PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Dow (?24 + 1 races)
Dow Water and Energy
Mycogen Seeds(part of Dow)
American Ethanol Racing (6 races)
Growth Energy (part of American Ethanol deal)
National Corn Growers Association (part of American Ethanol deal)
Lucas Oil (1 race)
Okuma (1 race)
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Richard Childress Racing - Twitter
RCRCup - Twitter
Richard Childress Racing - Facebook
Richard Childress Racing - Instagram
Richard Childress Racing - YouTube
Austin Dillon - Twitter
Austin Dillon - Facebook
Austin Dillon - Instagram
American Ethanol - Twitter
American Ethanol - Facebook
2017 Races [21+1] that Dow is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Daytona - 2/26
Atlanta - 3/5, Quikrete
Phoenix - 3/19, Dow Water and Energy
Texas - 4/9, Dow Water and Energy
Talladega - 5/7, Energy & Water / Intellifresh
Charlotte, All-Star Race - 5/20
Charlotte - 5/28 (WON)
Pocono - 6/11
Michigan - 6/18, Salutes Vets
Sonoma - 6/25, Kilz
Kentucky - 7/8
New Hampshire - 7/16
2017 Races [?] that Lucas Oil is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Las Vegas - 3/12
2017 Races [?] that Okuma is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Martinsville - 4/2
2017 Races [?6] that American Ethanol is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Auto Club - 3/26
Kansas - 5/13
Daytona - 7/1, Salute America
Darlington - 9/3, Earnhardt throwback
2017 Races  that AAA Mid-Atlantic is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Richmond - 4/30
Dover - 6/4
the other TBA
2017 Races [?] that New Era is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Bristol - 4/23
NASCAR Cup Series Drivers who have won in the #3:
The #3 was run in 1,134 Sprint Cup Series races, with 97 wins, 367 top-fives, 605 top-tens and 65 poles.
(before Austin Dillon took over the #3)
Since Dillon took over (thru Charlotte 5-28-2017): has been run in 1,257 Cup races, with 98 victories, 375 top fives, 628 top 10s, 70 poles.
Dale Earnhardt, 67 wins in #3, 76 wins overall (HOF)
Junior Johnson, 9, 50 (HOF)
Paul Goldsmith, 5, 9
David Pearson, 3, 105 (HOF)
Dick Rathman, 3, 13
Buck Baker, 2, 46 (HOF)
Ricky Rudd, 2, 23
Buddy Baker, 2, 19
Fireball Roberts, 1, 33 (HOF)
Charlie Glotzbach, 1, 4
Danny Letner, 1, 2
Earl Balmer, 1, 1
Austin Dillon, 1, 1
(HOF) - in the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Stats compiled from Racing-reference.info.
Also see an article at NASCAR.com: Dale Earnhardt far from only legend to drive #3.(updated 5-28-2017)
Contract Status: Driver: 2017+; Primary Sponsors: Dow 2017?; American Ethanol 2017?; AAA Mid-Atlantic 2017?
