Electrical problems make for long night under the lights in Atlanta for Robert Richardson, Jr.

Alternator and battery problems prove costly to team

CHINA GROVE, N.C. (September 6, 2010) – Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 Chevrolet of R3 Motorsports had a tough go of it in Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

A problem with an alternator wire just 39 laps into the 195-lap race caused the team to endure a long night of racing at the 1.54-mile Georgia oval. The team tried to overcome the alternator problem, which led to the battery being drained and loss of gauges and power to the motor.

Despite several pit stops and a trip to the garage under green, the team managed to get back out and finish the race. Richardson did what he could to remain as competitive as possible behind the wheel of the No. 23 North Texas Pipe Chevrolet.

Once the problem was discovered, the team caught a break when the caution waved two laps later. While pitting for tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment; the broken alternator wire was discovered.

The team did what they could and crew chief Steve Plattenberger instructed Richardson to switch ignition boxes every five laps to keep power going to the battery. Another caution on lap 59 allowed Richardson to pit again on lap 62 so the crew could attend to the problem.

On lap 83, Plattenberger called Richardson to pit road under green to fix the broken wire. Each time Richardson had to leave the box, the team had to push start him off pit road. The battery was changed on lap 92 just before the team went to the garage to fix the alternator and battery.

Eleven laps later, Richardson returned to action in 35th place. Through attrition and determination to remain on the track; R3 Motorsports finished 33rd in the race. The team remains in the top-30 Owner’s Points, which guarantees them a starting spot in each race.

This week, the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Richmond International Raceway for the third, of four, races in the new-style race cars. Coleman Pressley will return to the No. 23 Chevrolet seat for the fourth time with R3 Motorsports. However, this will be his first time in the new-style car.

Robert Richardson, Jr. quotes: “This was not the type of race weekend we deserve here at R3 Motorsports. We’re much better than what you saw on the track. When you have electrical problems like that, it’s tough to overcome those in the middle of a race. I hate it for this team, the guys on the team and myself. But, the good news is I know we can bounce back from this and be productive in Richmond.”

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