CHINA GROVE, N.C. (May 24, 2010) – Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 HelpTruckers.com Chevrolet team of R3 Motorsports head to Charlotte Motor Speedway with high hopes this weekend.
In addition to welcoming HelpTruckers.com to the team, driver and crew are seeking a good run on the 1.5-mile oval. With this being a home “game” for many of the team members, they want to perform well in front of friends and family who are in town for the race weekend.
And, the all-important owner’s points awarded with a good finish are a good reward, as well. After the oil pump belt was knocked off 49 laps shy of the finish at Dover International Speedway the last time the series raced, the team is hoping to regain some of the points lost to that 35th-place finish.
Track Facts: Richardson has two previous NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at CMS to his credit. One was the fall race of 2008, the other was this race last year where he started 37th and finished 33rd. This will be Richardson’s 54th-career Nationwide Series start.
Car Facts: Steve Plattenberger and team are bringing chassis No. 30 to the track this weekend. Last used at Texas Motor Speedway in April, the car finished 23rd after starting 40th. This car will once again have the Chevrolet R07 engine under the hood.
Keeping the O.P. peace: In regards to the Owner’s Points standings, coming into the 12th race of the NASCAR Nationwide Season, the R3 Motorsports team sits tied for 23rd place with the No. 01 of Johnny Davis Motorsports. They trail 22nd place by 44 markers, 21st by 52 and 20th by 67 points.
HelpTruckers.com debut: For the first time this year, HelpTruckers.com will adorn the hood, quarter and TV panels of the team’s No. 23 Chevrolet this weekend. The website is the newest innovation for truckers, and those in the trucking community, to help them as they travel up and down the highway. Whether it’s for repairs, a place to stay or to just stay in touch with those in their industry; HelpTruckers.com offers their personal touch to everyone.
Robert Richardson, Jr. quotes
Talk about having HelpTruckers.com on the car: “I think it’s great we have someone like them on our Chevrolet. My grandfather was a trucker and I know this was special for my dad (Robert, Sr.) and myself to have someone like them become part of the R3 Motorsports family. It kind of worked out nicely with their logo already being a match for our paint and color scheme, too.”
What do you like about racing Charlotte: “Like most tracks this size, it’s fast getting through the corners. The only way you’re going to be able to do that best is to get into Turns 1 and 3 the right way. I spent a lot of time watching different lines while I was in the All-Star Showdown last weekend. I just need to get it right for when I get out there this weekend.
“I like that there’s multiple grooves to get around the track. That allows me choices to make around the track. The team has my favorite car for this weekend and I’m ready to have a good showing.”
What are the challenges of Charlotte: “If you can get a well-handling race car that goes over the bumps well and turns well, then you’ve tackled one of the biggest challenges.”
Favorite moment in CMS history: “Any of the All-Star Races are pretty cool. But, my favorite was when Mark Martin won it in 2005.”
Did you know: Mark Martin holds the NNS record for Most Wins at CMS with six trips to Victory Lane.
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