Richard Childress Racing Is Preparing To Downsize To Two Cup Teams For 2018

Paul Menard

Richard Childress Racing is preparing for the possible departure of Menard’s at the end of the season.  If Paul Menard’s dad, the billionaire owner of Menards, decides to put his money somewhere that would leave the RCR No. 27 team dead on arrival. Presently Menard’s is sponsoring Team Penske’s IndyCar team driven by Simon Pagenaud as well.

If Menards leaves RCR at the end of 2017, the question is where will he put his money?  Will he pull out of NASCAR completely? If so, that would signal the end of Paul Menard’s NASCAR racing career!

At least a dozen employees were laid off in the last week coming on the heels of the departure of RCR veteran crew chiefs Slugger Labbe and Gil Martin. Sources with knowledge of the situation say certain departments were over-staffed. Marty Houston is now the shop foreman for the Xfinity Series shop, which is still looking for its first win of the season. 

This is just one more piece of “the Silly Season” puzzle that needs to fit into the overall NASCAR scene.


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