R. Crawford Fontana race preview

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ROUND #24 UPDATE - CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY, Fontana, California CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME!

Round Twenty-four of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, The NO FEAR CHALLENGE, will run 100 laps/200 miles in the traditional two-segment format. The race, Saturday 18 October 1997, will start 32 Trucks based on fastest times plus up to four provisional starting positions.

The posted awards total $382,369 including first place prize money of $46,550. Additionally, each of the 100 laps will be 'sponsored' with the money from each lap being awarded - half to the Truck driver leading that lap and half to the Race's designated charities - a consortium of organizations assisting children with cancer.

The California Speedway at Fontana in Southern California, built by Roger Penske, is the newest and longest race course on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck circuit. The Trucks will run on the 'super-speedway, a 2-mile, semi-banked, D-shaped paved asphalt oval. The banking varies from three degrees on the Back Straight to eleven degrees on the front straight, to 14 degrees in the corners. The back straight is 2,242 feet long and the front straight is 3,600 feet. Last weekend in the Dodge Truck Stop 300 Race at Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield, CA, RICK CRAWFORD came from 23rd position to finish sixth. This was only Crawford's second time on the half-mile oval, the last time being ten years ago in a NASCAR Southwest Tour race. For the second race weekend in a row, Crawford has acted as the Crew Chief while ROLAND WLODYKA was back in Charlotte building the new speedway Truck which will debut this weekend. With the veteran Wlodyka back on board as Crew Chief, with his Winston Cup experience from running Dale Earnhardt and other NASCAR stars, the Circle Bar RV and Motorhome Park Ford team is looking forward to its best ever finish in this, their Rookie season.

RICK CRAWFORD is looking forward to the challenge of the new course and the high-speed race track, an area in which he excels. In his first outing on a new super-speedway earlier this year at Texas Motor Speedway, Crawford gridded sixth and finished third, his first podium finish. Crawford again is anxious to put the pedal to the metal and race flat out. When Crawford tested here last week during the Manufacturer's test, speeds up to 170 mph were reached. This will be the first race where the new NASCAR Truck rules package will be effect, designed to improve the handling at such high speeds. The new bodywork includes raising the nose half an inch, widening the front air dam from 77 to 80 inches and increasing the rear spoiler height an inch.

RICK CRAWFORD, with 198 points, remains in second place in the CINTAS Rookie Point Standings and now is only nine points behind the leader. Crawford has been first or second of 22 drivers in the CINTAS field all season. He has one top-five and eight top-ten finishes so far, with 14 of the 26 finishes counting for the CINTAS award.

RICK CRAWFORD, with 2757 points, remains 12th in the Points, out of 153 Drivers in the 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Driver Standings; he also remains twelfth in winnings, earning $205,145 so far this season. Crawford is the top-running independent privateer in the series.

The NO FEAR Challenge Race will broadcast live on NASCAR Truck Racing Network at 3:45 pm EDT and telecast live on ESPN2 at 4 pm EDT and rebroadcast on ESPN 21 October '97 at 7:30 pm EDT.

RICK CRAWFORD

#14 CIRCLE BAR FORD F150

1997 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK

SCHEDULE * RESULTS

LAPS TOTAL LAPS DATE RACE TV START FINISH LED LAPS RUN $ WON STATUS JAN 19 Disney World ESPN 24 11 0 200/200 $10,800 RUNNING MAR 1 Tucson ESPN2 18 12 0 200/200 5,775 RUNNING MAR 16 Homestead TNN 22 18 0 159/167 8,750 RUNNING APR 20 Phoenix TNN 14 21 0 147/150 4,480 RUNNING MAY 3 Portland TBS 11 8 0 200/200

7,225 RUNNING

MAY 11 Monroe TBS 16 23 0 201/203 6,200 RUNNING MAY 24 Odessa TNN 6 15 0 199/200 7,175 RUNNING MAY 31 Loudon TNN 9 6 0 200/200

8,375 RUNNING JUN 6 Texas ESPN 6 3 0 167/167 30,850 RUNNING JUN 21 Bristol ESPN 25 6 0 200/200 11,900 RUNNING JUN 29 Nazareth CBS 19 18 0 197/200 7,125 RUNNING JUL 5 Milwaukee CBS 8 34 0 33/200 6,425 CLUTCH JUL 12 Louisville CBS 16 5 6 219/225 6,675 RUNNING JUL 19 Colorado CBS 6 6 14 250/250 1,400 RUNNING JUL 27 Topeka TNN 10 8 0 81/81 8,200 RUNNING AUG 9 Flemington TNN 24 15 0 200/200 7,920 RUNNING AUG 16 Nashville TNN 10 8 0 255/256 = =

7,275 RUNNING AUG 24 Watkins Glen ESPN 10 14 0 62/62 = =

7,875 RUNNING SEP 4 Richmond ESPN2 31 34 0 61/180 = =

5,600 ENGINE SEP 27 Martinsville ESPN 34 24 0 235/256 = =

5,825 RUNNING OCT 5 Sears Point ESPN2 32 25 0 49/60 = =

5,975 RUNNING OCT 12 Mesa Marin TNN 23 6 0 300/300 = =

7,200 RUNNING OCT 18 Fontana ESPN2 NOV 1 Phoenix TBS NOV 9 Las Vegas CBS

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