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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: RGM and TRG Break Away From FRM’s No. 38 at Talladega

Another veteran would take the helm of the Air National Guard Ford at Talladega, where Saturday’s qualifying session proved just as significant to the bubble battle as the race itself…

Robert Richardson Jr. Has 46-G Hit at Michigan, Blacks Out in New Car

In only the second appearance for the Nationwide Series Car of Tomorrow, Robert Richardson Jr. not only put the car to a test, he showed it might have some big flaws. Created to help Nationwide teams cut cost and ultimately increase safety, Richardson’s unusual hit last weekend in Michigan shows NASCAR may have more work …

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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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