Climbing Back

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I haven’t looked forward to the Coca-Cola 600 for a few years now. It’s not because I don’t love racing at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, it’s because I haven’t been as competitive as I would have liked to be over the last few years.

Richard Childress Racing was once one of the most powerful teams in NASCAR. Following the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001, things didn’t go as well and the performance wasn’t up to snuff. Towards the end of 2005 and heading into the off-season, everyone at RCR put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to get this organization backing shape.

This season the overall performance at RCR has been far better than last year and I’m very happy with the direction we are heading. Our intermediate-track program, which was our weak point last season, has made huge gains this year.

Not only have our results seen a significant improvement but our overall performance has seen gains as well. With a few minor exceptions our qualifying effort has improved and all of our pit crews have really stepped up this year.

RCR doesn’t like to lose and that starts at the top. Richard Childress has a desire to be the leader in the garage and I’m really proud to be driving for RCR. We are doing everything we can to get this organization back to the top, where it belongs.

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