Richmond, VA- Rick Crawford and the ...
Richmond, VA- Rick Crawford and the #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford nailed their fourth top-five finish in a row at the Richmond International Speedway Thursday night during the running of the Kroger 200. Once again, Crawford was the top finishing Ford in the field.
Crawford started the race in sixth position after Thursday afternoon's qualifying effort. "We had a good run in qualifying. Ray Stonkus and the Milwaukee Heavy Duty Crew worked hard on our short track program over the past few weeks, and it showed," stated Crawford.
Crawford and the Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford wasted no time charging toward the front. In just a few short laps he had the nose of the #14 Ford on the leaders tail, racing for the lead. "We practically had a new truck to race. Ray Stonkus used a Milwaukee Sawzall to cut the truck up after the race in Memphis. The Heavy Duty Crew re-built it and did a great job.
The caution flag flew for six different incidents on the track. Each time Crawford brought the #14 Ford in for service, the Heavy Duty Crew went to work on the truck. The crew did not make a single adjustment on the truck the entire race. Tires were changed and fuel was topped off during pit each stop. "The last caution hurt our chances for the win. We were in second and the leader stayed out, so we stayed with him. The trucks behind us had nothing to loose and came into the pits and changed tires. We have won races and lost races by changing tires, it's a gamble. I'll take a top five and move on to Texas and try and win it for my team owner Mr. Mitchell," commented Crawford.
Now Crawford and the entire Milwaukee Electric Tool race team will turn their attention to the Lone Star State for next weekend's Silverado 350 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Rick was fastest among the three teams that completed a tire test just one week ago, so the expectations are riding high as they look for victory lane in the home state of team owner, Tom Mitchell.