy Shuman Award winner today during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Luncheon at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. 

The NASCAR Buddy Shuman Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the growth of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing. The award is named in honor of Louis Grier "Buddy" Shuman, a pioneer NASCAR driver who died in a hotel fire in 1955. It has been presented by NASCAR and Federal-Mogul's (NASDAQ: FDML) Champion® spark plug brand. Previous winners include Bill France Jr., Richard Petty, Dr. Joe Mattioli, Rick Hendrick, Dave Marcis, Dale Inman, Robert Yates and Jim Hunter.

"It's a great honor to receive the Buddy Shuman award," stated Childress. "To have my name associated with previous award winners such as Richard Petty and Bill France Jr., who are heroes of my past, is very special. I would also like to thank Federal Mogul and Champion spark plugs for sponsoring this prestigious award and everything they have contributed to this sport." 

Childress was presented the Humanitarian of the Year Award at the 2008 NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Luncheon for his and his family's efforts to establish the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. The Childress Institute's goal is to pave the way to help save the lives of severely injured children and help those who survive on the road to recovery.

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Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:30 pm

Junior okay with No. 3 return to Sprint Cup

By Pete Pistone

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - If Richard Childress decides to take the iconic No. 3 back to the Sprint Cup Series in the future he has Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s blessing.

Earnhardt said in his media session Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway he has no problem with his father's famous number being used again some day in NASCAR's top series.

Childress has used the No. 3 with his grandson Austin Dillon in the Camping World Truck Series and plans to move it with him to the Nationwide Series in 2012. Earnhardt said if the next evolution was to follow Dillon into the Sprint Cup Series he would support the idea.

"Yeah, I would," Earnhardt said. "Austin has ran that number and I’m not real sure; I just look at it differently. I don’t look at the numbers tied to drivers as much as just the history of the number. The number is more of a bank, you know, that you just deposit history into.

"It doesn’t really belong to any individual. Austin’s ran that number and you can’t really deny him the opportunity to continue to run it. It just wouldn’t be fair. Dad (Dale Earnhardt Sr.) did great things. He was a great ambassador for the sport and we’re still as a whole, reaping the benefits of all he accomplished and what he did that put us in front of a lot of people. But even before that, the number was Richard’s. Richard drove it. And someone else drove it before then. There’s a lot of guys in the fifties and sixties that ran that number with success. So the number is really kind of like a bank and you deposit history into and they don’t really belong to the individuals."

As far as Earnhardt is concerned the digit itself really doesn't carry with it the sense of history or memories he shares from the days of his father campaigning the No. 3. Junior believes there's a lot more to it than just a simple number being back on the track.

"It’s iconic when you put the colors and the style with it; it’s a little bit iconic to the sport," Earnhardt said. "Austin is a good kid, He seems to have a great appreciation for what’s happening to him and what’s going on around him. And I would be happy if he wanted to keep doing that. He kind of had to know when he first started to run that number if he got this far into the deal, he would have to cross a few bridges like that and that was a tough decision I guess at first to start running the number for him; knowing what kind of pressures he might face down the road. But I think it would be fine by me for him to do that. I think that it’s got to get back on the race track one of these days. It just can’t be gone forever you know?”

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Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:36 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 1:45 pm

Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

By Pete Pistone

(Dillon will bring back the famous number "3" to the Nationwide Series in 2012 - Photo courtesy TMS)

The iconic number "3" made famous by Dale Earnhardt will run in the Nationwide Series next season courtesy of Richard Childress and grandson Austin Dillon.

Childress announced at a press conference Friday morning at Texas Motor Speedway that Dillon would move up from the Camping World Truck Series to the Nationwide Series in 2012 and carry the same number of seven-time Sprint Cup champion Earnhardt.

AdvoCare will sponsor Dillon for twenty events on the schedule next season as RCR returns to the division on a full-time basis.

“We are excited to have AdvoCare on board as Austin makes the full time step into the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 driving the No. 3 Chevrolet,” said Childress. We look forward to working closely with them and the other partners on the No. 3 team to build a competitive and successful program.” 

