CHINA GROVE, NC (May 20, 2009) – Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors Chevrolet team is taking to Lowe’s Motor Speedway with a level of short-track anticipation.
Whenever a driver gets to race under the lights on a Saturday night, they are sure to be keyed up for the green flag. With this Saturday night’s 200-lap Nationwide race taking place under the lights of the 1.5-mile oval; drivers, crews and fans will all be raring to go racing.
For the young R3 Motorsports team, they’re also looking to put together a complete weekend of successful racing. That would entail a quality practice where they are able to get the car just right, a great qualifying run rounded out with a good finish.
Richardson and the Walter Giles-led team are focused on the task at hand looking to do just that in the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors car.
What do you like about Lowe’s: “I have one start there and found the track to be one I like and feel comfortable racing. I seem to do well at the intermediate tracks like Lowe’s, Texas and Atlanta. They all have their own characteristics in regards to the pick-up and let-off points in the turns. We had a pretty good run at Texas and I look forward to doing that again here at Lowe’s.
What are the challenges of Lowe’s: “The biggest part is having consistent laps every time around the track. The bumps can mess you up because the reference points have to be hit just right every time. It puts a lot on the driver to do that because he’s the one behind the wheel having to make it happen. Running that consistent line around the track to pass cars is probably the biggest challenge.”
Thoughts about racing under the lights: “Man, who doesn’t like running under the lights. It reminds me of when I started out running the Saturday-night short tracks. It’s cooler and the cars have more grip. The drivers and teams get all psyched up and you can feel the energy from the crowd. I know one thing; I’m going to do my best to put on a good show in the Mahindra Tractors Chevrolet for them and the R3 Motorsports team.”
Chassis info: The team will be using Car No. 34; last used at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year.
Did you know: Harry Gant won the first NNS race at LMS in 1982 with Dale Earnhardt, Morgan Shepherd, Tommy Ellis and Bobby Allison rounding out the top-five finishers.
Robert Richardson, Jr stats: Has made 36 career NNS starts with a best finish of 16th at Talladega Superspeedway; which took place earlier this year. Has made five starts this year with best start of 29th and finish of 16th (Talladega). In his only previous start at LMS, he qualified 28th and finished 38th after getting caught up in a lap 79 wreck.
About Mahindra Tractors
Tomball, Texas-based Mahindra USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, one of the largest tractor manufacturers in the world. Mahindra USA began selling tractors in America in 1994 and has grown rapidly due to high customer satisfaction and customer referrals. Professional-grade Mahindra tractors are designed to help consumers push more, pull more and lift more. For more information, please visit www.mahindrausa.com.
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