Darlington: Childress - Friday media visit

Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing, answered questions from members of the media at Darlington Raceway on Friday morning. ON HIS THOUGHT ON DALE EARNHARDT, JR.'S ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY: "Let me kind of tell you where I'm at on...

Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing, answered questions from members of the media at Darlington Raceway on Friday morning.

ON HIS THOUGHT ON DALE EARNHARDT, JR.'S ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY: "Let me kind of tell you where I'm at on it. Dale Jr. just made a major decision in his career and in his life yesterday and out of the respect for Teresa, Dale Jr. and this situation, let's all give him some time to make the decisions that he needs to make and be fair. He's got a lot of tough decisions coming up with the direction he's going. I just think it's fair if we all let him have some space and some time to kind of think about what he wants to do in the future."

DO YOU WANT HIM? "We will sit and talk, I'm sure. You know I'm hoping he's considering us but I think right now we just give him some time and space to do his own due diligence on the race teams that he's looking at."

DO YOU REQUEST HIM OR DOES HE REACH OUT TO YOU? "Well I've been friends of the family for many years and I'm sure the time will come we'll talk."

HAVE YOU HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH HIM YET? "No, not on this part of it. No, he just made his decision yesterday."

ON THE REPORT THAT THERE'S A DONE DEAL AND IF THERE'S ANYTHING TO IT: "No, it's nothing to that."

ON IF HE WOULD WANT TO BRING THE NO. 3 BACK FOR DALE JR.: "Like I said earlier, it's just way too soon to even talk about it. I apologize but we're here at Darlington, I got three teams that we're here trying to come down here and win the race with. Junior's going to be trying to win the race and I just think being fair to everybody, I think this is just something that has to be kind of settled. I know you're doing your job, everybody here is doing their job trying to talk about it. I just think right now let us concentrate on Darlington, give Junior a little time and a little space and he'll make the decision and he'll make the right decision and I want to see him go (with) what's best for Junior because I've known Junior since he was a very, very young man."

ON IF HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH TERESA EARNHARDT MAKES IT AKWARD: "I'm still friends with Teresa, the whole family and Dale Jr. and we'll see how it all pans out."

-credit: gm racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
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