Richardson Earns Career-Best NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Finish at Talladega Talladega, Alabama, (October 9, 2006) --Robert Richardson earned his career-best NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish Saturday night in the series' inaugural visit to...
Richardson Earns Career-Best NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Finish at Talladega
Talladega, Alabama, (October 9, 2006) --Robert Richardson earned his career-best NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish Saturday night in the series' inaugural visit to the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. Richardson started the event in the 35th position and when the checkered flag flew on the event, he posted an outstanding 16th place finish. Richardson bettered his previous career-best NCTS finish from the Daytona International Speedway earlier this season of 17th back in February. Richardson will also be credited with the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie of the John Deere 250.
"I am just so proud of our R3 team gaining our best NCTS finish of the season here at Talladega. We knew we had a solid race truck in the draft and if we could just stay with the lead pack all day and keep our nose clean that we should be able to earn a top-20 finish. I had a cut left-rear tire on lap 43 and spun off the corner, but was able to keep it off the wall and get to pit road for fresh tires."
With the draft being the name of the game at the Talladega Superspeedway crew chief Kevin Caldwell made a last minute call in the pits with a fuel only stop when they were looking at changing all four tires. Richardson's Silverado wasn't having the type of restarts the team had wanted and it was making it difficult to stay in the draft. This decision by Caldwell proved to payoff with Richardson restarting in the middle of the pack. The spotter worked to make deals with the other drivers who where right around the No. 1 WinYourMortgage.com Silverado and with patience and drafting, Richardson stayed in that top pack. When Mike Skinner got loose on the last lap the "big one" started which sent Derrick Cope, Mike Wallace and Richardson into the outside wall. Richardson was able to continue crossing the finish line in the 16th place position.
"I tried to stay out of the middle of some of the chaos and it paid off until the last lap," Richardson said. "We were struggling on restarts and Kevin (Caldwell) made a great decision by making just a fuel stop putting us up where we needed to be. I was really able to work the draft. David (Starr) and I were working really well together the last few laps of the race. I was trying to give him a push to the front and it was working as we picked up the positions. Then the trucks started wrecking in front of us and I really had no where to go. I got into the back of David when he made contact with another truck and that tore up the front of our Chevrolet Silverado, but I was able to make it to the checkered flag. I'm just glad everyone was okay in that last wreck. Overall I think all the drivers did a great job today on the incredible new surface here at Talladega. But I just can't say enough about our team, we have overcome a lot of obstacles this season and this is really a huge boost for everyone involved with our R3 team."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will be back on track for the running of the final five races in the 2006 season. The next event is at the Martinsville Speedway for the running of the Kroger 200 Saturday, October 21, 2006. The event is slated to begin at 1:15pm ET.