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Richard Childress Racing

March 01, 2016, NASCAR.com

Richard Childress Racing
The history of 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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Driver: Austin Dillon
Car Number: #3
Hometown: Welcome, NC
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Rookie Year: 2014

Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Richard “Slugger” Labbe | Hometown: Saco, ME
Car Chief: Greg Osborne | Hometown: Portsmouth, NH
Engine Specialist: Frank Mathalia | Hometown: Oneida, NY
Spotter: Andy Houston | Hometown: Hickory, NC

Over-the-wall crew members:
Gasman: Tyler Rader | Hometown: Cross Lanes, WV
Windshield: Clint Almquist | Hometown: Blythe, CA
Front Tire Changer: Jason Pulver | Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Front Tire Carrier: Allen Steele | Hometown: Ohatchee, AL
Jackman: Brian Chase | Hometown: Ohatchee, AL
Rear Tire Changer: Brian Bottlemy | Hometown: Johnsburg, IL
Rear Tire Carrier: Josh Shipplett | Hometown: Winder, GA

Road crew members:
Truck Driver: Dennis Gammons | Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Truck Driver: Mark Williams | Hometown: Stuart, VA
Tire Specialist: SJ Golembeski | Hometown: Sayreville, NJ
Shock Specialist: Clay Alexander | Hometown: Nashville, TN
Engineer: Seth Chavka | Hometown: Soldotna, AK
Engineer: Ryan Sparks | Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Mechanic: Josh Cisco | Hometown: Nashville, TN
Mechanic: Kevin Gladman | Hometown: Cadiz, OH
Mechanic: Adam Brown | Hometown: Rochester, NY

Driver: Paul Menard
Car Number: #27
Hometown: Eau Claire, WI
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Rookie Year: 2007

Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Justin Alexander | Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Car Chief: Scott Brewer | Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Engine Specialist: Matt Beaver | Hometown: Concord, NC
Spotter: Bill O’Dea | Hometown: Victor, NY

Over-the-wall crew members:
Gasman: Matt Kreuter | Hometown: Zanesville, OH
Windshield: Chad Tigert | Hometown: Caney, OK
Front Tire Changer: Jeff Cordero | Hometown: Salem, CT
Front Tire Carrier: Matt Donley | Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Jackman: Will Goodnow | Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Rear Tire Changer: Anthony O’Brian | Hometown: Cambridge, MN
Rear Tire Carrier: Adam Mestemacher | Hometown: Edwardsville, IL

Road crew members:
Truck Driver: Jeff Icenhour | Hometown: Lenoir, NC
Truck Driver: Andy Taylor | Hometown: Waycross, GA
Tire Specialist: Mason Jennings | Hometown: Edmond, OK
Shock Specialist: Kris McCabe | Hometown: Brick Township, NJ
Engineer: Joel Keller | Hometown: Poqudson, NV
Engineer: Luke Mason | Hometown: Perth, Australia
Mechanic: Cam Strader | Hometown: Wilson, NC
Mechanic: Tim Ladyga | Hometown: Norwich, CT
Mechanic: Chad Tigert | Hometown: Caney, OK

Driver: Ryan Newman
Car Number: #31
Hometown: South Bend, IN
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Rookie Year: 2002

Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Luke Lambert | Hometown: Mount Airy, NC
Car Chief: Darin Nestlerode | Hometown: Jersey Shore, PA
Engine Specialist: Matt Lombardi | Hometown: Johnston, RI
Spotter: Jason Jarrett | Hometown: Hickory, NC

Over-the-wall crew members:
Gasman: Cruz Gonzales | Hometown: Yadkinville, NC
Windshield: Chris Tidwell | Hometown: Emporia, KS
Front Tire Changer: Tim Sheets | Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Front Tire Carrier: JD Holcomb | Hometown: Whitesburg, KY
Jackman: Adam Lewis | Hometown: East New Market, MD
Rear Tire Changer: Jake Lind | Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Rear Tire Carrier: Brad Robison | Hometown: Groton, NY

Road crew members:
Truck Driver: Jeff Craven | Hometown: High Point, NC
Truck Driver: James Nunn | Hometown: Ararat, NC
Tire Specialist: James Bender | Hometown: New Britain, CT
Shock Specialist: Wayne Smith | Hometown: Pearcedale, Victoria, Australia
Engineer: James Small | Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Engineer: Jon Leonard | Hometown: Vinton, IA
Mechanic: Kyle Kelley | Hometown: Whitter, CA
Mechanic: Chris Tidwell | Hometown: Emporia, KS
Mechanic: Travis Owens | Hometown: Darlington, SC