CHINA GROVE, N.C. (September 6, 2011) – When it comes to competing under the lights on a Friday night in the fall, the one person you don’t have to motivate is NASCAR driver Robert Richardson, Jr.
Growing up playing quarterback for his McKinney High School team in McKinney, Texas, Richardson still loves the lure of the lights on a Friday night. He’ll get to show his competitive prowess during the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the .75-mile, short-track action of Richmond International Raceway this weekend.
When the series last visited RIR in the spring, Richardson left there with his best finish of the 2011 season. This weekend, he and the No. 23 North Texas Pipe Chevrolet team have high hopes to better that mark.
Fast Facts: This will be the 18th start of the 2011 season for Richardson and 87th of his NNS career. Through this season, he’s led one lap and completed 2,506 of 3,290 laps contested.
Track Facts: Through the previous three starts at Richmond International Raceway for Richardson, he’s completed 97.7 percent (737 of 754) laps contested. His best start of 29th and finish of 20th took place in the spring race at RIR earlier this year.
Where is Rob Jr.: Fans will get two opportunities to see Robert Richardson, Jr. at RIR this weekend. First, he’ll be at the NNS driver’s signing located in the track’s amphitheatre from 2 to 3 p.m. ET on Friday. Then, fans who have tickets to the Torque Club right near the amphitheatre will get a Q&A and quick autograph session from 3:15 to 3:30 before he heads back into qualify.
Tune in for the Win: There are two practices on Friday morning from 9 to 10:15 a.m., then another from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. which are not on TV. ESPN2 picks up the coverage with qualifying at 4 p.m. followed by race action at 7:30 p.m. You can listen to MRN Radio on your local affiliates or Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90 for all 250 laps of action.
Robert Richardson, Jr. Quotes: “If there is one thing I love do under the lights on a Friday night is compete. In my high school quarterbacking days, all of our games were played under the lights on a Friday night. With football season ramped up on all levels now, it brings back great memories for me.
“When we get to racing at Richmond this Friday, you get a sense the fans are into it, too, because of the reactions we get in intros and such. I know I like racing for them on Friday nights, so we’re going to do our best to put on a good show for them.
“We were pretty good here in the spring and I know we can do better than what we did last time with all we’ve learned since then. Towards the end of the race, we were running very strong as the laps wound down. This time, we just need to be better in the early going and get better as we go along.”
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