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2018 Races [?] that Dow is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Daytona - 2/18
Atlanta - 2/25
Las Vegas - 3/4, SILASTIC Silicone Elastomers
Phoenix - 3/11
Auto Club - 3/18, Kilz
Pocono - 6/3
Michigan - 6/10
2018 Races  that Coca-Cola is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Charlotte - 5/27
2018 Races [?6] that American Ethanol is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Martinsville - 3/25
2018 Races  that AAA Mid-Atlantic is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
2018 Races [?] that AstraZeneca's SYMBICORT is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Texas - 4/8
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) Race winners in the #3 car:
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
Austin Dillon, 2, 2 (Daytona 500)
Danny Letner, 1, 2
Earl Balmer, 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 4-8-2018)
Contract Status: Driver: 2018+; Primary Sponsors: Dow 2018?; American Ethanol 2018?; AAA Mid-Atlantic 2018?
See the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Page for News and Links
#3 Team / Driver News
Dow, Richard Childress Racing to honor veterans with patriotic paint scheme: Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon and Team USA Olympic Luge Medalists Chris Mazdzer and Erin Hamlin were at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan for the unveiling of the No. 3 'Dow Salutes Veterans' Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which will be driven by Dillon during the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 10. The paint scheme features the names of more than 1,300 employees and contractors from Dow, the USA luge team and Richard Childress Racing who are also veterans, as well as immediate family members of employees and contractors who have served or are currently serving.[More](6-7-2018)
Coca-Cola to sponsor Austin Dillon at Charlotte: Coca-Cola, one of the world's iconic brands, will be featured as primary sponsor on the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 2018 Coca-Cola 600. Coca-Cola's longtime partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will continue its deep-rooted history over Memorial Day Weekend with defending race winner Austin Dillon carrying the Coca-Cola colors. Dillon recorded his first-career Cup Series victory last May at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600, one of NASCAR's crown jewel races.[More](4-25-2018)
Childress partners with AstraZeneca: Richard Childress Racing announced today that AstraZeneca, a global science-based biopharmaceutical company, has partnered with Richard Childress Racing and the #3 Chevy for select races during the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. AstraZeneca's SYMBICORT (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) brand will be featured as primary sponsor on Austin Dillon's #3 Chevy beginning at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8. SYMBICORT will also be featured as an associate partner for the remainder of the 2018 season.[More](4-3-2018)
Austin Dillon honored at Daytona Champion's Breakfast: The magic of Sunday night carried over to Monday morning at Daytona International Speedway, with 2018 DAYTONA 500 champion Austin Dillon honored at the annual Champion's Breakfast in the speedway's Bill France Room. Dillon drove the #3 Dow Chevy owned by his grandfather Richard Childress to a historic victory in the 60th running of "The Great American Race," the season-opening event for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The victory came 20 years after Dale Earnhardt won the DAYTONA 500 in Childress' No. 3 Chevrolet.[More](2-19-2018)
Austin Dillon's Daytona 500 victory is an extended family affair: If Austin Dillon's No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team decided to steal a page from the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, it would be entirely appropriate. The theme song of the world champion Pirates was "We Are Family," a contemporaneous hit by Sister Sledge. In 1979, the close-knit underdog Pittsburgh team upset the Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series.[More](2-19-2018)
Last-lap pass gives Austin Dillon dramatic Daytona 500 victory: Austin Dillon prevailed in a game of Survivor played at 200 miles per hour, winning the Sunday's Daytona 500 fiercely and unapologetically after turning race leader Aric Almirola in the third corner of the final lap. Ten of the 40 drivers who started the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' season-opening event finished on the lead lap in a race that featured eight cautions and three massive wrecks that eliminated many of the strongest cars in the field.[More](2-18-2018)
Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The win is his 1st win at Daytona and 2nd career win. He got into the rear of #10-Aric Almirola on the final lap. Almirola had taken the white flag as the leader but finished 11th. Dillon led only the final lap. The race ended after one attempt at NASCAR overtime.
#43-Wallace finished 2nd, his best career finish, followed by #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #37-Buescher, #21-Menard, #12-Blaney, #31-Newman, #34-McDowell, and #47-Allmendinger.
#12-Blaney dominated most of the race, leading 114 laps, but was involved in an accident with 2 laps to go that shuffled him back in the pack.
Pole sitter #88-Bowman ran up front most of the day but was caught in the accident with 2 laps to go and finished 17th.
Stage 1 was won by #41-Busch, finished 26th.
Stage 2 was won by #12-Blaney, finished 7th.
There were 24 lead changes among 14 drivers and 8 cautions for 37 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 150.545mph.
