Every Monday here at Stock Car Spin, we do a segment called Stock Car Shoutouts. Each week, we pick three drivers who are not usually talked about, who had a good run the previous week.
Without further ado, Stock Car Spin would like to give a shoutout to:
Justin Hobgood: You have probably never heard of Hobgood. After all, Saturday’s race at Talladega was only his 7th career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. But Hobgood’s run in an underfunded truck on Saturday would have been good even by an experienced racer’s standards, not to mention for an inexperienced driver. Hobgood stayed out of trouble, and wound up 9th, his best career finish. Nice job Justin!
Mario Gosselin: No relation to Jon or Kate. Gosselin, a Canadian racer, has been driving his own equipment in the ARCA/Re-Max Series for as long as I can remember. He’s driven in a limited number of Truck races as of late, the most recent being Saturday’s at Talladega. Gosselin survived a spin in his #12 Chevrolet, and rallied to finish 6th. What’s more? It was mentioned during Speed TV’s coverage of the Truck race that Gosselin, Mario that is, will be driving full-time in the Truck Series in 2010 in his very own #12 Chevrolet. Good luck, Mario!
Robert Richardson Jr: Richardson made his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start Sunday at Talladega. He drove Tommy Baldwin’s #36 Toyota, a car that has been a start-and-park all year. Baldwin gave him the green light to race the whole thing on Sunday, and Robert didn’t disappoint. Richardson completed every lap, drove his way through a 13-car pileup on the last lap with minimal damage, and finished 18th. My guess is that we haven’t seen the last of Robert Richardson Jr. after a run like that.