Robert Richardson Jr. to run at least 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2013

By Joseph Wolkin
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Robert Richardson Jr. has raced in 140 races across the top-three NASCAR series since 2005. Richardson has driven for his family owned, R3 Motorsports since 2008 (excluding his 2005 and 2006 season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series).

In 2012, Richardson drove 16-races for the team with a best finish of 17th at Daytona in July. He also attempted, but missed the 2012 Daytona 500 in a Toyota. The team attempted to run a full-time schedule with the exception of the two road courses races in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car, but only made 22 races with Richardson and Scott Riggs behind the wheel. When Riggs drove the car, they used Chevrolet’s with engines from Pro Motors.

Things will look a little different for R3 Motorsports in 2013. Richardson said via SMS that he nor his team is planning on running any races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the 2013 season as they will focus on a return to a part-time NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.

Richardson will be entered in at least 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2013 with R3 Motorsports. They are still looking for additional sponsorship which could give them a few extra races. Last year, the team partnered with Jamie Dick so Richardson wouldn’t have to race his way on time which also gave the team time off when they needed to regroup.

As of now, the team has some additional sponsorship besides Richardson’s father’s business, North Texas Pipe, which was seen on the hood and quarter-panels for the majority of the past few years whenever Richardson or any R3 Motorsports cars were entered in a race. Richardson stated that Riggs may pilot the car at Texas, but other than that, all other plans are unknown at this time. They will continue to use Chevrolet’s with the use of the Earnhardt-Childress Engine program which should benefit the team as they had an extreme lack of horse power last season. The team’s first race will be at Daytona but the remainder of their schedule is pending sponsorship.

Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.

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