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Ryan Newman Foundation
Ryan Newman Foundation

Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma


Richard Childress Racing
Ryan Newman (2016)
Ryan Newman Foundation
Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines
Childress Vineyards
Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma
RCR Street Performance Group


Caterpillar (21+3 races)(2016)
CAT Racing
CAT Financial
Caterpillar Global Mining
Quicken Loans (12 races)(2015)
Quicken Loans Racing
WIX Filters (3 races)


Lucas Oil Products


Richard Childress Racing - Facebook
Richard Childress Racing - Twitter
Ryan Newman - Facebook
Ryan Newman - Twitter
Ryan Newman Foundation - Facebook
LukeLambertCC - Twitter
Quicken Loans Racing - Facebook
WIX Filters - Facebook
WIX Filters - Twitter
CATmining - Twitter


Ryan Newman - ESPN
Ryan Newman - RacingReference.info

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  • 2014 Races [21+3] that Caterpillar is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Daytona, Sprint Unlimited - 2/15
    Daytona, Budweiser Duel, 2/20
    Daytona - 2/23
    Las Vegas - 3/9
    Auto Club - 3/23
    Texas - 4/6
    Darlington - 4/12
    Talladega - 5/4
    Charlotte, All-Star Race - 5/17
    Dover - 6/1
    Sonoma - 6/22
    Kentucky - 6/28
    New Hampshire - 7/13
    Watkins Glen - 8/10
    Bristol - 8/23
    Atlanta - 8/31
    Richmond - 9/6
    Chicago - 9/14
    Kansas - 10/5
    Charlotte - 10/11
    Talladega - 10/19
    Texas - 11/2
    Phoenix - 11/9, Global Mining
    Homestead - 11/16

  • 2014 Races [12] that Quicken Loans is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Phoenix - 3/2
    Bristol - 3/16
    Martinsville - 3/30
    Richmond - 4/26
    Charlotte - 5/25
    Michigan - 6/15
    Indianapolis - 7/27
    Pocono - 8/3
    New Hampshire - 9/21
    Dover - 9/28, Fan Designed
    Martinsville - 10/27
    one more TBA

  • 2014 Races [3] that WIX Filters is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Pocono, 6/8
    Daytona, 7/5
    Michigan, 8/17

  • 2014 Races [1] that Kwikset is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Kansas, 5/10

  • Contract Status: Sponsors: Caterpillar 2016, Quicken Loans 2015; Driver: 2016

#31 Team News and Rumors
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  • Newman Surprises Texas Woman with Brand New Chevy SS: Stephanie Gaines received a new Chevy SS and a year's worth of mortgage payments from Quicken Loans. Ryan Newman gave Dalhart resident Stephanie Gaines the surprise of a lifetime Saturday afternoon when he arrived at her home driving a brand new Chevy SS that she won through the Quicken Loans "Drive Home a Winner" Sweepstakes. Stephanie also received a year's worth of mortgage payments as part of the sweepstakes courtesy of Quicken Loans, the nation's second largest retail mortgage lender and largest online mortgage company. "The look on Stephanie's face when she saw the car was priceless; she couldn't believe she'd won," said Newman, driver of the #31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. "Once Stephanie's surprise subsided, she couldn't wait to jump in and take it for a ride."
    "It was just like any other Saturday morning until Ryan Newman showed up at my door with a new car," said Gaines. "My husband and kids were so excited, we didn't know what was going on."(RCR)(12-12-2014)

  • Newman's Crew Chief named 'Problem Solver of the Year': Sprint Cup racing's youngest crew chief is now also one if its most celebrated, as Luke Lambert of the #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy team clinched Federal-Mogul Motorparts' $100,000 MOOG Steering and Suspension "Problem Solver of the Year" Award during Sunday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 31-year-old Lambert, in just his second full year as a Cup Series crew chief and first with driver Ryan Newman, finished 2014 with a series-leading four weekly MOOG "Problem Solver of the Race" Awards. He will receive his $100,000 Problem Solver of the Year check and a handcrafted MOOG ball joint trophy during the NASCAR Myers Brothers Award Ceremony December 4 in Las Vegas. The MOOG Problem Solver of the Race and Problem Solver of the Year awards recognize the vital in-race contributions of Sprint Cup crew chiefs. The weekly Problem Solver of the Race award is presented to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The prestigious year-end Problem Solver award is presented to the crew chief with the best overall performance throughout the season. Four crew chiefs - Jimmy Fennig (#99 Ford, Carl Edwards), Chris Heroy (#42 Chevy, Kyle Larson), Chad Knaus (#48 Chevy, Jimmie Johnson) and Steve Letarte (#88 Chevy, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) - tied for second in the final Problem Solver standings with three wins each. Eighteen different crew chiefs won a weekly MOOG award in 2014.(PR)(11-22-2014)

  • Newman not worried after first practice problems: #31-Ryan Newman ended Saturday's first practice with the 12th-fastest time, but the RCR team faced a bit of adversity during the 50-minute session. When #33-Brian Scott lost a motor, Newman hit a piece of debris from the engine failure. The incident broke the right front bead blower and damaged the front splitter of the car. The team quickly repaired the bead blower and got Newman back on track to complete the session. After the practice, neither Newman nor crew chief Luke Lambert were concerned about the potential setback. "We hit a piece of debris," said Newman. When asked about replacing the splitter he simply said, "No big deal."
    "That debris from the engine that blew up, a chunk of it went underneath the car, messed the splitter up and knocked the bead blower hose off," Lambert told FOXSports.com. Lambert said replacing the splitter would not set the team back any, as they had plenty of time before the 50-minute Happy Hour practice session. "We've got enough time to change it," he said. "Honestly, it was something we were probably going to do anyway based on the splitter wear. It's not really a big deal." Despite being the slowest of the four contenders, Lambert showed little concern about the speed charts. "The car was pretty good," he said. "We tried some adjustments to shift the balance a little bit for what it was doing on entry and on exit. We got it close, but need just a little bit more, so it was a pretty positive learning experience. We're fine. If we get the balance right we'll be OK. Really, right now he's been searching trying to find the line he's at, get the car to run where he wants to. It's going to be such a different race than this right here. You can go out there and fool yourself trying to run lap times. It's all about getting the car like it needs to in the race."(FoxSports)(11-15-2014)

  • Master of Survival: Newman Can Capture Cup Title At Homestead: On the final lap of last Sunday's penultimate race at Phoenix, Ryan Newman found himself on the verge of elimination, needing to gain one more position from his 12th-place spot on the track. In a final move of desperation, Newman was able to force Kyle Larson into the Turn 4 wall and pass him for 11th-place - a performance that put him one point ahead of Jeff Gordon for the final berth in the Championship 4. Newman's Arizona effort was not the first time he rose to the occasion under pressure in this season's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Clinging onto the final position on the Chase Grid entering the Challenger Round cutoff race at Dover, the #31 Caterpillar, Inc./Quicken Loans driver produced an eighth-place finish to advance to the Contender Round. He also avoided "The Big One" at Talladega and registered a third-place showing in the process to solidify his spot in the Eliminator Round. The NASCAR world will see if Newman has one more clutch effort left in the tank for Sunday's Championship race at Homestead. A 13-year full-time veteran of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Newman can capture his first title in any NASCAR national series by finishing ahead of Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin.
    In 12 Homestead starts, Newman owns one top five and four top 10s. His highest finish at the Miami-area track was a third-place showing in 2012. One potential note of interest: Newman is the only one of the Championship 4 who did not test at Homestead at the end of October. Competing in his first season with Richard Childress Racing, Newman can earn the organization its first premier series title since 1994 when Dale Earnhardt captured RCR its sixth championship. Newman would be the only driver other than Earnhardt (six titles) to clinch a premier series crown with RCR.
    Newman has proven to be the true underdog story in the Chase. Despite not winning a race during the regular season, the consistent 36-year-old racked up 10 top-10 finishes and placed lower than 30th only two times to clinch the 16th and final spot in NASCAR's playoffs. No matter how Newman fares at Homestead, he will achieve a career-best finish in the final standings. His previous high finish was sixth - a feat he has achieved three times (2002, '03, '06).(NASCAR)(11-13-2014)

