Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 Chevrolet team ready for “horse power” in the Bluegrass State

CHINA GROVE, N.C. (June 8, 2010) – Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 Chevrolet team head to Kentucky Speedway for this week’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Known as the Bluegrass State, many parts of Kentucky are known for their single-horse power races.

But, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series rolls into the Sparta, Kentucky track this weekend, it will be all about a different kind of horsepower. The multiple-numbered kind you find under the hood in a race car.

With prior laps on the 1.5-mile track in both ARCA and Nationwide Series competition, Richardson is hoping that will play into his favor. Located 45 miles outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, this will be the only visit the NASCAR Nationwide Series makes to the facility.

That makes it even more imperative for Richardson and the Steve Plattenberger-led team to make the most out of their single visit to the area. With the all-important owner’s points on the line, every lap and position counts.

Track Facts: Richardson’s prior experience includes a 10th-place start and 13th-place finish during an ARCA event in 2005. He also made a NNS start at Kentucky in 2007 finishing 34th.

Car Facts: The team will roll out chassis No. 34 for this weekend. Last raced at Darlington Raceway earlier this year, the car qualified 18th and finished 15th with Coleman Pressley behind the wheel.

Owner’s Points: With their 27th-place finish last week at Nashville Superspeedway, the No. 23 Chevrolet remains 24th in the Owner’s Points standings. Heading to the Bluegrass State, they trail 23rd by 22 markers, 22nd by 31 and 20th by 42 points.

Robert Richardson, Jr. Quotes
What do you like about Kentucky Speedway:
“The good part is that I’ve raced there a few times before, so that helps with my familiarity with the track. I like the 1.5-mile tracks, so it helps get you ready for the race weekend at a track like this one.”

Two weeks in-a-row racing under the lights on a Saturday night: “I love it; it is great to hear the fans in the stands because they get so psyched up for this race. The fans in Kentucky are great and you can tell they really like that we’re racing for them on a Saturday night.

“As a driver, you can’t help but let that get you pumped up to go racing. I like the night races and running in front of a crowd like the one in Kentucky. I’m looking forward to a good run in the Chevrolet this weekend, too. “

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