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TALLADEGA, AL - NOVEMBER 01: Team owner Richard Childress speaks to the media prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on November 1, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
I was fortunate to work for Richard Childress Racing for four years during my crew chief career. We went through a lot together, both with Dale Earnhardt Sr. and then Mike Skinner. I have been noticing a pattern develop in recent years over there. That organization is either all up or its teams are all down. I know the man, so trust me when I tell you that nobody is pulling their hair out any more about this right now than Richard Childress. On the Sprint Cup side of things, all three teams are clearly struggling. Those three teams - with drivers Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Paul Menard - only have a combined five top-five finishes in 24 races. The challenge for them seems to be identifying the exact reason why they aren't more competitive right now. I know there are a lot of rumors and comments out there about where Richard's focus is. The knock on him is that his focus is set squarely on his grandsons' racing in both the Camping World Truck and Nationwide series. That kind o...
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