See the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Page for News and Links
#3 Team / Driver News
Childress plans three teams in 2018: "Our entire RCR organization is 100 percent focused on getting all three of our Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series programs in the playoffs this year, and bringing another Cup championship to RCR in 2017. We will be announcing our plans for a third Cup team and our overall 2018 team lineup at a later date."[More](7-26-2017)
Childress back to two car team? Richard Childress Racing is preparing for the possible departure of Paul Menard's at the end of the season [from the #27 team]. At least a dozen employees were laid off in the last week coming on the heels of the departure of RCR veteran crew chiefs Slugger Labbe and Gil Martin.(Motorsport)
AND Richard Childress Racing has been considering its options for '18 should primary sponsor Menards leave after this season, according to sources, an indication that the home improvement chain is eyeing a move elsewhere. Menards is said to be eyeing a move from RCR to the Team Penske/Wood Brothers Racing.(Sports Business Journal)(7-14-2017)
Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman to honor Dale Earnhardt at Darlington: Both race cars will be decked out in the blue and yellow colors of Earnhardt's famous Wrangler Chevy[More](7-5-2017)
Austin Dillon to run special Dow scheme at Michigan: For the third consecutive year, Austin Dillon is set to pilot a very special Dow Chevrolet. In addition to a fresh paint scheme, more than 1,100 names of veterans will be featured on the #3 car this weekend during the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The names are those of Dow employees, contractors, family members and Richard Childress Racing employees.[More](6-16-2017)
Childress: This win ranks at the very top: In a rare first-person exclusive, legendary NASCAR Hall of Fame owner Richard Childress gives his thoughts on returning the #3 car to Victory Lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following last Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. Where does Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 victory rank? "Well ... I look back, and it's right there at the top with Dale Earnhardt's Daytona 500 in 1998, and winning Indy, and winning our first race with Ricky Rudd. But it's really special when it's family, though. By that, it would be at the top of the board. I've had so many great wins here at Richard Childress Racing and so many special, meaningful wins, but to have your grandson [Austin Dillon] win in the #3, knowing the pressure he's carried inside him and on himself...(As told to Reid Spencer of the NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](6-1-2017)
Austin Dillon ringing the NYSE Closing Bell The New York Stock Exchange welcomes executives and guests of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) in celebration of the 58th running of the legendary Coca-Cola 600. To honor the occasion, Coca Cola 600 Winner, Austin Dillon, will ring The NYSE Closing Bell, alongside team owner Richard Childress. Festivities begin at 3:40pm/et, with the closing bell ringing at 4:00pm/et. A live stream of The Bell can be viewed here: nyse.com/bell (RCR)[Read More Here](5-30-2017)
Race Recap: Austin Dillon puts the No. 3 Chevrolet back in Victory Lane on fuel-mileage gamble: Armed with a new crew chief and a gas tank that held just enough fuel to get him to the end of 600 miles with less than a second to spare, Austin Dillon won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series of his career and put the vaunted #3 Chevrolet back in Victory Lane for the first time since 2000.[More](5-28-2017)
Austin Dillon wins at Charlotte: #3-Austin Dillon won the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 1st career win. The race came down to fuel mileage with Dillon able to save enough to finish. #48-Johnson led with 2 laps to go before running out of gas. Dillon led only the final lap of the race.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #77-Jones, polesitter #4-Harvick, #31-Newman, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
#78-Truex, Jr dominated most of the race, leading 233 laps on the night. He pitted with 32 laps remaining but could not get back to the lead before the race ended. He was passed by Busch on the final lap.
There was a 1 hour, 40 minute red flag for rain on lap 143.
#42-Larson finished 33rd, after an accident. He loses the points lead and is now 5 points behind Truex, Jr.
There were 23 lead changes among 10 drivers and 9 cautions for 53 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 138.80mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Richard Childress Racing makes crew chief change for Austin Dillon: Justin Alexander, who has served as the crew chief of the #2 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet for RCR and earned two wins last season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, will assume crew chief responsibilities for the #3 team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with driver Austin Dillon. Randall Burnett, who previously served as a crew chief for RCR's technical partner JTG Daugherty Racing, will assume a new role as crew chief of the #2 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.[More](5-21-2017)
