It was bound to crash. Richard Childress Racing had no direction to go but down. Yet, few would have predicted it would get this bad.
Let’s cut to the Chase, The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase. In 2008 RCR had three drivers finish inside the top ten in points. Kevin Harvick finished fourth that season, followed by Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton and all was right at RCR.
The next season none of RCR’s cars made the Chase. The team and outsiders said the expansion of RCR from three to four cars was the problem. While that explanation seemed to fit as Harvick and Bowyer rebounded the following season as the fourth team was dropped, its not the real fix.
RCR is no longer a top tier organization in NASCAR. It did not happen over night but has gradually happened since that 2008 season. There were times when it seemed that RCR was making a step forward, as was the case when Harvick won three races early last year. But, we should have known better then that.
Since the 2011 race at Indianapolis there ...