  • If Newman wins championship he could set a record...no wins: Of the final four championship contenders, #31-Ryan Newman is the only one who has not won a race. NASCAR has never had a winless champion in its top series. Ever. He has led just 41 laps all season and has just four top-five finishes, the lowest for a potential champion since 1949, when Red Byron won NASCAR's first championship with four top-fives in just six races. Even if Newman wins the season finale, he will set a record for championship futility. He would become just the fifth driver to win the championship with just one win [1950 Bill Rexford in 17 races, 1961 Ned Jarrett in 46 races, 1973 Benny Parsons in 28 races and 2003 Matt Kenseth in 36 races], and the previous four each had more top-fives, more top-10s and more laps led. His 16 top-10s - assuming he finishes in the top 10 at Homestead - would be the fewest for a champion since 1950, when Bill Rexford had 11 in just 17 races.(Sporting News)(11-11-2014)

  • Larson Comments on Newman's Move: #42-Kyle Larson called #31-Ryan Newman's last-lap actions Sunday "a little upsetting" but said he understood Newman's desperation and "can't fault him for being aggressive there.'' Needing to pass Larson to secure the final spot in the championship round, Newman dive-bombed the rookie on the last lap at Phoenix International Raceway. Newman's car slid up the track and hit Larson's car, sending it toward the wall. That allowed Newman by, giving him a shot at the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. By advancing, Newman eliminated #24-Jeff Gordon from title contention. "Coming to the finish, there were a lot of cars racing really hard,'' Larson said in a statement provided to Motor Racing Network by Chip Ganassi Racing. "I knew (Newman) was right around me and knew he needed to gain some spots to keep from getting eliminated from the Chase. It's a little upsetting he pushed me up to the wall, but I completely understand the situation he was in and can't fault him for being aggressive there. I think a lot of drivers out here would have done something similar if they were in that position."(Motor Racing Network)(11-10-2014)

  • Caterpillar Global Mining featured on the #31: The #31 Caterpillar Chevy features the Caterpillar Global Mining Twitter account this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. @CatMining provides updates and information about the organization and their ongoing commitment to the mining industry. Wherever you go in the mining world, you'll find Caterpillar. From underground coal mines in the United States to gold mines in Africa and iron ore mines in Australia, Caterpillar products are hard at work and CAT people are right there too with building and supporting products, training operators, helping customers mine more profitably and working with schools, organizations and communities. As industry leaders, Caterpillar is engaged in the mining industry at every level.(RCR), see an image of the scheme on the #31 Team Schemes page.(11-7-2014)

  • RCR Adds Jason Golden to Business Development Team: Richard Childress Racing has hired Jason Golden to join their Business Development Department, effective immediately. Golden is a native of New Lebanon, Ohio and a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Industry/Sports Sciences and Masters in Sports Administration. He comes to RCR from IMG College where he was the Associate Regional Vice President, Midwest Region developing corporate partnerships for seven different schools and the Mid-American Conference. Prior to joining IMG College, a leading collegiate multimedia, marketing and licensing brand-management company, Golden held similar roles at Marshall University, ISP Sports at University of Nevada at Las Vegas, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NBA's Houston Rockets and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He will work with the Business Development team led by Rick Penn, Vice President of the department. "We are fortunate to have Jason join the Business Development team and are looking forward to putting him in a situation to continue his successful sales career," Penn said. "His leadership and experience will enhance our incredible team as we continue to add blue chip partners to the RCR family." Golden will be relocating from Columbus, OH to North Carolina with his wife, Jaime, and their two children. "I am honored and feel very privileged to join an iconic and first class organization in Richard Childress Racing," Golden said. "I also look forward to getting back into the world of NASCAR as the sport has always been a great passion of mine. My goals are to build meaningful partnerships with new corporations for RCR, while helping add incremental value for the organization's current partners." (RCR)(11-6-2014)

  • Newman's car fails post-race inspection UPDATE: #31-Ryan Newman's great Sunday has apparently hit a bit of a snag. Newman picked up a fifth-place finish in the Contender Round elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway to make the Eliminator Round of the Chase with a 27-point cushion over the ninth-place cutoff. But now comes late word from 'Dega that Newman's #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy has failed post-race inspection after being found to be too low on both sides according to NASCAR. The sanctioning body will take the car back to its Research and Development Center in North Carolina, along with those of race winner Brad Keselowski, runner-up Matt Kenseth, and Kasey Kahne. Obviously, the question is whether Newman will be penalized championship points for the infraction on his car - and if so, how many? USA Today writer and NASCAR on NBC contributor Nate Ryan leafed through the NASCAR rulebook to perhaps find an answer.
    "Newman's car will be examined by #nascar. Per the 2014 rulebook, it seems it could be a P3 penalty, which would be a 15-point deduction."
    A penalty such as that would not affect Newman's Chase standing. It also bears noting that Newman was among those involved in today's crash at Lap 102 of 188, so that could play into how NASCAR decides this matter, too.(NBC Sports)(10-19-2014)
    UPDATE: The #31 car has cleared post-race inspection from Talladega; there are no issues. Race damage caused the rear to be low.(NASCAR)(10-21-2014)

  • Quicken Loans Extends Relationship with RCR and Newman: Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation's second largest retail mortgage lender, announced it will return as a sponsor of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in 2015, serving as a primary sponsor of driver Ryan Newman and the #31 Quicken Loans Chevy for selected races. The 2015 season will mark the fourth year Quicken Loans has teamed with Newman. "We're looking forward to partnering with RCR and Ryan in the upcoming season and continue this strong partnership," said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer for Quicken Loans. "In the meantime, we'll be cheering on Ryan and the #31 team as they make a run in this year's Chase."
    "It is great to have Quicken Loans back with me next year," said Newman. "They have been loyal partners for several years and have become like family to me. As I continue to push forward in the Chase, it gives me increased confidence to know I have partners and friends that are standing with me not only this year, but also beyond."
    "Quicken Loans has been a tremendous addition to the RCR family this year," said Richard Childress, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RCR. "We are excited to be so closely aligned to a partner that values collaboration, technology and speed as much as we do."(RCR)(9-26-2014)

  • Fan-designed paint scheme for Newman at Dover: Ryan Newman's #31 Chevy boasts a fan-designed paint scheme for this weekend's race at Dover. Blake Pass of Blue Ridge, Ga., is the grand prize winner of the Paint Your Way to Dover contest with his ghost-flame inspired design. More than 1,000 schemes were submitted by NASCAR fans nationwide and after three finalists were chosen, fans voted at QLRacing.com to determine the look of Newman's ride for the Dover Sprint Cup race. As part of the grand prize package, Pass, a middle school teacher, and his family will travel to the race to meet and see Newman tame the Monster Mile. Should the Quicken Loans driver finish first on Sunday, Pass will take home one year's worth of mortgage payments. If Newman scores a top-10 result, Pass is awarded a one month mortgage payment. Besides voting on a design, QL Racing fans also voted for three charities to benefit monetarily through the promotion. Autism Speaks collected the most votes and received a $10,000 donation. Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and Folds of Honor each received a $2,500 donation (RCR), see an image of the scheme on the #31 Team Schemes page.(9-24-2014)

