Martinsville, VA - Rick Crawford and the ...
Martinsville, VA - Rick Crawford and the #14 Circle Bar Racing Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford race team drilled home a 7th place finish at the Advance Auto 250. This is the third top ten finish in the first four races of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. The 7th place finish kept the #14 Ford in 9th place in the championship points standings. The streak of 27 consecutive races of without a DNF was also kept alive.
Crawford and the Heavy Duty Crew lead by crew chief Ray Stonkus worked hard, making adjustments on the Ford F-150 right up until final inspection to give Crawford a race truck capable of a top 10 finish. "Ray Stonkus and the boys did another great job, we started out with a truck that qualified 23rd and finished in 7th place at Martinsville, that's a testament to how strong our team is. They tried everything, made every adjustment possible to give me a truck that was capable of a top 10. It was such a total team effort, Fat Boy was our spotter and he did an awesome job for us" stated driver Rick Crawford. Track position is extremely important on a short track like Martinsville where it is very tough to pass. "We stayed on the lead lap all day, and didn't have to battle from a lap down, we've done that before. It was a good points day, we held our own, the Heavy Duty Pit Crew keeps giving me great track position. In each pit stop they either maintained or gained position for the #14 Ford. The team works so hard, I'm so proud of these guys, a win is just around the corner" Crawford went on to say.
The #14 Ford is powered by Roush Racing Engines, and once again they brought a durable engine. "Roush provided us with a strong engine but we need more horsepower to run up front. I know Jeff Liday and the boys at Roush will hammer out some more horsepower for our next race," stated Crawford.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is off until May 6th when they race at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis on ESPN.