RCR has a fairly successful history competing in NASCAR's number two division.  

The team has earned 56 victories and five series championships since its first season in 2000. Kevin Harvick won overall championships (driver and owner) in 2001 and 2006, Harvick and Johnny Sauter won the owner championship in 2003, Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer won the owner championship in 2007 and Clint Bowyer won the driver championship in 2008.

Dillon leads the Camping World Truck Series by eleven points heading into Friday night's WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas. 

Although he has driven the number three in truck competition, Childress said the decision to move it up to the Nationwide Series was taken lightly.

"The three has so much winning tradition, and Dale made that number famous," Childress said. "I know he'd be proud to see (Dillon) run it."

But Childress said truth be told the idea wasn't his own but rather that of Dillon's.

"Austin said, 'Pop-Pop, I want to use your number,'" Childress explained. "I said, 'Austin, that was my number, but Dale made the number famous.' He said, 'Well, it's still your number. I want to run your number.'

"How you going to tell your grandkid no on something?"

Childress said Friday that he has no intention of taking the "3" back into the Sprint Cup Series.
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Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:50 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 10:22 pm

Sponsor numbers not adding up for some teams

By Pete Pistone

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(The days of associating one driver with a single sponsor for the entire season appear to be long gone)

The calendar has turned to November and there are still three races left in the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season. 

But the NASCAR world never slows down and while we still await the outcome of this year’s championship, plans for next year are finally coming into focus. 

Unfortunately it’s not a very pretty picture. 

Economic woes and the lack of sponsorship dollars are shrinking the Sprint Cup Series garage area at an alarming rate. The financial crunch is so strong it’s not just impacting mid-level and small teams but the superpowers of the sport as well. 

Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing will see their stables contract while an entire organization like Team Red Bull’s very existence remains in doubt. 

“We’ve gone through a transition with our sponsors, going from a time when they wanted to compete for the top car to now where the sponsors want just enough of a car to be able to do their promotions," said Jack Roush, who faces shutting down his No. 6 Cup team unless last minute sponsorship for 2012 is found to replace UPS.

"It’s a really strange time. I’ve never seen anything like this. I’m not sure what we’ll have coming out of it. It will be different than it’s been in the past." 

Seeking one sponsor to foot the estimated $20 million bill to keep a top flight Cup team on track is virtually impossible in today’s climate. But even splitting that cost over the course of 36 races between multiple corporate backers is also a tough task. 

The merry-go-round of sponsors that now adorn Sprint Cup cars throughout the season makes for a variety of different color schemes and logos to associate with drivers and some argue that has taken away a great deal of NASCAR’s identity. 

In the not too distant past colors and logos were indelibly attached to drivers who were immediately recognized on track by fans who made the instant connection between man and machine.

Jeff Gordon’s colorful DuPont paint scheme. Rusty Wallace and the iconic Miller Lite “Blue Deuce.” Mark Martin and the Valvoline logo. And the most famous of all Dale Earnhardt in the silver and black Goodwrench Chevrolet. 

Today you can’t tell the drivers or their cars and colors without a scorecard on a weekly basis. 

Current Chase point leader Carl Edwards rarely carries the same look two weeks in a row rotating the No. 99 through a maze of sponsors including Aflac, Scott’s, Subway and Kellogg’s. 

Next year he’ll see Fastenal and UPS join the line-up all of which is just a necessary element of today’s NASCAR sponsorship game. 

"You have to put the pieces together," RCR’s David Hart told PennLive.com. "It’s 20 races here, 10 races there and then getting someone for the last six races. You have to combo sponsorships together to run your race team. 

"This wasn’t all of a sudden and the hammer came down. You started to see it in the mid-2000s and, when the economy went down in 2008, it continued on that path. You have to look at the possibilities if you don’t have your number. You have to cobble sponsors as you can. You are looking to get as few as possible, but you want to get that number by bringing people to the table." 

Some teams like the Childress organization approach the sponsorship quest by bundling all its resources together and selling partners on a total experience rather than individual race cars. 