Sammy Johns to serve as #3 crew chief at Richmond: Richard Childress Racing says Operations Director Sammy Johns will replace Slugger Labbe as the crew chief on the RCR #3 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Chevrolet of Austin Dillon this weekend at Richmond. Labbe will remain at the RCR shop to work on cars for next weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway.[More](4-28-2017)
New Era to sponsor Austin Dillon at Bristol Austin Dillon has a new sponsor this weekend for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. New Era, which is known for its baseball hats and other apparel, will serve as the primary sponsor on the #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy this weekend.(FoxSports)
UPDATE: Welcome, New Era ... Since 1920, New Era has been hand-crafting the finest headwear in the world. Today, with apparel and accessories lines, the brand is a market leader rooted in sports and an influencer of street and lifestyle culture around the globe. With over 500 licenses in its portfolio, New Era is the brand of choice in the worlds of sport, fashion, music and entertainment. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., and its products are sold in more than 80 countries. For more information on New Era's global offices and partnerships, visit www.neweracap.com and social channels @neweracap.(RCR)[More](4-18-2017)
Austin Dillon warned by NASCAR in meeting with Custer: #3-Austin Dillon indicated that a repeat offense of wrecking another car under caution would result in NASCAR suspending him. Dillon, after a meeting with NASCAR officials Friday at Auto Club Speedway a week following his running into Cole Custer under caution, said: "NASCAR did a really good job of sharing with me that if I make a mistake like that again that the penalties would be very harsh. ... I love to race and I don't want to be on the sideline, ever."[More](3-24-2017)
Austin Dillon will face no further penalties for XFINITY race incident UPDATE Austin Dillon will not face additional penalties today for deliberately wrecking Cole Custer in Saturday's DC Solar 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix Raceway. NASCAR parked Dillon for the remainder of Saturday's race, but a NASCAR representative confirmed to FOXSports.com that Dillon will not face additional sanctions today.(FOXSports.com)[More](3-19-2017)
UPDATE NASCAR plans to meet with Austin Dillon and Cole Custer this weekend at Auto Club Speedway after their incident in Saturday's Xfinity race at Phoenix Raceway. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on "The Morning Drive" that officials parked Dillon after his actions in the Xfinity race and met with Dillon, his crew chief and spotter.(NBC Sports)[More](3-20-2017)
Austin Dillon racing a Dow World Water Day at Phoenix Austin Dillon is racing a Dow World Water Day scheme on the #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy in the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in March. WorldWaterDay is about the Importance of Water for Everyone ... Whether it is fishing, boating, hunting or just being outside and enjoying the beauty of a mountain lake, a forest stream or an ocean view, Austin and the #3 team love the outdoors. Being able to share this precious natural resource with their families, friends and future generations is important to them. It is why they want to raise awareness of water's importance in all aspects of life through the United Nation's World Water Day. Austin is proud to drive the #3 Dow World Water Day Chevrolet and partner with Dow, whose Water & Process Solutions business specializes in sustainable liquid purification and separation technologies, and which plays a significant role in helping show the relationship and interaction between water, wastewater and sustainability.(RCR & Tucson News Now)[More](3-19-2017)
Lucas Oil sponsoring Austin Dillon at Las Vegas: Lucas Oil, the official provider of premium motor oil for ECR Engines and Richard Childress Racing (RCR), will serve as primary sponsor for Austin Dillon and the #3 Chevy in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Lucas Oil has powered RCR and ECR Engines to over 50 victories since the inception of the partnership in 2014.[More](3-7-2017)
Austin Dillon visits Dow and hockey game: Officials for the Ontario Hockey League Saginaw Spirit and Dow Chemical's Michigan Division in Midland welcomed rising NASCAR driver #3-Austin Dillon to the Dow Event Center Friday. Dillon dropped a ceremonial first puck prior to the Spirit game. He also spent time with workers from the Site Shared Services Pool or S-S-R-P at Michigan Division who package a wide variety of chemical products for delivery.(WSGW)(1-8-2017)
Richard Childress Racing Announces 2017 Team Lineup: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will return with three full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entries and five full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series teams for the 2017 season. It will be the first time in team history that RCR will field five full-time XFINITY Series entries, and the first time since 2011 the team has fielded eight full-time teams. #3-Austin Dillon, #27-Paul Menard and #31-Ryan Newman return to carry the banner for the RCR Cup Series program in 2017. Richard "Slugger" Labbe, Matt Borland and Luke Lambert have been assigned crew chief duties, respectively.
