Richardson looking to repeat success coming off career-best finish at ORP
CHINA GROVE, N.C. (July 27, 2010) – Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 Chevrolet team of R3 Motorsports has some extra pep in their step this week as they ready for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway
Richardson, making his 60th-NNS career start last week, drove the unsponsored No. 23 to a 15th-place finish at O’Reilly Raceway Park. The accomplishment was notable for two reasons.
First, it was his career-best finish and second, because it was achieved on a short track. Normally, the native of McKinney, Texas favors the larger tracks on the NASCAR circuit. With the confidence and finish still fresh on everyone’s minds at R3 Motorsports, a .875-mile oval like Iowa Speedway couldn’t come at a better time.
And, with this being the third, of four, Nationwide Dash-For-Cash races on the NNS circuit, the $25,000 incentive to win doesn’t hurt, either. The team would like to thank the Settle Inn of Altoona, Iowa for their support this week.
Fast Facts: Richardson will be making his 61st NASCAR Nationwide Series start of his career. However, this will be his first start at Iowa Speedway. Their 15th-place, lead lap finish last week at ORP has driver and team feeling good going to Iowa. R3 Motorsports ran Iowa last year with Ken Butler III in the No. 23 Chevrolet, he qualified 23rd but was crashed out on lap 108.
Car Facts: Steve Plattenberger and team are loading up chassis No. 34 for Iowa. The car was last run by Richardson at Kentucky Speedway where he finished 30th. Before that, this car was run by Coleman Pressley at Darlington in May where he started 18th and finished 15th.
Where is Robert? Fans attending Iowa Speedway can meet Richardson during the NASCAR Nationwide Series autograph session Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. near the Turn 4 side of the frontstretch grandstands. Come on by and say, “Hi” to him.
Tune in for the Win: ESPN2 will carry the race action beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Richardson talking corn: Since the state of Iowa is noted for producing all types of corn, everyone has their favorite way to dine on the yellow summer staple. “Husk it, boil it, slather it in butter, put salt and pepper on it and chomp away,” Richardson said. “That’s my favorite way to eat corn.”
Robert Richardson, Jr. quotes
Still enjoying last week’s race results: “Yes, I am. But, you can’t live off last week’s results because you have another race to run this week. That car we had at ORP was the best short-track car I have ever driven since I got into NASCAR racing. The way it handled it, the way the tires gripped to the track and just how it went through the turns was incredible. But, like I said, that was last week and we have a new race this weekend.”
How can you transfer that success to this week’s race: “We can take some of the notes from ORP and apply them to this week’s Iowa car. I know the two tracks are laid out differently, but a short track is still a short track. Even though I’ve never been there, I’m hoping we can get up to speed fairly quickly in the two practice sessions we have on Friday. If we can do well right from the start, then it will shorten the learning curve. The team was great about making the right adjustments last week, so we’ll be ready to do what it takes this weekend.”
Another Saturday night race under the lights: “Yeah, I love when we race like this during the summer months. The track and air temperatures are cooler at night and the fans seem to really get into it more, too. I heard the fans in Iowa are really into their racing and the track is just a few 1000 tickets shy of a sellout. That’s pretty impressive. I hope we give them a great show, and we get another great finish for them, too.”
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