Richard Childress (photo courtesy of NASCAR Media)
The National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) announced on Wednesday the 2012 inductees into its Hall of Fame — Richard Childress and Ricky Rudd. Both men were chosen for induction, because both were on more than 65 percent of ballots cast by NMPA members. Childress’ name appeared on 70 percent of the ballots and Rudd’s on 66 percent.
Childress formed Richard Childress Racing in 1972 with purse money earned by competing in his first Sprint Cup level event at Talladega Superspeedway when Cup drivers of the day went on strike because of safety issues with the new Alabama track. He began his NASCAR career as a driver owner, but climbed out of the car after a lengthy winless driving career. From there, RCR took off.
Richard Childress Racing has compiled 11 championships across NASCAR’s three national series — Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck — with six of those comping at the Cup level, all with Dale Earnhardt as drive...