Crawford, Church join forces for 1999
CLEVELAND, Ga. (Jan. 21, 1999) NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Rick Crawford has announced that George Church will be the new crew chief for the No. 14 Circle Bar Ford in 1999. The season kicks off at the 1.5-mile Miami-Dade Homestead Motor Sports Complex on March 20 with the Florida Dodge Dealers 400, a race in which Crawford comes in as the defending champion. Church is no stranger to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In 1998 he was crew chief of the No. 6 RE/MAX-Chesrown team and its driver, Rick Carelli. Church has worked with a number of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams and drivers including: Steve Park, Joe Nemechek, Rick Johnson and the late John Nemechek. George brings over 15 years of experience from four different NASCAR divisions to the team. Most of his experience comes from the NASCAR Late Model and NASCAR Busch North Series, but George has also worked with drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip and the late Tim Richmond. He has also owned and operated his own teams, built chassis, and set up everything from 4-cylinder Mini Stocks to V-8 Winged Super Modifieds. Crawford says he expects Church to fit in nicely with the team. "After the 1998 season, the Circle Bar Racing Team evaluated itself," Crawford said. "We needed some reorganization and needed to put some people in place that could better the team for 1999. We have decided to put George Church in place to bring experience as well as key crew members to make us a successful team. I can already tell by the way things look and the way that problems we have had in the past have been corrected. I am very excited about George's role and his impact for the upcoming season." For his part, Church says he hopes he can help the team right away. "I'm really thrilled about joining this team," Church said. "Rick is a good driver and some good people and equipment surround him. I think that I can bring some things to this team that they have been missing in the past. I've always been a Chevy man and this is the first time I have worked with Fords, but I believe aerodynamically the Ford is better and with the Robert Yates motor program we should have all of the ingredients for a very competitive team." With a proven winning driver, a hard working and dedicated crew chief, and horsepower under the hood, the Circle Bar Racing Team not only looks to repeat at Homestead, but to make a strong run for the championship in 1999.
Source: NASCAR Online