  • Fans can vote for Newman's Dover scheme - vote thru August 23rd: Quicken Loans has launched a contest for fans to design a paint scheme for the #31 Quicken Loans Chevy to run at Dover on September 28. One lucky winner will win a trip to Dover International Speedway and see their car design in action on the high-banked oval. More info at QLRacing.com. The deadline to submit a paint scheme was August 3rd.(RCR)(7-27-2014)
    UPDATE: Quicken Loans has selected the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, Autism Speaks and Folds of Honor as three charities to benefit from its "Paint Your Way to Dover" online contest. Fans can vote on three paint scheme options for the #31 car of Richard Childress Racing driver Ryan Newman being raced at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 28, as well as select a charity to potentially receive $10,000. Help the Childress Institute raise awareness about the needs of seriously injured children by visiting Quicken Loans "Paint Your Way to Dover" site at QLRacing.com. Voting ends Aug. 23.(8-21-2014)

  • Richard Childress Racing Celebrates 45 Years: Marking the organization's 45th Anniversary in NASCAR, Richard Childress Racing will celebrate the milestone throughout August and September with creative content and stories from the past 45 years. Fans will be able to follow the discussion and share their favorite RCR memories via social networks using hashtag #RCR45. It was on September 14, 1969 when Richard Childress entered the 44th race of the season at Talladega Superspeedway in the Talladega 500 making his first career Sprint Cup Series start. A race on NASCAR's center stage gave the 23-year-old driver the funding to establish RCR and racing as a full-time career. Childress made 285 starts behind the wheel before stepping aside from the driver's seat and assuming primary ownership role in RCR in 1981. Over the next 45 days, RCR will showcase photographs, personal stories and interviews from those who have been with the organization throughout the years. Starting Sunday August 17, @RCRracing and www.rcrracing.com will feature daily throwbacks showcasing moments that shaped the motorsports organization. The content will also highlight the evolution of the team and technology to today's drivers and those who call the shots each weekend at the track 45 years later. Fans will also be able to read stories from those who have been with the company from its inception, reliving multiple championships, wins and iconic races over the past 45 years.(RCR)(8-16-2014)

  • Newman expresses safety concern about Watkins Glen: A serious crash occurred on lap 56. #31-Ryan Newman hit the Armco barrier - a guard-rail instead of a concrete wall and SAFER barrier - and bounced off it back into traffic. He was pummeled by #95-Michael McDowell, whose car went airborne and flew backward into a barrier on the outside of the racing surface, destroying it and sending debris flying. That caused two lengthy delays - totaling one hour and 21 minutes - to fix the fence. It also raised questions about the safety standards at Watkins Glen. "It's just a very antiquated racetrack and the safety is not at all up to NASCAR's standards," Newman said. "It's a shame that we have to have accidents like that to prove it."
    Newman's pleas echoed the concerns voiced after the track's 2011 race, which included two violent wrecks. David Ragan, who was involved in a nasty crash with David Reutimann, said he'd seen better walls at dirt tracks and urged the addition of SAFER barriers.(USA Today)(8-11-2014)
    AND Drivers weren't in agreement as to what sorts of barriers might be preferable. Watkins Glen has made a number of safety enhancements in recent years, and NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton indicated the process is under constant review. "It's a constant improvement process," Pemberton said during a televised interview with ESPN during a red-flag period that lasted more than an hour while track workers repaired the Armco barriers. "And as you know, many of the places we go to, the facilities, are multi-purpose, and we're only here one weekend a year-and it's busy throughout the rest of the year. Watkins Glen has made great advancements. You remember Turn 1 and 2 and all that, moved grandstands and fencing and SAFER barriers, and that's worked quite well for us. But not all places are places for SAFER barriers. There are different types of systems to help slow cars down."(NASCAR Wire Service)(8-11-2014)

  • Testing at Atlanta UPDATE: Tuesday and Wednesday, Richard Childress Racing and Germain Racing will both test at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(NASCAR)(8-5-2014)
    UPDATE: All three of Richard Childress Racing's full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, along with a fourth car driven by Ty Dillon, completed a two-day test session on Aug. 5 & 6 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in preparation for the Oral-B USA 500 on Labor Day Weekend. Dillon will attempt to qualify and make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut on Labor Day Weekend. The testing was held in the late afternoon and evening which simulated racing conditions the teams are anticipating Labor Day Weekend. The drivers logged lots of laps over the course of the two day test with speeds increasing as more rubber was laid down on the track. #31-Ryan Newman posted one of the fastest laps on Aug. 6 at 189.086 miles per hour while Austin Dillon turned a fast lap of 187.805 mile per hour.(AMS)(8-8-2014)

  • Fans can design Newman's car for Dover: Quicken Loans has launched a contest for fans to design a paint scheme for the #31 Quicken Loans Chevy to run at Dover on September 28. One lucky winner will win a trip to Dover International Speedway and see their car design in action on the high-banked oval. More info at QLRacing.com. The deadline to submit a paint scheme is August 3rd.(RCR)(7-27-2014)

  • Conley tests for RCR at Nashville: Vienna, W.Va. native Cale Conley was able to take 160 test laps in a Sprint Cup car for Richard Childress Racing at Nashville Superspeedway Friday.(News Sentinel)(7-27-2014)

  • How would a few drivers change the Sprint Cup schedule: #31-Ryan Newman, #41-Kyle Busch, #48-Jimmie Johnson met with members of the media at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and discussed what changes they would make to the 2015 schedule. The transcripts in part:
    NEWMAN: "If I was NASCAR, how would I change the schedule? My answer to that would be not giving any -- not being partial to any ISC or SMI tracks. I'd turn some of those tracks into Wednesday night races, and the other ones would be Saturday night or sometime Sunday afternoon when it made sense. I'd give us a little bit more off weekends. We can still run 36 or 38 races but we don't need to be at the racetrack, especially for the Daytona and Talladega for three, sometimes four days with the inspection process. So I think just realigning it and giving us the opportunity to be on TV and be our own special event on Wednesday night, especially in football season, would be good for our sport."
    "Wednesday night shows and how would I foresee doing that? I think it all depends what that day is like. I mean, obviously, if you go to a place like Pocono and it rains three-quarters of that day, it changes everything and you have obviously Thursday to work with. But I think situations like that, you'd have the crew guys come in on a Tuesday evening, Tuesday afternoon, let the -- tech the cars and whatever window it is, let the guys go back and have a decent dinner with their team, and then come and start practice the next morning, practice, qualifying and race. You've got people in the grandstands for an entire day of activities and they can sell hotdogs and all the other things that way. I'm no businessman, but I know from our scheduling standpoint that there's a lot of credibility to having some weekday races, especially when you consider who we're up against in the football season."(Team Chevy)
    BUSCH: "Oh, my. Could I be president for the day and then decide what we're going to do? Wow, there's so many opportunities. I think the first one should be the final race should be bid on like a committee such as the Super Bowl. There's a committee that goes around and it gets filled in with who does the best job with their community to present themselves as the frontrunner to have the Super Bowl. Why not do that with our final stock car race? You know, The Chase, I think Chicago is a great place to start it off. Those Chase races are valuable. And could we mix it up and change some of the races that are in The Chase and not in The Chase? One unique thing is maybe we should take Talladega out of The Chase, put Richmond in The Chase and use Talladega as the cutoff to get into The Chase? Why not? Because we're all driving around, they're very tentative and trying not to get in a wreck at Talladega. But why not make it the final race to get in and throw a huge wild card in to try to make it into The Chase. Because by then you have 15 guys that are pretty much locked in. That means those top 15 guys are going to throw it on the line to try to win. They're not going to be riding in the back to protect their points. To change the schedule, I would change Richmond and Talladega, and it works because NASCAR owns both those tracks."(Team Chevy)
    JOHNSON: "I've always felt like we could use an off weekend before The Chase starts just to leave us an opportunity to have a make-up race. I know it's a pretty severe event if it would take place. And the last unfortunate situation that was created was 9/11, but I think that was good to give the teams a break and give everybody a break that deep in the season before The Chase starts. Ultimately, you know, I buy into the philosophy that we have a bit of oversaturation with race distances and how often we compete. I think we could trim that stuff down. I don't know where I would go to first, but I think adopting a little bit of less is more would be beneficial.(Team Chevy)(7-26-2014)

