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Childress Reveals 2012 Plans

Deb Williams | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, October 13 2011

Richard Childress talked 2012 at Charlotte on Thursday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

CONCORD, N.C. – With the exit of Clint Bowyer at the end of the season, NASCAR team owner Richard Childress said Thursday he expected his organization to field three, not four, NASCAR Sprint Cup teams full time next year.

“I’ve had offers to race people and race drivers and had another full sponsorship with a driver; I just want to make sure it’s the right move when we make it,” Childress said. “I’d rather have three teams that you can be competitive with and occasionally pick up a race or two along the way and if you’ve got something you want to try you do it.”

Childress has said that grandson Austin Dillon would move from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to the Nationwide Series next year, while his younger brother Ty would leave ARCA and step into NASCAR’s truck series. In that financial hunt, Childress said his organization was “down the road pretty good” in locating sponsors for his grandsons. Ty will claim this year’s ARCA championship when he starts this weekend’s race at Toledo, Ohio. Austin leads James Buescher by three points with five races remaining in the battle for the truck series title.

“We feel pretty good about where RCR is in the future with the sponsors we have over the next two or three years,” Childress continued. “(I) couldn’t be happier with a lot of things on the front for RCR sponsorship-wise, employee-wise and the direction that we are going.”

Childress said if a fourth team wasn’t added for the 2012 season he might place Austin in another Sprint Cup car once or twice. The 21-year-old Dillon finished 26th in his Cup debut last weekend at Kansas.

Even though Childress expects to downsize to three Cup teams next year the absorption of Kevin Harvick’s Nationwide teams will prevent RCR from laying off any personnel.

“We’re hoping to add a few more people,” Childress commented. “We’ve got a couple of other good programs working. The number we’re coming up with now is just a few more employees than we have today.”

– Deb Williams can be reached at dwilliams@racintoday.com

Deb Williams | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Thursday, October 13 2011
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