Childress Racing earns 100th win
Talk about living the dream, and it all started with a $20 bill.
What am I talking about?
Clint Bowyer gave Childress his 100th victory by winning at Talladega two weeks ago.
His first win as a car owner came at Riverside in California, in 1983, with Ricky Rudd behind the wheel.
Let me get back to the $20.
That's how much it cost Childress to buy his first race car back in 1969, and he's never looked back.
He's not the first owner to reach 100 wins. Petty Enterprises had 268 wins when it closed up shop in 2008.
Hendrick Motorsports currently has 199 wins, Roush Fenway Racing has 125 and the Wood Brothers are knocking on the door with 98 wins.
But those guys didn't build their empire from nothing like Childress did.
Rick Hendrick entered into NASCAR at the Cup level in 1983 as a successful car dealership owner.
Jack Roush was a businessman and engineer with winning teams when he joined the ranks of NASCAR in 1988.
Now, I'm not trying to take away anything from Hendrick or Roush, but the late Bill France Jr. was once quoted on NASCAR.com saying Childress is "my hero, because he started with nothing."
Childress reached the 100th plateau with several different drivers over the years.
The late Dale Earnhardt won 67 races, Kevin Harvick has won 18, Bowyer has won five, Jeff Burton has won four, Robby Gordon has won three, Ricky Rudd has won two and Paul Menard earned a win this year at the Brick Yard 400.
Childress' last championship came in 1994 with Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel.
The drought could end this year.
I predicted early in the season Childress' driver, Kevin Harvick, would win the championship this year. Going into this weekend's race, he sits third in points.
I met Childress years ago and I can honestly say he's a nice guy.
So if you have a dream of some day becoming a race team owner, follow that dream, because it could become a reality with as little as $20.
The Sprint Cup guys are in Texas on Sunday starting at 3 p.m. on ESPN.