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NASCAR Legend Fires Gun At Burglars During Home Invasion

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Three masked men broke through a window and forced their way into this longtime NASCAR legend’s home this past weekend, on Sunday, December 17th.

Local law enforcement officials from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office told WCNC that all three suspects made an attempt to enter and burglarize the home of NASCAR team owner, Richard Childress, around 10:30 p.m.

Unbeknownst to the would-be burglars, Childress had already set the alarm for his home before they tried to enter. After hearing a crash on the lower level of his house, Childress grabbed his handgun and headed downstairs to investigate further.

After reaching the home’s lower level, Childress encountered the intruders and shot repeatedly at the intruders before they escaped. It is unknown if he struck the intruders, but the official stated that DNA evidence was collected from the scene.

Childress is the owner of Richard Childress Racing which fields the NASCAR Cup Series No. 3 with Austin Dillon, The No. 31 with Ryan Newman, and the XFINITY Series No. 3 with Ty Dillon.

In a statement to Sheriff David Grice, Childress explained that he felt “the only reason he and his wife were here today was because of God and the Second Amendment.”

If you have any information about the attempted robbery, you’re encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at (336) 242-2105. Childress is offering a reward of $10,000 for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the intruders.

Watch the video below where Richard Childress remembers his friend and driver, Dale Earnhardt Sr.