South Boston, VA-Rick Crawford and the ...
South Boston, VA-Rick Crawford and the #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford had tough luck and finished in 24th position in the NETZERO 250 Presented by John Boy and Billy at South Boston Speedway. The #14 Ford started the race in 4th position after a strong qualifying effort earlier in the day on Friday. Crawford and the #14 Ford were the top qualifying Ford for the race. Crawford and the team also maintain their ninth place position in the NCTS point race.
Crawford and the Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford had a great truck and were one of the favorites to take the checkered flag. As soon as the green flag flew, Crawford wasted no time in moving up into the third position.
The caution flag flew for the first, but not last time, on lap seven for a spin in the first turn. As the safety crew went to work cleaning up the debris, smoke started coming out from under the hood on the #14 Ford. The truck shut off on pit lane and the Milwaukee Heavy Duty Crew pushed Crawford into the teams pit box. "Suddenly smoke started coming into the cab of the truck. Not long after that it shut off. We are not exactly sure what happened. We do know there was a small fire under the hood and we believe it was started by a wire shorting out," stated driver Rick Crawford.
The Milwaukee Heavy Duty Crew went to work on the truck and repaired the damage. Crawford was sent back onto the track, unfortunately, 20 laps down. Crawford was not only able keep to up with the leaders once he returned, but he was also able to regain one of his laps. "It is a shame that we had the electrical problem. We qualified as the fastest Ford in fourth place. I feel we had a truck that was capable of winning the race. I hated it for our sponsors Milwaukee Electric Tool, Lennox and Mobil. We are a strong team. We will regroup and get ready for next weeks race in Texas," commented Crawford.
The #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford will take the green flag in the Chevy Silverado 350 Friday October 5th, at 8:30 p.m. EST. The event will be broadcast live on MRN Radio and televised tape delayed at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning on ESPN.