CHINA GROVE, N.C. (June 5, 2011) – R3 Motorsports and driver Robert Richardson, Jr. overcame Mother Nature raining out qualifying, but they couldn’t overcome an electrical problem at Chicagoland Speedway during Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
After two practice sessions on Friday, the Walter Giles-led team readied for qualifying on Saturday afternoon. And, they did get their two laps in before rains swept over the 1.5-mile oval midway through the session.
After a delay, NASCAR cancelled the remainder of the session and set the line-up according to their rule book. This lined up the No. 23 North Texas Pipe Dodge in 30th place based off current Owner’s Points standings.
Once the green flag fell, Richardson kept pace with the field until the mandatory competition caution flag waved on lap 25. This was done because, even though they got the two practices in, adjustments are made for qualifying and not every team got to test those out on the track with that part of the schedule being rained out.
After the restart on lap 30, Richardson radioed in to the pit box the engine power seemed down. It was determined the engine was fine, but electrical problem surfaced reducing the engine power.
After several more stops to confirm and fix the problem, it continued to the point it forced the team out of the race on lap 64. This relegated the No. 23 Dodge to a 32nd-place finish, but was good enough to keep the team locked in the all-important Owner’s Points for a guaranteed start at Michigan International Speedway in two weeks.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series is off this coming weekend.
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