Dover: Robert Richardson Jr. preview

Robert Richardson, Jr. returns to No. 23 Chevrolet for R3 Motorsports at Dover CHINA GROVE, N.C. (May 4, 2010) -- Robert Richardson, Jr. will pilot the No. 23 Chevrolet for R3 Motorsports in this Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover...

Robert Richardson, Jr. returns to No. 23 Chevrolet for R3 Motorsports at Dover

CHINA GROVE, N.C. (May 4, 2010) -- Robert Richardson, Jr. will pilot the No. 23 Chevrolet for R3 Motorsports in this Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.

Richardson, who has been out of the seat for the past two weeks while Coleman Pressley drove, is looking to keep the team's momentum going in the upward direction. Currently 21st in the Owner's Points standings, the team has gained 10 positions in the past six races.

During that span, the unsponsored car of R3 Motorsports has earned two top-15 finishes and three, of four, top-20 finishes consecutively. Richardson started the top-20 streak off at Talladega Superspeedway with a 20th, and Pressley followed that with an 18th at Richmond International Raceway and 15th at Darlington Raceway.

This is the highest the team has ever been in the Owner's Points and hoping it will make them even more attractive to potential Marketing Partners. The combination of well-prepared Chevrolets, good drivers and team would be an instant fit for success with sponsorships.

Fast Facts: Richardson has made two previous NNS starts at the Monster Mile of Dover, both in 2007, where had a best finish of 27th.

Car Facts: The team, led by crew chief Steve Plattenberger, is bringing Chassis No. 37 from the R3 stable. This car was last used at Bristol Motor Speedway in March of this year, and ran at Memphis Motorsports Park, Bristol and O'Reilly Raceway Park in 2009. The car was running 15th at Bristol two months ago when it got wrecked after contact with another car. Since then, the body has been redone and the geometry changed to compliment the high banks of Dover.

Moving U-P in the O.P.: For the sixth-consecutive race, R3 Motorsports has moved up in the Owner's Points Standings. Before the Nashville race on April 3, the team was 31st in points and in danger of being locked out of a guaranteed starting spot reserved for the top-30. Two finishes in the top-15 and four in the top-20 through that span has placed the team at a career best of 21st . They trail 20th by just 10 markers, 19th by 14 and 18th by 22 points.

Attention on Deck! R3 Motorsports is hosting four airmen from the Dover Air Force Base for Saturday's race. Joining the team as honorary crew members will be SSGT Algie Lane from Texas, Lt. Col. Marti Reynolds from Miss., SSGT Braulio Quinones from Puerto Rico and SSGT Roque Morales from Penn. On race day, they will have lunch with and meet the team, take part in a hauler tour and sit on the pit box during the race.

Richardson joins the Air Force, sort of: The driver of the No. 23 Chevrolet will join other NASCAR drivers at the Dover Air Force Base on Friday night for the annual NASCAR Social. While there, Richardson will meet Air Force personnel and their families for autographs and photos.

Robert Richardson, Jr.:

Looking forward to getting back in the seat? "Heck yeah I am. It's tough to watch someone else drive the No. 23, but Coleman (Pressley) did a good job at Richmond and Darlington. It's great to see all the hard work by the guys back at the shop pay off on the track. As a driver, you can't help but look forward to getting back into a car that's been doing so well."

Can you see why Dover is called the Monster Mile? "That track is something else. You have a one-mile, concrete oval with 24 degrees of banking in the turns and the back and frontstraights are banked, too. I love racing on the concrete and I know the car we're bringing has been run on concrete before, so that helps. But yeah, I've seen quite a few guys end their days early because someone got sideways in front of them at Dover. Like I said, we're going in the right direction with this team and my goal, our goal as a team, is to keep that going."

What would some marketing partners/sponsors mean to the team right now? "It would give us the ability to be that much better. We've shown we have the cars to get the job done on the track, we've moved up in the Owner's Points to ensure we're locked into the show each week and we've been getting more coverage than ever. The best part is it changes your focus for qualifying and racing from being conservative to running a bit harder. If someone came on board, they would be in for a good ride with the No. 23 team. And the best part is - they'd have a lot of fun racing with us."

-source: r3 motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Robert Richardson Jr. , Coleman Pressley