CHINA GROVE, N.C. (June 22, 2010)– After taking a one-race hiatus from the twists and turns of Road America last Saturday, Robert Richardson, Jr. is back in action for this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
He’ll pilot the unsponsored No. 23 Chevrolet for R3 Motorsports at the 1.058-mile oval. Racing in the Granite State isn’t something new for Richardson as he’ll be making his third start at the track, second one in the NNS.
And, like many others on NASCAR teams, he’ll partake in some of the high-quality seafood the area is famous for serving.
Fast Facts: Richardson will be making his 57th NNS career start and 11th of the season this weekend. His best finish in 2010, so far, is a 20th place showing at Talladega Superspeedway in April. In 2006, Richardson made a Camping World Truck Series start at NHMS and his first NNS one there in 2007.
Car Facts: Steve Plattenberger and the No. 23 team are bringing car No. 44 to NHMS this weekend. It was last raced at Phoenix International Raceway where Johnny Sauter drove it to a 15th-place finish in April.
Owner’s Points Update: With 15 NNS races in the books, R3 Motorsports has the No. 23 Chevrolet ranked 26th in the Owner’s Points standings. With the top-30 positions locked in for every race, that leaves the team in a very good position for a guaranteed start.
Did you know: Only three drivers have started and won from the pole at NHMS. They are Ricky Craven in 1991, Tim Fedewa in 2000 and Kevin Harvick in 2007. The farthest anyone has come from the back to victory lane was Buckshot Jones, who started 26th in 1998.
Robert Richardson, Jr. Quotes
It’s been awhile since you been up to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway to race: “Yeah, I’ve made one Truck start and one Nationwide Series start there. Both didn’t turn out quite as good as we would have liked, but I’m looking forward to going up there this weekend. I’m in a much different situation now with the people and equipment we have here at R3 Motorsports. They put a lot of effort into preparing the cars and making sure everything is good to go. So, with that in mind, I’m expecting some much better results.”
What is it about the track that you find tricky: “The track is very flat and takes a certain knack to get into Turns 1 and 3, then power out of Turn 2 and 4 to be fast. I like the bigger ovals with higher banking, so this track will be a different layout than I’m used to racing. But, I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel. I know the fans up in that area look forward to us coming up there each year, too.”
Since we’re going to an area known for their seafood, what’s your favorite: “I’ll take a good sized lobster, boil or broil him, then put it on a plate and bring on the butter. Oh, don’t forget the lemon, too. My favorite part of the lobster is the claws. I like some big, meaty claws that are nice and tender.”
Sponsorship Inquiries: R3 Motorsports is still seeking primary partnerships to fill out their 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. For more information, please see contact via www.R3Motorsports.org to get involved.
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