“We at RCR do it a little different,” Childress said. “We try to sell our whole company and corporation. The driver is a huge part of it because he plays a large role in the marketing of the product but we also try to sell RCR and make sure that we get the return on the investment for all the companies that we’re associated with. 

“At the end of the day I work for every one of these companies and I want to make sure I do a good job to get the return on their investment.”

The money squeeze is having a significant effect on next year’s landscape and forcing several well known names to the unemployment line. 

Among those Sprint Cup drivers who appear to be on the outside looking in include David Ragan, Brian Vickers and the most recent addition David Reutimann, who won’t return to Michael Waltrip Racing next year in favor of the team running a limited schedule in the No. 00 car with veteran Mark Martin. 

The story gets worse over at NASCAR’s number two and three divisions in the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. Several teams in both circuits are struggling to find the necessary funding to compete in 2012, meaning sleepless nights for the likes of Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, Todd Bodine and even four time truck series champion Ron Hornaday

With current team owner Kevin Harvick deciding to sell his equipment to RCR, Hornaday has two races left with KHI before he finds himself out of work. 

The news came as a bit of a shock to the veteran who says the environment in today’s NASCAR world makes it extremely difficult for even a driver of his talents to find a competitive ride. 

“You sit there and you talk to people and they all want you to bring money,” Hornaday said of many team owners. “I’ve never done that. I got a phone call from Dale (Earnhardt, Sr.) in ’94 and I started driving for him. I got the same phone call from the Dr. Pepper team with Dave Carroll, and I got the same phone call from Richard Childress then Kevin Harvick called me.

“They know I don’t have three million bucks or two-and-a-half million dollars so I don’t hear my phone ringing but I keep winning races. There are some kids out there that are bringing some money and coming in here. I hate to say it, but that’s where this sport is going. You see Cup cars out there with no name on them and everything else.” 

There could be more of that on display next season with some of the sport’s biggest names piloting cars carrying only numbers.

Because right now for many NASCAR organizations at all levels of the sport the most important numbers aren't adding up.

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Posted on: October 23, 2011 8:01 pm

Bowyer, Wilson and Childress post Talladega

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CLINT BOWYER:  Yeah, the last lap, really to tell you the truth, going down the back straightaway, I wasn't even looking at him.  I already felt bad for him.  I knew we had a 12-, 14-car lead.  I was looking in the mirror, waiting for the smoke to fly, move ahead of him before the caution came out.           

That's kind of what was on your mind.  We had a moment.  He told me, Bet you were thinking you were going to pass me on the front straightaway.  I was chuckling.  That's exactly what I was thinking.  He kind of moved up off of four.  I knew it was too early to go, but it was going to be a drag race, give us both a shot at it.  I felt like it did.           

He worked so well with me all day long.  You hate that it comes down to that.  It is what it is.  You owe it to your team, to your sponsors to go out and win the race.  Unfortunately it came down to that situation.           

But trust me, I was prepared to push him to the win no matter what the cost was if we would have had people breathing down or necks, too.  Just wasn't meant to be for him.  He's been a great teammate.  Learned a lot from him.  He's already won a lot of races.  I think he's won like 20 some races, I've only won five.           

KERRY THARP:  This win today also gets you in next year's Sprint All-Star Race.           

CLINT BOWYER:  I want to thank Richard for helping me out next year, that's a big race for us.  Thank you, Richard.  Thank you, Shane.           
It's just so important to me to be able to cap off such a good relationship with Richard.  Everybody at RCR, it's like family over there.  Meant a lot for me to be able to win before we end this deal.  The stars were lined up today with having the hundredth anniversary of Chevrolet on the racecar.  If I won the race, it was going to be Richard's hundredth win.  Too many things meant to be for it not to be.  I'm excited that it was.           

KERRY THARP:  Crew chief Shane Wilson, talk about the victory here today.           

