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Driver set for "rookie race" at Darlington

(China Grove, N.C.) - Coming off a career best finish at the Talladega Superspeedway, Robert Richardson and the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors team look south this weekend to Darlington Raceway, the track "to tough to tame."

Never having run on the 1.366 mile track of Darlington, Richardson is excited for his date on Friday with the track and finally earning his "rookie stripe" there.

"The only practice we have will contain the first laps I've ever taken at Darlington Raceway," said Richardson. "This is my rookie race at the ‘Lady in Black' and I have about a thousand different emotions and thoughts running through my head about the weekend. I want to finish the race strong in the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors car and push our team back up in the point standings. Racing at Darlington always looks exciting and I lam eager to give the fans a great race."

The historic raceway in South Carolina, which has produced some incredible racing over its time span, also has the team excited about Richardson's first time at the track.

"Darlington is a great track," said Todd Brewer, crew chief. "While Robert will have some learning to do during practice on where to run the car out on the track, I know he will put the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors car into contention for a strong finish. We are very proud of his finish at Talladega, but we have to switch focus from the superspeedway to short track racing this weekend. It will be an experience for all of us and I'm ready for the green flag to drop."

The No. 23 Mahindra Tractors team competes Friday night under the lights in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Emily Carter
R3 Motorsports


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