Talladega: Robert Richardson preview

RICHARDSON HEADS TO TALLADEGA WITH HIGH HOPES Talladega, AL (October 2, 2006) - Robert Richardson heads to Talladega with high hopes for the inaugural NASAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Richardson will be making his second trip to the 2.66-mile...

RICHARDSON HEADS TO TALLADEGA WITH HIGH HOPES

Talladega, AL (October 2, 2006) - Robert Richardson heads to Talladega with high hopes for the inaugural NASAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Richardson will be making his second trip to the 2.66-mile tri-oval Talladega Superspeedway hoping to improve the string of bad luck the team has been experiencing.

"We've been in the wrong place at the wrong time these last few races," Robert Richardson said. "We looked to have a decent finish in Las Vegas after handling problems but we had an ignition issue at the end and tried to maintain enough speed to finish those last eight laps or so but unfortunately we were unable to keep the speed where it needed to be. This team has worked through some serious adversity this season and I hope that Talladega breaks the string of bad luck and turns the rest of our season around. We are heading to some of my favorite tracks so I look for us to finish 06 with some good runs."

Richardson who competed in the 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series race in Talladega has found success on the Superspeedway tracks including The Daytona International Speedway. Richardson finished 26th in 2005 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race in Daytona and this year in Daytona he posted an unprecedented 17th place finish in the No. 1 NASCAR Craftsman Truck.

"I've been able to run well on superspeedways," Richardson said. "We had good performances in Daytona and the track similarities should help us. Talladega is a fast race track where the draft is your friend or your worst enemy."

One of the fastest and most competitive superspeedways on the NASCAR circuit is just coming off a repaving project. The October races at the Superspeedway will be the first since the project began, leaving teams and drivers to wonder on set-up.

"I think we'll be ok come next weekend," Richardson said. "I've talked to some of the ARCA guys who tested a week ago and they said it is still fast, wide racing but the track is really slick and needs some more rubber down on the surface. New surface or not Talladega always makes for one exciting race for the fans and I know the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will put on a good show."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series John Deere 250 at the Talladega Superspeedway is slated to begin at 3:15 P.M. ET Saturday October 7. Pre-race coverage begins at 2:30 pm ET live on SPEED and can be heard on MRN and XM Satellite Radio beginning at 3:15 pm ET.

-credit: lmm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Robert Richardson Jr.