SHANE WILSON:  Just means a lot for our team.  We worked so hard.  Everyone in the garage works hard.  We're a team that we expect to win.  We expected to be in the Chase.  It's good to get the win.  It's big for our team.  All the guys work so hard.  We've been so close this year and let it slip away, so it was nice to seal the deal.           

KERRY THARP:  Richard, congratulations not only on today's win but also the hundredth win for your racing organization.  Talk about the win here today, but also talk about a hundred wins as a team owner.           

RICHARD CHILDRESS:  It was a great win.  Once I seen the gap they had, Clint and Jeff, I knew there was going to be a move.  They did what they were supposed to.  All of us hate it for Jeff.  But when you're in this business, you got to do what you got to do for yourself and the team.           

I was really proud of RCR cars all day.  These fans pay a lot of money.  I hate it for Kevin, but he was doing what he was supposed to be doing.  All of our RCR cars race to give these fans a show.  We didn't sit in the back and ride till the last minute.  Our cars ran all day long.  We don't get paid to ride in the back.  I'm proud of every one of 'em.  I'm proud of Clint getting the win.  Clint, thanks for getting us on winner's circle next year.           

KERRY THARP:  We'll take questions.            

Q.  Richard, could you reflect in two ways on a hundred wins.  30 plus years ago when you were an independent driver, you used to talk about plowing your money back in the operation, put somebody in the car, make something out of that team.  Can you talk about whether back then in your wildest dreams you expected to win a hundred races?  Can you also talk about winning this hundredth one with a guy everybody thought you were going to half bake it on the rest of this season when he's leaving, yet getting that win with a guy even when he's leaving?           

RICHARD CHILDRESS:  It all started here for RCR in 1969.  It's nice to come back where I got my big break, 1969 when they boycotted.  I went ahead and ran the race and I got money on Saturday, got money on Sunday, got deal money from Mr. Bill France, Sr., more money than I'd ever seen in my life.  We went back, built the shop started racing.          

That was a big break for me in Talladega.  Today to get our hundredth win with Clint, only in America could a kid with a $20 racecar do what I've been able to do, myself and my people working with me.  It started with an old $20 racecar and a dream.            

 Q.  Where was the first win?           

RICHARD CHILDRESS:  Riverside, California, with Ricky Rudd, 1983.            

Q.  Clint, what was the key in you and Jeff moving away from everybody else so quick those last couple laps?           

CLINT BOWYER:  We talked right before the race.  Right after the drivers meeting we talked.  Just had a game plan what we wanted to do, what we were strong at, what we needed to improve on.  One of those was the restarts, being able to bunch up and get together, make that connection before the rest of them, get up through the gearbox better than the rest.  I think that's what ultimately won us the race.  We were able to do that on virtually every restart.           

I was really, really worried.  You're looking in the mirror.  I know I've got to let him down, then get back together.  I knew that the Red Bull cars were already going to be together as soon as the rag dropped.  27 and 14 formed a partnership.  I didn't think never in a million years we'd come off of two with a lead.           

As luck would have it, and I'm telling you luck has a lot to do with these races, it always does, right at the split second I touched his bumper, one of the Red Bull cars hit me in the butt.  It just launched us out there.  The rest was history.  I was able to get up through the gearbox, shove him.  It got us away.  At that split second, they came to a halt and split up and were racing two- and three-wide.  We were able to drive off into the sunset.           

Q.  Richard, you've won a lot of races here, I think 12, with a variety of different guys.  Why are you so good as a team here and why are you always one of the cars to beat here?           

RICHARD CHILDRESS:  I don't know.  We just got great people working for us.  We plan for this.  We work hard for the restrictor plate races.  Daytona, we had some good shots to win there, we've won there, and racing here.  I think it goes back to some of the philosophy that Dale and I planned many years ago.  We still use that same philosophy.  That's race as hard as you can, run up front all day.            

Q.  Clint, when you make that move coming off of four, did you have a little sense of relief knowing that it was Jeff, that he was going to race you hard, but it was going to be clean?           

