Richardson To See Doctors
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Robert Richardson Jr. has scheduled a follow-up visit with a physician in Texas early this week after briefly blacking-out during a crash with 13 laps remaining in Saturday’s Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
A 28-year-old native of McKinney, Texas, Richardson was involved in a crash with Steve Wallace on the 2-mile MIS oval. Wallace was racing on the outside of Richardson’s unsponsored and family-owned No. 23 R3 Motorsports Chevrolet when contact with the car’s right rear sent the Impala into the outside wall. The entire right side squarely hit the wall, with the impact popping out the NASCAR-mandated aerodynamic window.
Richardson, who suffered injuries to his left leg and upper abdomen, hit his head so hard that he blacked out for an instant while going down the backstretch. Regaining his senses as he entered Turn 3, Richardson managed to bring the car to pit road.
Richardson’s crew made repairs to the bodywork and installed another right-side window but by time the work was completed, Richardson was five laps down to the leaders. After completing one lap, crew chief Steve Plattenberger determined the car was too damaged to continue and called Richardson into the garage.
Richardson, who finished 33rd, was examined at the track’s Infield Care Center, where medical personnel had him transported to a local hospital for a precautionary CAT Scan. Following that procedure, Richardson was released and allowed to travel home.
“That was, by far, the hardest hit I’ve ever experienced in a race car,” Richardson said. “NASCAR took the black box out and I look forward to seeing what their data says about the crash. I dinged my head pretty good there, banged up my leg and I have a nice bruise on my upper abdomen.
“As far as what happened with Wallace, I don’t know what more he wanted me to do there. I was running the high side and giving the leaders all the room they needed down low all day. He came up on me on the right and just cut back across to the left. When he did that, he turned us right up into the wall.”
Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger fielded by Penske Racing, picked up his fourth win of the season by leading 89 of 125 laps at Brooklyn, Mich. Keselowski continues to lead the Nationwide standings by 347 points over runnerup Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing.
The race was the second of four this season scheduled to utilize the new-generation Nationwide bodywork that will be implemented fulltime in 2011. A post-race inspection by Richardson’s team determined the new Chevy chassis was bent so bad it apparently will be a total loss.
“The worst part is our new car was destroyed for no damn reason,” said Richardson, who started 41st. “We’re not a well-funded team like some others, so this hurt us more than what happened to me.”
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