Robert Richardson Posts Best Career ARCA Finish 22-Year-Old Wrecks on Friday, Finishes 14th in Borrowed Car on Saturday McKINNEY, TX (March 29, 2005) --There's nothing that will throw off your rhythm in preparing for a race much more than a...
Robert Richardson Posts Best Career ARCA Finish
22-Year-Old Wrecks on Friday, Finishes 14th in Borrowed Car on Saturday
McKINNEY, TX (March 29, 2005) --There's nothing that will throw off your rhythm in preparing for a race much more than a good practice wreck. This is especially true if your team doesn't have a back-up car at the track.
So when Robert Richardson was one of nine drivers to wreck on Friday during preparations for the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, the outlook for the rest of the weekend looked pretty gloomy.
But Richardson only saw the problem as a temporary set back. He borrowed another car for the race and then stayed out of trouble to record a 14th-place finish and take a perch within the top ten of the ARCA points after two events.
All things considered, wrecking the first car might have actually been beneficial to the end result of the weekend.
"The initial car that we brought out here, we had a lot of trouble with it," said Richardson. "It just kept pushing and pushing and pushing until it finally pushed itself up in to the wall. I didn't have much control over it. I guess it is my fault for not telling the guys it was as tight as it was."
Without a back-up car at the track, Richardson's team then had to look around the garage for another car to drive. Their help came from Mark Gibson, who they had a racing incident with one race ago at Daytona.
"Mark Gibson was nice enough to loan me his car, especially after we got into it together at Daytona," said Richardson. "I guess that kind of neutralizes that incident. He helped me out for this weekend. It was a damn good car. It is a DEI car and has a DEI motor. It got us a top-15 finish, which is the best finish we've ever had. We'll go onto Kentucky from here."
After the wreck on Friday, Richardson adopted a very cautious approach to Saturday's race.
"We knew that going into the race, we'd have to take it easy and get a feel for the car," said Richardson. "In qualifying, the track was cool and had a lot of grip. Come out here today and the track is a little more slippery, so we just dropped back and let some people get some spots and wreck themselves out."
During the race, his car kept getting better with a little bit of tweaking.
"We came in and made some adjustments," said Richardson. "That is all we needed to do. The rest of the day, we just changed tires. We were just chasing everyone down."
In the end, Richardson was able to overcome all of his problems of the weekend and came away with quite an impressive result.
"This is the best finish I've ever had," said Richardson. "I'm happy for my crew and everything they had to go through. My crew did a lot of work this weekend. They only had 24 hours or less to get this car ready, so it was a good deal. Good weekend, but a wild one."