Charlotte: Rick Crawford preview

Rick Crawford and the Circle Bar Truck Corral Racing team head to Lowe's Motor Speedway with momentum on their side. In the past two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, Crawford has a fifth and sixth place finish respectively. "It's no...

Rick Crawford and the Circle Bar Truck Corral Racing team head to Lowe's Motor Speedway with momentum on their side. In the past two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, Crawford has a fifth and sixth place finish respectively.

"It's no surprise to me or the team that we have put together a couple of good finishes," said Crawford, driver of the No. 14 Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150. "Cowboy and the crew have given me great trucks in every race this season and now we are getting the finishes to show for it. I always have confidence in the trucks they prepare for me."

Competing at the 1.5 mile superspeedway is always a special occasion for the NASCAR competitors and Crawford is no exception.

"All the races are important and all pay the same number of championship points, but racing in Charlotte is something extra special," said Crawford, a native of Mobile, AL. "The Circle Bar shop is located right behind the back stretch grandstand. I can just about see Victory Lane from my office window."

The Circle Bar Racing shop is housed in the same facility from which Alan Kulwicki competed when he captured the 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship.

In two previous Truck Series starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Crawford has never finished outside the top 10. He finished seventh last year and third in 2003.

"We've had some very good runs in Charlotte but we are looking for even better," added Crawford. "We want to win."

With solid finishes in the past two races, Crawford has jumped 12 spots in the championship standings. He is currently in 13th position, 301 points behind the leader.

Rick Crawford participated in the Drive For The Wives Charity Golf Classic held at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL. The Pro-Am event, which benefitted the Women's Auxiliary of Motorsports and Champions Tour Wives, featured PGA Champions Tour players and NASCAR drivers in tournament competition.

"It was a first class event for a great cause," said Crawford. "I meet several PGA legends including my partner Wayne Levi. We had a great time and finished fourth overall."

Crawford shot an impressive 83, 11 over par, on the Arnold Palmer designed golf course.

In 204 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts, Rick Crawford and the Circle Bar Truck Corral Racing team have scored 97 top 10 finishes, which amounts to 47.5% of the time.

"Our top 10 finish record is pretty good but I'd rather it be 50%, "said Crawford. "Better yet would be to have a few more wins in there too."

The No. 14 Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 which Rick Crawford will pilot in the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway has only one previous start to its credit. In April, Crawford drove the same truck to a fifth place finish at Gateway International Raceway.

The Quaker Steak & Lube 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway marks Rick Crawford's 205th consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start. Crawford's impressive string of starts, a series record, has earned him the nickname 'Ironman'.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rick Crawford , Alan Kulwicki