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Richard Childress

Long before he became one of the preeminent car owners in NASCAR history, Richard Childress was a race car driver with limited means. Still, he persevered, which is what you do when you purchase your first car for $20 at the age of 17.

  • Inducted: 2017
  • Position:Owner

Vitals

Hometown

Winston-Salem, NC

Born

09/21/1945

PREMIER SERIES STATS

Owner Championships

14 Premier

Competed

1969-present (stats as of November 2016)

Starts / Wins / Poles

2,735 /105 / 48

An All-American Success Story

Richard Childress, the consummate self-made racer, was respectable behind the wheel. Between 1969 and 1981, he had six top-five finishes and 76 top 10s.

Having formed Richard Childress Racing in 1972, Childress retired from driving in 1981. The rest, as they say, is history. Much of that history is linked to one of NASCAR’s greatest drivers, inaugural NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt (2010), who won six championships and 67 races between 1984 and 2000 for RCR. But Childress has had other successes. Childress was the first NASCAR owner to win championships in all three of NASCAR’s national series, and his 14 titles are second all time. Childress was the recipient of the Bill France Award of Excellence in 1986.