So there it is, the end of the season. From Daytona to Homestead. All those miles on the road, all the miles in the air, and all those miles on the track. Coast to coast to coast and there and back again.
Since early in the year I have been blessed to talk with and meet some of the best people on Earth, the RCR teams. Yes, I have spent most of the time talking with the 3 team, yet I am happy to have met and talked to others also. I have tried to encourage and thank as many as I can from the teams but somehow I just can’t do it after the final race. I do not have the words to properly thank everyone who contributed to this amazing year for Richard Childress Racing. However, I thought I might try… with a little help from my friends…
To all of the RCR teams, thanks for all your hard work this season and for making it exciting! 2017 will be the best year yet! Austin, keep the faith! Before you know it the #3 will become familiar in Victory Lane! Rest up during the off season and come back with a roar!
-Georgette Bowers (@FanRCR)
You guys were the best team on the circuit in 2016! I know how much harder you all work versus the other teams! Austin you are pure class! Slugger I can’t thank you enough for trusting me with my weather forecast!
Steve Monday (@Rowan_County_wx)
Chief Forecaster Rowan County Weather
Was happy for the team in 2016, made alot of strides toward the future of the 3 team. Austin Dillon’s consistency on track with poles this season and good finishes. We the fans of number 3 forever thank Slugger Labbe & the whole team for showing us the 3 can be on top again!
You guys had an awesome year. Really proud of you all for that. Keep up the great work. The 3 team is gonna be a force to be reckoned with very soon. I’m proud to be supporting you, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for next season!
-Caleb Harris (@CalebHx24 on Twitter)
I wanted to say thanks to Austin, Slugger and the entire #3 team. There has been such a turnaround in performance this year and it’s due to all of your hard work and dedication. I can’t wait to see where the team goes in 2017 and congrats on a great 2016 season!
-Jackson Gleason (@CountryJ14)
Thank you to all the guys in the shop, all the guys at ECR engines, the mechanics on the road, all 100 pit crew guys who jump off that wall without a second thought, the guys on the box, Andy, Austin, and everyone throughout the RCR family. Everyone contributed and took ownership and stepped up to the challenges. I am so proud of every person at RCR for bringing it back to glory. I have missed it. You are all special and important to us fans. Thank you.
-Jonathan Gruenke (@couchcrewchief)
Austin, Slugger, Andy, and all the ones who have worked so hard this year on the #3 team. Thank you. I am so damn proud of you guy’s. Every week I look forward not to just watch the race but to log on to the NASCAR Scanner and listen in on the team communication. You guy’s accomplished a lot this year and it was a blast to be apart of the ride. Congratulations on a great year! Enjoy the off-season and I can’t wait to see you guy’s in Daytona for 2017!!
-Jake Finch (@Jak3Finch)
I personally want to thank the entire RCR 3 team for an amazing season. It truly has been fun to watch and listen to every race knowing that we were always in the hunt. Looking forward to 2017 and all the “W’s” that are going to start coming our way… Enjoy the off-season and get some well-deserved time off with your families.
-Tina Labbe Provost
To: Slugger Labbe- Thank you so much for coming onto this team and breathing new life and energy into it. From track position risks to pit strategies, you have been able to bring excitement to this team. I know Austin appreciates your leadership as do we the fans. Looking forward to some wins really soon.
To: Andy Houston- Thank you for your candor and honesty on the radio. I don’t think I’ve ever shook my head and laughed as much as I did this year listening to the #3 radio. You’re the eyes for this team and it’s obvious how imperative you are to this team’s success.
To: Whitney Ward- I’m happy you’re a huge part of Austin’s life now and it’s beyond obvious that Austin knows he’s the lucky one. Austin seems more level headed and sincere than ever before and it’s because he has someone to balance his competitive nature out. Beyond your relationship with him, it’s great that we now have one more outlet to take a look into our favorite racers lives. When you cheer for a driver and a team, you really start to feel like you’re part of that team. Good luck with your upcoming marriage! We all wish you guys the best!
To: Austin Dillon- When I roll into NASCAR tailgate lots I see flags flying everywhere. 48, 18, 24, 20, 11, 22….etc. I have my own flag as well. I set up the tent, the flag pole, and rope up the flag. #3. Not Dale Earnhardt. Not just the #3. But an Austin Dillon DOW #3 flag. And when I see that flag fly amidst the other flags at that tailgate I know for a fact I’m a little more proud than the rest of those fans. Sure, they have storied drivers, wins, championships….but from when did they begin that fan hood? I believe in your team, your driving abilities, your competitiveness and your will to win. I’ve seen the 25th place finishes, the unlucky spins, the poles, the #3 Dillon DOW leading the pack. But by God I’ll see those WINS very, very soon. It’s gonna taste that much better knowing where you and this team have come from. Go Panthers, Go America, Go 3. Can’t wait for 2017!!
-@wesmesss on Twitter
Congratulations Team 3 for a very successful season! You have definitely proven to your predecessors that you are definitely there competition! I’d like to say a BIG thank you to Mr Richard Childress for bringing back the number 3! This team has definitely proven themselves this season and I’m sure Dale would approve of them as well! I’d like to say a HUGE congratulations to Austin! You have been a breath of fresh air on the track! Watching you mature and seeing you discipline yourself even when the chips were down! AWESOME job! Thanks to Slugger for making some tough decisions and some great decisions! Your definitely an asset to this team! Thanks to the engine man, tire man, jack man, all the pit crew guys, and Andy Houston for helping-being the eye in the sky! You all have a heart of a team like none other! Congratulations to you all on a successful season! I know next year you will be back bigger and better than ever! You’ve all been a joy to watch and cheer for! Thank you for all that each and every one of you do! And being a spoke in a wheel! We need you all! Thanks again!
Tim Wheaton (@Tpwheaton1Tim)
Soddy Daisy TN
Whitney Ward’s Great Uncle.
We want to thank all of you men and women for all you have done. For the photos and autographs, for the likes and retweets, for the time taken out of your day to make our day. When we are sick and sore and tired, when the car isn’t running right and the bills are tight, when life gets so busy that we just need a break… You’re there. What you do isn’t just a job, it’s a diversion for us fans. It gives us hope and gives us something positive to think about. It isn’t just Austin and Andy and Slugger, it is every person at RCR and ECR. From bottom to top each of you helps give us that break from reality that we need. We thank you for it. People on every team say, “Thank you for your support.” No team means it more than each of you at RCR & on the 3 team. This is our way of saying, “Thank you for being there for us.”
Your friends and fans in the stands.
“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose-somehow we win out.”
…remember the wins…