Memphis: Robert Richardson preview

Memphis, TN (July 13, 2006) -Robert Richardson heads to Memphis with high hopes after a disappointing day in Kentucky last weekend. Richardson hopes to improve his luck when he takes to the track at the Memphis Motorsports Park for the running of...

Memphis, TN (July 13, 2006) -Robert Richardson heads to Memphis with high hopes after a disappointing day in Kentucky last weekend. Richardson hopes to improve his luck when he takes to the track at the Memphis Motorsports Park for the running of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly 200 Saturday, July 15, 2006. The rookie has had an on and off season to date and looks forward to learning this week at the famed ¾-mile paved oval in Memphis, Tennessee.J

"We are coming off a disappointing day in Kentucky," Robert Richardson said. "We really need to have a good run in Memphis to get back on a roll. We are planning to run a lot of mock qualifying runs during practice. We have found that it is my largest obstacle to overcome since in the race we are able to maintain consistent times of the top-10 to top-15 trucks, but we have difficulty on the two lap time trials. Kevin (Caldwell, crew chief) and I have discussed the break coming up and we are going to be testing like crazy where ever we can to get my confidence up on my qualifying skills. So I know we'll come back off the break to IRP with a whole new mindset. I have to thank my dad and all the guys on the crew for standing behind me while I go through this learning curve -- but I know the more laps I take the better I will get and I haven't given up -- I am just more determined than ever to do better."

The Memphis Motorsports Park is known for challenging a crew chief on race set up to perform equally as well on each set of turns. It is a difficult setup for the driver to relay to the crew chief and communication is key to insure proper handling on both ends of the track.

"I've heard that it is a pretty tough track but it's wide and has room to race," Richardson said. "Memphis creates a pretty good challenge for the crew chief to set the truck up to handle well. But I have all the confidence in the world that Kevin (Caldwell) will have it all figured out by the time the race begins."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Robert Richardson Jr.