Photos: Tour of Richard Childress Racing shop
Monday, March 28, 2016
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Established in 1969, Richard Childress Racing is located in Welcome, North Carolina. The organization employs more than 500 people, with 600,000 square feet of shop space.
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Richard Childress Racing fields three full-time Sprint Cup Series rides: Austin Dillon in the No. 3 Chevrolet, Paul Menard in the No. 27 Chevrolet and Ryan Newman in the No. 31 Chevrolet. The team also runs three full-time XFINITY Series cars, as well as the No. 2 part-time ride.
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The No. 3 RCR Chevrolet, made famous by Dale Earnhardt, returned to the track in 2014 when team owner Richard Childress' grandson Austin Dillon moved full-time into the Cup Series. Dillon wheeled the No. 3 to a Coors Light Pole in the Daytona 500 that season.
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Dale Earnhardt made his first start with the organization in 1981, wheeling the No. 3 that team owner Richard Childress originally drove.
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Around 30 of Dale Earnhardt's cars from his time at Richard Childress Racing are on display in the RCR museum.
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'The Intimidator' won six of his seven Cup championships under the RCR umbrella.
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Fans have written messages in honor of Dale Earnhardt on the walls surrounding his No. 3 hauler in the museum.
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The ECR engine shop -- which builds engines for the RCR teams -- resides on the team's campus.
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Pit crews train and work out in the RCR gym located on the team's campus.
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Once the cars are ready to hit the track, the team loads them into the haulers, also located on the shop floor.
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A former gasman for Dale Earnhardt, Danny 'Chocolate' Myers broadcasts his SiriusXM radio show 'Tradin' Paint' in the RCR museum store.
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Several championship-winning cars -- including Austin Dillon's 2011 Camping World Truck Series ride -- are housed in the museum.
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Kevin Harvick won a Busch Series championship for Richard Childress Racing in 2001 driving the No. 2 car.
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A timeline in the RCR lobby depicts the organization's history and milestones.