CHINA GROVE, N.C. (October 15, 2010) – Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 Pink and Blue for Two Chevrolet of R3 Motorsports had high hopes for success in Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
With the team donating the entire paint scheme to Pink and Blue for Two, a cause that promotes men to receive regular screenings for prostate cancer, and women for breast cancer on a regular basis, they were feeling good about their race. With this being the fourth, and final, race in the new-style NASCAR Nationwide Series cars, they wanted to learn as much as possible to carry into next year.
Rolling off the starting grid in 41st position, Richardson radioed in the car was free on entry, but pretty good from the center off in the first few laps. Through several cautions in the early going, the decision was made to stay out and see how the car handled on longer runs.
Green flag pit stops ensued on lap 52 and Richardson came to pit road for his first stop on lap 60. Taking on four tires, fuel and making a slight air pressure change, he returned to action in 33rd place, one lap down.
The caution waved three laps later when a car glanced off the left-front fender of the No. 23 Chevrolet of R3 Motorsports and laid some debris down. Coming to pit road for four new tires, the crew looked over the dinged up fender and banged it back into place on lap 65 with no problems to the handling of the car.
Restarting 34th on lap 70, Richardson was running in heavy traffic two laps later. A car next to him took the air off his rear spoiler and he ended up spinning in the middle of turns 1 and 2. As he did so, the back end went up into the wall causing heavy damage to the left rear. The No. 99 of Ryan Truex was coming around and made driver-side contact with the sideways No. 23 causing even more damage.
Able to drive the car to the garage, Richardson said it felt like everything was straight and most of the damage was cosmetic. The talented R3 Motorsports team leapt into action and cut off some of the left-rear fender, straightened out the damaged decklid and bumper.
Using the welder, electric saw, hammers, drills, bear bond tape and rivets; the crew put the car back together as best as possible with Richardson returning to action by lap 118. Despite being 46 laps down in 36th place, he was able to take advantage of three other cars that dropped out of the race to pick up some valuable Owner’s Points and finish in 33rd place.
R3 Motorsports heads to Gateway International Raceway for the next NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday.
Robert Richardson, Jr. quotes: “First off, I hate we weren’t able to give the folks at Pink and Blue for Two a better showing out there on Friday night. We were pretty decent there in the beginning of the race and were looking good for a long run. During the practice runs, we found that was when our car had the best consistency and lap times. So, we made a mental note of that for the race.
“But, when that deal happened to me out there in Turns 1 and 2 and I went up into the wall backwards, that pretty much tore up our car, and hopes, for a good finish. I have to hand it to the R3 crew, though. They fixed the back end of that tore up car and got us back out there to earn some more positions. These guys are great and it showed just how good of a team we are there when they made those repairs in the garage area.
“Be sure to check out PinkandBlueforTwo.com to learn more about the great folks we had on the car this weekend.”
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