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 leverages ANSYS to improve race car speeds: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will improve racing times with ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) through a new, multi-year partnership. RCR will leverage ANSYS Pervasive Engineering SimulationTM software to more accurately predict machine performance and enhance vehicle speed on the race track by enabling a true digital twin of a race car.[More](2-15-2018)
Childress fires shots at men who attempted break-in UPDATES: Authorities continue to search for three masked men who allegedly attempted to break into the home of Hall of Fame NASCAR driver and team owner Richard Childress. The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the Reedy Creek community in Davidson County.(12-20-2017)
UPDATE: Clothing recovered from the home of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress could lead law enforcement to finding out the identities of three armed men, who are being sought for the attempted home invasion robbery, according to Davidson County Sheriff David Grice.(12-22-2017)
UPDATE 2: Two Winston-Salem men and another from Salisbury have been charged with attempting to break into NASCAR owner Richard Childress' home on Dec. 17.[More](1-2-2018)
Richard Petty Motorsports switching from Ford to Chevrolet, aligning with Childress: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Richard Petty Motorsports is closing in on announcing that it will switch manufacturers from Ford to Chevrolet starting in '18, according to sources.[More](12-7-2017)
Andy Petree named VP of Competition at RCR; Eric Warren named Chief Technology Officer: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has named Andy Petree as its new Vice President of Competition, and Dr. Eric Warren as Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately. The organizational moves bolster RCR's competition department with more than 50 years of combined racing experience. Petree joins RCR on a full-time basis after he was brought on in an advisory role in October to conduct a comprehensive review of the team's competition area. Warren holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University and has held numerous roles in stock car racing dating back to 1997 including competition director, chief aerodynamicist and technical director. [More](12-4-2017)
Richard Childress Racing hires Andy Petree as Advisor NASCAR veteran Andy Petree will assist Richard Childress Racing in an advisory role in the competition area. Petree, who has held numerous roles in his 30-year stock car racing career, will be retained as an outside resource. Petree has experience as a championship-winning crew chief, driver, team owner and most recently, as an analyst for Fox Sports.(Richard Childress Racing)[Read More Here](10-25-2017)
Friday Chicagoland Notebook
Chase Elliott's playoff game plan: improvement and consistency In his final 10 races in the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Chase Elliott doesn't feel he can afford to look beyond his own efforts and his own team during his second run in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff. After all, Elliott qualified for the postseason on points. In a season where other drivers collected their first career victories-Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-Elliott, surprisingly, is still seeking his first trophy at NASCAR's highest level. In recent outings, Elliott and his #24 team haven't performed to expectations. As a consequence, improved performance is a priority as the 10-race playoff begins.
FEUD WITH PATRICK COULD COMPLICATE DILLON'S PLAYOFF RUN One of most widely-quoted clichés from mob movies is "Keep your friends close; but keep your enemies closer." In Austin Dillon's case, however, the driver of the #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet might want to stay as far away from Danica Patrick as possible. Repeated contact last Saturday at Richmond between Dillon's car and the Patrick's #10 Ford sparked a rivalry that has the potential to carry over into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff. Dillon and Patrick were battling for position at Richmond. Dillon was aggressive in his attempts to pass the #10 Fusion. Patrick defended her position just as aggressively, and the cars touched several times before Dillon gained the spot. Patrick answered with a hard shot to Dillon's rear bumper, knocking Dillon's #3 up the track. Dillon responded with a nudge to Patrick's left rear quarter and sent her spinning.
BUBBA WALLACE HOPES RPM RIDE MATERIALIZES FOR 2018 As far as Richard Petty Motorsports is concerned, there are two known quantities where the legendary race team is concerned.
First, Aric Almirola will not be behind the wheel of the #43 RPM Ford next season. Second, sponsor Smithfield Foods has opted not to renew its support for RPM next year, choosing instead to shift its backing to Stewart-Haas Racing. What remains to be revealed is the identity of RPM's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver for 2018. Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., who spent four races in the #43 Ford while Almirola was recovering from a crushed vertebra sustained during a wreck at Kansas in May, hopes he gets the nod. And Wallace acknowledged on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway that he and RPM are working toward that goal.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](9-16-2017)
Slugger Labbe joins Toyota Racing Development Veteran NASCAR crew chief Slugger Labbe has a new job. Labbe announced on The Morning Drive on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he has joined Toyota Racing and Toyota Racing Development as Manager of Teams and Vehicles Support. Labbe's duties will be stretch across all forms of Toyota's racing involvement including NASCAR, NHRA drag racing, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, USAC, Rally Series and several other series.(NBC Sports)[Read More Here](9-14-2017)
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)
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)
Race Recap: Austin Dillon puts the #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)
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)
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)
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)