Kansas City, Kan. – Robert Richardson Jr. and the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors team battled changing track conditions and fellow competitors to bring home a 22nd-place finish in the Kansas Lottery 300 Saturday afternoon. The finish moved the No. 23 car up two positions in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Owner Standings to 25th position.
The Mahindra Tractors Team arrived at Kansas Speedway battling cold temperature and high winds which made for challenging track conditions during practice on Friday. Richardson and the No. 23 team were able to dial the car in during final practice and posted the 22nd-fastest time on the speed charts. Richardson and team felt as if they had a pretty good feel for the car and looked forward to a solid run on Saturday afternoon.
Weather would again prove to be a factor Saturday as the sun finally peaked out and temperature warmed changing track conditions dramatically. Robert Richardson Jr. took the green flag from the 31st position and battled a tight car for most of the day.
Richardson and his No. 23 Team worked throughout the race to gain a handle on the car, making track bar adjustments and chasing the setup during each pit stop. After their final pit stop, with 60 laps remaining, the Mahindra Tractors Team was able to get a handle on the car but came out of the pits two laps down in 26th position. Richardson was able to gain one of his laps back and move up to 22nd position by the time the checkered flag fell.
Richardson returns to Nationwide Series Action at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday, Oct. 24. Race coverage begins live on ESPN2 at 4:00 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on MRN Radio at 4:00 p.m. EDT.
Robert Richardson Jr., driver of the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors Chevrolet
“We ran really good in practice and qualifying trim but when the sun came out Saturday afternoon the track conditions changed. The sun made the car push in the corners, especially in turns one and two. We were chasing the setup and trying to get the car dialed in for most of the afternoon.”
“My Mahindra Tractors team worked really hard all night. We made several track bar adjustments and were able to get the car dialed in with about 60 laps remaining. Overall we had a decent finish.”
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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