(Las Vegas, Nev.) March 2, 2009 - Ready to take a gamble on the banks of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Robert Richardson climbed behind the wheel of the No. 0 North Texas Pipe car hoping the cards would fall in his favor to bring home a strong finish for his team.
Richardson qualified the car in 30th place and moved quickly through the field as the laps clicked off. With the car being only a tick tight, the No. 0 North Texas Pipe team felt confident that they had a top 20 car.
However, on lap 92, when the No. 81 of D.J. Kennington and the No. 15 of Michael Annett got tangled up in each other, they also collected Richardson. Richardson and the No. 0 car sustained a hard hit when his car spun and slammed into the outside wall.
"It was a hard hit and I am just glad I am alright," said Richardson. "We had a good car today in the No. 0 North Texas Pipe car and I am disappointed in the way the day ended because we were running some great lap times. We can use what we learned here to make our cars even better for the rest of the season. It is time to move on and use the next two off weekends to rest and recuperate, then get ready for Bristol."
Despite the race being filled with multiple red and caution flags, Richardson finished in the 34th position.
"We were out there buying our time and waiting to make our move because this is a long race," said Todd Brewer, crew chief. "We wanted to keep the nose clean on the No. 0 North Texas Pipe car so we could come home with a good finish. Unfortunately we got caught up in someone else's wreck, but that is just racing."
Richardson and the team will return to action when they take the green flag at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 21.
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