  • Newman Wins Inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout: Ryan Newman used a dramatic last-lap slingshot pass of Justin Bonsignore to win Friday's inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout modified race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "The racing you see in Modified (Tour) is awesome. There is drafting and they are a lot of fun to drive." said Ryan Newman, who earned his spot in the Shootout having been a two-time modified winner at Loudon. "It was an opportunity to win a trophy, so we did that." Bonsignore, Mike Stefanik, Ron Silk and Bobby Santos round out the top-five, making it a complete sweep by the northern series regulars.(NHMS)(7-11-2014)

  • Sprint Cup teams form Race Team Alliance UPDATE: A group of nine multi-car teams participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) announced today they have formed a collaborative business association called the Race Team Alliance (RTA). The purpose of the organization is to create an open forum for the teams to explore areas of common interest and to work collaboratively on initiatives to help preserve, promote, and grow the sport of stock car racing. The organization intends to open up its membership to all full time NSCS teams in the very near future. In providing a vehicle for the teams to work together, the organization creates for the first time a single entity to engage with stakeholders on creative ways to market and experience the power of the sport's teams and drivers. As part of its focus, the RTA also plans to explore innovative ways to harness the combined purchasing power and scale of the teams' operations to drive efficiencies in costs. Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, has been elected the first chair of the RTA.
    "With the encouragement of NASCAR and the manufacturers, the teams have met in various forms and forums over the years to explore areas of common interest. This simply formalizes what was an informal group." said Kauffman. "The key word is 'Collaboration'. We all have vested interests in the success and popularity of stock car racing. By working together and speaking with a single voice, it should be a simpler and smoother process to work with current and potential groups involved with the sport. Whether it be looking for industry-wide travel partners or collaborating on technical issues - the idea is to work together to increase revenue, spend more efficiently, and deliver more value to our partners."
    The following teams are the executive members of the RTA: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Hendrick Motor Sports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motor Sports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske.(RTA)(7-7-2014)
    UPDATE: Statement from NASCAR: "We are aware of the alliance concept the team owners have announced, but have very few specifics on its structure or purpose. It is apparently still in development and we're still learning about the details so it would be inappropriate to comment right now. NASCAR's mission, as it has always been, is to create a fair playing field where anyone can come and compete. Our job is to support and strengthen all of the teams, large and small, across all of our series and we'll continue to do that. NASCAR is a unique community with hundreds of stakeholders. They all have a voice and always will."(NASCAR)(7-7-2014)

  • MWR, RCR to test at New Hampshire UPDATE: Michael Waltrip Racing and Richard Childress Racing will be looking for the inside track on the Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 13 when they visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a test and tune session on July 1 and 2. Defending July NHMS race winner #55-Brian Vickers, two-time NHMS winner #15-Clint Bowyer and four-time NHMS winner #66-Jeff Burton will all be logging laps for MWR on the 1.058-mile oval. The two-day session also marks the first time the famed #3 will race around the Magic Mile, as rookie RCR driver Austin Dillon will join teammates #27-Paul Menard and three-time NHMS winner #31-Ryan Newman at the testing. The grandstands will be open and free of charge to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm both days.(NHMS)(6-26-2014)
    UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing driver Paul Menard crumpled the left side of his #27 Chevy in a wreck at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Wednesday and eventually needed a wrecker to haul his battered car off the track. Menard was one of five drivers taking part in a two-day test session at New Hampshire, along with RCR's Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman and Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers. He wasn't injured in the crash. Crew chief Slugger Labbe said Menard's left rear tire went down, causing the wreck. Wednesday's session was the final planned on-track time before drivers head to Daytona for this weekend's race.(NASCAR.com)(7-3-2014)

  • Galida promoted to president of RCR: Richard Childress Racing announced the promotion of Torrey Galida from Chief Operating Officer to President of their championship motorsports team. Galida, who has been the COO since 2011, becomes the first person other than team owner Richard Childress to carry the title of president for the corporation. Childress will retain his title of Chief Executive Officer and add that of Chairman to his role. Galida is a 20-year veteran of the automotive and motorsports industries. Before joining RCR, he served as General Manager for TRG Motorsports. He also spent time as President of Millsport Motorsports and CMO at Roush Fenway Racing. Prior to moving to North Carolina in 2004, Torrey spent 12 years with Ford Motor Company. He served in a number of senior-level marketing and strategy positions, including Vice President of Marketing for Ford of Canada, and Global Motorsports Marketing Manager for Ford Racing Technology.(RCR)(7-2-2014)

  • Caterpillar renews sponsorship of Newman: Richard Childress Racing and Caterpillar Inc. announced the renewal of their overall partnership and sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #31 Chevy team. The partnership between RCR and Caterpillar began in 2009 and has become a model for the activation with Caterpillar's dealers and customers throughout the NASCAR schedule. For the 2014 season, Newman took over driving duties of the Caterpillar Chevy SS. The world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives began as a sponsor in NASCAR in 1993. Caterpillar was a team sponsor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 1995 to 1996 before moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1997. Its relationship with RCR began in 2009, where it remains as one of the most prominent brands competing in the elite division.(RCR)(6-26-2014)

  • Edwards reportedly declines Childress offer: at the end of FoxSports1 NASCAR Raceday, Bob Dilner reported that #99-Carl Edwards had spoken to Richard Childress Racing about a Sprint Cup Series ride in 2015 and gave them an answer of 'No' (FoxSports1), so last week Roger Penske said they were not interested in Edwards and there is still no comment from Joe Gibbs Racing about a rumored ride there in a fourth team. And Edwards current team owner, Jack Roush, didn't comment much about 2015 in a press conference held at MIS on Friday.(6-15-2014)

  • Newman has to make alternate plans to get to MIS: #31-Ryan Newman thought he had a flight to Michigan arranged for Friday morning. There was only one problem: The Sprint Cup driver planning on letting him hitch a ride left him at the airport. That driver? #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt tweeted Friday morning that he forgot that he had told Newman he could fly on his plane to Michigan. By 9:45, there had been no word on whether Newman had found another flight. Sprint Cup Series practice at Michigan International Speedway was scheduled for 11:00am/et. Newman's wife, Krissie, then responded that her husband had caught on flight on Dale Jarrett's plane.(Sporting News)(6-13-2014)

  • Newman & Dillon test at VIR: #31-Ryan Newman and #3-Austin Dillon participated in an RCR team test at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., on Wednesday (today). Last week, all three RCR Cup teams tested at Pocono Raceway in preparation for this weekend's event.(RCR)(6-4-2014)

