#14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford Ready For Round Two At Texas
Fort Worth, TX- Rick Crawford and the #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford prepare for round two at Texas Motor Speedway. Crawford and the Milwaukee Heavy Duty Crew are looking to win a race that may have gotten away from them in the spring. "We had a fast truck back in June. Unfortunately, a wire came loose in the truck and it shut off on pit lane. Before we could fix it, we got a lap down," stated Crawford.
Circle Bar Racing team owner Tom Mitchell is from Ozona, Texas. Mr. Mitchell has never attended a NASCAR Craftsman Series race. "Daddy has not been to a race yet, and does not plan on attending the race at Texas Motor Speedway. I wouldn't miss the race for anything. I go to races when I can. My kids are active in sports and it's hard to attend races around their different schedules. Texas is one race we don't miss," commented Lisa Karnes, Mr. Mitchell's daughter and business manager.
Crawford and the #14 Ford participated in a Goodyear Tire test at the end of August at Texas Motor Speedway. The racetrack has been recently resurfaced. "We were fortunate enough to participate in the tire test. The track is really fast. The team learned a few things about the track as well as how our truck will handle. I feel comfortable in saying that we should be one of the trucks to beat," commented Crawford.
Since the team has switched to Ernie Elliott engines, they have been on a roll. The #14 Ford has rattled off four consecutive top five finishes. In that stretch, Crawford has won the Gatorade Front Runner Award for leading the most laps at Nazareth and led laps at Nashville where he finished third. "I am very pleased with our engine program. Ernie Elliott has a championship ring on his finger for building engines for his brother Bill. He knows how to build motors that are capable of winning," stated Crawford. Bill Elliott won the Winston Cup Championship in 1988.
Crawford and the #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford will take the green flag in the Chevrolet 350 at the Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday September 15, at 4:00 p.m. EST. The event will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio.