DSC 2023 Capstick Award Winner: Richard Childress

DSC is proud to announce Richard Childress as the recipient of the 2023 Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award. A NASCAR Hall of Famer, Childress is a businessman, philanthropist, and conservationist.

The Capstick Award commemorates the values ​​of a great man whose love of hunting and respect for wildlife fueled a legacy that ensured the conservation of our wildlife and natural resources. In honor of Peter H. Capstick, award recipients have demonstrated their support and long-term commitment to our hunting legacy in a variety of ways, including education, humanitarian causes, hunting participation, and donations.

Richard Childress is certainly a conservationist honoring that memory. As President and CEO of Richard Childress Racing, he leads one of NASCAR’s most storied teams, but Childress is as much about giving back to wildlife, hunting and fishing as he is about being a successful businessman.

As vice chair of the board of directors of the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation, Childress brings the same level of enthusiasm and dedication that he brings to racing to secure the rights of hunters and fishermen. Her work with groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Foundation, among many others, underscores her dedication to conserving wildlife in the wild.

Childress is president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing (RCR), a 17-championship winning organization. Childress, an independent driver who started out in 1969, stepped up from the seat in the 1981 season and handed over driving duties to the late Dale Earnhardt. Together they made NASCAR history, winning 67 races, six Cup championships and, along the way, establishing RCR as one of the premier teams in all of motorsports. Childress is also the owner of Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC, as well as the Yadkin River Angus Cattle Ranch.

Childress enjoys spending his free time outdoors and has been an avid hunter and fisherman since he was a child. Having traveled to many parts of the world, he became an activist for the conservation of our natural resources. He is proud to support many conservation organizations, including serving on various boards. During the NASCAR off-season, Childress can be found hunting at his home in Montana or fishing at his Hampton Estate in Lexington, North Carolina.

About DSC

A member of IUCN, DSC is a mission-focused conservation organization funded by hunters from around the world. With a small administrative staff and a volunteer army of 500, DSC hosts its annual Convention which raises funds for conservation, education and advocacy grants. In the last three years, more than $5 million has been channeled to qualified projects, organizations and programs in support of our mission. Get involved with DSC at www.biggame.org.

About DSCF

The DSC Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The DSC Foundation fulfills DSC’s mission to conserve wildlife and wildlands, educate youth and the general public, and promote and protect the rights and interests of hunters throughout the world. Learn more about the DSC Foundation at www.dscf.org.