Robert Richardson Ready for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Debut 22-Year-Old Texan Gets Advice from Truck Series Vet Brendan Gaughan McKINNEY, TX (September 21, 2005) -- Robert Richardson has been keeping busy with starts in the NASCAR ...
Robert Richardson Ready for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Debut
22-Year-Old Texan Gets Advice from Truck Series Vet Brendan Gaughan
McKINNEY, TX (September 21, 2005) -- Robert Richardson has been keeping busy with starts in the NASCAR Southeast Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series this season. He has also made an occasional Super Late Model start in his home state of Texas. But what Richardson has in store for this weekend is by far the biggest thing that he's done in his racing career to date.
Richardson is gearing up to make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Saturday in the Las Vegas 350. He realizes the significance of the event, but he's trying to attack the weekend just like any other one.
"It's definitely a little nerve-racking," said Richardson. "I'm trying to treat it just like any other race and do the best that I can. We'll be under the watchful eye of NASCAR not to make any mistakes and to stay out of the way of the guys racing for the championship. We want to race hard, race clean and earn the respect of the veterans out there."
Richardson will be driving in the event for the West Coast team of Maverick Motorsports and it will probably not be the last time he races for them.
"Those guys are working really hard to get me into a truck in the future. They are working ready hard to get this truck set up and ready for this weekend. They are a great group of guys and I look forward to working with them."
When he tested at Las Vegas in preparation for his debut, Richardson got a little help from someone who knows a thing or two about wheeling a truck around the 1.5-mile track. He'll also get more guidance from that same guy during the race event.
"This weekend we'll be getting some help from Brendan Gaughan. He's been a mentor to me. He definitely helped me out there in testing. We went out on the track and he showed me the line. He told me to get out there and run my line and my pace and that I will gradually build up my confidence. In the test session, I was only two-tenths of a second off of him, so I'll take that as a confidence booster."
The main goals for Richardson's Truck Series debut are to stay out of trouble and complete the event.
"I'd like to qualify in the top 20, go out there and mix it up with those guys and finish the race."
Trucks aren't the only thing on Richardson's mind this week. On Tuesday, he tested his ARCA RE/MAX Series car at Talladega Superspeedway in preparation for the October 1st season finale there. Richardson ended up 18th of 28 cars on the speed charts, but that was misleading since a problem with the car ended his day early.
"The morning session went well and we were sitting in the top 10," said Richardson. "We went on our lunch break and when we came back, the transmission broke leaving pit road. One of the U-Brackets on the yoke of the rear-end broke and the driveshaft fell out on pit road. We needed to get pushed around the track and back into the pits and we were done for the day. I'm pretty sure that we'll be good when we race there. We'll have a new motor in the car and will pick up some."
The Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race takes place on Saturday, September 24th, and will be televised live on SPEED Channel starting at 9:00pm ET.