CHINA GROVE, NC (June 1, 2009) – Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors Chevrolet team have a busy week of activities planned around the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nasvhville Superspeedway this weekend.
First order of business is racing on the 1.33-mile, concrete oval of Nashville under the lights on Saturday night. With three previous NNS starts to his credit at the track, the comfort level of competing there is a welcome factor. Fans can stop by the Mahindra Tractors display on the Nashville midway set up all weekend. Richardson will be signing autographs there on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to his on-track endeavors, Richardson will also take part in the Country Music Association Fan Fest the following week in Nashville. After taking part in the parade on Wednesday, June 10, Richardson will be at the Mahindra Tractors display on Thursday morning 10 to 11:30 a.m. signing autographs for fans. For more details, log on to www.cmafest.com
Robert Richardson, Jr; driver
Thoughts on racing Nashville: “I like this track for a few reasons. One, I’ve raced here three previous times and always look forward to going back to someplace I’ve race before. Second, the layout of the track is challenging because of the way you have to get into and out of the turns.
“We’re going to have a ton of people from Mahindra Tractors there and we really want to have a good race for them, and for our R3 Motorsports team. And, racing under the lights is very cool because everyone gets into it just a little bit more than usual.”
What are the challenges of a concrete track: “The biggest part is having consistent laps every time around the track. Racing at night is a challenge because the temperature of concrete doesn’t fluctuate like asphalt surfaces so you don’t get that massive cooling off after the sun goes down.
“So, you have to be very careful how you negotiate the turns there. Getting into turns 1 and 3 is very important because if effects how you exit turns 2 and 4. If you mess up there, it takes a whole lap to get that momentum and speed back. As a driver, it makes you have to concentrate and be very consistent all the way around the track. It’s you and 42 other guys all trying for the same thing all at once; that’s the biggest challenge.”
Chassis info: The team will be using No. 30; purchased from JR Motorsports and last used at Nashville Speedway earlier this year by Ken Butler III.
Did you know: Of the 16 races run at Nashville, only three winners have started outside the top-10. Michael Waltrip was the biggest gainer starting 22nd before winning in 2004.
Robert Richardson, Jr stats: Has made 37 career NNS starts with a best finish of 16th at Talladega Superspeedway; which took place earlier this year. Has made six starts this year with best start of 29th and finish of 16th (Talladega). In three previous starts at Nashville, Richardson, Jr. has completed 92.1% of the allotted laps.
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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