CONCORD, North Carolina Richard Childress Racing (RCR) awarded the grand prize for the “Ride With Richard” sweepstakes today as RCR president and CEO Richard Childress made laps at Lowe’s Motor Speedway with winner Bob Buell. The event culminates a season-long celebration of RCR’s 35th Anniversary which kicked off in January during the annual Lowe’s Motor Speedway media tour.
Buell, a resident of Camden, Maine, entered the contest by signing up to be a RCR Fan Club member at rcrracing.com. In addition to his “Ride With Richard,” Buell, along with his guest Christine Anderson, received round-trip airfare, lodging at the Hilton Charlotte University Place, $500 spending money and a VIP weekend at the track. He will get a behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR and will not only meet and ride with Childress but will also have the opportunity to meet RCR’s drivers.
“That ride was probably one of the most exciting moments in my entire life,” commented Buell following his ride. “I’m really happy, but a couple of times I was trying to put on the brakes. Believe me, I was pushing hard on the floorboard, but it felt great. I can’t imagine what 500 miles must feel like, especially with 42 other cars around you. I can’t thank Richard enough. This has been a great trip.”
In 35 years as a team owner in NASCAR’s upper echelons, Childress has earned more than 125 victories and was the first owner to win championships in the NEXTEL Cup Series (1986, '87, '90, '91, '93, '94), Busch Series (2001 and owners'-only in 2003) and Truck Series (1995).
“It’s a pretty exciting way to cap off our 35th anniversary,” commented Childress. “We tried to come up with something that would really mean a lot to the winner of the contest and by the look on Bob’s face when we got out of the car, I think we accomplished our goal. We even threw in an added bonus and gave Bob’s guest Christine a ride, too. That really got the blood boiling again. It almost makes me want to get in the car for the race Saturday night, but Bob would have to ride along with me and with two of us in that car, I think NASCAR would consider that an unfair advantage.”
As part of RCR’s 35th Anniversary celebration this weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, all three NASCAR Cup entries will feature retro pain schemes to highlight the past 35 years of RCR in the sport.
The No. 30 AOL Chevrolet will carry the 1983 Piedmont Airlines paint scheme that Ricky Rudd drove to RCR’s first NASCAR Cup victory, at Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway. The No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet will feature the Wrangler paint scheme that Dale Earnhardt drove to RCR’s first two NASCAR Cup Series championships in 1986 and 1987.
The No. 31 Cingular Chevy will feature the 1995 silver Winston Select design, which was driven by Earnhardt and was the first-ever special paint scheme design in NASCAR. The No. 2 and 21 Busch cars will carry the RCR 35th Anniversary logo on their hoods to mark the celebration, as well.