Richmond II: Erik Darnell preview

DARNELL MAKING START WITH NO. 16 TEAM - Erik Darnell will make his debut with the No. 16 Nationwide Series team this weekend in the Scotch-Brite/3M Ford Mustang. This is Darnell's first race for Roush Fenway Racing since the season finale last...

DARNELL MAKING START WITH NO. 16 TEAM - Erik Darnell will make his debut with the No. 16 Nationwide Series team this weekend in the Scotch-Brite/3M Ford Mustang. This is Darnell's first race for Roush Fenway Racing since the season finale last year at Homestead Miami Speedway. Darnell will also participate in the Nationwide events at Dover International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway later this season.

RICHMOND CHASSIS SELECTION - Crew chief Rick Viers has selected RK-540 for this weekend's Richmond 250 at Richmond International Raceway. This is a brand new car and will see its first competitive laps this weekend.

Darnell, on getting to run with the No. 16 team in Richmond: "This is a really great opportunity for me to come to Richmond this weekend and work with the No. 16 team. It's my first time to work with Rick [Viers], but he has done a lot of good things with this team this season and I'm anxious to see what we can do this weekend. 3M has been such a great sponsor to Roush Fenway Racing and I'm very grateful to them for coming on board and giving me the chance to participate in these three races in 2010. I'm hopeful we can bring home a good solid finish, if not end up in victory lane with them."

Crew chief Rick Viers, on working with Darnell in Richmond: "We had a really great weekend with Matt [Kenseth] last weekend in Atlanta and the team is excited to keep the ball rolling this weekend with Erik [Darnell] in the car. We had a really productive test with him a few weeks ago at Gresham Speedway in this new Scotch-Brite/3M Mustang. We have moved back up to within 15 points of 15th spot in the owner's point standings and I believe this is the weekend we could finally make that jump."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Erik Darnell
Teams Roush Fenway Racing