HEIGHT: 5’11 WEIGHT: 160
HOMETOWN: Mooresville, NC
RESIDENCE: Mooresville, NC
If experience is a key to success then No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Crew Chief Rodney Childers has enjoyed an advantage over the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage in 2012.
The 36-year-old veteran juggles a three-driver rotation in the No. 55, but the three are as talented as any drivers in the garage. The No. 55’s driver roster includes two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip for four races, Brian Vickers for eight races and future hall of famer Mark Martin in the remaining races.
Balancing three drivers has made for an interesting season for Childers. Martin has already won three poles and has one of the best qualifying records in the garage. Waltrip earned a ninth-place finish at Daytona and Vickers post two top-five finishes in just three starts.
None of this is a surprise if you’ve followed Childers’ career. He spent the last three seasons working with David Reutimann. Trips to victory lane at Charlotte in 2009 and Chicagoland in 2010 highlighted their time together.
The Mooresville, N.C. native has been involved in some form of racing since he was 12 years old whether it has been behind the wheel or atop a pit box. From 1999 to 2002, he raced in several series including the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series, Hooters Pro Cup Series and in 2000, made his first and only NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
Prior to joining MWR, Childers served as a crew chief for Elliott Sadler (2008) and Scott Riggs (2006-2007) at Gillett Evernham Motorsports. Childers also served as Riggs’ crew chief in 2005 with MB2 Motorsports.