Childress crew member dies of H1N1 flu

Childress crew member dies of H1N1 flu

WELCOME, N.C., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Donald "D.J." Richardson Jr., a member of the Richard Childress Racing pit crew, has died of complications of the H1N1 flu. He was 37.
Report: Harvick wants to leave Childress

Report: Harvick wants to leave Childress

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 15 (UPI) -- NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick wants out of Richard Childress Racing, Sports Illustrated.com said.

Sprint Cup qualifying rained out

MARTINSVILLE, Va., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Friday's rain forced the cancellation of qualifying for the Sprint Cup TUMS QuikPak 500 auto race at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Jeff Burton wins Bank of America 500

CONCORD, N.C., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Jeff Burton was the winner at Saturday night's Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup auto race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Bowyer wins first his Nextel Cup race

LOUDON, N.H., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Clint Bowyer Sunday won his first Nextel Cup race, in the opening event of the 10-race "Chase for the Nextel Cup" at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

Harvick wins the Nextel All-Star Challenge

CONCORD, N.C., May 19 (UPI) -- Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge Saturday at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

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WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Street Sense favored for The Preakness ... Report: Giambi: 'Apologize for steroids' ... Rockets fire coach Van Gundy ... Italy, New Zealand post solid yacht wins ... AT&T can use its logo on Burton's car ... Sports News from UPI.

AT&T can use its logo on Burton's car

ATLANTA, May 18 (UPI) -- Telephone giant AT&T Friday received permission to put its logo on Nextel Cup drive Jeff Burton's No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

Burton wins the Samsung 500

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 15 (UPI) -- Jeff Burton Sunday passed Matt Kenseth on the final lap to win the Samsung 500 Nextel Cup auto race at Fort Worth, Texas.

Harvick wins Nextel in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Kevin Harvick won the Checker Auto Parts 500 Nextel Cup race Sunday at the Phoenix International Raceway.

Evernham crew man suspended indefinitely

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Craig Curlone, a crew member for the No. 10 Dodge team, was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR Tuesday and fined $10,000 for a rule violation.

Burton wins the Nextel race at Dover

DOVER, Del., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Jeff Burton Sunday captured the checkered flag to win the Dover 400 Nextel Cup race at the Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

Kevin Harvick wins at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag at Sunday's Nextel Cup race, the AMD at the Glen, in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Burton wins pole for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- On a very windy day, Jeff Burton captured the pole Sunday for next week's 48th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach, Fla.

Robby Gordon has unexpected setback

INDIANAPOLIS, May 10 (UPI) -- Robby Gordon had a setback late in Monday's practice session for the 88th Indianapolis 500 when he spun his primary car in the first turn.
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Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick, center, answers a question as team owner Richard Childress, left, and driver Jeff Burton listen during a press conference at Richard Childress Racing in Welcome, N.C. on January 23, 2007. (UPI Photo/Nell Redmond)

RCR Enterprises, LLC, doing business as Richard Childress Racing, is a NASCAR team based in Welcome, North Carolina, and is owned and operated by former driver Richard Childress. The team currently fields the #27 Menards Chevrolet for Paul Menard, the #29 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick, the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet for Jeff Burton, and the #33 General Mills/BB&T Chevrolet for Clint Bowyer in the Sprint Cup Series and the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado for Austin Dillon and the #22 Chevrolet Silverado for Joey Coulter in the Camping World Truck Series. RCR also runs developmental drivers in the ARCA Racing Series, fielding the #31 Chevrolet for Tim George, Jr. and the #41 for Ty Dillon. RCR has fielded cars for notables such as Dale Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd, and Neil Bonnett. RCR has had at least one car in every Cup race since late 1972, the longest such active streak.

What eventually became the #27 car at RCR was formed in 2001 as the #30 America Online Chevrolet. Childress originally planned to have Kevin Harvick drive this car on a limited basis during that season as part of a transition from the Busch Series to Winston Cup for 2002, but after Dale Earnhardt's death Harvick was moved into RCR's primary car and 2000 Busch Series champion Jeff Green was selected to drive the car in his place. The team debuted at the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway, with Green finishing 21st. The team qualified for six more races that season, with Green earning a pole at the Sharpie 500 at Bristol in August, and went full-time the next season as scheduled with Green behind the wheel.

Green posted six top-tens in the 2002 season, including a career best second at Loudon in July and finished seventeenth in points. Although the team started 2003 with a Daytona 500 pole, Green and the team failed to jell as Childress had hoped and later that season, in what amounted to a trade between organizations, Green was replaced by the former driver of the #1 car at Dale Earnhardt, Inc., Steve Park (Green took Park's ride at DEI following his firing). In 2004, Childress promoted Johnny Sauter to the ride, hoping he would work like Harvick. Sauter was released just 13 races into the season. After that, Dave Blaney drove the car, only skipping Infineon Raceway when Jim Inglebright took the wheel. A couple of weeks after it was announced Blaney would be in the car for rest of the year, Jeff Burton became available, and Childress knew he was too good to pass up, leaving Blaney out in the cold. Burton drove the car for the rest of the year, and when Robby Gordon left to start his own team, Burton moved to his old ride at Car 31. With AOL leaving as sponsor, Childress had two voids left to fill. He decided to rehire Blaney, and signed Jack Daniel's to sponsor the car, marking one of the first hard liquor sponsorships in NASCAR's history. The team also changed its number to 07 to commemorate JD's slogan "Ol' No. 7". Blaney posted just 2 top ten finishes during 2005, finishing 26th in the standings. As a result, Blaney moved to the #22 Bill Davis Racing CAT Dodge in 2006. The following year Clint Bowyer was placed in the #07 Jack Daniels Chevrolet for RCR. Bowyer not only put the 07 solidly in the 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, but also took the first win for this team at the Sylvania 300 at Loudon. Clint finished third in the final standings in 2007. In 2008 Clint got his second win at Richmond at the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400

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