Nashville, TN - Driver, Rick Crawford and the Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford race team made the best of a bad situation on Saturday night during the running of the Federated Auto Parts 250. The team came from their worst starting position of the...
Nashville, TN - Driver, Rick Crawford and the Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford race team made the best of a bad situation on Saturday night during the running of the Federated Auto Parts 250. The team came from their worst starting position of the year to score their 10th top-10 finish of the season.
The #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool race team had struggled with the chassis during both practices on Friday. The team was still scratching their head regarding the handling problems as they headed into their qualifying run. The enigma resulted in Crawford's second provisional in four years of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing and season-worst 30th-place starting position.
At the start of the race, Crawford knew he must keep a steady pace since the leaders would be turning laps in twenty seconds or less. He also knew he had to get as many trucks between his #14 Ford F-Series and the leader as he could. Early in the race Crawford picked them off one by one until he found himself in 15th place before the 100-lap mark. After a long green flag run, the Milwaukee Electric Tool racing team found themselves in 11th place, but one lap down.
With the final caution coming out just short of 50 laps to go, the team decided to gamble and come in for fresh tires. Rick would restart in 16th position for the final sprint. The plan worked to perfection in the final laps as Crawford charged through the field and into 10th place before the checkered flag fell.
Driver, Rick Crawford, stated, "We ran as hard as we could all night. I wish we had a better shot here to win in the last race at this legendary speedway, but to overcome the adversity that we faced this week and get a top-10 finish is a tribute to how hard this team works."
The 10th place finish gives Crawford and the Circle Bar Racing Team their 3rd top-10 finish in four races at the Nashville Speedway. The team also moves up one position in the standings to 11th as they head into unknown territory on August 27th in the inaugural Craftsman 175 at Chicago Motor Speedway.