All six Richard Childress Racing entries in this weekend's NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway will carry decals honoring the memory of long-time RCR/ECR Engines employee Tommy Lee "Sy" Earnhardt.
Earnhardt, 63, passed away June 2, 2012 at his home in North Carolina after a long illness. He had been an engine assembler for RCR/ECR Engines since November 1998. His NASCAR engine building career included stops at Benfield Racing, Mike Curb Racing, Stavola Bros/Bobby Allison, and Cale Yarborough Motorsports. Sy also was the owner of Firehouse Racing Engines, which built late model stock car engines.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord, c/o Tommy L. Earnhardt, P.O. Box 367, Concord, NC 28026; Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081; or the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center,
P.O. Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27199.