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Lucas Deep Clean 200 Race Report


Jul 26, 2011

 

Lebanon, Tenn. (July 25, 2011) – Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Josh Richards made his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start in Friday night’s Lucas Deep Clean 200. His first time racing on Nashville Superspeedway’s 1.333 mile concrete surface started with a 12th place qualifying effort and concluded with a 22nd place finish in the No. 18 Joy Mining Machinery Toyota Tundra.

 

 

Richards 12th place starting position gave him some confidence heading into the 200-lap event, but a free handling Toyota Tundra made the first 50 laps a struggle. Aiming for track position when the leaders came to pit road, a fuel miscalculation came into play, leaving Richards’ No. 18 Toyota Tundra out of fuel on lap 58.

 

Staying positive, Richards’ continued to log laps and improve on his lap times. With less than 50 laps of green flag racing remaining, NASCAR brought out the yellow flag for debris on lap 103. Richards pitted for four tires and fuel and rejoined the field for the restart on lap 106. With the drop of the green, a report of a right front tire going down brought Richards’ Tundra back to pit road. Rather than risk damage from a blown tire, the team made another tire change on lap 107. Despite the rookie’s tough luck, Richards’ maintained a positive attitude and finished the race in 22nd position.

 

Crew chief Eric Phillips commented, “We dug ourselves in a little bit of a hole early in the race, but overall it was a good experience for Josh to be able to run the whole race and bring the truck home in one piece on a tough track. As the race progressed, you could see that he was getting a better feel for things and his lap times were really improving. This is a tough series and Nashville is a tough track. Josh has done a nice job and I’m confident that you will see him to continue to improve as he gets more seat time.”

 

An already accomplished dirt racer, the two-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion is still making transitions into stock car racing, and considers his first two NCWTS races as stepping stones into his new role in the NASCAR ranks.

 

We’re making progress. We struggled in practice, but we made some real headway in qualifying and finished the race without any damage to the truck. I know I have a lot to learn out there, but I feel like these past two races at Kentucky and Nashville have been good for developing my skills on pavement. I’m looking forward to getting back to the track at Lucas Oil Raceway with our Joy Mining Machinery tundra next weekend,” said Richards.

 

Richards’ next race behind the wheel of the Joy Mining Machinery Toyota Tundra is Friday, July 29 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. For live coverage of the AAA Insurance 200, tune to SPEED and MRN Radio at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

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