Daniel Defense in NASCAR Racing for 2017

What a great way to combine two interests – racing and firearms – which I’m sure I share with a lot of readers here.

Racing V8:s and the interest in firearms and shooting sports, Daniel Defense and a Chevy Camaro in NASCAR.

Personally I’m more into other racing styles than NASCAR, but sure wouldn’t mind to hear the DD Chevy roar around in circles. You’re more likely to see me at The Green Hell (Nürburgring) in Germany.

From the Press Release:

 Daniel Defense Partners with Richard Childress Racing for 2017

Taking advantage of the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Daniel Defense and Richard Childress Racing announced a partnership that will see the leading manufacturer of premium firearms, rail systems and accessories serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 3 NASCAR XFINITY Series team for select races during the 2017 season.

“Richard Childress is a proven winner and a staunch defender of our Second Amendment rights, two things that are important to me personally and reflect the culture of Daniel Defense,” said Daniel Defense President and CEO Marty Daniel. “Teaming up with Richard Childress Racing was a natural fit, and I’m sure it will open up many exciting opportunities for both Daniel Defense and RCR.”Daniel Defense Paint Scheme

This is Daniel Defense’s first venture into NASCAR. The partnership came about after Daniel and Childress became friends through Childress’ involvement with the National Rifle Association.

“We’re pleased to welcome Daniel Defense to our family of partners at RCR,” said Chairman and CEO, Richard Childress. “I’ve gotten to know the Daniel family over the past few years and am glad we could forge a partnership to help Daniel Defense grow its brand in the firearm industry.”

The No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro will feature Daniel Defense’s signature black-and-gold logo and will be driven by Ty Dillon and other drivers yet to be announced for select XFINITY Series races.


Below: Daniel Defense 300 S- Factory SBR

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Other racers would be well advised not to crowd that particular car in the turns.

    • Vhyrus

      Stand your ground or road rage incident? Why not both!

  • Vhyrus

    “You’re more likely to see me at The Green Hell (Nürburgring) in Germany.”

    Say hi to James May for me, if you can get a word in between his screams of agony.

  • Anonymoose

    Woah, woah, hold on a sec. NASCAR didn’t retire the number 3?

    • Tinkerer

      And brought it back in 2014.

      • Edeco


        • Tinkerer

          Eeh, the number had history before Dale took over it. And went back to the team that had it to begin with.

          • AntiSheepleAZ

            They never retired the 3 from the series this car runs in. This isn’t Cup.

          • Jim

            Yes it is. The #3 has been running for the last 2 years in NASCAR’s top series by Austin Dillion who is the Grandson of Richard Childress who owns the rights to the #3.

          • AntiSheepleAZ

            I know that. That’s not what I said. The car in this article is an Xfinity car. They never retired the number 3 in the Xfinity series.

        • Thomas “Fat” Cat


    • Thomas “Fat” Cat


  • Tinkerer

    It would be hilarious watching a WRC pilot and navigator team trying their craft in a NASCAR oval:
    “Next turn: left! Now next one: left! This is a tricky one: left! “

    • Vhyrus

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  • Tim Pearce

    Yeah, I’m with you, there. I’d love to see a real racing series replace NASCAR.

    • Tinkerer

      I vote for a return to NASCAR’s roots, with a rally cross gymkhana, including moonshine running and a couple of shooting stages as they flee from the cops. Let’s call it Redneck Biathlon.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        Your car has to haul 4 trays of full quart mason jars and you get a time penalty if you break any.

        • Tinkerer

          Extra bonus for driving half plastered

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Yeah Id say the closest youre going to get to real cars (not tube frame custom designed racing machines with a “Camaro” badge) in a major racing series is Le Mans, and that still isnt that close, but I do believe in the lower divisions the chassis at least starts out as an actual production car. The doors still open. You also have DTM which is a bit less known. However DTM is Germans only and I dont think there are any American cars in Le Mans. There was an American Le Mans series, but it died a few years ago.

      • Tim Pearce

        Yeah, I meant a series where there’s real racing. NASCAR is an over-commercialized show, not a race. The cars are disposable and so basic that they shouldn’t exist outside of amateur racing. It’s all just a way for companies to have millions of people watch their billboards go around in circles.

      • Jeff S

        No American cars in Lemans?? There have been Corvettes for a long time and now the Ford GT…

        The ALMS has been replaced by IMSA and the Weather Tech series – Daytona 24hr was just the other weekend… with a Cadillac winning the race.

        DTM is German NASCAR.

        The writer wants to see GT3 series (and lower) racing in VLN, ADAC GT Masters, the N24 and similar series. VLN is going to have everything from race prepped VW Golfs to purpose built racecars like the 911, R8, AMG GT, and more.

      • Jim

        The lower divisions of NASCAR also have racecars that were once stock cars with little change allowed except for safety. Check your local racetracks. Now SCCA has stock cars that race but the drivers are not even allowed to touch other racecars they are racing on the track or they are punished! Not near as exciting.

    • Edeco

      Something with a more open-ended car formula. Safety cages of course, maybe an ultimate displacement limit and limit on blocks and engine rebuilds a team can do in a season to keep it sane. But leave room to do things differently. NASCAR is disgusting to me for being rolling billboards, neutered to use existing tracks.

    • I’d watch the hell out of a race where all the cars had to actually be stock off a car dealership’s showroom floor, a completely unmodified (except for removing any governors and adding a standard safety cage, etc.) vehicle from a production line with a minimum number of dealer deliveries. It would be a slower race, but there’d for damnsure be more actual racing going on.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Seems obvious in hind-sight NASCAR would be an option for advertising that isn’t hoplophobic.

  • Bucho4Prez

    I see the holy number 3 is back in play. That mustache somehow is still more popular than anything else about NASCAR.

  • micmac80

    You Daniel Defense purchase just got a tad bit more expensive too finance someones racing hobby

    • SP mclaughlin


  • Harry’s Holsters

    I actually have someone to pull for now!

  • Dougscamo

    Does this mean that Remington will sponsor Ricky Bobby?

  • LazyReader

    Wish Heckler and Koch would sponsor F1.

  • bee O bee

    Heck yeah! Richard Childers is on the NRA board of directors, so it’s a perfect set up.

  • Jim

    Very happy that Daniel Defense is getting into NASCAR. I do wish that they had gone to Stewart-Haas, or Hendrick or even Gibbs racing teams and not to Austin Dillon. Just don’t like him and his arrogance.

  • junkman

    Glad it’s a Camaro. When it comes to NASCAR, I was extremely disappointed when stinking Toyoda was let in. Damn shame.