Friday, March 22, 2013

RCR Honors Warner Hodgdon This Weekend

Richard Childress Racing will honor former NASCAR track and team owner Warner Hodgon with a memorial decal at this weekend’s events at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Hodgdon died March 20 after several weeks of declining health, at age 80. During the height of his NASCAR career, he owned or co-owned six different race tracks, sponsored events at Riverside International Raceway and North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, N.C., and sponsored Neil Bonnett's car in the then-NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He was also president of Black Gold Oil Company, which sponsored the No. 3 Chevrolet that Richard Childress owned and drove in the late 1970s.
“Warner was a great friend and partner who helped change the landscape of NASCAR team ownership in the late 1970s,” said Childress. “I learned a lot about business from the advice he gave me over the years. He was there to help me with sponsorship from Black Gold when I really needed it. Warner was an entrepreneur with a great vision for where stock car racing could go and we stayed in touch long after his time in racing ended. He was a great friend and will be missed.”

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