Richardson ready for two mini-milestones at home track of Texas Motor Speedway
Marking 75th-NNS start and belated birthday
CHINA GROVE, N.C. (April 5, 2011) – The saying “there’s no place like home” couldn’t ring more true for Robert Richardson, Jr. in this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Richardson has two mini-milestones to mark this week celebrating his 29th birthday on Monday, April 4, and is making his 75th-career NNS start this weekend at TMS. The graduate of nearby McKinney High School, and former high school quarterback-turned-NASCAR-driver, is ready for the comforts of home right now.
In the first five races, the No. 23 Wildlife Conservation Society Dodge of R3 Motorsports has endured their share of bad luck. A late-race crash in the season opener at Daytona, a motor letting go in Bristol and other gremlins popping up during race weekends have all been issues the team – together – has endured and persevered through.
But, the numbers don’t lie in the Owner’s Standings as the sixth NNS race of the year draws near in the Lone Star State.
Currently 32nd in the Owner’s Points, Richardson and the Walter Giles-led team trail 31st by just two points and 30th by four. For the Driver’s Points, Richardson is 23rd in the standings just two markers behind 22nd and trailing 21st by five.
Car Facts: Walter Giles and team are bringing the very same car they ran at Las Vegas, chassis No. 53, to Texas for this weekend’s race.
It’s a fast track with enough play in there where you can run the low and high sides.
On having to qualify in on time: “Yeah, that’s not where we wanted to be at this time, but we’re in this situation together on the No. 23 Wildlife Conservation Society Dodge team. We’ll use the practice sessions to get ourselves comfortable with some race runs. Then, we’re going to work on qualifying runs and get real good with that part. It’s been getting better this year, so we’ll just put a lot of work into those two very important laps on Friday.”
On making 75th-career NNS start: “That many? You don’t really think about something like that until it’s pointed out to you. In know it isn’t much compared to some others in the series, but to think about all we’ve accomplished at R3 Motorsports as a single-car team is something to be proud of in this series.”
Racing at your home track: “I love racing at Texas Motor Speedway. Not only because it’s close to the house, but it’s a fast track with enough play in there where you can run the low and high sides. We have a bunch of people that come spend the weekend with us and my dad gets two RV spots right by the track in Turn 4, so we end staying here all weekend. I’m looking forward to a good weekend for R3 Motorsports - Texas style.”
-source: r3 motorsports