With the addition of rookie driver Daniel Hemric, RCR will operate five entries out of its XFINITY Series stable. The #2 and #3 Chevys in the XFINITY Series will include multiple drivers. Austin Dillon and Paul Menard will be primary drivers for the #2 Chevy, with second-year crew chief Justin Alexander atop the pit box. Ty Dillon will remain with the #3 Chevy team and will partner with rookie crew chief Matt Swiderski, who has spent 10 years at RCR in its engineering department. Swiderski made his debut as crew chief last season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he led the #3 team to a second-place finish. Additional drivers for RCR's #2 and #3 teams will be named at a later date. Brandon Jones and Brendan Gaughan return with full-time driving duties of the #33 and #62 Chevys, respectively, and will compete for the XFINITY Series driver championship. Jones and veteran crew chief Nick Harrison will be paired together, while Gaughan returns with his long-time crew chief Shane Wilson for their 12th season together. In 2017, RCR will welcome back the storied #21 entry with Daniel Hemric behind the wheel. Hemric and two-time NASCAR championship winning crew chief Danny Stockman will work together as Hemric competes for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the XFINITY Series driver championship.(RCR)(12-21-2016)
Richard Childress Racing Adds New Operations Director: Sammy Johns has joined Richard Childress Racing (RCR) as the new operations director for the Welcome, North Carolina, racing organization. Johns will report directly to Dr. Eric Warren, director of competition for RCR. "I have known and worked closely with Sammy since 2001 in a variety of teams and roles," said Warren. "He is well rounded and understands the sport from multiple perspectives. He has the hands-on experience of a crew chief along with the understanding of what it takes to build a modern, technical racing organization capable of winning races in today's competitive environment."
Johns will take on an integral role at RCR managing and coordinating the manufacturing and car assembly processes, along with overseeing the crew chiefs and general execution of the race teams. RCR's Technical Director, Mike Coughlan, will continue to focus the engineering department on improving the performance of the cars and the ability to create and use data for a competitive advantage. The Lakeland, Florida, native began his racing career at local short tracks before being named crew chief at Andy Petree Racing. From there, Johns shifted gears and joined Evernham Motorsports as director of competition. He remained a permanent fixture within the organization through 2009 when the company officially became Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). Johns transitioned into a new role of vice president of operations with RPM and resumed his title until earlier this year.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to join such an iconic sports organization in Richard Childress Racing," Johns said. "The level of engineering and technical expertise at RCR is second-to-none, and I look forward to contributing my knowledge and capabilities to helping this team succeed in 2017 and beyond."(RCR)(11-30-2016)
RCR's cars to run decals in Memory of Johnny Siler: All Richard Childress Racing entries will run decals in memory of long-time RCR fabricator Johnny Siler this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Siler passed away on September 24 following a battle with cancer. His 22-year career at RCR was more than a job, it was his passion and he truly loved it.(RCR)(10-7-2016)
Congrats to #3-Austin Dillon and girlfriend Whitney Ward. Dillon announced their engagement in a Twitter post on Wednesday.(8-11-2016)
Childress close to finalizing 2017 plans UPDATES: Car owner Richard Childress anticipates he'll know his 2017 driver lineup within three weeks. While Childress told NBC Sports on Thursday that "we've still got a couple of months before we make any real decisions," he did say that "we'll kind of know in the next two or three weeks. We'll have a direction." The main question for the three-car organization is #31-Ryan Newman's status. He's in the final year of his contract, and Childress' grandson, Ty Dillon, appears set to move to Sprint Cup next season. The team also includes #27-Paul Menard, who is 23rd in the points. Childress said Menard's is expected to return to the team as sponsor next year. The final member of the team is #3-Austin Dillon, who is 13th in points and seeking to make the playoffs for the first time.
