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Richard Childress Racing

February 01, 2015,

Richard Childress Racing
The history Richard Childress Racing and full crews for Ryan Newman, Paul Menard and Austin Dillon

Manufacturer: Chevrolet
Engine builder: ECR Engines
Debut season: 1969
Owner standings

Richard Childress made dreams of becoming a race car driver while selling concessions at a local track into a reality, adding team owner to that reality in 1969 when Richard Childress Racing drove his No. 3 entry in the Sprint Cup Series.

That entry would later be made famous by Dale Earnhardt, who took his first laps in the No. 3 in 1981. Earnhardt would become the sole driver for the team in 1985, remaining in the driver's seat until his death in the 2001 Daytona 500. By 2005, the team would employ three full-time drivers, adding a fourth in 2011. The historic No. 3 made its return in the 2014 season as Austin Dillon moved up to the Cup Series, and even won the Coors Light Pole Award at the season-opening Daytona 500.

Dillon, despite finishing a respectable 20th in the final standings, wasn't the big story for RCR last year. That would be Ryan Newman, who didn't win a race but was consistent enough to continue advancing in the new postseason format. He was one of the Championship 4 drivers at Homestead for the season finale and wound up finishing second in the race to champion Kevin Harvick.

Paul Menard notched a career-best five top-fives, but finished 21st in the final standings.

Richard Childress Racing is headquartered in Welcome, North Carolina, with more than 500 employees filling the 600,000 square feet of shop space. Visit the team's website here.

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Austin Dillon

Welcome, N.C.

Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Gil Martin | Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Car Chief: Chad Haney | Hometown: Fairmont, W. Va.
Engineer: Grant Hutchens | Hometown: Omaha, Neb
Second Engineer: Ryan Sparks | Hometown: Winston Salem, N.C.
Spotter: Billy O'Dea | Hometown: Victor, N.Y.

Over-the-wall crew members:
Front Tire Changer: Jason Pulver | Hometown: Tuscan, Ariz.
Front Tire Carrier: Austin Craven | Hometown: High Point, N.C.
Jackman: Jason Hunt | Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
Rear Tire Changer: Jeremy West | Hometown: Gardena, Calif.
Rear Tire Carrier: Joshua Shipplett | Hometown: Winder, Ga.
Gas Man: Bryan Smith | Hometown: Hendersonville, N.C.

Road crew members:
Shock Specialist: Michael Hodges | Hometown: Abingdon, Va.
Engine Tuner: Justin Adkins | Hometown: Figsboro, Va.
Mechanic: Bryan Smith | Hometown: Hendersonville, N.C.
Mechanic #2: Scott Brewer | Hometown: Huntersville, N.C.
Mechanic #3 Warren Brosel | Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Tire Specialist: Andy Flynn | Hometown: Montville, Conn.
Truck Driver: Dennis Gammons | Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
Second Truck Driver: Mark Williams | Hometown: Stewart, Va

Paul Menard

Eau Claire, Wis.

Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Justin Alexander | Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Car Chief: Craig Smokstad | Hometown: Richfield, Minn.
Second Engineer: James Small | Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Spotter: Stevie Reeves | Hometown: Speedway, Ind.

Over-the-wall crew members:
Front Tire Changer: Phillip Norris
Front Tire Carrier: Erik Pringle | Hometown: Sharon, Vt.
Jackman: Carey Wimbish | Hometown: Hickory, N.C.
Rear Tire Changer: Aaron Smith | Hometown: Denton, N.C.
Rear Tire Carrier: Ray Wright | Hometown: Charlotte Hall, Md.
Gas Man: Matt Kreuter | Hometown: Zanesville, OH

Road crew members:
Shock Specialist: Kris McCabe | Hometown: Forked River, N.J.
Engine Tuner: Christopher Woodward | Hometown: Franklin, N.H.
Mechanic: John Frattura | Hometown: Albany, N.Y.
Mechanic #2: Chad Tigert | Hometown: Caney, Okla.
Mechanic #3 Tim Ladyga | Hometown: Norwich, Conn.
Tire Specialist: Mason Jennings | Hometown: Edmond, Okla.
Truck Driver: Jeff Icenhour | Hometown: Lenoir, N.C.
Second Truck Driver: Andrew Taylor | Hometown: Waycross, Ga.

Ryan Newman

South Bend, Ind.

Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Luke Lambert | Hometown: Mount Airy, N.C.
Car Chief: Darin Nestlerode | Hometown: Jersey Shore, Pa.
Engineer: Matt McCall | Hometown: Denver, N.C.
Second Engineer: Phil Surgen | Hometown: Elmore, Vt.
Spotter: Jason Jarrett | Hometown: Hickory, N.C.

Over-the-wall crew members:
Front Tire Changer: Tim Sheets | Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Front Tire Carrier: J.D. Holcomb | Hometown: Whitesburg, Ky.
Jackman: Adam Lewis | Hometown: Mooresville, N.C.
Rear Tire Changer: Jake Lind | Hometown: Welcome, N.C.
Rear Tire Carrier: Brad Robison | Hometown: Groton, N.Y.
Gas Man: Cruz Gonzalez | Hometown: Yadkinville, N.C.

Road crew members:
Shock Specialist: Wayne Smith | Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Engine Tuner: Matt Lombardi | Hometown: Johnston, R.I.
Engine Tuner #2: Wes Adams
Mechanic: Kyle Kelley | Hometown: Whittier, Calif.
Mechanic #2: Andy Kruep | Hometown: Breese, Ill.
Mechanic #3: Travis Owens | Hometown: Darlington, S.C.
Tire Specialist: Billy John | Hometown: Pitman, N.J.
Truck Driver: Jeff Craven | Hometown: High Point, N.C.
Second Truck Driver: James Nunn | Hometown: Ararat, N.C.