Memphis, Tenn. (October 24, 2009) – An early wreck during the Kroger On Track for the Cure 250 ended the day early for Robert Richardson Jr. and his Mahindra Tractors Team at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday. Starting the race from the 36th position, Richardson had advanced to 30th before getting involved in the first wreck of the day on lap 7. Despite the wreck, Richardson and his R3 Motorsports team were able to maintain 26th position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Owner Standings, only 53 points behind 25th.
With the final stand-alone race of the season for the NNS, Richardson and team were looking forward to a solid run at Memphis. During practice the team worked on fine tuning the car for the race. Richardson and team seemed confident that practice had them prepared for a solid effort Saturday afternoon.
After practice finished on Friday, Richardson took some time to visit with several of his fans during the NNS autograph session on the front stretch of Memphis Motorsports Park. Before the race Saturday morning, Richardson and some of his fellow drivers also participated in the NASCAR Foundation track walk benefitting Susan G. Komen.
As the green flag dropped Saturday afternoon, Richardson had a great start that quickly moved him from the 36th starting spot up to 30th in only one lap. As he was biding his time moving towards the front, Richardson became the victim of a wreck that started on lap seven after the 09 blew an engine, leaving oil on the track, and hitting the wall. The wreck collected six cars total and sent the Mahindra Tractors Chevrolet behind the wall with extensive right front damage, in 39th position.
Richardson and team were able to get the car repaired enough to go back on the track in order to gain a few positions but ultimately finished the day with a 32nd-place finish, 165 laps behind the leader.
Robert Richardson Jr. returns to action next weekend at Talladega Superspeedway where he will attempt to make his second start in the Camping World Truck Series and first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the 2.66-mile Superspeedway. The Nationwide tour has a week off before heading to Richardson’s home track, Texas Motor Speedway, on Saturday, Nov. 7th for the O’Reilly Challenge. Live race coverage begins on ESPN2 at 3:00 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on MRN Radio at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
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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