CHINA GROVE, N.C. (July 9, 2011) – Robert Richardson, Jr. and the No. 23 North Texas Pipe Chevrolet of R3 Motorsports headed to Kentucky Speedway with high hopes for a good finish.
What they left with was a car damaged beyond repair after a mid-race wreck resulted in an undeserved 33rd-place finish.
Once the green flag waved over the 1.5-mile oval just before dusk, Richardson started to move up the scoring pylon in the early going. By lap 20, he was running 35th and took advantage of a lap 46 caution for fuel, tires and adjustments.
When the race restarted on lap 48, Richardson was lined up 33rd and motored his way to 31st by lap 52. By this time, there were only 20 cars on the lap making it difficult for drivers to gain positions, aside battling those amongst their own lap.
On lap 101, the fate of the race for the No. 23 team started to change when Richardson and the No. 11 of Brian Scott made contact with each other in Turn 2. This resulted in both of them spinning and bringing out the third caution of the night.
Richardson dove to pit road where Walter Giles and team took care of the damage enough to send Richardson back out. Despite losing some laps on pit road, the No. 23 car was still competitive.
However, while allowing lead cars to get by underneath him on lap 133, the No. 23 Chevrolet moved up the racing surface out of the groove going through Turn 2. As the right side tires got into the gray area, the car spun with the back and coming around and crashing into the outside wall.
With heavy damage to the back end, Richardson limped the No. 23 into the garage area under caution where Giles deemed the car beyond repairs to return to action. This left the team with a 33rd-place finish for their No. 23 entry.
Robert Richardson, Jr. Quotes: “This is definitely not the way we wanted our night to go here in Kentucky. Once the back end got loose on that second spin when I moved to make room for the lead cars, it just took off and headed for the wall. I hate that we have a bent up car and the way things ended. Walter and these guys work so hard to bring good cars to the track.”
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