No.3 Chevrolet Camaro driver Richard Childress Racing will wear a new cap in 2022. He will be the general manager of a North Carolina-based Professional Bull Riders (PBR) team while continuing to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series.
Dillon announced the news on Thursday, January 6 and has confirmed he will be general manager of the Winston-Salem-based Carolina Chaos, which will compete in the inaugural season of the PBR Team Series. Richard Childress Racing also issued a press release and confirmed that the organization will lead the team through the 10 event season. The Carolina Chaos will be located at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Wake Forest.
“I’ve always had an interest in the business side of the sport, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to be the GM of an PBR team alongside my grandfather,” Dillon said in a statement. Press. “I grew up watching riders with my grandfather, so it’s special to be able to share that interest with him in our home state of North Carolina.
PBR Team Series season begins June 2022
The North Carolina-based PBR debut team will debut in June 2022 alongside seven other “founding teams” with a Team Series event. The inaugural program will include 10 events and will end with a trip to Las Vegas. The team playoff event will take place at the T-Mobile Arena from November 4-6, 2022.
The Carolina Chaos will host one of the events during the 10 week season. The other seven teams will also be hosting events, taking the PBR team to Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona and Texas. There will also be two “site neutral” regular season events.
The PBR Team Series season, playoffs and championships will all be streamed live on a variety of CBS platforms. The events will take place on the CBS Television Network or will be broadcast live on Paramount +, CBS Sports Network or Pluto TV.
Another PBR team has connections to NASCAR
One of the eight founding teams has other ties to NASCAR. Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris bought a sanction from the PBR team. According to a press release from Cabelas, Morris’s PBR team will be known as the Missouri Thunder and their headquarters will be in Ridgedale, Missouri.
Bass Pro Shops has long supported several NASCAR drivers. The list includes Noah Gragson in the NASCAR Xfinity series, as well as Martin Truex Jr. and Dillon in the NASCAR Cup series. Dillon has also represented Bass Pro Shops in the Truck and Xfinity series. From now on, the main partner and the driver of the Cup Series will compete in a different arena.
“A lot of our customers are avid PBR fans, and it’s a great extension of our brand. We couldn’t be more excited to showcase some of the best bull riders in the world at the Thunder Ridge Nature Arena at Big Cedar Lodge, right here in the Ozarks. Hang in there, it’s gonna be a fun ride, ”said Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops.
READ NEXT: Matt DiBenedetto has a full-time turn for 2022