Finish also moves team up one more position in the Owner’s Points to 26th
Ft. WORTH, Tex. (April 20, 2010) – Two days of rain delays didn’t dampen the determination of local driver Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 McKinney Pipe and Steel Chevrolet team at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday.
After starting 40th, Richardson knew his hands were going to be full dealing with 42 other drivers on the fast-paced, 1.5-mile track as he tried to move his way forward through the field. But, thanks to the pre-race plan by crew chief Steve Plattenberger (referred to as “The Plattenberger Plan”) laid out before the green flag, Richardson was able to capitalize on it by picking off positions.
The only handling concerns Richardson had in the early going was a tight condition through both ends of the track through the turns. Long runs were to his benefit as the car started to free up and handle more to the driver’s liking.
The pit crew was on their game earning a total of 23 positions on pit road through three stops. This put Richardson in good, top-25 positions in the early going for restarts to maintain favorable track position.
Running 29th at the halfway point, Richardson did his part by driving hard enough to earn positions, but not enough to wear out his car. During a lap 167 caution, while running 26th, the call was made to stay out instead of pitting. When the race restarted on lap 173, Richardson was lined up 24th. After falling to 26th, he raced back with determination picking up three positions to finish 23rd.
As a result, the No. 23 team of R3 Motorsports moved up one more position in the Owner’s Points to 26th. That makes it four positions earned in the last two races, keeping them locked in the guaranteed starting top-30 positions.
Next weekend, Richardson will return to the No. 23 unsponsored Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway to see if he can make it four top-20 finishes in a row there. Also, he’s returning to the Sprint Cup Series in the No. 37 car for Front Row Motorsports. This will be his second Cup start at Dega, and first since the Daytona 500 in February.
Robert Richardson, Jr. quotes: “I’ll tell you what, as a driver; there is nothing worse than waiting around to go racing like we did for two darn days. But, what can you do when it rains like it did here in Texas.
“We had a plan for the race to move forward and just earn as many positions as possible by racing our own race. I got tight there in the early and middle part of the race and it really took us out of it there for a bit. But, Steve stuck to his plan and the crew made some great adjustments on pit road to get the car better.
“It worked and I was really able to race the car there at the end and pick up positions on guys in front of me. I am really proud of everyone on this team for sticking it out with the weather delay and through the race. It’s great to know we can have runs like this that keep us moving forward in the Owner’s Points. Everything is headed in the right direction with this team.
“As far as next weekend, heck yeah I’m looking forward to Talladega.”
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