NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress shoots at home invaders, thwarts burglary
NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Richard Childress fired at three intruders who broke into his North Carolina home Sunday evening, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday (via the Winston-Salem Journal).
Childress, 72, told investigators that he was upstairs with his wife, Judy, at their home in an unincorporated part of the county near his race shop in Welcome, N.C., when at around 10:30 p.m. ET he heard glass break downstairs.
An avid hunter and experienced shooter, Childress grabbed a handgun, went downstairs and fired multiple shots at the intruders, according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.
No one was injured and nothing was taken from the home, Davidson County Sheriff David Grice told the Journal, but the unidentified suspects weren't captured.
According to the sheriff’s office, Childress said he felt “the only reason he and his wife were here today was because of God and the Second Amendment.”
Childress has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects, the Journal reported.
A staple in NASCAR for decades, Childress is chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing, which won six NASCAR Cup championships with Dale Earnhardt. RCR currently fields cars for Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman.
Childress was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this year.