A former quarterback at Southern Methodist University, Robert Richardson, Jr. traded in his football helmet for a full-faced racing one that came with a steering wheel when he started wheeling Legends Cars in 2001. Didn’t take him long to adapt to the starting grid from the gridiron in his first year winning the Lone Star Legends Championship. From there, Richardson, Jr. moved up to Super Late Models for two seasons (2002-2004) in the NASCAR Southeast Touring Division garnering a top-10 finish in points.
During each off-season, the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown is run at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. Both times the Texan-born driver attempted to qualify for the prestigious race, he made the field. Seeking to move up the racing ladder, he took his driving talent and eagerness to learn to the ARCA Series in 2005. In just seven starts, he earned two top-15 and three top-20 finishes with commendable finishes of 16th at Daytona and 17th at Talladega.
In 2007, Richardson, Jr. began his NASCAR Nationwide Series career. Driving on a limited basis in each of the last three years, he has made 68 starts earning a best finish of 16th place at Daytona.
In 2009, he completed 86.2 percent of the laps contested and consistently finished in the top-25 in the 16 races he competed. He also made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start finishing an impressive 18th at Talladega Superspeedway.
In 2010, Richardson, Jr. shared driving duties with several drivers while earning the most top-20 finishes of his career. His best effort came at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indy where he finished a career best 15th on the legendary short track.
He made his first Daytona 500 start in 2010 and was 23rd when the 500-mile mark came. He also made three other Sprint Cup starts with a 23rd-place finish in the July race at Daytona.
In 2013, Robert finished in the top 10 at the Daytona Speedway.
Born: April 4, 1982
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Marital Status: Single
High School: McKinney (Tex.) High School
College: Southern Methodist
University Major: Studio Artwork
Hobbies: Racing, hunting, fishing and studio artwork
Musical favorites: Elvis Presley, country, rock and roll, rap, blues…anything but Jazz and Classical
Favorite Racing Moment: Running my first Daytona 500, and winning a Late Model race at Texas Motor Speedway