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July 26, 2014, Pat DeCola, NASCAR.com

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In case you haven't noticed yet, everyone around these parts is pumped to get back to racing after an idle weekend for the Sprint Cup Series.

Knowing that the next time we see Cup cars on track will be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sunday's Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard (1 p.m. ET, ESPN) is only adding to the anticipation.

Luckily for you, Richard Childress Racing is here to soothe your racing-less agony (or make it worse, we can't really be sure) with throwback photos from some of the more iconic moments of the historic franchise's rich past at the Brickyard.

They got us started Monday with a cool shot of that infamous black and red No. 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet, driven by none other than the legendary … AJ Foyt?

Yes, a couple of years before the inaugural NASCAR race at IMS, RCR enlisted the help of Foyt, a four-time Brickyard winner in USAC racing, to help test the No. 3 in 1992.

If this awesome photo wasn't enough, how does Richard Childress talking about all of it sound?

It sounds freaking great, that's how.

 

TUESDAY

Today's installment shows that famed No. 3 once again -- this time with a more familiar driver behind the wheel -- as it lines up on the front row next to the pole-winning No. 1 Ford of Rick Mast in 1994.

Of course, this was the inaugural Brickyard 400 that in set in motion so many classic races at the venue, but it was not Dale Earnhardt's 3 that pulled into Victory Lane after the race as he finished fifth -- it was the 24 of a young driver by the name of Jeff Gordon.

WEDNESDAY

Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, and Dale Earnhardt was the first man to win the Brickyard 400, at least according to "The Intimidator" himself. After winning the second NASCAR premier series race at Indianapolis, Earnhardt said he was the first man to win the race, noting that "Wonder Boy" Jeff Gordon won the inaugural event.

Fast forward to the 1:40 mark to to see Earnhardt explain himself to Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show" alongside Drew Carey.


THURSDAY

Kevin Harvick chose a pretty good venue for the site of his first major victory -- his fourth overall -- when he pulled his No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet into Victory Lane at Indy on August 3, 2003. Not only was it a landmark victory and the true coming-out party for Harvick's successful Sprint Cup Series career, he managed to do something no other driver had done since NASCAR started racing at the Brickyard -- win from the pole.

FRIDAY

Another qualifying first at Indy came in 2006 when Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer paired up to become the first organizational sweep of the front row in the history of the Brickyard 400. Both Bowyer and Burton have moved on from RCR since the historic accomplishment, but it's certainly still something that every party involved is proud of.

SATURDAY

In 2011, Paul Menard picked up his only Sprint Cup Series win to date -- at Indianapolis. Winning the Brickyard 400 is enough of an accomplishment in itself, but winning on the big stage for your first trip to Victory Lane is even greater.

Here's what the driver of the No. 27 Chevrolet had to say about it: "Indy is the greatest race track in the world. It’s the one I circle every year, even before I won there. I spent a lot of time there as a kid watching IndyCar races. I was at the inaugural Brickyard 400. The track holds a special meaning to me for sure.”

SUNDAY

Richard Childress Racing celebrated Ty Dillon's first win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series that came at Indianapolis on Saturday. This is Dillon's first season in the Nationwide Series after competing for the past two seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.


See what he told NASCAR.com's Alan Cavanna about the win in Victory Lane.

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