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Driver set to cause his own noise at Bristol

(China Grove, NC) March 17, 2009 - Fresh and relaxed after two straight off-weekends, Robert Richardson and the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors car are primed to take on the loud turns of Bristol Motor Speedway this Saturday in the Scott's Turf Builder 300.

While Richardson spent his time-off recuperating from a broken collarbone he sustained in his Las Vegas wreck, he is now getting antsy to get racing this weekend at one of the most intense and noisy tracks the series competes on.

"Bristol is probably the wildest race track of all the tracks we attend," said Richardson, "43 cars on a half mile high banked short track. The best analogy I've heard is, ‘it's like racing micro machines in your toilet.' But strategy plays as much at Bristol if not more than what we do at Daytona or any other track. You have to have fast pit stops or you will end up a lap or more down in a heartbeat there. I'm ready to get racing and push the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors car to the front."

Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway is a date that is circled on most fans' calendars as it provides a chaotic, wild ride for all involved.

"Bristol is an awesome race track for the fans," said Todd Brewer, crew chief. "There isn't a bad seat in the house and it has it all - loud, bumping and banging racing. There is always something to see between racing for the lead or as a driver tries to get past lap traffic. It is like rush hour at every lap. However, it is a tough race as a crew chief because all of those decisions that we normally have a few minutes to think about, at Bristol, we only have seconds. Pit road is a bear and one mistake at Bristol can cost you everything."

The No. 23 Mahindra Tractors team will be in action at 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC. You can also catch Richardson at the Bristol Motor Speedway Fan fest at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the track.

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Emily Carter
R3 Motorsports


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