Mooresville, NC (April 4, 2007) - Robert Richardson will make his second start of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series season this weekend in the Pepsi 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway. Richardson, who has teamed with Jay Robinson Racing this season, made an impressive showing at the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway where he finished in the 28th position behind 27 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series regulars. While Nashville Superspeedway has not always been kind to the McKinney, Texas-native, Richardson does have experience at the 1.33-mile speedway in regard to the dos and don’ts.
Richardson has competed at Nashville twice in his young racing career. His first start came in 2005 behind the wheel of an ARCA Re/Max Series car for Bob Schacht Motorsports. Richardson was piloting a brand new Chevrolet when the car broke loose during a practice session and he slammed the outside wall. The team scrambled to purchase a back-up car from another team in order to start the race. Richardson was able to finish in the 14th position in the race. Richardson battled the concrete of Nashville last season behind the wheel of a NASCAR Craftsman Truck. While Richardson was not able to get the finish he was looking for due to handling problems, he was able to get more experience at the track. With the experience and on-track time, Richardson is hoping for a solid Busch Series debut at Nashville.
“Nashville is a pretty tricky race track,” said Richardson. “When I ran the ARCA car there a couple years ago, it slipped away from me and I got into the fence. I was pretty disappointed because it was a brand new car and we were pretty fast. But we were able to get a hold of a back-up car from another team and still score a solid finish. Then last season we ran the Craftsman Truck race and struggled with the handling on the truck all night. I finished the race, but not nearly as high as we should have. Starting the Busch race at Nashville will be a wild experience for me, but I really like driving these cars. I seem to perform and drive better in the cars than I have in the trucks so hopefully I can get a solid finish for the team this weekend.”
Jay Robinson Racing has made five starts at Nashville with their best finishes coming the past two seasons of 24th position. Richardson will make two additional Busch Series starts in the month of April. Next week at Texas Motor Speedway, Richardson will pilot the No. 80 Chevrolet, owned by his father, Robert Richardson, Sr. Richardson will once again be behind the wheel of the No. 28 Jay Robinson Racing Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway at the end of April. Richardson earned his career-best NCTS finish at Talladega last season when he finished in the 16th position.
The Pepsi 300 will take the green flag at 3:30pm ET on Saturday, April 7. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 128).