CHINA GROVE, N.C. (June 1, 2010) – Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 HelpTruckers.com Chevrolet team of R3 Motorsports are in tune for a good run at Nashville Superspeedway near Music City this weekend.
Richardson will be making his 55th career start, but the native of McKinney, Texas will do anything BUT drive 55 mph on the 1.333-mile, concrete oval. With five previous starts under his belt there, he and the HelpTruckers.com Chevrolet team are looking to improve on their past stats.
And, like many others in NASCAR racing and the country, the entire R3 Motorsports team has their thoughts on those who were affected by the recent flooding in the Nashville area. Richardson will take part in a special autograph session behind the grandstands on Saturday to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Fast Facts: This will be Richardson’s 55th career start, ninth in 2010 and sixth at Nashville Superspeedway. Through the five previous visits, he has a best finish of 21st (June 09) and finished 23rd when the NASCAR Nationwide Series was here in April. He’s completed 1,064 of 1,125 laps (94.6 percent) of competition at the track.
Car Facts: Steve Plattenberger and team are bringing Chassis No. 41 to Nashville. Last raced at California Speedway, it was the primary car for the April race here in Nashville. But, a crash in practice forced the team to bring out the back-up car.
Where is Robert? By bringing a monetary or food donation, fans can meet several NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers during the autograph session from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Richardson will take part and proceeds will go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
Did you know: Nashville Superspeedway is celebrating their 10th anniversary of NNS racing at their facility? Through the 19 races of this decade, Chevrolet has seven victories.
O.P. Update: With their 23rd-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend, the No. 23 HelpTruckers.com Chevrolet team remains 24th in the Owner’s Points standings. They currently trail the No. 28 of Jay Robinson Racing, in 23rd place, by 13 points and the No. 40 of Key Motorsports, ranked 22nd, by 37 markers.
Robert Richardson, Jr. quotes
What’s your favorite part about racing Nashville: “I like the speed of the track and racing on the concrete. I’ve been there enough times where I can work turn 1 much better to get through 2 and down the backstretch faster; same thing for turns 3 and 4. We’ve been gaining on it each week, and we’re looking to keep doing that this weekend at Nashville.”
Goals for this weekend: “First and foremost - we are going to work on our qualifying. If we can keep getting better at that, to get a better starting position, then we won’t have to race as hard to get past half the field for a top-20 or top-25 position. During the practice sessions, we’re going to get the car just right for the race and qualifying. I’m looking forward to racing the next two weekends at Nashville and Kentucky.”
Concern for the flood victims: “I kept looking at the pictures on the news and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Just because it’s not in the national news anymore, doesn’t mean the people of Nashville aren’t still feeling the effects of the recent floods. We’re taking part in the autograph session on Saturday to help out with the Second Harvest Food Bank. That’s not nearly enough, but if it helps out even a little bit it’s a good thing.”
Who are some of your favorite country music performers: “You can never go wrong with some George Strait, Alabama, Randy Travis or Pat Green.
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