NASCAR crew chief Marcus Richmond and partner Steve Stallings announced today their new Late Model Stock Car (LMSC) chassis business, R&S Race Cars. Formerly A&E Race Cars in Cluster Springs, Va., the chassis shop will remain in its current location, while the newly formed company will also open a satellite location in Concord, N.C.
The company will continue to build LMSC chassis and will also offer additional services including body hanging, building and selling parts and turn-key purchases.
Richmond has a long history competing in the Late Model Stock series, with over 50 wins as a crew chief. He also won the prestigious 2018 Snowball Derby and 2017 Winchester 400 in the Super Late Model series, both with driver Noah Gragson. Atop the pit box in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, he earned 10 wins, 64 top-five and 135 top-10 finishes in 277 starts. He won races in both his starts as a crew chief in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
“The Late Model Stock Car series is so competitive and there is so much talent at short tracks around the country, especially in the Southeast,” Richmond said. “Steve (Stallings) had approached me about buying A&E together a few months ago and we decided the time is right to grow the business by continuing their tradition of building top-notch chassis, but also expanding our customer service to provide a turn-key experience for any level of racer. We want to serve our customers and give them a great product from new builds, to repairs and parts.”
Stallings is a former LMSC driver himself and owned Stallings Collision with locations in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. He has been heavily involved in local short track racing for many years. He and his son, Blake, both competed and his business was a frequent sponsor for many teams.
“I’ve worked in the body shop business most of my life and know what it takes to run a successful shop,” Stallings said. “We want to put a great product out that wins races, but also be a resource to help with set-up issues, body repair and parts. Marcus (Richmond) is really well known in the late model stock racing circles, so his expertise and knowledge will be invaluable. We’ve both been in this business for a long time, so it was a natural fit for us to team up and offer a full-service shop. We’re doing something we’ve always been involved in and that is our passion.”