Concord, NC (May 24, 2008) Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 Renegade Wheels Chevrolet showed a very strong competitive ability in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Carquest Auto Parts 300, Saturday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Richardson, Jr. set up the Memorial Day weekend event by qualifying in on time to hold the No. 28 position out of a forty three car field; a strong spot earned in the starting grid for his first ever start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. As the green flag dropped, Richardson, Jr. stayed in line, kept his head, and maintained track position throughout the field.
As lap seventy eight approached, Richardson, Jr. steered his machine around turn No. 2 and lost control of the Renegade Wheels Chevrolet. Over the radio came a voice “That’s us guys”, and Richardson, Jr. responded with “We’re done”. After it was all said and done Richardson, Jr. recalled the final race moment “With what happened out there, it was just a racing deal with the No. 40 car, I guess, from what I hear. I don’t know I haven’t seen the replays yet. It took the air off the spoiler and that was all she wrote.”
Although the No. 23 Renegade Wheels Chevrolet team didn’t have the finish they had anticipated, the result proved that they are a quality caliber race team that showed competitive force on the track – something to write home about when you are contending with the track at Charlotte. “The night wasn’t really what we expected….obviously”, said Richardson, Jr. “The whole test session and race weekend just shows the teams efforts over the past couple of weeks to get these cars prepared. As far as the kind of equipment we have, I am very, very, very pleased with how things have gone so far. The R3 team busted their butts all weekend and it showed.” When Richardson, Jr. hit the wall, he had just posted a lap time of 30.90; less than a tenth of a second off the pace from the current race leader.
”I have built up a lot more confidence in myself as a driver,” said Richardson, Jr. “Being able to run with the caliber cars that we were running with tonight and passing the cars we were racing with all night long – it was just awesome even though we had a negative outcome. Qualified in on time, raced great, earned a lot of respect from a bunch of guys out there by racing with them, and racing them clean. I am just leaving this place with nothing but positives.”
The R3 Motorsports team is taking some time off until Independence Day, when they head down to the Sunshine State for the Daytona 250, which will be aired Live on ESPN2, July 4, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. EST.