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Despite late race crash, driver brings home top-30 finish

(Bristol, Tenn.) March 23, 2009 - Taking on one of the most intense tracks on the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit, Robert Richardson and the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors car were set for a survival of the fittest during Saturday's race at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Qualifying the car in the 36th position, Richardson was prepared mentally and physically for the battles of short track racing of the half-mile track.

"We had a good car out there today in the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors car," said Richardson. "It just wasn't our day. My crew had some great pit stops and we made progress on making the car more competitive and drivable. An accident left the car with significant damage, but we still learned a lot for our short-track program. We were pleased to still bring home a top-30 finish."

Cleanly maneuvering through the first eight cautions of the race, Richardson got tangled with the No. 88 of Brad Keselowski on lap 252 which caused right front damage to the car. The No. 23 Mahindra Tractors car came home in the 29th position.

"It started out as a solid day for the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors team," said Todd Brewer, crew chief. "But racing at Bristol is a survival of the fittest. We were continuously working on the car to improve it until late in the race when we got caught up with the 88 car, a bang up that is typical of short track racing. Robert did a great job out there today for us and now it is time to focus on Texas."

The No. 23 Mahindra Tractors team will be back in action on April 4 at the Texas Motor Speedway in the O'Reilly 300.

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Emily Carter
R3 Motorsports


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