  • Kwikset debuts on the #31: Kwikset, a leading brand of the Hardware and Home Improvement division of Spectrum Brands Holdings SPB, will debut a brand new paint scheme for Richard Childress Racing driver Ryan Newman's #31 Chevy for the Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. The paint scheme is part of Kwikset's season-long partnership with the 15-time NASCAR championship racing organization. The partnership between Kwikset and Newman is a natural one, as the driver and leader in residential locks both share a passion for innovative technology and advanced engineering. On the hood of the car, Kwikset will promote its new smart lock Kevo, an industry-first Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt that allows authorized users to unlock their door with the touch of a finger while their smartphone remains in their pocket. Kwikset is also the company behind first-of-its-kind SmartKey Re-Key Technology, which lets homeowners re-key their locks in seconds without removing them from the door. Kwikset SmartKey locks also offer superior pick resistance and pass the most stringent security standards.(Kwikset PR), see an image of the car on the #31 team paint schemes page.(5-7-2014)

  • RCR Names Matt Shearer as Director, Business Development: Richard Childress Racing has named Matt Shearer as Director, Business Development for their 15-time championship organization, effective immediately. Shearer joins RCR from Churchill Downs, Inc. where he spent the past five years in their partnership development and sales departments. The graduate of the School of Management from Purdue University also has three years of sales experience in the National Football League working with the Oakland Raiders. He will work under the guidance of Rick Penn, Vice President of Business Development for RCR. "First and foremost, Matt is a great person and RCR is happy to have him join our team," Penn said. "He has experienced success at every step during his career and demonstrated he can adapt and create long-term, winning partnerships. We look forward to Matt's contributions in bringing new partners into the RCR family." This will be Shearer's first foray into motorsports, making the transition from one kind of horsepower to another."
    "Richard Childress Racing is one of the most well-known and highly respected organizations in motorsports and I am honored to be part of the team," Shearer said. "NASCAR is a powerful marketing and business development platform and RCR's focus on performance, its roster of blue-chip partners and a strong front office team make this a compelling opportunity. I look forward to getting started in my new role."(RCR)(4-22-2014)

  • Childress Testifies for Biofuels: The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing this week on advanced biofuels. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says advanced biofuels are here now, and they are an important part of the energy title in the recently passed farm bill. One of the witnesses at the hearing was NASCAR team owner Richard Childress who talked about the many benefits of corn-based biofuels, such as the higher fuel performance he has seen in more than five million miles of racing since the E15 ethanol blend was introduced in the 2011 racing season. "When they decided to go with an ethanol-blend of fuel, in 2010, NASCAR started looking at what was the correct blend to use. After many tests, they came up with E15," Childress said, pointing out that his own racing team tested up to E30 blends, which he believes would be even better. "Nothing but positive results came out of our tests. Engines ran cooler, ethanol makes more octane so it makes more horsepower, less carbon buildup, better emissions, and our parts when we tore the engines down looked much better."(Domestic Fuel)(4-12-2014)

  • Kwikset to sponsor Newman at Kansas: Kwikset, a leading brand of the Hardware and Home Improvement division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, continues to engage with consumers through strategic partnerships by sponsoring Richard Childress Racing and driver Ryan Newman during the Sprint Cup Series Season. As part of the partnership, Kwikset will be the primary sponsor and paint scheme for Newman's car during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas Race in Kansas City on May 10, and will have its logo on Newman's #31 car for every race during the 2014 Sprint Cup Series in an associate capacity. As a leader in innovation and home security, the company views NASCAR as a sport that aligns with its values and serves as a natural way to reach its passionate fan base. Kwikset had a similar partnership with RCR in 2013. This is the first year Kwikset will work with Newman, who is one of the sport's top veterans.(RCR), see an image of the car on the #31 team paint schemes page.(3-18-2014)

  • Special scheme for Newman: Quicken Loans is hosting the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. The Detroit-based mortgage lender is offering a chance to win a billion dollars to any eligible participant who enters the contest and predicts the winners of every game in this March's men's college basketball championship. Plus, Quicken Loans will be awarding a total of $2 million dollars for the 20 best "imperfect" brackets. The entry period for the contest is now through March 20th. For more information, and to register, visit: www.quickenloansbracket.com. To further promote the contest, Quciken Loans will run a special scheme on the #31 Chevy of Ryan Newman this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.(RCR), see an image of the car on the #31 team paint schemes page.(3-14-2014)

  • Newman's Rescue Ranch featured on "Tanked": Animal Planet's "Tanked" stars Wayde King and Brett Raymer head to Statesville, N.C., to help transform Richard Childress Racing driver Ryan Newman's and his wife Krissie's animal rescue facility, Rescue Ranch. In this episode, the dynamic duo brings to life a functional aquatic desk for the entrance of the ranch. For this pet-passionate couple, King and Raymer customize a multi-piece desk freshwater tank on site with handmade animal sculptures and coral alongside an array of exotic fish. To pinpoint the theme, the duo recreates a variety of animals that can be found at the center including a Bulldog, Golden Labrador, rabbits, turtles and snakes, as well as a life-like NASCAR helmet taking center stage that incorporates the sporty side of Newman.The Newman's great love for animals was the key reason Rescue Ranch, a non-profit animal welfare organization, was opened. Formed in January 2012, this one-of-a-kind facility strives to end pet overpopulation and associated suffering with protection and humane care. Tune in on Friday, March 14, at 10:00pm/et for the reveal of the NASCAR star's Rescue Ranch tank.(Discovery)(3-13-2014)

  • Quicken Loans on the #31: RCR's #31 Chevy will sport the colors of Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. It is the nation's fourth largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed a record $80 billion of volume across all 50 states in 2013. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit.(RCR), see an image of the car on the #31 team paint schemes page.(2-28-2014)

  • RCR adds communications members: Richard Childress Racing has added four new team members to their Communications Department for the 2014 season. They are Patrick Budd, Katey Hawbaker, Morgan Hollars and Traci Hultzapple.
    Budd, of High Point, N.C., is a graduate of High Point University with a Communication degree. He will handle the communications needs of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/WESCO/Yuengling Light Lager team of driver Ty Dillon. Budd comes to RCR from the High Point Enterprise newspaper, where he was a staff writer.
    Katey Hawbaker joins RCR with extensive NASCAR team, sanctioning body and agency experience. The native of State College, Penn., graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Marketing. She was most recently with Red Horse Racing, and prior to that, served in communications roles with NASCARKevin Harvick, Inc. and agency Breaking Limits. She will handle communication duties for the #2 Shore Lodge/Whitetail Lodge/Anderson's Maple Syrup Nationwide team of Brian Scott.
    Morgan Hollars is a graduate of the Belmont Abbey College Motorsports program, which she attended on a NCAA Division II volleyball scholarship. She comes to RCR from Octagon where she worked with clients Sprint and Sunoco. The native of Cochran, Ga., will manage the communications responsibilities of Brendan Gaughan and the #62 South Point/WIX Filters team in the Nationwide Series.
    Traci Hultzapple brings her veteran experience on the media, sponsor and team channels of NASCAR to the #31 CAT/Quicken Loans/WIX Filters/Kwikset team of Ryan Newman. For the past seven seasons, the native of Lancaster, Penn., managed the NAPA Auto Parts Sprint Cup Series program at Michael Waltrip Racing and at Wasserman Media Group. Her background in NASCAR public relations includes stints at PPI Motorsports and Cox Marketing Group. Hultzapple's TV background includes being a senior producer at NASCAR Media Group and producer at FOX 43 in York, Penn., where she earned three mid-Atlantic Emmy awards and a national Telly award.(RCR Racing)(2-26-2013)

