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
Homestead - 11/16
2014 Races  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
Martinsville - 10/27
one more TBA
2014 Races  that WIX Filters is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
2014 Races  that Kwikset is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
Contract Status: Sponsors: 2014+; Driver: 2016
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:
Q) A FEW WEEKS AGO YOU SAID THAT YOU WERE PRETTY CONFIDENT IN YOUR 2014 PLANS. SHOULD WE TAKE THE SILENCE TO MEAN THAT THINGS HAVE CHANGED?
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."
Q) IS PART OF THAT PLAN DRIVING?
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)
Richmond International Raceway
Happy Hour Practice:
Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:00pm/et
Born in APRIL
17 Tony Glover, Len Wood, Brandon Thomas, Carl Larson, Brooke McReynolds, Carol Mears, Reid Spencer
18 Geoff Bodine, Tyler Labonte, Kale Kahne, Jim Noble, Melanie Self
19 Robert Yates, Richard Yates, Jack Roush, Greg Erwin, Kevin Grubb, Al Unser Jr., Aaron Keuhn
20 Frank Stoddard, Mike Stefanik, James Barnwell, Ron Barfield, Adrian Fernandez, Dustin Skinner/P>
21 Bruce Silver, Bill Ingle, Greg Zipadelli, Bob Varsha
22 Raygan Swan, Stella Paysor, Wesley Gantt
23 Brian Whitesell, Jason Keller, Phil Gould, Joe Keller, Skip Manning, Terry Glotzbach, P.J. Jones, Tommy Croft, Charles Gafrarar, William Shakespeare, Jacob Meetze
24 Hermie Sadler, Harrill Hamrick, Stephanie Hillin, Amanda Lorenzen
25 Alex Bowman, Jason Lee, Alkie Cunningham
26 Martha Oliver, Jimmy Kitchens, Charles Moles
27 Shelly Bose, Jason Haynes, Austin Dillon, Jason Sheets
28 Tyler Hmiel, Jeff Neuendorf, Zach Case
29 Dale Earnhardt, Larry Frank, Angie Skinner, Chad Little, Jerry Schweitz, Alexandria Fennig
30 Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, Andy Hillenburg, Joe Millikan, Amelia Joy Smith, Chris Browning, Ashton Glover, Frank Kimmel
Born in MAY
1 Randy Dorton, Johnny Sauter, Jimmy Parrott
2 Ed "Uncle Bud" Adamczyk, Kyle Busch
3 Greg Ely
4 Randy Tolsma, Bobby Burrell, Jennifer Eolin, Amanda Ebersole
5 Larry Pollard, Bob Welborn
6 Mike Borkowski, Tammy Jo Kirk, Jeff Hancock, Dean Mozingo, Gina Henson
7 Dave Steele, Danny O'Quinn Jr.
8 Bobby Labonte, Nathan Buttke, Don Hume, Jay Stewart, Judy Childress
9 Tim Fedewa, Scott Page
10 Amelia Andretti, Andy Rueger
11 Glenn Bobo, Tim Flock, NASCAR Hall of Fame
12 Jabe Thomas, Debra Adamczyk
13 Rich Bickle, Scott Eggleston, Bob Kennedy, Jim Spencer, Linda McReynolds, Kirk Almquist, Maggie Feeney Rossi
14 Steve Letarte, Bill Brooks, Dave Munari, Danielle Del Corio, Scott Lynch
15 Shane Hmiel, John Hubner