BUSCH: Crawford wins Night of Stars

Rick Crawford 'King of the Dirt' in Second Annual M&M'S Night of Stars PEVELY, Mo. (July 31, 2003) --The 'NASCAR Eight' battled it out on the dirt Wednesday night in the M&M'S Second Annual Night of Stars -- but when the dust settled it was...

Rick Crawford 'King of the Dirt' in Second Annual M&M'S Night of Stars

PEVELY, Mo. (July 31, 2003) --The 'NASCAR Eight' battled it out on the dirt Wednesday night in the M&M'S Second Annual Night of Stars -- but when the dust settled it was NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Rick Crawford in victory lane.

For the second straight year, Ken Schrader played host to some of his friends at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri for a ten lap dirt modified celebrity shootout to benefit Kyle and Pattie Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kenny Wallace, Kyle Petty, Jason Keller, Carl Edwards and Rick Crawford joined Schrader in the effort to raise funding for the camp.

"Last year this was one of the top-three find raisers for the camp," said Kyle Petty. "These guys come out here for Kenny (Schrader) and have some fun. I'm so honored that they do this for Pattie and I, and most importantly the kids. This year it should be equally as successful."

Besides the racing action on the track, a replica of the dirt modified cars was raffled off to a lucky winner. Craftsman Truck Series driver Carl Edwards dazzled the crowd of over 5,000 people with his gymnastic abilities and Kevin Harvick wrecked his modified driving to the checkered flag.

"We had a great turnout once again," said Ken Schrader. "I'm thrilled all these It was a great success and we had a ton of fun."

"I can't believe I won," said Crawford. "I'm not as experienced as Tony Stewart and Ken Schrader on the dirt so it was pretty cool that I beat them. I couldn't really see anyone behind me so I don't really know what all happened. I didn't tear any of the tear-offs off my visor -- because I was too busy racing. It was a ton of fun and a cool change of pace -- it was for a great cause and the people here are so receptive to us!"

Although the final tally is expected to go out next week, Schrader's goal was to top the $112,000 they raised for the camp last year.

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