  • RCR and ECR Engines Form Partnership with Lucas Oil Products: Richard Childress Racing has entered into a long-term partnership with Lucas Oil Products, effective immediately. This marks a return to the NASCAR track and garage for the Indianapolis-based lubricants company. "Richard and I have a lot in common, as we both like long-term relationships and neither of us want to settle for anything but the best," said Forrest Lucas, founder and CEO of Lucas Oil. "Knowing that Richard wanted a long-term oil partner and consistent high-performance with research and development support for his engine program, I wanted to commit our resources in R&D and production. He committed his personnel to help with the development and we think we'll have the premier oil performance in the sport. Richard has a great staff from top to bottom and that's what we need. We look forward to being back in NASCAR and using this partnership to tell the 'Lucas story' and what our products stand for. We've already developed a strong relationship with RCR and ECR."
    RCR and ECR Engines will benefit from having a lubricants partner with strong roots in racing and one that understands the high-powered competition platform. In turn, the technology can transfer over to short-track racers and everyday consumers. "We're very proud to be associated with a company like Lucas Oil and represent their market-leading products," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. "Forrest and his group have been great to work with and have developed some incredible products for us to compete, win races and contend for championships in NASCAR. All levels of racing have benefitted from the work and commitment Forrest has made to the racing community. We are looking forward to winning races with Lucas Oil inside our cars and promoting the Lucas brand on the outside of the cars."
    Lucas Oil becomes the official motor oil of ECR Engines and a technical partner to both RCR and ECR Engines. Their oil will run in RCR's #3 and #31 entrants in the Sprint Cup Series and in all of RCR's Nationwide Series entrants this year. "We have been testing their products diligently for quite some time now with strong results," said Richie Gilmore, COO of ECR Engines. "Everyone at Lucas Oil has gone above and beyond to make sure this partnership was going to work on both ends. They have durable, reliable products and we have had nothing but great results with everything we've tested."(RCR)(1-28-2014)

  • Congrats: Scott Brewer and Samantha Brewer welcomed their daughter Sloan Marie Brewer into the world on December 14, 2013. Scott works for Richard Childress Racing. Grandparents are Tim & Susan Brewer and Claude Queen & Ruth Queen.(12-31-2013)

  • WIX Filters joins Richard Childress Racing: WIX Filters, a member of the Affinia Group family of brands, announced it will join Richard Childress Racing and serve as the primary sponsor of Ryan Newman for three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and one race with Brendan Gaughan in the Nationwide Series during the 2014 season. Newman will drive the black and yellow #31 Chevy SS at Pocono Raceway in June, Daytona International Speedway in July and Michigan International Speedway in August, while Gaughan will carry the WIX Filters colors at Auto Club Speedway in March. WIX Filters will also become a technical partner to both RCR and ECR Engines, providing air and oil filters as well as research and development support. WIX will utilize marketing rights to RCR's drivers, cars and teams in the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. All RCR race cars will be adorned with the WIX Filters logo under the hood.(RCR)(11-20-2013)

    at Homestead-Miami Speedway, all of Richard Childress Racing cars are carrying a decal in memory of Horace Simpson, one of the original Flying Aces (RCR Twitter)

  • CAT says - Thank You Jeff: In recognition and appreciation for representing Caterpillar at the highest level of NASCAR racing, the #31 Chevrolet will have a special "Thank you Jeff" message on the upper-rear quarter panels this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. For the past six seasons, Burton has been a great ambassador for the CAT Racing program and his fans while working with Caterpillar dealers and employees, signing autographs and posing for photographs with tens of thousands of CAT Racing fans across the world (RCR), see an imagew of the car on the #31 Team Schemes page.(11-16-2013)

  • RCR Announces hiring of Mike Coughlan as Technical Director: Richard Childress Racing has hired Mike Coughlan as the team's new Technical Director, effective immediately. Coughlan, a native of Surrey, England, brings to RCR more than two decades of motorsports experience, with a heavy concentration and success in Formula 1. During his 15 years in F1, Coughlan was a chief designer with teams such as Arrows, Benetton, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams; earning more than 20 victories. He has also served as a chief engineer and technical director with several teams. Coughlan also has prior NASCAR experience, having worked with Michael Waltrip Racing in late 2010 and early 2011 before returning to his F1 roots.
    The addition of Coughlan greatly adds depth to the RCR competition organization. That area will now be managed with two major approaches and perspectives: race operations and engineering. Mark McArdle, who joined RCR full-time in August 2013, will continue in his role as Director of Race Operations, with Coughlan now serving as Technical Director. Both will report to Dr. Eric Warren, RCR's Director of Competition. Their combined depth of experience and established leadership with championship winning teams, in multiple forms of racing, provides even more strength to RCR's culture of rapid performance development and efficient execution at the track.
    "I have known Mike Coughlan for many years and have a tremendous amount of respect for both his personal skills as an engineer and as a leader of people," Dr. Warren said. "He is a tremendous talent and has a rare combination of experience in leading teams and development programs in Formula 1, along with prior experience and exposure to NASCAR. To be successful in any form of racing, you have to push hard to find performance gains and his experience will strengthen RCR with regards to our competition."
    Coughlan is looking forward to applying his combined experience, success and knowledge with his new role. "This is a great opportunity for me to become involved with a team like Richard Childress Racing," Coughlan said. "This is one of the great teams in NASCAR and their commitment to winning is second-to-none. I feel with the increased technical focus of the Sprint Cup Series and the direction that the sport is moving, it makes a perfect fit for me. I look forward to helping Eric Warren, and the rest of the team, in bringing more success to the organization through the next few years."(RCR)(11-9-2013)

  • Latest on Burton's 2014 plans: #31-Jeff Burton met with members of the media Friday at Phoenix International Raceway and discussed his role in the sport in 2014, the transcript in part:
    Burton: "No, really nothing has changed. I feel that I know what I am going to be doing it's just you all don't (laughs). Some things have taken a little longer than I thought they would take and some of that is because of me. Some of that is because I slowed some stuff down and wanted to really think about it. Some of it is because some situations have popped up that weren't there a little bit ago. I feel very confident. I know exactly what I'm going to be doing part of next year and there is another part of it that I'm still working on, but really close on. I'm just not the kind of person that is going to talk about it until we need to be talking about it."
    Burton: "Yeah, part of it is, yes." (Team Chevy)(11-9-2013)

  • Helton talks about three veteran drivers: NASCAR President Mike Helton paid tribute to veteran drivers #31-Jeff Burton, #47-Bobby Labonte and #14-Mark Martin, whose 2014 plans are unclear. "I don't know that they'll ever get their just rewards for what they've contributed," Helton said. "All in their own unique way, unique style, which is exactly what NASCAR is made of. Jeff has been one of the best statesmen this sport has ever had. He has a great pragmatic approach to what goes on. Bobby comes from a traditional racing family in Texas and brought that flare along with two championships (Cup and Nationwide). It was very unusual to have Mark in a situation where, if it were his fault, he didn't take responsibility for it. They contribute immensely to the sport."(Arizona Republic)(11-9-2013)

  • Richard Childress Racing promotes four: Richard Childress Racing has promoted four employees to management positions within its Communications and Partnership Marketing Departments. Jeremy Burleson, Lauren Hoffmann, Tim Packman and Jeff Patterson have been named to key roles and have already assumed their new duties with the team.
    Burleson has been the acting Managing Director, Partnership Marketing/Communications since October 2012 and will officially continue in that role. His duties will include the overall day-to-day operations of the two departments.
    Packman is an award-winning author, broadcaster, writer and communications veteran in the NASCAR industry and motorsports. He has been the acting Director, Corporate Communications for the organization since May. Packman's duties include the overall communications message for RCR, along with media inquiries and personal endeavors for Richard Childress, president and CEO.
    Patterson has been Senior Manager, Partnership Marketing and is now being promoted to Director, Partnership Marketing. He has prior experience at Retail Sports Marketing, the NHL with the New York Rangers, AHL's Bridgeport (Conn.) Sound Tigers and the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays.
    Hoffmann graduated from Elon University and earned a Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University. She has been promoted to Senior Manager, Partnership Marketing. Her past experiences includes working with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, Wasserman Media Group and the Professional Bull Riders, Inc.(RCR)(10-26-2013)

