NASCAR Hall of Fame 5th Class Finalist - Richard Childress,
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Long before he became one of the
preeminent car owners in NASCAR history, Richard Childress was a race car
driver with limited means. Still, he persevered, which is what you do when
you purchase your first race car for $20 at the age of 17.
Childress, the consummate self-made racer, was respectable behind the
wheel. Between 1969-81 he had six top-five finishes and 76 top 10s in 285
starts, finishing fifth in the NASCAR premier series standings in
Having formed Richard Childress Racing in 1972, Childress retired from
driving in 1981. The rest, as they say, is history.
Much of that history is
linked to one of NASCAR’s greatest drivers, inaugural NASCAR Hall of
Famer Dale Earnhardt, who won six championships and 67 races between
1984-2000 for RCR.
But Childress has had
other successes. In addition to Earnhardt’s championships, Childress
drivers have given him five others. His total of 11 national series owner
championships is second all-time. Childress was the first NASCAR owner to
win championships in all three of NASCAR’s national