Gaughan and Crawford to visit overseas troops

Charlotte, NC - On Monday, January 27, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standouts Rick Crawford and Brendan Gaughan will depart for a five-day military tour of American military installations throughout four European countries with the Employer ...

Charlotte, NC - On Monday, January 27, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standouts Rick Crawford and Brendan Gaughan will depart for a five-day military tour of American military installations throughout four European countries with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve NASCAR European Civic Leader Tour (ESGR).

Rick Crawford.
Photo by Autostock.

The ESGR tour is scheduled to depart from the Charlotte Air National Guard base Monday evening, with scheduled stops in Germany, Italy, Bosnia and England. Accompanying Crawford and Gaughan are numerous NASCAR personalities, including Humpy Wheeler, Richard Childress, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Speedway Children's Charities Executive Director Major Gen. Thomas Sadler.

"It is an honor to be asked to visit our troops in Europe," stated Crawford. "Last year I had the privilege to represent the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on the USS George Washington. It makes you proud to be an American when you see the service men and women of this great nation working hard to protect our freedoms."

The trip will encompass visits to all four branches of America's military forces including base tours, scheduled pep rally's, interaction with troops and a Tuesday evening dinner at the Kusel Castle in Germany.

"I jumped at the chance to do this when offered," said Gaughan. "While I have never been in the military service, I have a number of friends who have been and currently are. They have all told me how much it means to troops overseas to receive support from home. It is a real privilege to me to be able to go on this tour and bring a little bit of home to the brave men and women who work to defend our country."

The five-day military tour marks the beginning of the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season for Crawford and Gaughan.

Brendan Gaughan.
Photo by James Spires.

"This is really a great way to start a new season," says Rick Crawford, driver of the #14 Circle Bar Motel and RV Park Ford F-150. "Speed Week at Daytona had long been regarded as a great American tradition and what better way to lead into this tradition than with an overseas tour to visit our troops. "A seven-year veteran of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Crawford has taken 148-starts with a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway, two poles, 32 top-fives and 70 top-ten finishes.

Raybestos "Rookie of the Year" Brendan Gaughan returns behind the wheel of the #62 Orleans Dodge in 2003. Gaughan's rookie season produced an unprecedented back-to-back victory at Texas Motor Speedway, 5-top five and 9 top-ten finishes enroute to a 11th place finish in the point standings.

NASCAR's reach has extended well beyond the borders of American," sums up Gaughan. "And, many of our troops stationed across the globe are diehard NASCAR fans and both Rick and I are definitely looking forward to going."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rick Crawford , Brendan Gaughan