  • Burton to MWR? Ownership split at MWR?: the sport continues to await some word from Rob Kauffman (part owner of MWR) about the Michael Waltrip Racing Richmond controversy. Kauffman, 49, is Waltrip's business partner, joining in late 2007. Kauffman's primary business is as a private equity investment manager, with his Fortress Investment Group, with some $17 billion under management. Kauffman himself is listed by Forbes as one of the world's top billionaires. Now comes word from people close to the situation that Kauffman may be planning to separate himself officially from Waltrip's racing operations and establish his own NASCAR team. Kauffman's pick for his driver, again, according to people familiar with it all, is Jeff Burton. Burton says he's got a driving deal for 2014 but says he can't say anything more than that right now. Burton currently drives for Richard Childress' Chevy team; if Kauffman does do his own team, it would most like be with Toyota. A spokesman for Waltrip and Kauffman says he is unfamiliar with such a Kauffman-Burton scenario.(MikeMulhern.net)(10-12-2013)

  • Burton close to a deal for a 2014 Cup ride: Jeff Burton is nearing a deal that will keep him in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season. Burton is splitting after this year with Richard Childress Racing. Ryan Newman is taking over the team's #31 Chevy beginning next season. During a break in testing Tuesday at Martinsville Speedway, Burton said he's close to a deal that will keep him at the Sprint Cup level next season -- though he declined to specify exactly where. "I actually have a lot of clarity, I just can't talk about it just yet," he said. "I can almost talk about it, but I just can't. I don't know when I'll be able to -- it's going to be a couple of weeks. A lot of stuff happened toward the end of last week and into (Monday). So yeah, it's getting real clear to me what's going to be going on. But I'm just not at the liberty to discuss it right now." Burton did confirm the ride would be at the Sprint Cup level.(NASCAR.com)(10-8-2013)

  • Quicken Loans heads to RCR in 2014: Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation's largest online home lender and country's third largest mortgage originator, announced it will join Richard Childress Racing (RCR) for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and serve as the primary sponsor of Ryan Newman's #31 Chevrolet SS for 12 races and associate sponsor for all remaining races. The move continues a strong partnership between Quicken Loans and Newman, whom they first sponsored in 2012. "Ryan has shown that he is not only an incredible race car driver, but also someone with great integrity and class," said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quicken Loans. "The way Ryan has handled some very tough situations this year, while also continuing to ignore the noise and perform at a high-level, made our decision to stick with him a no-brainer. He embodies what we stand for each and every day."
    "Quicken Loans has been an integral member of my team and I am very excited to have them join me at Richard Childress Racing, as we continue to build on what has been a fantastic partnership," Newman said. "My relationship with Quicken Loans goes beyond driving their car. I've gotten to know them and their business, becoming friends with them in the process. As they know, I will do my very best to perform on and off the track next year and well beyond."
    Since joining the sport, Quicken Loans has become active in both NASCAR and IndyCar racing. In addition to its sponsorship of Newman, the company is also title sponsor of the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway and an associate sponsor of Team Penske IndyCar drivers Helio Castroneves and Will Power. "It's great to have a partner like Quicken Loans join the family of RCR partners beginning in 2014 as we've watched them establish a strong program in our sport over the past two years," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. "They run an exceptional mortgage business with a constant eye on technology and service, much like our race organization. In addition to the relationship they've built with Ryan, it's important for them to also build strong business relationships with RCR and our partners."
    Quicken Loans will remain as the primary sponsor of Newman's #39 Chevrolet fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing for the remainder of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season. Newman currently sits ninth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    "We are looking forward to an exciting end of the 2013 season, and Ryan's run for the Sprint Cup championship. We'd also like to thank our partners at Stewart-Haas Racing. They've been instrumental in our success in the sport, and we thank them for sharing their expertise with us," Farner added.(RCR)(9-25-2013)

  • RCR, Furniture Row to continue alliance: Richard Childress Racing and Furniture Row Racing have agreed to continue their successful technical alliance in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. The alliance includes technology sharing, engineering, research and development provided to FRR's #78 Chevy from RCR. The partnership, which started in 2010, also includes FRR utilizing the highly reliable and powerful engines of ECR Engines. This season, the # 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet driven by Kurt Busch qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship on the strength of one pole, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. Busch has eight front row starts this season, which is the most he has earned in any year of his career.(RCR)(9-12-2013)

  • Newman named to drive the #31 CAT Chevy for RCR in 2014: Richard Childress Racing has signed Ryan Newman to drive the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting in 2014. Newman, 35, is a 17-time NSCS race winner with 50 pole awards to his credit; and is the 2008 Daytona 500 and 2013 Brickyard 400 champion. "This is a great opportunity for our team," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. "I am very proud to have Ryan in our #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet starting next year. We have high expectations for this #31 team. Ryan has proven himself to be a great driver and I'm looking forward to winning races with him. Luke Lambert will be his crew chief and the team is staying together next year. That team is building momentum to not only finish out this year strong, but to get even better in 2014. Ryan will be a great fit with CAT and RCR in many ways. He's an outdoorsman, a conservationist and is very familiar with CAT equipment as an owner of some of their products."
    A native of South Bend, Ind., Newman earned an engineering degree from Purdue University in 2001. "I'm very pleased Richard and I were able to put this deal together for me to drive RCR's #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet," Newman said. "About five years ago, Richard and I talked about me joining RCR before I signed with my current team, but things just didn't work out. However, we were able to make it happen this time and I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my career. RCR has a long history of winning races and championships, and I want to add to that tradition. I am very excited to work with Caterpillar. They are a world-class company and I look forward to learning more about them. Since I'm already a customer of theirs, I can honestly say they make incredible equipment. One important thing I sincerely want everyone to know is how much I respect and admire Jeff Burton as a person and driver. He handled his recent announcement and situation with respect, class and dignity. We're going to finish this season strong with the #39 team and give it our all to win races. Then, I'll concentrate on working with Luke Lambert and the other members of RCR as we get ready for 2014." Announcements on sponsors in addition to Caterpillar will be made at a later date.
    "We are excited to have Ryan Newman driving the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS in 2014," said Greg Towles, NASCAR Program Director for Caterpillar. "Ryan's racing accomplishments are well known and, when coupled with his knowledge of machinery and passion for the outdoors, he aligns well with Caterpillar customers, dealers and employees."(RCR)(9-9-2013)