Ty Dillon has driven eight Sprint Cup races this season. He drove three races for Tony Stewart early in the season and has run five races for Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing. "I think he'll be in a Cup car next year," Childress said of Ty Dillon. "I'm pretty sure he'll be in a Cup car. We're working on some different programs. Hell, he may be with us, who knows? We're just working on a lot of different things. Right now it's just a lot of things are hanging. We're trying to put together what's going to be the best for everybody, not just for RCR, but for the drivers and the sponsors, we're trying to put together good programs."(NBC Sports)(7-22-2016)
UPDATE Richard Childress Racing is expected to announce its 2017 Sprint Cup Series driver lineup in the coming weeks. Ryan Newman, in his third season as driver of the #31 RCR Chevrolet, isn't quite sure if he'll be a part of it. "We haven't talked about it in-depth yet, but we have talked about it," Newman, 13th in points, said Thursday at Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania. "Hopefully, we'll get to sit down and talk about it soon." While Newman offers consistent, above-average production week in and week out, RCR may be faced with a tough decision as Childress' grandson, Ty Dillon, appears ready for a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride with no clear path to a spot for him. Still, the team owner told NASCAR.com earlier this year at Michigan International Speedway that he's planning on having the '16 XFINITY Series title hopeful in a Sprint Cup car full-time in 2017, while the exact organization and ride has yet to be finalized. Right now, Newman doesn't appear to be getting his ducks in order just yet on the off chance he finds himself ousted from his ride in favor of the younger Dillon. "I plan on (coming back)," he said. "If they'll have me back, I'll be there."(NASCAR.com)
AND: The team is a question mark, the number is uncertain and the logistics are still behind closed doors. But one thing's for certain: If he has his way, Ty Dillon will be in a Sprint Cup Series ride next season. "I fully plan on being in the Sprint Cup Series next year full time," Dillon said Friday at Iowa Speedway. "We've got a lot of options on the table. A lot of chips still left to fall before we kind of get to that point, but hopefully we'll have something really close to getting done in a month or so." With #31 driver Ryan Newman's RCR contract up after this season, it looks to be seen whether or not Dillon will take his place as the driver of the team's third car or if organization will add a fourth car. The possibility of driving for a different team also looms. "Talks have progressed a lot further than they have in past years," Dillon said. "I had talks with other teams in the past couple years and had opportunities, but it's always been my dream to drive for RCR and be teammates with my brother. "But now it seems like the time's more and more important. We've got some things going with RCR but we're still slowly working on other options."(NASCAR.com)(7-30-2016)
Richard Childress Racing announces promotion, new staff: Richard Childress Racing has promoted Jeremy Burleson to the newly created position of Vice President, Partnership Marketing and Communications and has added Carl Anderson and Jay Pennell to the team. Burleson, a Locust, N.C., native joined RCR in 2008 as partnership marketing manager. Since that time, his role has grown to include overseeing a staff of 12 marketing and communications professionals as the Managing Director of Marketing/Communications. In addition to Burleson's enhanced role, RCR has enriched the front office staff with the addition of Carl Anderson to the Business Development team and Jay Pennell to the Communications team.
Anderson joins RCR with an impressive academic background and sales experience. He previously served as a Corporate Sponsorship Account Executive at IMG College in Huntington, W.Va and also has group sales experience with the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.
Pennell joins RCR with significant experience and knowledge in the digital media and content arenas, which he will be utilizing to help produce and generate original content for RCR's digital space. His responsibilities also include management of the #33 XFINITY Series program with Brandon Jones. Pennell has been a writer for SB Nation, spent the past several years as the digital writer/editor for FOX Sports, and most recently was a freelance writer for NASCAR.com.(RCR)(5-17-2016)
RCR names Gil Martin Competition Director for XFINITY teams: Richard Childress Racing has assigned industry veteran and longtime RCR crew chief Gil Martin as its Competition Director for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, effective immediately. "Gil has been in this role before with RCR and we are confident he will do as solid a job as he did before," said Dr. Eric Warren, Director of Competition for RCR. "Gil has a tradition of success with this team and his leadership role with our XFINITY Series program will make our four teams even stronger." Martin, formerly crew chief of the #3 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team and Director of Research & Development, has been with RCR since 2000. He is among a select group of crew chiefs that have won races in NASCAR's Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. Martin guided the #2 XFINITY Series team with driver Clint Bowyer to the 2005 XFINITY Series driver championship.(Richard Childress Racing)(10-21-2015)