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Robert Richardson, Jr.: From Hay Farming to Making Hay In Daytona

2016 Daytona I CUP Robert Richardson car John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

The green flag for Sunday’s Daytona 500 will feature a feel-good story or two for the 200-lap Super Bowl of Racing. Among the most intriguing and old-school stories of them all is Robert Richardson, Jr. who – in a two-week span – went from farming hay in Texas to strapping back into a NASCAR Sprint …

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BK Racing Rises As Daytona’s Underdog Story

2016 Daytona I CUP Matt DiBenedetto car Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Four years ago, BK Racing came to Daytona as a two-car team that struggled to get out of its own way. It ran a total of nine laps in the Duels (combined), made the race through provisionals and then promptly struggled to hang onto the lead draft. A comedy of errors on pit road and …

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Bubble Breakdown: Surprises of All Sizes at Destructive Daytona

Last week at New Hampshire, all three cars from the Front Row Motorsports stable left the track on the brink of Top-35 oblivion. Two days after Travis Kvapil’s No. 38 was sent home early with the team’s first DNQ of 2010, teammates Kevin Conway and David Gilliland could only muster 30-something finishes, dropping the Nos. …

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Bubble Breakdown: Restrictor-Plate Heartbreak for Several Competitive Underdogs

Last week, the No. 34 of Front Row Motorsports (driven by Travis Kvapil) slipped back into the Top 35 after Texas. It wasn’t pretty, but that minuscule three-point cushion was enough to push FRM teammate David Gilliland’s No. 37 back onto the bubble spot for the first time since Bristol. At Talladega, that meant it …

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Bubble Breakdown: Truex Terrific, Speed Surprising & Front Row Flops

The Great American Race is in the history books, but the battle for the bubble is just beginning. Already, the No. 66 of Dave Blaney (PRISM Motorsports) and the No. 09 of Aric Almirola (Phoenix Racing) have some ground to make up in 2010 after they both failed to make the big show, but what …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Robert Richardson at Speedweeks 2010

Bryan Davis Keith, Frontstretch: You have kind of a unique deal, two different series [Sprint Cup and Nationwide], two limited schedules. How much of a challenge is it balancing two different racecars and two different limited schedules? Robert Richardson: Trying to adapt to the different driving styles of the cars. The Cup cars really do …

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ESPN Proud to Present the Danica 300 – At the Expense of Everyone Else

Earlier in Speedweeks, when asked by Frontstretch about his network’s planned approach for handling Danica-mania as the Nationwide Series prepared to make its season debut, ESPN’s Vice President of Motorsports, Rich Feinberg, remarked that he found “SPEED’s presentation [of last Saturday’s ARCA race at Daytona] was very balanced.” In short, that means race fans tuning …

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2010 Bubble Preview: Nerve-Wracking 1st 5 Races for the Underdogs

Editors’ Note: Brock Beard takes over the Bubble Breakdown for 2010. Look for Mike Ravesi’s writing in a new, Thursday Fantasy Racing column – right here on Frontstretch! With qualifying out of the way and the Gatorade Duels upon us this week, it’s just a matter of days before the 2010 season officially begins. So …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 O’Reilly Challenge at Texas

The ESPN crew in the booth on Saturday made the claim that Kyle Busch was on such a rail that they ought to rename Texas Motor Speedway “Kyle Busch Speedway.” That may be a little much, but Busch certainly made his fourth consecutive Nationwide Series victory look easy, leading 179 of the 200 laps run …

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Logano Has Great Finish, Keselowski Has Controversial Finish While Speed Can’t Finish at Talladega

Logano added yet another accolade to his rapidly growing resume as he did what he needed to do to record a solid third-place finish at Talladega, something a lot of veterans even struggle to do. The rookie said that he was searching for both a line and drafting partners throughout the event and it paid off.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington

Just another Friday night Nationwide Series race in 2009… or so it seemed. Kyle Busch took the lead early, ran away from the field, and stunk up the show at Darlington, leading all but 10 of the laps run in the 200-miler. But despite his best efforts, the 24-year-old did not take one step closer …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas

For the first half of the race, it looked as if the Nationwide Series may have a different storyline to follow, as Kevin Harvick led 88 of the first 93 laps and appeared to be poised to score his first career series win in his own equipment. However, a lengthy pit stop to change a defective battery took Harvick out of the running, and the race became another Joe Gibbs Racing romp after that. Denny Hamlin, driving the No. 18 predominantly occupied by Kyle Busch this season, looked just like his teammate behind the wheel, leading the last 43 laps (99 total) and handily winning the 300-mile race at Kansas. Hamlin’s triumph also allowed Toyota to capture the Nationwide manufacturers’ title well over a month prior to season’s end.

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