  • Burton out of the #31 after 2013; Newman to RCR? UPDATE 3: Wendy Venturini reported at the end of Fox Sports1's Race Day that the latest rumor in the garage has Ryan Newman on his way to Richard Childress Racing, but only as the third team, with #31-Jeff Burton moving to a "satellite team" for Childress. The #30 Swan Racing team was mention as the team for Burton, possibly with Caterpillar sponsorship. She also stated that David Stremme, current driver of the Swan Racing #30, is a part owner of that team, possibly complicating the deal.(9-1-2013)
    UPDATE: hearing that besides Swan Racing rumor, Jeff Burton could wind up driving a car owned by Tommy Baldwin (#7, #36) with chassis and engines from RCR.(9-3-2013)
    UPDATE 2: Jeff Burton will not return to Richard Childress Racing in 2014, sources close to the organization told ESPN on Wednesday. Sources say financial concerns played a key role in the decision. Asked for comment, Burton said only that an announcement about his future will be made at 12:30 pm/et on Wednesday, and a press conference will follow at 1:00pm/et. Burton did, however, note that, "I've had no conversations with anyone about 2014, concerning my driving future." Attempts to contact RCR personnel were not immediately returned. For weeks, Burton has been the subject of much speculation, as rumors began to swirl in the Sprint Cup garage that Ryan Newman was a candidate for Burton's #31 car in 2014. One report earlier this week had Burton leaving RCR and moving to Swan Racing, to drive the #30 car. Swan Racing general manager Bray Pemberton told ESPN on Tuesday that "we haven't even spoken with Jeff Burton." Burton confirmed he has had "zero discussions" with Swan Racing.(ESPN)
    UPDATE 3: Jeff Burton, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS for Richard Childress Racing, has announced he will not be driving that car after the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Burton, 46, has driven for RCR since 2005. The native of South Boston, Va., has won four of his 21 NSCS victories with the team. He also earned seven NASCAR Nationwide Series wins with RCR and was an integral part of their 2007 NNS Owner's Championship. "I strongly believe in the #31 team as to what we can achieve this year, and for the team in seasons to follow," Burton said. "However, the financial realities for next year were obvious to both Richard (Childress) and me. So, we talked about it and both made the decision to make this move for the team's future. I would like to thank the dealers, customers and employees of Caterpillar for all we've achieved together. You can't ask for a better and more supportive sponsor than those people, and it's been an honor to wear their black and yellow colors on my uniform." Caterpillar will continue to sponsor the #31 Chevrolet SS. "Jeff has been a true professional in every sense of the word," said Greg Towles, Cat Racing Program Director. "On behalf of Caterpillar dealers, customers and Cat employees, we thank Jeff for his commitment to the #31 team and the Cat Racing program." A new driver (Ryan Newman rumored) for the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS will be named in the future.
    "We have been working hard to try and get all the funding in place to have four Sprint Cup teams in 2014," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "With the date on the calendar getting closer to 2014, we just couldn't run partially funded teams next year. Knowing what Jeff's plans were in 2015, he and I worked out an agreement for him to step out of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet after this season. Jeff has been nothing but a professional driver, an asset to RCR and a great person for our organization since coming on board in 2005. Jeff has also been a great ambassador for Caterpillar and the other partners we've had on the car throughout the years. I can't thank him and Caterpillar enough for how great they've been as we work through this transition. We intend to finish out 2013 in a strong way and I look forward to the possibility of Jeff still being part of RCR in the near future, just not driving the #31 car. I have been watching his son, Harrison, and the success he's having. Hopefully, we can have another Burton in one of our cars someday."(RCR)(9-4-2013)

  • McaArdle joins Childress; Newman to the #29? Richard Childress Racing has named Mark McArdle as their Director of Racing Operations on a full-time basis, effective this weekend at Watkins Glen International. For the past four years, McArdle was with Furniture Row Racing, first as Director of Competition and this year holding the title of Executive Director of Competition. This season, his duties have included operating on a shared basis between RCR and Furniture Row Racing, which has had a technical alliance with RCR since 2010. McArdle will report to Dr. Eric Warren, Director of Competition for RCR, and still work closely with Furniture Row Racing, but from the RCR facility and not traveling to FRR's facilities in Colorado.(RCR)(8-11-2013)
    AND: The move comes at a time when RCR is looking to fill the ride vacated by #29-Kevin Harvick and hoping to retain its technical alliance with Furniture Row and is in exploratory discussions with JTG-Daugherty Racing to add the organization's # 47 team to the fold as well. Currently FRR is weighing its options with other manufacturers since its contract with Chevy runs out at the end of the year. Toyota has visited FRR in Denver but nothing has been formalized either way. FRR principals have put their driver selection on hold until after the manufacturer decision has been made, which should be over the next couple of weeks. As for RCR, sources say Ryan Newman has taken the lead in the search to find a driver to replace Harvick, who is leaving at the end of the season. A new twist to the story could be the addition of crew chief Matt Borland with Newman as a package deal for RCR.(Fox Sports)(8-11-2013)

  • Richard Childress Racing Crew Member Fights Hunger in North Carolina: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) crew member Ray Wright is fighting to stop hunger in his home state of North Carolina. Wright, the RCR strength and conditioning coach and rear-tire carrier on the #27 Menards NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, has partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC to create Pit Stops for Poverty, a charity dedicated to helping end hunger in the state. Pit Stops for Poverty earns donations through a variety of avenues, but the most unique way the non-profit group raises funds is through team pit stop challenges. Participating NASCAR Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series teams can earn monetary donations for positions gained on pit road and pit stops made under a designated amount of time. Several RCR drivers and crew chiefs are also helping in the fight to end hunger giving their teams extra incentive during pit stops.
    "It was shocking to learn how many people right here at home go to bed hungry at night," said Wright. "I started Pit Stops for Poverty to try and make a difference and I'm thrilled that so many of the RCR teams have agreed to participate. Every dollar and can of food donated will help to end this crisis in our state. I want to encourage everyone to help us fight hunger in North Carolina."
    An initiative started in April, Pit Stops for Poverty has already donated more than $6,000 to the cause. Approximately 1.8 million food insecure people live in the Tar Heel State, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC serves more than 300,000 individuals in the 18 counties they assist. For every $1 donated seven nutritious meals are provided to hungry families in the area. The state of North Carolina ranks among the worst in the nation regarding the percentage of childhood hunger, with one in every four children being food insecure. Fans can also help Wright in his quest to defeat hunger by pledging to make donations each time their favorite RCR team makes a pit stop in the 11, 12 and 13 second range or for each position gained on pit road. To donate, visit www.pitstopsforpoverty.com. All donations go directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC a 501 (c) (3) charity and are tax deductible. Fans can also support the initiative by following @stops4poverty on Twitter.(RCR)(6-20-2013)

  • RCR Teams to Honor Memory of ECR Engines Co-Worker: Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series teams will carry decals honoring the memory of an ECR Engines co-worker this week at Kansas Speedway. Joey Padgett, a valve train specialist at ECR Engines, passed away April 15 after suffering a heart attack. He was 57. Padgett had an extensive engine building career in NASCAR. He plied his craft with various companies including Ernie Elliott, Inc., Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, and Penske Racing before moving to ECR Engines in September 2012. He was also the owner/operator of Checkered Flag Fuels in Concord, N.C., where he was a lifelong resident. Memorials may be made to Cabarrus Pets Society, P.O. Box 5042, Concord, N.C. 28027. Online condolences may be left at wilkinsonfuneralhome.com. Wilkinson Funeral Home is serving the family.(RCR)(4-17-2013)

  • RCR honors Warner Hodgon: Richard Childress Racing will honor former NASCAR track and team owner Warner Hodgon, who passed away March 20, with a memoriam decal [on thr RCR's Chevy's] at this weekend's NASCAR events at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Hodgon was also president of Black Gold Oil Company, a RCR sponsor in the late-1970s when Richard Childress was both owner and driver of his #3 Chevy. "Warner was a great friend and partner who helped change the landscape of NASCAR team ownership in the late 1970s," said Childress. "I learned a lot about business from the advice he gave me over the years. He was there to help me with sponsorship from Black Gold when I really needed it. Warner was an entrepreneur with a great vision for where stock car racing could go and we stayed in touch long after his time in racing ended. He was a great friend and will be missed."(RCR)(3-22-2013)

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