Richard Childress is one of the wealthiest men in NASCAR history. Besides his massive success as a NASCAR team owner, the man behind the Richard Childress Racing team also owns a vineyard and a museum and has launched several other profitable business ventures.
But, just how much is Richard Childress actually worth? Here, we’ll take a closer look.
Richard Childress Racing Career
Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Childress got his big start in the motorsports world as a replacement driver during the NASCAR Cup Series drivers’ strike at Talladega Superspeedway in the late ’60s. In 285 races run over 12 years, Childress racked up 76 top-10 finishes.
The former NASCAR driver made the jump to team owner in the early ’80s. As the team owner of Richard Childress Racing (RCR), he won six Winston Cup Series (now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) championships as an owner, during the legendary run of the late, great Dale Earnhardt. Childress also won four Busch Series (now the Xfinity Series) championships.
A member of the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class, Childress also won the Camping World Truck Series as an owner in 1995 and 2011 and is also an ARCA Racing Series champion, which he won in 2011. Currently, Childress’s grandson, Austin Dillon races for RCR, along with Daniel Hemric and part-timers Tyler Reddick, Kaz Grala, and Joe Graf Jr. Austin’s younger brother, Ty Dillon, competes for Germain Racing, which has a technical alliance with RCR.
Richard Childress Net Worth
As far as other business ventures go, Childress also owns Childress Vineyards and the Richard Childress Racing Museum, which are both located in Lexington, North Carolina. All told, Childress is worth about $200 Million.
To his credit, Richard and his wife Judy Childress have used some of their immense wealth to found The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, which seeks to limit traumatic deaths and injuries in infants. The institute has done a ton of good including supporting Brenner Children’s Hospital, a leading pediatric facility. They’ve also done an awesome job of supporting research and development in fields related to injuries sustained during childhood trauma.
This post was originally published on November 5, 2019.