Start Your Engines (Southfork)

February 6, 2019 (Winston-Salem, NC) ─ Residents from Southfork, a DePaul Senior Living Community in Winston-Salem, recently took a road trip to the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Museum to see race cars and other artifacts that have contributed to some of the most iconic moments in NASCAR history!

Richard Childress founded Richard Childress Racing in 1969 in his home garage. It has since grown into one of the largest motorsport organizations in NASCAR.

Pictured top left, Southfork resident Brenda Bailey tours the museum. Pictured bottom left, residents Judy Sink, Jane Myers, Steve Taylor, Lydia Rivera and  Brenda Bailey pose for a group photo during their recent visit.

Situated on a 52-acre campus in Welcome, North Carolina, the Richard Childress Racing Museum takes visitors on a journey through team owner Richard Childress’ career, from his early days as a NASCAR driver to the championship years with Dale Earnhardt and the No. 3 team. Childress was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2017. Today, RCR includes more than 400 team members supporting multiple teams in the Cup and XFINITY Series.

 

Pictured on the left is Southfork resident Jane Myers and on the right is resident Lydia Rivera. Upon arriving at the museum, residents had the opportunity to meet Danny “Chocolate” Myers, the radio host who was a fueler for six of the teams’ NASCAR Championships. During their tour of the various departments of the old race shop, seniors explored the largest collection of No. 3 Goodwrench Chevrolets, including the 1998 Daytona 500-winning car, the 1995 Brickyard 400 winner and each of the special paint schemes driven by Earnhardt in the All-Star races from 1995-2000.

“They reminisced on where they were when each race happened and could name who each car belonged to without looking at the name plaque,” said Activities Director Adriana Mereno. “We took pictures with all the trophies and talked about the upcoming racing season.”

Throughout history, RCR has accumulated a total of 17 championships and more than 200 victories across NASCAR’s top three series. Richard Childress Racing currently fields two teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and three teams in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

For more information about Southfork, please contact Administrator Tara Greene at (336) 768-8828, at tgreene@depaul.org or visit us on Facebook.