Richardson Ready

The month of May is about to bloom before our eyes. Yes, it’s nearly five months into the season and the NASCAR Southeast Series has yet to compete in a race. That will all change this weekend when Robert Richardson and his team open what will be a highly-competitive season in the Southeast Series. Yet, don’t think for a moment that this Texas young gun has been getting rusty over the winter.

Rather than wait until Saturday’s SES opener at Greensville-Pickens Speedway (SC) to get behind the wheel, Richardson has competed in ARCA events at Daytona (FL) and Nashville (TN), as well as a few races closer to home. And because of this, he feels he is ready to hit the track this weekend.

“I’ve run a few short track races this year just to get some seat time before Greenville and I don’t think that there is a drastic change going from an ARCA car to a Late Model,” said Richardson. “In an ARCA car, you have to be smooth and patient. You have to feel the car out. In the Late Model, you overdrive the car a little bit more. You can stomp on the brakes and the gas a little bit more.”

Now it’s time to get back to the meat of Richardson’s racing schedule, a run at the top-10 in the Southeast Series final point standings.

“We’re just ready to get the season underway. I’m tired of sitting around here and not going racing all of the time. We’re going to try and win as many races as we can this year. We’ll be juggling between the USRA Series and the Southeast Series. Our biggest goal is focusing on making it back to Irwindale for the Toyota All Star Challenge {SES teams can earn an invitation to that event by finishing in the top ten in the final standings.”

And there are a few ARCA shows left on the slate as well.

“We also have about five more ARCA races to run this year. We haven’t really hand picked which races to run there yet other than Talladega (AL) and Michigan.”

Going to Greenville-Pickens is an experience that Richardson is really looking forward to. His first trip there last season took some getting used to, but when he returned to the facility in August, he found that he had adapted to the track and had really taken a liking to it at the same time.

“The first race was a learning experience that didn’t go as well as we planned,” said Richardson. “The second race was a lot better. We had some seat time under our belt and we ran pretty well. I’m confident that we can go back there and do well. Greenville is one of my favorite tracks to run at. It’s a real paperclip track. You run right up against the wall there. It’s a lot of fun.”

The season-opening ‘Rock 101’ 150 will take place this Saturday night at the famed Greenville-Pickens Speedway. It will kick off a season of 13 NASCAR Southeast Series events.

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