RCR will not run full-time truck team in 2014
December 11, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
CONCORD, N.C. –Richard Childress Racing will not field a full-time team in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series in 2014, according to team officials.
The move ends a five-year run in the series that saw the organization capture the title in 2011 with Austin Dillon and earn seven top-10 points finishes with four drivers.
Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan, second and seventh in the points standings in 2013, will move from the Truck Series to Nationwide competition next season. Dillon will drive the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Yuengling Light Lager while Gaughan will campaign the No. 62 South Point Hotel and Casino Chevrolet.
They will join Brian Scott (No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet) to give RCR three teams in the series.
RCR spokesman Tim Packman said Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that the group’s "trucks and other assets" had been sold to Gallagher Motorsports, and driver/sponsor announcements could be coming from that organization in the near future.
"ECR (Earnhardt Childress Racing) Engines will provide them with engines and support," Packman said. "We will also be providing engines to the truck teams of NTS Motorsports and Sharp-Gallaher Motorsports."
Team owner Richard Childress said his group could possibly field an entry in the series on a part-time basis for driver Jeffrey Earnhardt if sponsorship was secured.
RCR teams posted 29 victories in 318 starts in the truck series through the end of the ’13 season. RCR had been involved in the Truck Series before its 2009 return to the series. From 1995 through 1999, RCR scored one championship with Mike Skinner (in ‘95), and a total of five top-10 points finishes with Skinner and Jay Sauter.
In addition to the three full-time Nationwide Series teams, officials said a fourth team, with the No. 33 and support from Menard’s, would be fielded for select events with various drivers.
On the Cup side, RCR will once again field three teams, two of which will have new drivers for 2014. Austin Dillon will make the move from Nationwide to Cup, and field the No. 3 Chevrolet with funding from Dow Chemicals and Cheerios.
Dillon replaces Kevin Harvick, who has moved to Stewart-Haas Racing.
Paul Menard completes the lineup, returning for a fourth season in the No. 27 Menard’s Chevrolet.