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Richard Childress and grandson Austin Dillon.
NASCAR is a sport of ebbs and flows, of success and difficulty, and that has been the roller coaster Richard Childress Racing has endured over the last decade.
One year, the organization is up, and seemingly the next year, it's down.
Childress has won six Cup championships, all with the late Dale Earnhardt, as well as 101 career Cup races. But after a great season in 2008, when drivers Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton finished fourth, fifth, sixth, RCR has seen a significant downturn.
Perhaps, the most telling stat of all: RCR has not won a Cup championship since Earnhardt's last in 1994. That's not the kind of 20-year anniversary any team owner wants to celebrate, particularly such a fierce competitor as Childress.
Harvick is leaving at the end of 2013 to join Stewart Haas Racing. Burton's future, given the rough going he's had since 2008 (17th, 12th, 20th and 19th), remains cloudy. Paul Menard has finished 17th and 16th respectively in his two seasons racing for RCR.
While a rebound is always the hope, there's a possibility we may see more of the same from RCR in 2013. And if that happens, don't be surprised if Childress cleans house heading into 2014.
That will also be a very pivotal year, as it's expected Childress's grandson, Austin Dillon, will ascend to the Cup series to drive the famous black No. 3 Chevrolet that the late Dale Earnhardt drove to six of his seven Cup crowns.
And after Austin is brother Ty Dillon, who will likely move up to the Cup series in 2015 or 2016.
While the recent past and potentially the near future may not look good, there's still lots of hope for optimism in the RCR camp going forward from 2014.