CHINA GROVE, N.C. (August 30, 2011) – This weekend, the No. 23 North Texas Pipe Chevrolet of R3 Motorsports will have a familiar name above the door when Robert Richardson, Jr. climbs into the seat.
After an on-again-off-again schedule for the McKinney, Texas native; it looks like his schedule will pick up again as the season draws toward a close. He’s slated to drive Richmond International Raceway the following weekend, as well more races in the near future.
The team is still seeking primary and associate marketing partners to round out the season; like many teams. But, they are committed to see this season out and then get ready for 2012.
Until then, it’s time to fire up the engines and flip on the lights of the 1.5-mile oval of AMS for some Saturday night racing on Labor Day Weekend.
Fast Facts: This will be the 86th NNS start of the 29-year old driver’s career. During that time, he’s earned a best finish of 15th at the short track of Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. This will be his 17th start of the 2011 season where his best finish of 20th took place at Richmond in the spring. His best start of 23rd came about at Iowa Speedway during the second NNS visit.
Track Facts: During the three previous starts at AMS, Richardson has a best start of 21st in 2008 and backed that up with a 22nd place finish the following year. He’s completed a commendable 546 of 588 laps contested (92.9 percent) during that time, as well.
Tune in for the Win: It’s an early start with the 11 a.m. ET showing of practice on Saturday on SPEED TV with qualifying later at 3:30 p.m. Get out the remote to switch over to ESPN2 for the 7:30 p.m. race time for all 195 laps, which can also be heard on PRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90.
Robert Richardson, Jr. Quotes: “I’m looking forward to getting back in the No. 23 Chevrolet this weekend for my team. And, to do it at a fast track like Atlanta makes it even better. I like how that place is laid out and the challenges you face. And, we get to do it all under the lights, too.
“The car has to be set up to make it out of Turn 2 more than anything. If you don’t have it right, it will goof you up for the rest of the lap because of it’s the sharpest turn on the track. When you come out of Turn 4, you have a dog leg there on the fronstretch so the transition isn’t as bad.
“We’ll do what we have to in the practice sessions to see where we are, but it’s going to be tough because we practice in the morning, qualify in the afternoon and race at night. But, we’ll do our best to get it right.
“Once the race starts, it’s all about being there at the end and keeping the car in one piece. I’m ready for a good run with my team.”
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