RCR 50: Only in America
Only in America could a young man start from scratch and create a dynasty like Richard Childress Racing.
THE STORY OF
RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING
Open May 24, 2019 - Feb. 8, 2020
RCR 50: Only in America is the story of Richard Childress and the team he founded in 1969, Richard Childress Racing.
The 50th Anniversary of Richard Childress Racing Continues at the Hall
NASCAR racing has brought fans many magical moments throughout the years. And some of the most magical of those moments were created by Richard Childress Racing, an operation founded by Childress in 1969 that grew to become one of most successful in NASCAR history. It all started with a young boy who sold popcorn and peanuts for pennies at Bowman Gray Stadium. His vision evolved into a team that won 11 NASCAR championships and earned Childress a place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Only in America” could Childress turn his dream into reality—earning his place in NASCAR history every step of the way.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s temporary exhibit “RCR 50: Only in America” chronicles the story of Childress and Richard Childress Racing, along with the many people who helped build a NASCAR dynasty. And what better way to honor the North Carolina native than with significant artifacts that helped define RCR’s career—from Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 Daytona 500 victory and Austin Dillion’s dramatic triumph in the 2017 Coca-Cola 600, to a ledger book from the 1970s where Richard’s wife Judy kept track of expenses, along with six race cars spanning RCR’s history from the 1970s to 2019.
The exhibit traces Richard Childress’ career off the track, too, including the creation of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. Only in America can someone who started with so little end up giving back to so many. Only in America can someone who started a career in NASCAR become an avid conservationist and award-winning vineyard owner years later.
RCR Audio Series
NASCAR Hall of Fame Curatorial Affairs Manager, Tom Jensen, and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress discuss celebrating 50 years of RCR Racing and the RCR 50: Only In America exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Curatorial Affairs Manager Tom Jensen and Curator Dan Simone dive into how NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress built the RCR dynasty and share stories on the artifacts & cars on display as part of the RCR 50: Only In America exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
In the final episode of the RCR 50: Only in America Audio Series Special, NASCAR Hall of Fame Curatorial Affairs Manager Tom Jensen and Curator Dan Simone discuss the "Big Three" Daytona 500-winning cars of RCR Racing - Dale Earnhardt's 1998 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet, Austin Dillon's 2018 Dow Chevrolet and Kevin Harvick's 2007 Pennzoil Chevrolet.
The “RCR 50: Only in America” exhibit is included with admission to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.