CLINT BOWYER:  I was going to make sure it was clean.  I wasn't going to put him in a situation where we were going to wreck.  We've been through too much.  I'm telling you, I have a ton of respect for Jeff Burton.  He was still going to have a shot at it.  If you waited till the tri-oval and snookered him at the end, there wasn't going to be a shot at it.  You would have been able to pull by him, the rest would have been history.  Starting the move that early was going to enable him to have a shot.  I knew we were far away ahead and nobody was going to be able to catch us and it was going to be a drag race till the end.  It pretty much was.  Glad it worked out.  Probably a pretty risky move on my part.           

Like I said, he wasn't expecting it.  I know he was expecting for me to wait for the tri-oval because we talked about it.  I felt like it was an opportunity to catch him off guard.  It did, but it about bit me in the butt, too.            

Q.  Richard, you don't like to sit back.  How disappointed would you have been if those two had been that far out and decided to ride?  How disappointed would you have been in him if he hadn't tried?           

RICHARD CHILDRESS:  I knew going down the backstretch, once you seen they had the lead they had, that he was going to.  Paul was racing with the 14.  I told him on the radio, I said, Win the race.  You can't just push somebody, you got to go up there and try to win the race.  He did just what I told Paul to do.  That's what you're in this business for, race hard, put on a show for the fans.            

Q.  Clint, did you ever think about riding in the back?  Did you ever talk about, Maybe we should?  Is that not even a thought?           

CLINT BOWYER:  No.  Two things.  First and foremost, I think Richard is right.  These fans pay a ton of money to watch these races and we owe it to them to put a show on them from rag to rag.           

Second thing is it's great practice.  We don't get a lot of practice.  Used to be you'd come to these tracks, you'd have tons of practice, working on the drafting, working on cowling, air cleaners, so many different things to see if your car would pull up to the next car better or worse, headers.  Now you got what you got.  You come here, run three or four laps in practice.  As long as nothing falls off the thing, you're not just completely slow, you go on to the race.           

So I feel like it gives you an advantage being able to race up there, slice and dice all race long, that you're not caught off guard, go up there and make a mistake.  I don't mean to say anything bad, but when those guys come up there on that one run, I looked in the mirror, I knew they were going to wreck, and they did.  It just puts you in a situation that's unfamiliar territory, and they wreck every time.  It happens every single time.            

Q.  Richard, what were you thinking when Harvick was told he had to go to the garage to fix the smoke?  What do you think of his championship chances being 26 points out with four to go?           

RICHARD CHILDRESS:  I mean, we're not done.  I told him a while ago, Don't stick a fork in the shit.  We're definitely not done.  We're going to race, take no prisoners, do a deal, race as hard as we can.           

It's unfortunate that Kevin got in that crash.  He was doing what we all talked about doing, running up front.  It just happened he got hung up in it.  It may have cost us the championship.  We may have been able to ride in the back and wait it out.  But that wasn't what Kevin wanted to do.  We had all of our sponsors here today.  That just isn't what we wanted to do.           

It may bite us, but I'm proud of him getting the car fixed anyway.            

Q.  RC, there was a lot made about Ford didn't want to work with Chevrolets, something with the 21 and the 24.  The 27 was working with the 14.  Did you tell him to back off because you got the points?  Is there something about the points deal that makes Talladega a little more difficult for a car owner to deal with if he has a lot of teams?           

RICHARD CHILDRESS:  No, actually all the teams know they're supposed to come here and try to win the race, never wreck each other.  They know that.           

I went on Paul's radio and told him go up there and push Tony and try to win the race.  I wanted him to win the race but I also wanted him to push Tony.  That was just the way it was.  He knew what he was going to do.  If he came down to the end, he would have tried to make a move like Clint did on Jeff.            

Q.  Would you have gone with a Ford, too, if you had a chance?           

CLINT BOWYER:  I know the answer to that.  He wouldn't have opted for that option, no.        

RICHARD CHILDRESS:  We were going to help Chevy try to win.  I've been Chevy all my life.  We've been GM for 40 some years, I think 45 years now.  It's kind of hard to change an old dog.

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