Reports: Rodney Childers set to leave MWR for Stewart-Haas

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Michael Waltrip Racing made a splash with signing Brian Vickers as the full-time driver of the No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota for the next two seasons of NASCAR Sprint Cup. He’ll have a new crew chief, because according to media reports, Rodney Childers will be on the move to Stewart-Haas Racing to team with Kevin Harvick.

“It’s just a personal decision,” Childers told USA Today’s Jeff Gluck. “I’ve thought about it for a long time and just woke up one day and that’s what my heart told me I should do.”

He’ll leave Vickers, which he acknowledged was a difficult decision. Waltrip had said as recently as August 13 that he believed Childers would stay at MWR.

Childers and Mark Martin were nearly able to parlay a fuel mileage gamble into a victory at Michigan last week. But unfortunately, Martin ran out with less than 5 laps to go.

Much has changed since that point. Martin is off to Stewart-Haas as a temporary fill-in driver for Tony Stewart, and now Childers appears ready to leave next.

First batch of ‘Dinner with Racers’ season three drops today

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In what’s quickly becoming an offseason tradition, the “Dinner with Racers” podcast launches its newest season today with season three – and the level of guests are staggering.

Co-hosts Ryan Eversley and Sean Heckman have ridden once again on a newly wrapped Acura MDX, on Continental Tires (the Continental Cross Contact LX Sport), in a 13,000 mile journey over 34 days to record 29 episodes.

As the co-hosts so accurately put it in their release via Continental, there’s “a remarkable guest list that includes everything from Formula 1 World Champions, to NASCAR Monster Energy Cup champions, Indy 500 champions, and Ryan Lewis.”

The teaser video is below and if you’ve ever heard any episodes from the first two seasons, you’ll know there’s a lot of inside jokes and memories brought back via this video.

Here’s the full list of this season’s guests. The first batch comes out today and the second in December.

Releasing Now:
Dario Franchitti
Dr. Jerry Punch
Scott Dixon
Doug Boles
Robin Miller
Dorsey Schroeder
Ryan Lewis
Craig Hampson
Brian Till
Mario Andretti
Parker Kligerman
Scott Tucker

Coming in December:

Jeremy Shaw
Alwin Springer
Cole Pearn
Paul Tracy
Lyn St. James
Willy T. Ribbs
Alex Bowman
Ryan Blaney
Tony Stewart
Chocolate Myers
Robby Gordon
Jeremy Mayfield
Shane Hmiel
Tommy Byrne
Doug Boles
Brian Redman
Josef Newgarden