Obviously Richard Childress is a legendary owner in NASCAR, with his Richard Childress Racing team winning six Cup Series championships with Dale Earnhardt, along with fielding cars over the years for drivers like Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer, and his current drivers Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon.
And not only has RCR had success in the Cup Series, but the team has also won five championships in the Xfinity Series (formerly the Busch Series) and had a chance this year to make it six.
Going into the next to last Xfinity Series race of the year at Martinsville, RCR drivers Austin Hill and Sheldon Creed were both in position to advance to the final four in the Xfinity Series championship race.
And as the laps winded down at Martinsville, both Hill and Creed were in position to advance, with Creed needing a win to lock himself into the final round while Hill needed to only finish second to advance.
Coincidentally, that’s how they were running on the final restart with two laps to go.
Creed was on the outside as the green flag flew, with Hill to his inside. Hill slid up in front of Creed off of turn two, but with Creed knowing that he needed a win for a chance at the championship trophy, he wasn’t about to make it easy on his teammate.
Creed’s #2 car got into the back of Hill’s #21 car going into turn three, and pushed him out of the way in turn one of the final lap. The two were beating and banging down the backstretch, and after Creed managed to get in front of Hill in the middle of the last turn, Hill got into the back of Creed and spun out, knocking himself out of the playoffs with a 21st place finish.
Creed battled Justin Allgaier back to the finish line, but ultimately finished second and also missed the playoffs.
And after the race, Creed’s teammate – and team owner – was none too happy with their driver.
It’s already been announced that Creed will be leaving RCR at the end of the season, and it seems there’s not going to be too much love lost between the two sides.
When asked about the incident after the race, team owner Richard Childress had harsh words for his soon-to-be-former driver:
“I’ve had drivers drive for me before but nobody as stupid as Sheldon Creed. You don’t do that as a team player. What else do you want me to tell you?”
And Hill is also ready to see Creed move to another team:
“I can not wait for him to get out of RCR…I don’t have to put up with his sh*t anymore.
And not only were Childress and Hill upset with Creed, but Andy Petree, the Vice President of Competition for RCR, was also seen having a heated conversation with the driver on pit road after the race: